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Meaning and Name Origin

Janet \j(a)-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.


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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Anjanette, Jan, Jennie, Jessie and Sinead.

Janet has 23 more different forms via Jane, Jeanette: Jaine, Jainee, Jan, Jana, Janae, Jandy, Janean, Janee, Janeen, Janel, Janela, Janene, Janey, Jania, Janie, Janis, Janka, Janna, Jannel, Janney, Janny, Jany and Jayne.


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

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Janet for girls. Janet reached its peak position of #21 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 popularity of the girl name Janet and affiliated names. Jane (#322 the previous year), Jessie (#587), Janae (#932), Jannette, Janna, Jayne, Jennie, Janis, Sinead, Jeanette, Janette, Jana, Jan, Janeen, Janel, Anjanette and Janie are the popular variation forms of Janet rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during 1950-1959 and is now significantly less, with versions such as Janae, Janet, Jannette, Janna and Jeanette falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Anjanette, Jan, Jana, Janae, Jane, Janeen, Janel, Janet, Janette, Janie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Janis, Janna, Jannette, Jayne, Jeanette, Jennie, Jessie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Janet is alike in pronunciation to Junot. Other recommended similar baby names are Danet, Janea, Janita and Lanet. These names tend to be less commonly used than Janet.