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.
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)
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)