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What does Jan mean?

Jan Pronunciation of Jan [jan] as a girls' name (also used more regularly as boys' name Jan) is pronounced jann. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jan is "God is gracious". Feminine of John. As a girl's name, also a short form of Janet and Janice. Author Jan Morris.

Associated with: gracious.


Jan has 8 variants: Jana, Janah, Janina, Janine, Jann, Janna, Jannah and Janne.

Affiliated girl names: Janae, Jancis, Janessa and Jane.

14 more different relations via Janet, Janice: Janess, Janeta, Janeth, Janett, Janis, Janise, Janiss, Janit, Jannet, Jannis, Janot, Janyce, Jency and Jonet.

1 masculine form: Yann.

Creative forms:
(female) Gin, Main, ..


Middle name pairings:
Jan Addilynn (J.A.), ..

How popular is Jan?

Jan is a very popular first name for women (#340 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#14995 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Jan was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its top position of #142 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Jan are Jane (#288 the previous year), Janessa (#721), Janae (#1003), Jana (#1011), Janice (#1238), Janet (#1487), Jannah, Janna, Jannet, Jann, Janyce, John, Janina, Janett, Janeth, Janine, Janis and Janise. These forms of Jan were popular as birth names 7 decades ago (adoption of 2.55%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.12%, down 95%), with forms such as Janine becoming somewhat dated. Janessa is the most chic girl name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jan, Jana, Janae, Jane, Janessa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janet, Janeth, Janett, Janice, Janina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janine, Janis, Janise, Jann, Janna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jannah, Jannet, Janyce, John in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jan is pronounced similarly to Gene, Jaine, Jayne, Jean, Jeane, Jeanne, Jen, Jenn, Jenne, Jin, Joan, Joane, Joann, Joanne, Joeann, Jone, Joyann, June, Jyn and Zhane. Other recommended names are Fan, Ja-, Jae, Jany, Jas, Jay, Nan, San and Van. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jan.

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