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What does Jean mean?

Jean \jean\ as a boys' name (also used 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.


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

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

Jean has 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.

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


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)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Jean for boys. Jean reached its apex position of #384 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Jean and associated names. Prominent related forms of Jean are Ean (#997 in 2014), Euan, Evan (#58), Ewan, Hans, Iain, Ian (#77), Ivan (#132), Jack (#41), Jan, Jens, Johan (#579), Johann, John (#26), Jon (#675), Jovan, Juan (#98), Juwan, Sean (#193), Shane (#277), Shaun (#742), Shawn (#323) and Zane (#224). Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.4927%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3983%, down 19.2%), with versions such as Ean, Jean, Jon, Jovan and Shaun falling out of style. The most fashionable boy names among these are Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Sean (#193), Shane (#277) and Zane (#224), with Evan going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ean, Evan, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Jack, Jan, Jean, Johan, Johann in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of John, Jon, Jovan, Juan, 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.

Similar Names

Jean is pronounced similarly to Jonn. Other suggested similar baby names are Dean, Jahan, Jano, Jem, Jeno, Jeran, Jevan and Kean. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jean.