What does Joan mean?
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%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#60706 out of 150436, Top 40%). (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 (usage of 0.5062%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.0605%, down 88%), with versions like Janae, Janet, Joanne, Jody and Johanna becoming somewhat dated. Joanna (#327) is the most chic birth name in this compilation, and there is a rekindling in birth name usage for this name. (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.