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(29 Posts)
Truffleshuffler Tue 23-Aug-11 16:57:57

Mentioned this name to my Mother who started going on about being unlucky on a boat. What do you guys think?

Tuschinski Tue 23-Aug-11 17:23:10

It's my all time favourite boys name but DH wouldn't let me call DS that it as it's his friends name. Very jealous of anyone who gets to use it.

InstantAtom Tue 23-Aug-11 17:24:48

It's OK although I prefer several of the other Biblical names starting with J, such as Joshua, John, Josiah, James.

comedaygoday Tue 23-Aug-11 17:25:40

I like it.

hester Tue 23-Aug-11 17:26:16

I love it.

Truffleshuffler Tue 23-Aug-11 17:29:26

Thanks, will still have to convince DH though

englishmummyinwales Tue 23-Aug-11 18:07:25

It was my favourite name but DH vetoed it because of the whole whale thing. I did point out that nobody goes on about arks to Noahs any more, but he wasn't having it.

I have to add, however, that when I subsequently mentioned it to my Dad (having named both of our DSs something else), he started going on about people being known as "a right Jonah" in his youth, although he didn't appear to be able to exactly explain what it meant.

Still love the name though, hope you can use it!

CurwySwide Tue 23-Aug-11 18:11:03

I like it a lot.

LetThereBeRock Tue 23-Aug-11 18:53:22

I love it. It's a great name.

Skyrg Tue 23-Aug-11 19:16:06

I think 'being a Jonah' refers to being bad luck. Have you ever seen the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World?
A character in that is referred to as a 'Jonah', they believe he brings bad luck to the crew. He eventually commits suicide because of it.

BeerTricksPotter Tue 23-Aug-11 19:25:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

minipie Tue 23-Aug-11 19:40:29

"I did point out that nobody goes on about arks to Noahs any more"

Except my DH ...

gailpottertilsleyplatt Tue 23-Aug-11 19:53:34

Not bad.

SiamoFottuti Tue 23-Aug-11 20:20:27

I love it. And I reckon the unlucky thing is stupid, because whats luckier than get swallowed by a whale and NOT dying? Pretty bloody lucky if you ask me.

plinkplonk Tue 23-Aug-11 20:22:11

Fabulous name. Would definitely use it.

CharleneysWishWellingtons Tue 23-Aug-11 23:13:27

I was going to use Jonah if this little one was a boy! My favourite name grin. Also got told about the "bad luck" thing etc.
I believe it also means "Dove" though smile

Tobermory Tue 23-Aug-11 23:22:54

Lovely lovely name.

Top of my list for (imaginary) DC3 if it's a boy!

kelly2000 Wed 24-Aug-11 01:23:22

if someone was called a Jonah it meant they were unlucky and brought bad luck to others.
I like the name though, and I know in Denmark the Danish equivilent Jonas is popular.

WiiUnfit Wed 24-Aug-11 10:01:34

I love the name Jonah, DP said it reminds him of the Jonas Brothers so I'm not allowed to use it, ever. angry

WiiUnfit Wed 24-Aug-11 10:01:58

<Considers buying lots of pets to use all veto'd baby names> grin

BedHog Wed 24-Aug-11 11:00:47

It makes me think of this guy - Jonah Falcon - the man with the worlds biggest penis. blush Not the worst association for a boy to have I guess, but a lot to live up to!!

MaElsie Wed 24-Aug-11 21:14:00

Great name - the kind of name you have to say in a deep voice - very manly. Nice meaning too - dove. The only reason we haven't gone for it is because he was a cowardly prophet.

Greenwing Fri 26-Aug-11 00:38:06

This was the name I wanted to use for DS2 but in the end couldn't because of the bad luck meaning of being 'a Jonah'. Later, distant relatives commented it was lucky we didn't call him Jonah because they couldn't have ever let him on their fishing boat (they weren't exactly joking either).

Sadly it does have bad luck connotations to quite a few people but is becoming more used and therefore acceptable.
I still love it and have never liked the name we used instead!

TryLikingClarity Fri 26-Aug-11 14:42:01

I love this name!

DS1 has a Biblical name and if I ever have a DS2 I've always dreamt of calling him either Jonah or Joel. Stuck between the two, but they are two lovely names to be stuck between smile

I've never in my life heard that about not going on a sailing or fishing boat confused

Sure Jonah in the Bible ended up inside a whale, but got saved and got out again to tell the tale. Surely that's a good thing, not a bad thing?!

Fo0ffyShmoofer Fri 26-Aug-11 14:56:19

Love it. ( although I would go with Jonas myself)smile

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