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Jan (boy)

What does Jan mean?

Jan Pronunciation of Jan [jan] as a boys' name (also used less widely 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.

Associated with: gracious.

Variations

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

Related boy name: Yann.

Jan has 51 more relations via Janson, John: Anno, Ean, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Hanno, Hansl, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jack, Jacky, Jancsi, Janko, Janne, Janse, Jansen, Janzen, Jean, Jehan, Jens, Jian, Jianni, Joao, Jock, Johan, Johann, Johnn, Johon, Jon, Jona, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean, Seann, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Vanek, Vanko, Vanya, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.

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

Creative forms:
(male) Jaan, Jarn, ..

(female) Janca, Janja, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jan Juancarlos (J.J.), ..

How 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. Demographics)

Presented below is the birth name statistics 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, and is at #1677 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jan name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Jan (#1677 last year) are John (#26 last year), Jack (#40), Evan (#67), Ian (#76), Juan (#114), Ivan (#138), Sean (#211), Zane (#233), Shane (#295), Shawn (#352), Johan (#553), Jon (#737), Shaun (#769), Ean (#977), Jovan (#1154), Jean (#1190), Gian (#1221), Ewan (#1284), Johann (#1292), Hans (#1411), Euan, Eian, Juwan, Jacky, Jock, Jens, Jansen, Joao and Iain. Adoption of these forms of Jan was common among parents in the 1880s (adoption of 8.59%) and has become significantly reduced since (adoption 2.34%, 73%), with versions such as John becoming somewhat dated. The trendier birth names among these are Ivan, Zane, Ian, Ean and Johan.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jan, Ean, Eian, Evan, Ewan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gian, Hans, Iain, Ian, Ivan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jack, Jacky, Jansen, Jean, Jens in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joao, Jock, Johan, Johann, John in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shane, Shaun, Shawn, 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 outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jan is alike in pronunciation to Gene, Jonn and June. Other recommended names are Ban, Dan, Han, Ja-, Jae, Jai, Jak, Jaq, Jax, Jay, Man, Tan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jan.

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