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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.


Jan has 4 variant forms: Hans, Janek, Jano and Janos.

For more information, see also the related boy name Yann.

There are 3 feminine forms of Jan: Janae, Jancis and Janessa.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jan name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Jan and Hans. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hans, Jan, John in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.