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Jean 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 names Gina, Janae, Jenna, Jenny and Jessie.
Baby names that sound like Jean are Jen, Jan, Joan and Jenn.
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Popularity of Jean
Jean is a very popular first name for women (#58 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1909 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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