Meaning and name origin
Jan \jan\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Jan), is pronounced yahn, jan. It is of 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Yann.
Jan is a very popular first name for males (#489 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#18166 out of 88799, Top 20%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jan for boys. Jan reached its highest rank of #271 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Jan▼ is also pronounced similarly to Gian, Janne, Jean▼, Jian, Jon▼, Jonn, June▼ and Juwan▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Ban, Dan▼, Ean▼, Han, Ian▲, Ja-, Jae, Jahan, Jai, Jak, Jame, Janna, Jaq, Jax▲, Jay▼, Jehan, Jem, Jeno, Jim▼, Jino, Johan▲, Jona, Juan, Man, Tan, Van▼, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jan.