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What does Joanna mean?

Joanna \jo(an)-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced joh-AN-ah. Variant of Joan or Jane. Biblical: the name of several women who were disciples of Christ. Joanne is the French form. Actresses Joanna Lumley, Joanne Woodward; author Joanne (JK) Rowling.


Joanna has 11 variants: Jo, Joana, Joanie, Joann, Joanne, Joanne, Joeann, Joeanna, Joeanne, Johanna and Johannah.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Jean, Yoana and Ioanna.

Joanna has 17 more related variations via Jane, Joan: Gianna, Ivanna, Jaina, Jana, Jania, Janina, Janka, Janna, Janny, Jayna, Jeanne, Jinna, Joan, Joane, Joannue, Johnna and Juana.


Joanna is a very popular first name for women (#324 out of 4276, Top 8%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Joanna for girls. Joanna reached its apex rank of #137 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #327 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Popular varying forms of Joanna (#327 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000 are Gianna (#95 in 2014), Ivanna (#664), Jana, Jane (#322), Janna, Jean, Jeanne, Jo, Joan, Joana, Joanie, Joann, Joanne, Johanna (#542), Johannah, Johnna and Juana. Adoption of these girl names was at its peak during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5003%) and is now much lower (usage 0.1694%, down 66.1%), with versions such as Joann, Joanne, Johanna, Johnna and Juana falling out of fashion. Gianna (#95), Ivanna (#664) and Joanna (#327) are three of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this compilation, with Joanna undergoing a revival in popularity. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Joanna and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gianna, Ivanna, Jana, Jane, Janna, Jean, Jeanne, Jo, Joan, Joana in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Joanie, Joann, Joanna, Joanne, Johanna, Johannah, Johnna, Juana in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Joanna is alike in pronunciation to Jaena, Janea, Jannae, Jannah, Jeana, Jeanna, Jenna, Jiana, Jianna, Johna, Johnnae, Jona, Jonna, Jonnae, Jonni and Joyanna. Other recommended similar baby names are Jann, Janne, Johana, Johanne, Jolanna, Josanna, Jovanna, Joyann, Joyanne, Roanna, Yoanna and Zoanna. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joanna.