Names In The News: Winter Storm Jonas

So I'm sure by now you've all heard of winter storm Jonas. Some of you might even be shoveling out of it! I've only read about the copious inches of snow it recently dropped on the northeast. Here it Texas it may be colder than I care for but its still a bright sunshiny day! 

Jonas is a Greek variation of the biblical Hebrew name Jonah, meaning "dove". Jonas is currently #500 in the United States, not too popular but not unheard of. Jonah is much more popular, at #134. Personally, I prefer Jonas to Jonah. They both have the attractive J initial and also the strong "oh" sound like #1 name Noah. In fact, if you like Noah but not its popularity, you might consider Jonah or Jonas. In addition to having a similar sound to Noah, Jonah also has biblical and nautical ties. You can find the shocking and somewhat sad story of the prophet Jonah in the book of the Bible named after him. In my opinion, Jonas captures enough of the history with an even more attractive sound. I love the literary association Jonas has! Jonas is the name of the main character in the YA classic The Giver, which is one of my favorite books. It was recently made into a movie but if you haven't read the book, you need to.

The naming of winter storms is a very recent phenomenon and there's not currently a uniform process for naming them. The Nation Weather Service, the organization that names hurricanes, doesn't name winter storms because they are not as clearly defined as hurricanes. The name Jonas came from The Weather Channel, who began naming winter storms in 2012, beginning with winter storm Athena. Other weather organizations have given the storm other names as well.

I wonder if any parents whose baby comes during the storm would consider the name Jonas. The circumstances surrounding a baby's birth used to be a big inspiration for baby names. If it were me and the storm were so attractively named as Jonas, I'd consider it.

So, I have to ask, what would you name a baby born during a blizzard? Let me know in the comments! 

God bless you and thanks for reading!

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