What does John mean?
John /john/ as a boys' name is pronounced jahn. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of John is "God is gracious".
Biblical: the name of the longest-lived of the 12 apostles, who was especially loved by Christ. Also the name of John the Baptist, who baptized Christ in the Jordan river. Dozens of variant forms, given names and surnames, male and female, have been created in almost every language. Possibly the most popular name in history; kings, popes, saints, heroes, villains, and men of every degree between have borne the name. A contemporary trend seems to be to hyphenate Joh, Jean, Jon, Sean, and Shawn with various other names. Actors John Gielgud, John Barrymore, John Wayne, John Cusack, John Leguizamo, Johnny Depp; American Presidents John F. Kennedy, John Tyler, John Adams, John Quincy Adams; poet John Donne; Beatle John Lennon; composer Johannes Bach; football player John Elway; lawyer Johnnie Cochrane.
John has 85 variants: Anno, Ean▼, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan▲, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Giannes, Gianni▲, Giannis, Giannos, Giovanni▲, Hannes, Hanno, Hans▼, Hanschen, Hansel, Hansl, Heanno, Iain, Ian▲, Ioannes, Ioannis, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jack, Jackie▼, Jacky▼, Jan▼, Jancsi, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jean▼, Jeannot, Jehan, Jenkin, Jenkins, Jens, Jian, Jianni, Joannes, Joao, Jock, Jocko, Johan▲, Johanan, Johann, Johannes, Johncarlo, Johnie▼, Johnmichael, Johnn, Johnnie▼, Johnny▼, Johnpatrick, Johnpaul▼, Johon, Jon▼, Jona, Jonnie, Jovan▼, Jovanney, Jovanney, Jovanni▼, Jovonni, Juan, Juanito, Juwan▼, Sean▲, Seann, Shane▲, Shaughn, Shaun▼, Shawn▲, Vanek, Vanko, Vanya, Yanni, Yanno and Zane▲.
John has 23 more alternative forms via Jean, Jon, Sean, Shawn: Jeancarlo, Jeanclaude, Jeanluc, Jeanpaul, Jeanphilippe, Jeanpierre, Joncarlo, Joncorey, Jondavid, Jonluke, Jonn, Jonny, Jonpaul, Jontae, Jonte, Seancarlo, Seanmark, Seanpatrick, Shaundre, Shawnel, Shawnell, Shawnn and Shonn.
John has 24 feminine forms: Gianna, Gianina, Giovanna, Hansine, Ivana, Jan, Jana, Jane, Jean, Jeannine, Joan, Johanna, Johnella, Johnna, Jonina, Jovana, Juanita, Shavonne, Shona, Sinead, Siobhan, Vanna, Yannick and Yoana.Kreatif forms: Johnjo, Johnse, Jojohn. [more]
How popular is John?
John is a very prominent first name for males (#2 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1161 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of John for boys. John reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #26. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of John and related names. Jack (#41 2 years ago), Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Juan (#98), Giovanni (#125), Ivan (#132), Sean (#193), Zane (#224), Shane (#277), Johnny (#299), Shawn (#323), Gianni (#515), Johan (#579), Jon (#675), Shaun (#742), Jovanni (#943), Ean (#997), Hans, Jovan, Juwan, Jonnie, Hannes, Eoin, Euan, Ewan, Jones, Keon, Johnpaul, Jens, Jean, Jan, Jacky, Johann, Johannes, Hansel, Johnnie, Johnie, Iain and Jackie are the popular alternative forms of John (#26 2 years ago) rated in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Jeanpaul, are seldom used. These relations of John were at the apex of their popularity during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.3667%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.2919%, 20.4% less), but with versions like Shaun, Ean, Jovanni, Keon and Jon becoming somewhat dated. John is the clear favorite, though Shane has also become popular as well over time. (2014 Birth Statistics)