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pinWhat 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.

Affiliated boy names: Baptist, Battista, Chan, Dajon, Eoin, Evian, Gahan, Hovannes, Huon, Ieuan, Ioanis, Janak, Jones, Keon, Keoni, Sinjin, Yann, Yannis, Yochanan and Yovanny.

John has 4 more alternative forms via Jean, Jon, Sean, Shawn: Jonn, Jonny, Jonte 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]

pinHow 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 statistics 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)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the usage of John and related names. Jack (#41 from recent data), 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 from recent data) rated in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Jonny, are seldom used. These relations of John were at the apex of their popularity during 1980-1989 (adoption of 0.367%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.292%, 20% less), but with versions like Shaun, Ean, Jovanni, Keon and Jon becoming somewhat dated. Gianni, Zane, Giovanni, Ian, Evan, Sean, Shane, Johan and Shawn, and there is also a resurgence in birth name usage for Evan and Giovanni.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of John, Ean, Evan, Gianni, Giovanni in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hans, Hansel, Ian, Ivan, Jack in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jackie, Jacky, Jan, Jean, Johan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Johann, Johnie, Johnnie, Johnny, Johnpaul in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jon, Jones, Jonnie, Jovan, Jovanni in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Juan, Juwan, Keon, Sean, Shane in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shaun, Shawn, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of John, Eoin, Euan, Evan, Ewan outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hannes, Iain, Ian, Jack, Jens outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Johan, Johannes, Sean, Shane, Shaun outside U.S.

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

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John is alike in pronunciation to June. Other recommended similar baby names are Jahan, Jeh, Jehu, Jo, Joab, Job, Jobe, Joben, Joby, Jodi, Jody, Joe, Joed, Joel, Joey, Johar, Johnte, Joop, Joos, Joran, Joren, Jorg, Jori, Jorn, Joron, Jory, Jose, Josh, Joss, Jove, Jovi, Jovin, Jovon and Kahn. These names tend to be less commonly used than John.