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Meaning and name origin

Joao \joao\ as a boy's name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Joao is "God is gracious". Joao is a variant of John (Hebrew); biblical: the name of the longest-lived of the 12 apostles, who was especially loved by Christ.


Joao is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Joao and its source form. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is John (#26). (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of John in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Joao is also pronounced similarly to Ja-, Jae, Jai, Jay, Joe and Joey. Other suggested similar baby names are Jo and Joab. These names tend to be more commonly used than Joao.