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Joan meaning and name origin
Joan \joan\ as a girl's 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 6 variant forms: Joane, Joanie, Joannue, Jone, Jonee and Joni.
For more information, see also related names Jody, Johanna, Shavonne and Shona.
Baby names that sound like Joan are Jan, Joana, Jean and Joann.
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Popularity of Joan
Joan is a very popular first name for women (#62 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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