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#1 libbylu

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

So this is still my favourite although I can't get DH to agree at the moment.
I mentioned it to a friend today and she said she wouldn't choose it because of the expression 'a Jonah' or someone who brings bad luck, which I had never heard of.  Googled and found on wikepedia:

"A long-established expression among sailors uses the term "a Jonah" as meaning a person (either a sailor or a passenger) whose presence on board brings bad luck and endangers the ship.[17] Later on, this meaning was extended to "a Jonah" referring to "a person who carries a jinx, one who will bring bad luck to any enterprise..."

Of course I know the biblical story about the whale, but didn't know there was an expression associated with it. Now I am annoyed because that's not a meaning you really want associated with your kid.  Have you heard of this expression, do you use it yourself, would it turn you off the name?
What do you think of the name?

#2 Little.One

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

My instant thought is of the Jonas brothers for some reason laughing2.gif and then I think of Jonah Hill in Knocked Up..

It's not my style of name but if u love a name I'd use it regardless of the associations. Except maybe Hilter or something like that! wink.gif

I suppose the most important thing is if you and your DH love the name.

#3 a-gail

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

Nope, I've never heard of that expression.

I love the name - it was my favourite for a boy during both my pregnancies. DH wasn't entirely convinced, although both were discovered to be girls during scans so we never really got very far with the discussion.

I say go for it!

#4 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

I haven't heard of the term before, but it wouldnt put me off. I really like the name Jonah.

#5 Feral_Pooks

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

It's my favourite for a hypothetical future second son at the moment, and none of that bothers me at all. In fact, I have an Adam, and "Adam's apple" and "since Adam was a pup" and "up and Adam"(haha) and "I don't know him from Adam" didn't bother me either.

Jonah is a pretty cool biblical character and the story has roots/relationships with many other old stories about sea Gods.
Big thumbs up from me.

#6 Gudrun

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

I've never heard it either but makes no difference to me.  I'm a Jonah fan and it's in currency so I would expect this name to be a plain-sailer.

Jonas is great too.

#7 tres-chic

Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

I love it and the bible story of Jonah and the Whale (where I can only presume the 'bad luck' myth stems from?) wouldn't stop me at all.


Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

I love the name, wouldn't hesitate to use it.

I've never heard of that meaning, so probably others haven't either.

I think of Jonah Lomu when I hear it.  biggrin.gif Also that cute little boy in Sleepless in Seattle.

Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 13 January 2013 - 09:17 PM.

#9 blenheim

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:27 PM

Great name and never heard the expression.

#10 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

I'm not a fan.

#11 la di dah

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:34 PM

I don't love Jonah (it's fine) but that expression certainly wouldn't impact my feelings on it.

I like Judah absolute truck-loads and Judah has more isshews than Jonah ever has.

#12 José

Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

Really love the name. Have never used or heard of the expression. If it were an expression in common use it might bug me but o don't believe it is. I think Australia is not an overly religious country send while people may know there is a story about Jonah and a whale  I bet most people couldn't tell the story.

#13 kerilyntaryn

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:26 AM

Great name and I haven't heard the expression

#14 kerilyntaryn

Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:26 AM


Edited by kerilyntaryn, 14 January 2013 - 06:27 AM.

#15 Silver Girl

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

I like the name and have not heard the expression. In fact I heard a sermon on Jonah and the whale in church the other week and the bad luck expression wasn't mentioned.

#16 Suz01

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

First thought sleepless in Seattle

#17 mrsvee

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

My oldest boy is named Jonah and I have always loved the name, I had heard the expression once when I was reading up on names but never thought about it as my Jonah is a gorgeous and wonderful boy.  No one has ever mentioned this to him and I believed the name meant peace and liked that better.  Life is too short, make your own new meaning with your little Jonah, good luck with your decision

#18 QueenIanthe

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

I have a nephew called Jonah who is 10 now and I didn't know about the bad luck thing until he was born and my grandmother mentioned it. It's a really nice name.

#19 LookMumNoHands

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

Love it, and couldn't care less about meanings behind names original.gif

#20 QueenIanthe

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE (Pooks_ @ 13/01/2013, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's my favourite for a hypothetical future second son at the moment, and none of that bothers me at all.

I just love Adam and Jonah together.

#21 Especially*K*

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:40 PM

Dont mind the name and have never heard of the expression at all

#22 9ferals

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:45 PM

I know the expression and wouldn't use that name for that reason, to me it has connotations of bad luck.

But, if I met a little Jonah, it isn't the first thing that would cross my mind, as a name I quite like it.

#23 Super Cat

Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

The name Jonah doesn't actually 'mean' bad luck. It's just a term that was associated with it. From memory it means 'Little dove' or 'Peace.'  It's mostly only the older generations who associate it with bad luck.

#24 la di dah

Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

QUOTE (Super Cat @ 14/01/2013, 05:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The name Jonah doesn't actually 'mean' bad luck. It's just a term that was associated with it. From memory it means 'Little dove' or 'Peace.'  It's mostly only the older generations who associate it with bad luck.

It means dove. Doves symbolize peace, which is where that second part comes in, I think. It doesn't literally mean peace.

Edited by la di dah, 14 January 2013 - 05:02 PM.

#25 HRH Countrymel

Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

I know the expression (probably because I hang out with geriatric sailors! )

Doesn't put me off the name.

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