Meaning and Name Origin
Jan \jan\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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▼ has 27 more related variations 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 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 (#18166 out of 88799, Top 20%). (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)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Jan and related names. 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 and is somewhat lower today, with versions such as Ean, Jon, Jovan, Jean and Juwan 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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.