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What does Janet mean?

Janet [ja-net] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: scottish.


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

Affiliated girl names: Anjanette, Jan, Jennie, Jessie and Sinead.

Janet has 59 more different relations via Jane, Jeanette: Gene, Jaina, Jaine, Jainee, Jan, Jana, Janae, Janaye, Jandy, Janean, Janeane, Janee, Janeen, Janel, Janela, Janelba, Janella, Janelle, Janene, Janerita, Janessa, Janey, Jania, Janica, Janice, Janie, Janina, Janine, Janis, Janise, Janka, Janna, Jannel, Janney, Janny, Jany, Jayna, Jayne, Jaynell, Jayni, Jaynie, Jean, Jeanetta, Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeanne, Jenda, Jeni, Jenie, Jinna, Joan, Joana, Joanna, Joni, Jonie, Juana, Juanita, Vania and Vanya.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Jenet, Junet, ..

(male) Janetre, Jare, ..

How popular is Janet?

Janet is a very popular first name for females (#45 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#44821 out of 150436, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Janet for girls. Janet reached its peak position of #20 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is presently at #1375. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the statistics of the girl name Janet and affiliated names. Jane (#322 from current records), Joanna (#327), Janelle (#450), Jessie (#587), Janessa (#761), Janae (#932), Jana (#1106), Janice (#1325), Janie (#1393), Janney (#1651), Jaina (#1805), Jayna (#1806), Juana (#1915), Jeanette (#1947), Jeanetta, Jean, Jennette, Jeni, Jeanie, Jeanne, Johnetta, Joni, Juanita, Sinead, Vania, Jonette, Johnette, Joan, Joana, Jayne, Jennie, Janise, Janel, Janene, Janeth, Janett, Janeen, Janee, Gene, Jan, Janean, Janetta, Janette, Anjanette, Janna, Jannet, Janis, Janine, Janey, Jania, Janina and Jannette are the popular variation forms of Janet (#1375 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Jany, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Janet reached its apex 84 years ago (adoption of 6.1%) and is now significantly less (adoption 0.2%, 95.9%), with versions such as Joana falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janet, Anjanette, Gene, Jaina, Jan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jana, Janae, Jane, Janean, Janee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janeen, Janel, Janelle, Janene, Janessa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janeth, Janett, Janetta, Janette, Janey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jania, Janice, Janie, Janina, Janine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janis, Janise, Janna, Jannet, Jannette in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeanette, Jeanie, Jeanne, Jeni, Jennette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jennie, Jessie, Joan, Joana, Joanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Johnetta, Johnette, Jonette, Joni, Juana in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


Janet is alike in pronunciation to Jaenette, Junette and Junot. Other recommended names are Anet, Annet, Danet, Garnet, Jacee, Jacey, Jade, Jadee, Jaden, Jae, Jael, Jafit, Jahnel, Jalea, Jamee, Jamei, James, Jamey, Janaea, Janaeh, Janah, Janai, Janay, Jances, Janea, Janell, Janely, Janess, Janeva, Janiel, Janita, Jann, Janne, Jaye, Jayel, Jeane, Jeanee, Jenee, Jinee, Joane, Jone, Jonee, Jonel, June, Junel, Lanet, Linet, Lunet, Monet, Paget and Wyanet. These names tend to be less commonly used than Janet.