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Meaning and name origin

Jean \jean\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Jean), is pronounced jeen. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jean is "God is gracious". Variant of Jane, from John. Originally from the Hebrew Yochana and translated into Latin as Joanna or Johanna. These then developed into the Old French Jehanne. The name retains a Scottish flavour. See also Sheena. Actresses Jean Arthur, Jean Harlow.


Jean has 27 variant forms: Gene, Genie, Jeana, Jeane, Jeanee, Jeaneen, Jeanelle, Jeanene, Jeanette, Jeanice, Jeanie, Jeanine, Jeanique, Jeanna, Jeanne, Jeanneen, Jeannetta, Jeannette, Jeannie, Jeannine, Jeannique, Jeena, Jenette, Jenica, Jennet, Jennetta and Jennine.

For more information, see also related girl names Gina, Janae, Jenna, Jenny and Jessie.

There are 4 masculine forms of Jean: John, Jon, Sean and Shawn.


Jean is a very popular first name for females (#58 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1909 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jean for girls. Jean reached its highest rank of #16 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jean name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jean and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jenna (#266), Jane (#322), Joanna (#327), Johanna (#542), Jessie (#587), Jenny (#822), Janae (#932), Jeannie, Jeannine, Jeannette, John, Sheena, Jeanna, Jeana, Jean, Gina, Genie, Jeane, Jeanette, Gene, Jeanine, Jeanie and Jeanne. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gene, Genie, Gina, Janae, Jane, Jean, Jeana, Jeane, Jeanette, Jeanie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jeanine, Jeanna, Jeanne, Jeannette, Jeannie, Jeannine, Jenna, Jenny, Jessie, Joanna in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Johanna, John, Sheena in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gina, Janae, Jane, Jenna, Jenny outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jean is also pronounced similarly to Jan, Jann, Jen, Jenn, Jenne, Joan, Joane, Joann and Joeann. Other suggested similar baby names are Jana, Jany, Jeanae, Jeanay, Jena, Jenae, Jenai, Jenay, Jeni, Jenni, Jiana, Joana, Juana and Sean. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jean.