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Meaning and name origin

Janet \j(a)-net\ as a girl's name is pronounced JAN-et. It is of Scottish origin. Originally a diminutive of Jane, from the French Jeanette. Janeta and Jonet are earlier forms. Actresses Janet Leigh, Janet Gaynor; singer Dame Janet Baker; swimmer Janet Evans; figure skater Janet Lynn.


Janet has 22 variant forms: Gianetta, Janeta, Janeth, Janett, Janetta, Janette, Janit, Jannet, Janneth, Janetta, Jannette, Janot, Jenetta, Jenette, Jennet, Jennette, Jinnet, Jinnett, Johnetta, Johnette, Jonet and Jonette.

For more information, see also related girl names Anjanette, Jan, Jennie, Jessie and Sinead.


Janet is a very popular first name for females (#45 out of 4276, Top 1%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Janet for girls (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Janet name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Janet and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jane (#322), Jessie (#587), Jennie, Jan, Sinead, Jannette, Jeanette, Janette, Janet and Anjanette. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jane, Jessie, Jennie, Jan, Jannette, Jeanette, Janette, Janet, Anjanette in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jane, Jessie, Sinead, Janet outside U.S.

Similar Names

Janet is also pronounced similarly to Junot. Other suggested similar baby names are Danet, Jandy, Janea, Janee, Janel, Janey, Janita and Lanet. These names tend to be less commonly used than Janet.