Meaning and Name Origin
Jane \j(a)-ne\ as a girls' 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 variants: Gene▼, Gianina, Gianna▲, Giovanna▼, Iva▼, Ivana, Ivancka, Ivanka, Ivanna▲, Jaina, Jaine, Jainee, Jan▼, Jana▼, Janae▼, Janaye, Jandy, Janean, Janeane, Janeczka, Janee, Janeen, Janel▼, Janela, Janelba, Janella, Janelle▲, 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, Jeni, Jenica, Jenie, Jeniece, Jensina, Jensine, Jess, Jinna, Joan▼, Joana▼, Joanna▲, Johanna▼, Johnetta, Johnna▼, Jonella, Jonelle, Joni▼, Jonie, Juana▼, Juanita▼, Sheena▼, Shene, Sinead, Vania and Vanya.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Shanae.
Jane▼ has 48 more related variations via Jenny, Jiana, Seana, Sian, Siobhan: Chavonne, Chevonne, Chivon, Chyvonne, Jen, Jenalee, Jenalynn, Jenarae, Jeneen, Jenene, Jenetta, Jenice, Jenika, Jenise, Jenita, Jenna▲, Jennessa, Jenni, Jennie▼, Jennika, Jennilee, Jennilyn, Jennis, Jennita, Jennyann, Jennylee, Jianna, Jinni, Jinny, Seanna, Sh'vonne, Shavaun, Shavon, Shavonne, Shervan, Shevon, Shevonne, Shirvaun, Shivahn, Shivaun, Shovonne, Shyvonne, Siana, Sianna, Siobahn, Sioban, Siobhian and Syvonne.
Jane is a very popular first name for females (#77 out of 4276, Top 2%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#46919 out of 88799, Top 53%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Jane for girls. Jane reached its apex rank of #40 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #322 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Jane and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Jane (#322 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Gianna (#95 a year ago), Jenna (#266), Joanna (#327), Janelle (#450), Johanna (#542), Ivanna (#664), Janessa (#761), Jenny (#822), Giovanna (#874), Janae (#932), Siobhan, Jenelle, Joana, John, Joan, Jennie, Joni, Sinead, Sheena, Sian, Shanae, Juanita, Juana, Jeannine, Johnna, Jean, Janel, Janet, Janette, Janeen, Jana, Iva, Ivana, Jan, Janice, Janie, Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeanne, Gene, Jayne, Janine, Janis, Janna and Jeannette. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during 1950-1959 and are now much less widespread, with forms such as Janae, Janet, Janice, Jenny and Giovanna becoming somewhat dated. The most trendy names for newborns among these are Ivanna (#664), Gianna (#95), Joanna (#327), Janelle (#450) and Jenna (#266), with Joanna going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jane▼ is alike in pronunciation to Jann, Janne, Jeane▼, Jenn, Jenne, Joane, Joann▼, Joanne▼, Jone, June▲ and Zhane▼. Other recommended 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.