Of Hebrew origin.
From the Hebrew name “Yehonatan”, meaning “Yahweh has given”.
Jonathan means “gift of Jehovah”.
First known Jonathan was the son of King Saul, in the Old Testament. He was also a friend of David.
Both Jonathan and David are heroic figures of the Kingdom of Israel and their friendship is recorder in the Book of Samuel.
Jonathan was a man of great strength and his fidelity to his friend, future King David, made him one of the most admired figures in the Bible.
The name became common in England and other European counties after the Protestant Reformation.
Alternative forms of the name are: Jon, Jonatan, Jonny, Jonathon.
Famous bearers are Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jon (Jonathan) Voight, J.K. Simmons, Jon (Jonathan) Hamm, Jonathan Banks, Jonathan Knight, Jonathan Lipnicki, Jonathan Tucker, Jonathan LaPaglia, Jonathan Frakes, Jonathan Firth, Jonathan de Gusman, Jonathan Sexton, Jonathan Swift.
Jonathan Swift, was an essayist and poet, who wrote the classic and worldwide popular book “Gulliver’s travels”, that was adapted for the big screen in 2010: