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Meaning and name origin
Jane \j(a)-ne\ as a girl's name is pronounced jayn. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jane is "God is gracious". Originally a feminine form of John. A longtime popular girl's name. It is not a royal name, but has been borne by the 16th century's Lady Jane Grey who was unwillingly proclaimed queen. It was influenced by the 19th-century use as the name of the central character in Charlotte Brontė's "Jane Eyre". In the 1940s, the name was borne by statuesque American film celebrity Jane Russell. Often used as a middle name, Jane is also the basis of many variants and as the second element in combinations such as Sarah-Jane. See also Jenny, Jiana, Seana, Sian, and Siobhan. Author Jane Austen; actresses Jane Fonda, Jane Seymour, Jayne Mansfield, Jane Wyman, Janeane Garofalo, Jane Kaczmarek; TV newswoman Jane Pauley.
Jane has 93 variant forms: Gene, Gianina, Gianna, Giovanna, Iva, Ivana, Ivancka, Ivanka, Ivanna, Jaina, Jaine, Jainee, Jan, Jana, Janae, Janaye, Jandy, Janeczka, Janeen, Janel, Janela, Janelba, Janella, Janelle, Janean, Janeane, Janee, Janene, Janerita, Janessa, Janet, Janeta, Janeth, Janetta, Janette, Janey, Jania, Janica, Janice, Janie, Janina, Janine, Janique, Janis, Janise, Janit, Janka, Janna, Jannel, Jannelle, Janney, Janny, Jany, Jayna, Jayne, Jaynell, Jayni, Jaynie, Jean, Jeanelle, Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeanne, Jeannette, Jeannine, Jenda, Jenella, Jenelle, Jenica, Jeniece, Jeni, Jenie, Jensina, Jensine, Jess, Jinna, Joan, Joana, Joanna, Johanna, Johnetta, Johnna, Jonella, Jonelle, Joni, Jonie, Juana, Juanita, Sheena, Shene, Sinead, Vania and Vanya.
For more information, see also the related girl name Shanae.
Jane is a very popular first name for females (#77 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#46919 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jane for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jane and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gene, Gianna, Giovanna, Iva, Ivana, Ivanna, Jan, Jana, Janae, Jane, Janeen, Janel, Janelle, Janessa, Janet, Janette, Janice, Janie, Janine, Janis, Janna, Jayna, Jayne, Jean, Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeanne, Jeannette, Jeannine, Jenelle, Jenny, Joan, Joana, Joanna, Johanna, John, Johnna, Joni, Juana, Juanita, Shanae, Sheena, Sian, Sinead and Siobhan. (2015 statistics).
Jane is also pronounced similarly to Jann, Janne, Jeane, Jen, Jenn, Jenne, Joane, Joann, Joanne, Jone, June and Zhane. Other suggested similar baby names are Dane, Jade, Jae, Jaena, Jaime, Jama, Jamee, Jamei, Jamey, Jami, Jamie, Janaea, Janaeh, Janah, Janai, Janay, Janea, Jannae, Jannie, Jaye, Jayme, Jeana, Jeanae, Jeanee, Jena, Jenae, Jenee, Jina, Jinae, Joanie, Jona, Jonae, Jonee, Junae, Juno and Lane. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jane.
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