What does Jean mean?
Jean [jean] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Jean) is pronounced zhahn. It is of French and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jean is "God is gracious". Variant of John. Jean is sometimes hyphenated with another name, and the French pronunciation (zhahn) may be used. Author and artist Jean Cocteau; playwright Jean Molière; author Jean-Paul Sartre; actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Associated with: gracious.
44 more related forms via John: Ean▲, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Hans▼, Heanno, Iain, Ian▲, Ivan▲, Ivann, Iwan, Jack, Jan▼, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jeannot, Jehan, Jenkin, Jens, Jian, Jianni, Joao, Jock, Johan▲, Johann, Johnn, Johon, Jon▼, Jona, Jovan, Juan, Juwan▼, Sean▼, Seann, Shane▼, Shaun▼, Shawn▼ and Zane▲.Creative forms:
(male) Jaan, Jefan, ..
(female) Jene, Jesa, .. Middle name pairings:
Jean Ryatt (J.R.), ..
How popular is Jean?
Jean is a very prominent first name for males (#350 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#2172 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Jean reached its apex position of #332 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #1190 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Jean (#1190 in 2015) are Ean (#977 in 2015), Eian, Euan, Evan (#67), Ewan (#1284), Gian (#1221), Hans (#1411), Iain, Ian (#76), Ivan (#138), Jack (#40), Jan (#1677), Jeancarlo, Jeanluc, Jeanpaul, Jens, Joao, Jock, Johan (#553), Johann (#1292), John (#26), Jon (#737), Jovan (#1154), Juan (#114), Juwan, Sean (#211), Shane (#295), Shaun (#769), Shawn (#352) and Zane (#233). Adoption of these relations of Jean was well-received during the years 1880-1889 (average #1579) and is now significantly diminished (#1090, ▼72.7%), with versions such as Shawn becoming less in vogue. The most fashionable boy names among these are Ean, Ian, Ivan, Johan and Zane.
Jean▼ is pronounced similarly to Gene▼, Jonn and June. Other suggested similar names are Adan▲, Aedan, Aman, Aran, Bevan, Chan, Dan▼, Dean, Devan▼, Edan, Egan, Elan, Etan, Felan, Gehan, Gyan, Han, Heman, Iefan, Ieuan, Ja-, Jacan, Jahan, Jai, Jalan, Janan, Jano, Jaq, Jaran, Javan, Jax▲, Je-, Jeavin, Jed, Jeff▼, Jelal, Jem, Jemar, Jeno, Jerae, Jerah, Jeran, Jerant, Jerk, Jerman, Jeron, Jess▼, Jet, Jeth, Jett▲, Jevan, Jevvan, Jivan, Joab, Joran, Kean, Kelan, Kevan, Khan, Kian▲, Kiean, Nevan, Regan, Roan, Ryan▼, Shan, Stan▼, Tegan, Teman, Teran, Twan and Van. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jean.See names in meaning and etymology.