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What does Janet mean?

Janet Pronunciation of Janet [janet] 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.

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.

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

(male) Jare, ..

Middle name pairings:
Janet Kelsey (J.K.), ..

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)

Janet reached its peak position of #20 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is presently at #1487. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Jane (#288 from current records), Joanna (#306), Janelle (#470), Jessie (#617), Janessa (#721), Janae (#1003), Jana (#1011), Janice (#1238), Janie (#1396), Jaina (#1836), Juana (#1915), Joan (#1990), Jeni, Jennette, Jeanie, Jayne, Jean, Jeanetta, Jeanette, Jeanne, Johnetta, Juanita, Sinead, Vania, Joni, Jonette, Joana, Jayna, Johnette, Jennie, Janise, Janel, Janene, Janeth, Janett, Janeen, Janee, Gene, Jan, Janean, Janetta, Janette, Anjanette, Janna, Jannet, Jannette, Janis, Janine, Janey, Jania, Janina and Janney are the popular variation forms of Janet (#1487 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Jany, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Janet reached its apex 85 years ago (adoption of 6.1%) and is now significantly less (adoption 0.3%, 95.8%), with versions such as Joni falling out of fashion. Janessa is the most fashionable name for newborns among these.

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.

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