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pinWhat does Jan mean?

Jan /jan/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Jan) is pronounced yahn, jan. It is of Dutch, Danish, Slavic and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jan is "God is gracious".

Variant of John. See also Janson. Painters Jan Van Eyck, Jan Vermeer.


Jan has 4 variants: Hans, Janek, Jano and Janos.

Related boy name: Yann.

Jan has 27 more relations via Janson, John: Ean, Eian, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Gian, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Iwan, Jack, Janko, Janne, Janse, Jean, Jehan, Jens, Jian, Joao, Johan, Jon, Jona, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean and Zane.

Jan has 3 feminine forms: Janae, Jancis and Janessa.

Kreatif forms: Jange, Janju, Jujan. [more]

pinHow popular is Jan?

Jan is a very prominent first name for males (#489 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#14995 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Jan for boys. Jan entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its apex rank of #271 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Jan are John (#26 last year), Jack (#41), Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Juan (#98), Ivan (#132), Sean (#193), Zane (#224), Johan (#579), Jon (#675), Ean (#997), Jovan, Juwan, Ewan, Euan, Hans, Iain, Jean and Jens. Usage of these boy names reached its highest in 2004 (usage of 0.4679%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.395%, 15.6%), with versions such as Ean, Jon, Jovan, Jean and Hans becoming somewhat dated. The trendier birth names among these are Zane (#224), Ian (#77), Evan (#58), Sean (#193) and Johan (#579), with Evan undergoing a revival in popularity. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Jan and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jan, Ean, Evan, Hans, Ian in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ivan, Jack, Jean, Johan, John in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Euan, Evan, Ewan, Iain, Ian outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jack, Jens, Johan, John, Sean, Zane outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

Jan is alike in pronunciation to Jonn and June. Other recommended similar baby names are Ban, Dan, Han, Ja-, Jae, Jahan, Jai, Jak, Jame, Janna, Jaq, Jax, Jay, Jem, Jeno, Jim, Jino, Man, Tan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jan.