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name = Jonas
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Jonas is a common male name in most western countries. Its primary use is as a first name, but is a common surname. It is particularly used in the Scandinavian countries,
Norway, Swedenand Denmark, but is also a common Lithuanian name. Its widespread use and popularity has roots in its Christian origin; the name is mostly common in countries where Christianity is the main religion, although it is used globally. In North America the name found popularity among Métis and Aboriginals in the Northwest where it became widespread.
The name "Jonas" has several meanings, and the meanings vary depending upon the several origins of the name.The Hebrew version of the name means
Dove; a symbol of peace. From this it is assumed that the name Jonas means a peaceful being.The Biblical version of the name includes the Hebrewmeaning, but additionally means someone who is a 'destroyer' or 'he who oppresses'. As a variation of Jonah, it can be considered to mean 'accomplishing', and a 'gift from god'.
The name has several origins, and although the main ones are considered to be Hebrew and
Biblical, it also has minor roots in Greek and Swedish culture.The biblical version of the name is a derivation of the name Jonah, a famous biblical character which entered the whale's gape, but was spared, and exited the gape alive -- a prime example of God's mercy in biblical terms.
Notable people with the given name Jonas
Jonas Salk, American physician and researcher, best known for the development of the first polio vaccine
Jonas Hellborg, Swedish bass player
Jonas Åkerlund, Swedish movie and music video director
Jonas Armstrong, British/Irish actor
Jonas Kyratzes, writer and game designer
Jonas Björkman, Swedish tennis player
Jonas Bjerre, lead singer of Danish band Mew
Jonas Altberg, Swedish Eurodance Artist Basshunter
* Jonas McNair — DJ, Aspen Colorado
Jonas Isaksen, Danish rally driver and tennis player
Jonas Basanavičius, an activist and a signatory of the Act of Independence of Lithuania
Jonas Biliūnas, Lithuanian short story writer
Jonas Jablonskis, Lithuanian language linguist and modifier of the standard Lithuanian language
* Jonas Mačiulis, Lithuanian writer and poet, who used the pseudonym "
Jonas Mačiulis, a Lithuanian basketball player
Jonas Mekas, Lithuanian film maker
Jonas Reckermann, German beach volleyball player
Jonas Švedas, Lithuanian composer
Jonas Vaitkus, lecturer and film director in Lithuania
Jonas Schrickx, swimbear from Margenbourg
Jonás Gutiérrez, Argentine footballer
Jonas Quinn- character in the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1
* Jonas Simbacca, fictional character in "
Michael Jonas, character in the sci-fi series Star Trek: Voyager
* Jonas, a character in the online serial "
lonelygirl15", portrayed by Jackson Davis
* Jonas, the main character in the "Giver" trilogy
Eldred Jonas- character from the novel Wizard and glassby Stephen King.
* Jonas — Earthbound spacefaring companion of
Severianin Gene Wolf's The Book of the New Sun.
Jonas Blane- one of the lead characters in the American television show The Unit.
Nick Jonas- of the Jonas Brothers - In series J.O.N.A.S.
Joe Jonas- of the Jonas Brothers - In series J.O.N.A.S.
Paul Kevin Jonas IIof the Jonas Brothers (aka Kevin Jonas)- In series J.O.N.A.S.
Contemporary use of the name Jonas
My Name Is Jonas" - a song from the alternative rockband Weezer's first album, Weezer (The Blue Album).
* "Jonas, or the Artist at Work" - a short story from the collection
Exile and the Kingdomby French author Albert Camus.
* [http://jas.wondertime.go.com/babynamer?page=ShowName&name=Jonas&origin=Hebrew&meaning=the+doer&middleName=&lastName= Wonder Time - Baby Names - Jonas]
* [http://www.pickbabynames.com/Hebrew/J/Jonas.html Pick Baby Names - Jonas]
* [http://praised.forsaken-faith.org/jonas/ The Official Name Listing for Jonas]
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