Meaning and Name Origin
Joan \joan\ as a girls' name is pronounced jone. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Joan is "God is gracious". Medieval feminine version of John. Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, is portrayed as a national and political hero, as well as a religious heroine. She was canonized in 1920. The name was neglected for Jane by the 17th century. See also Joanna and Siobhan. Actresses Joan Crawford, Joan Collins; singer Joan Baez; comedienne Joan Rivers; musician Joni Mitchell; marathon runner Joan Benoit.
Joan▼ has 50 more different forms via Jane, Joanna, Joni, Siobhan: Iva▼, Ivana, Jaina, Jaine, Jan▼, Jana▼, Janae▼, Jandy, Janean, Janee, Janel▼, Janet▼, Janey, Jania, Janie▼, Janis▼, Janit, Janka, Janna▼, Janny, Jany, Jayna, Jayne▼, Jayni, Jean▼, Jeanie▼, Jeanne▼, Jeni, Jess, Jinna, Jo▼, Joana▼, Joann▼, Joanna▲, Joanne▼, Joeann, Joeanna, Joeanne, Johanna▼, Johna, Johnna▼, Jonae, Jonay, Jonie, Jonna, Jonnae, Jonni, Jonnie▼, Juana▼ and Sioban.
Joan has 1 masculine form: Shavon.
Joan is a very prominent first name for females (#62 out of 4276, Top 1%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Joan for girls. Joan reached its peak position of #7 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Joan and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Joan are Iva, Ivana, Jan, Jana, Janae (#932 the previous year), Jane (#322), Janel, Janet, Janie, Janis, Janna, Jayne, Jean, Jeanie, Jeanne, Jo, Joana, Joanie, Joann, Joanna (#327), Joanne, Jody, Johanna (#542), John, Johnna, Joni, Jonna, Jonnie, Juana and Siobhan. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and have become significantly less widespread since, with versions like Janae, Janet, Joanne, Jody and Johanna becoming somewhat dated. Joanna (#327) is the most chic birth name in this compilation, with this name having a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Joan▼ is pronounced similarly to Jann, Jeane▼, Jen, Jenn and Joyann. Other suggested similar baby names are Jeana▼, Jiana, Johana▼, Jolan and Jona. These names tend to be less commonly used than Joan.