Biblical name (meaning ‘pleasantness’ in Hebrew), borne by the wise mother-in-law of Ruth. The name has long been regarded as typically Jewish, but it occurs occasionally from the 17th century and came into wide general use around the 1980s.
English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).