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​Jonathan is a common male first name. The earliest known use of the name was in the Bible, one Jonathan was the son of King Saul, a close friend of David.

Variants of Jonathan include Jonatan Biblical variants include Yehonathan, Y'honathan, Yhonathan, Yonathan, Yehonatan, Yonoson, Yeonoson or Yehonasan.

In Israel, "Yoni" is a common nickname for Yonatan (Jonathan) in the same way Jonny is in English.

The name was the 31st most popular boys' name in the United States in 2011, according to the SSA.

Nicknames include Jonny, John, Jon, Jono, Jon Boy, and Jona.

In the past, Jo and Jonty were common diminutives of Jonathan in the United Kingdom but this is much rarer now.

Names with similar meanings include Theodosius in Greek, Khodadad in Persian and Bozhidar or Bogdan in Slavonic.

In the English-speaking world, the name saw its first popularity with the Puritans during the English Civil War.

Following Puritan migration to North America, the name became synonymous with New England and the United States as a whole, with the character Brother Jonathan becoming a personification of the country during the American Revolutionary War.