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What does Janis mean?

Janis Pronunciation of Janis [ja-nis] as a name for girls is a Hebrew name, and Janis means "God is gracious". Janis is an alternate spelling of Jane (Hebrew): originally a feminine transcription of John. Janis is also a variation of Janice (Hebrew).

Associated with: gracious.


Janis has 13 variants: Janeece, Janess, Janesse, Janiece, Janise, Janiss, Jannice, Jannis, Janyce, Jenice, Jeniece, Jenise and Jennice.

56 more relations via Jane, Janice: Jaina, Jaine, Jainee, Jan, Jana, Janae, Janaye, Jandy, Janean, Janee, Janeen, Janel, Janela, Janene, Janessa, Janet, Janeta, Janeth, Janey, Jania, Janica, Janicia, Janie, Janina, Janine, Janique, Janit, Janka, Janna, Jannel, Janney, Janny, Jany, Jayna, Jayne, Jayni, Jaynie, Jean, Jeanie, Jeanne, Jency, Jenda, Jeni, Jenica, Jenie, Jess, Jinna, Joan, Joana, Joanna, Joni, Jonie, Juana, Juanita, Vania and Vanya.

Creative forms:
(female) Jeanis, Joynis, ..

(male) Jail, Jarus, ..

Middle name pairings:
Janis Eve (J.E.), ..

How popular is Janis?

Janis is a very prominent first name for females (#429 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#8022 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Janis entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its apex position of #169 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Janis are Jane (#288 from current records), Joanna (#306), Janessa (#721), Janae (#1003), Jana (#1011), Janice (#1238), Janie (#1396), Janet (#1487), Jaina (#1836), Juana (#1915), Joan (#1990), Vania, Jeni, Jeanne, Jeanie, Jayne, Jean, Jenica, Jenice, Jess, Jayna, Jenise, Joni, Juanita, Joana, Janel, Janene, Janeth, Janeen, Janee, Jan, Janean, Janey, Jania, Janna, Janney, Janise, Janine, Janiece, Janina and Janyce. These relations of Janis were popular as baby names 85 years ago (adoption of 5.7%) and are now much less widespread (adoption 0.2%, 96% less). Joanna is more universally found than the rest, although Janessa appears to be gaining favor too, while versions like Joan are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janis, Jaina, Jan, Jana, Janae in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jane, Janean, Janee, Janeen, Janel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janene, Janessa, Janet, Janeth, Janey in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janine, Janise, Janna, Janney, Janyce in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jayna, Jayne, Jean, Jeanie, Jeanne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeni, Jenica, Jenice, Jenise, Jess in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joan, Joana, Joanna, Joni, Juana in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Janis is pronounced similarly to Janeese, Jeanice and Jennis. Other suggested similar names are Alanis, Anis, Annis, Candis, Caris, Ennis, Ilanis, Innis, Jaci, Jacie, Jafit, Jalin, Jalisa, James, Jami, Jamia, Jamie, Janah, Janai, Janais, Janay, Jances, Jancis, Janea, Janiel, Janika, Janisha, Janissa, Janita, Jann, Janne, Jannie, Janot, Jas, Jayil, Jinia, Joanie, Jonisa, Junia, Kandis, Karis, Lenis, Maris, Mavis, Paris, Tais, Tanis and Wandis. These names tend to be less frequently used than Janis.

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