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Meaning and name origin

Jean \jean\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.


Jean has 6 variant forms: Jeancarlo, Jeanclaude, Jeanluc, Jeanpaul, Jeanphilippe and Jeanpierre.

For more information, see also related boy names Jon, Sean and Shawn.

There are 9 feminine forms of Jean: Gene, Gina, Janae, Jeanette, Jeannine, Jenna, Jenny, Jessie and Sheena.


Jean is a very popular first name for males (#350 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1909 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jean for boys (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jean and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Sean (#193), Shawn (#323), Jon (#675) and Jean. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of John, Sean, Shawn, Jon, Jean in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of John, Sean, Shawn outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jean is also pronounced similarly to Gian, Jan, Jian, Jonn and Juwan. Other suggested similar baby names are Dean, Jahan, Jano, Jehan, Jem, Jeno, Jeran, Jevan, Johan, Juan and Kean. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jean.