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pinWhat does Jan mean?

Jan /jan/ 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 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.

Kreatif forms: Jannah. [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. 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, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Names, 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), Shane (#277), Shawn (#323), Johan (#579), Jon (#675), Shaun (#742), Ean (#997), Juwan, Jovan, Jens, Hans, Ewan, Euan, Iain, Jacky, Jean and Johann. Adoption of these forms of Jan was common among parents in the 1980s (adoption of 0.473%) and is almost as conventional today (adoption 0.382%, 19%), but with versions such as Jean becoming somewhat dated. Zane, Ian, Evan, Sean, Shane, Johan and Shawn, with Evan undergoing a revival in popularity.

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

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Johann, John, Jon, Jovan, Juan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Juwan, Sean, 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.

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Jan is alike in pronunciation to Gene, Jonn and June. Other recommended similar baby 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.