What does Jan mean?
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.
Related boy name: Yann.
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▲.Creative forms:
(male) Jaan, Jarn, ..
(female) Jaca, Ji, .. Middle name pairings:
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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)
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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.