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.
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).
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).