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What does Jane mean?

Jane Pronunciation of Jane [jane] 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.

Associated with: gracious, 16th century, lady (noble), 19th century, combinations (blend).


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.

Related girl name: Shanae.

12 more relations via Jenny, Jiana, Seana, Sian, Siobhan: Jen, Jeneen, Jenene, Jenice, Jenise, Jenna, Jenni, Jennie, Jianna, Jinni, Jinny and Siana.

Creative forms:
(female) Jaene, Jale, ..

(male) Janece, Jave, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jane Courtney (J.C.), ..

How popular is Jane?

Jane is a very popular first name for females (#77 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#29142 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Jane reached its apex rank of #40 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #288 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Jane (#288 a year ago) listed in the Top 2000 are Gianna (#96 a year ago), Jenna (#298), Joanna (#306), Janelle (#470), Johanna (#541), Ivanna (#614), Janessa (#721), Giovanna (#811), Jenny (#968), Janae (#1003), Jana (#1011), Janice (#1238), Ivana (#1301), Janie (#1396), Janet (#1487), Jianna (#1771), Jaina (#1836), Juana (#1915), Joan (#1990), Siobhan, Jess, Sinead, Jennie, Vania, Jenica, Jenice, Jenise, Jenni, Joana, Johnetta, Johnna, Jonelle, Joni, Juanita, Shanae, Sian, Sheena, John, Jeni, Jayne, Janetta, Janeth, Janette, Janey, Jania, Janene, Janel, Jan, Iva, Janean, Janee, Janeen, Janina, Janine, Jeanie, Jeanette, Jeanne, Jeannette, Jeannine, Jean, Gene, Janise, Janis, Janna, Janney, Jayna and Jenelle. Other forms, like Siana, are uncommon. These relations of Jane were favored as birth names 9 decades ago (usage of 6.15%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.61%, 90.1%), with forms such as Janie becoming somewhat dated. Ivanna, Giovanna and Janessa are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jane, Gene, Gianna, Giovanna, Iva in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ivana, Ivanna, Jaina, Jan, Jana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janae, Janean, Janee, Janeen, Janel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janelle, Janene, Janessa, Janet, Janeth in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janetta, Janette, Janey, Jania, Janice in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janie, Janina, Janine, Janis, Janise in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janna, Janney, Jayna, Jayne, Jean in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeanne, Jeannette, Jeannine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jenelle, Jeni, Jenica, Jenice, Jenise in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jenna, Jenni, Jennie, Jenny, Jess in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jianna, Joan, Joana, Joanna, Johanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of John, Johnetta, Johnna, Jonelle, Joni in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Juana, Juanita, Shanae, Sheena, Sinead in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Siobhan, Vania in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jane, Jenna, Jenny, Joanna, Johanna outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sian, Sinead, Siobhan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jane is alike in pronunciation to Jann, Janne, Jeane, Jenn, Jenne, Jin, Joane, Joann, Joanne, Joeann, Joeanne, Jone, Joyann, Joyanne, June, Jyn and Zhane. Other recommended 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, Jinee, Joanie, Jona, Jonae, Jonee, Junae, Juno and Lane. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jane.

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