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What does John mean?

John Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: gracious, biblical, river, surnames, popular (famous), kings, saints, heroes.


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.

4 more alternative forms via Jean, Jon, Sean, Shawn: Jonn, Jonny, Jonte and Shonn.

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.

Creative forms:
(male) Jahn, Join, ..

(female) Joina, Josa, ..

Middle name pairings:
John Alijah (J.A.), ..

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)

John reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #26. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of John name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Jack (#40 from recent data), Evan (#67), Ian (#76), Juan (#114), Giovanni (#130), Ivan (#138), Sean (#211), Zane (#233), Shane (#295), Johnny (#310), Shawn (#352), Johan (#553), Gianni (#564), Jon (#737), Shaun (#769), Ean (#977), Jovanni (#1049), Jovan (#1154), Jean (#1190), Gian (#1221), Ewan (#1284), Johann (#1292), Johnpaul (#1303), Keon (#1304), Hans (#1411), Johnnie (#1531), Jones (#1532), Jan (#1677), Hansel (#1709), Jackie (#1725), Keoni (#1833), Jonnie, Juwan, Jonte, Jonny, Jock, Hannes, Iain, Euan, Eoin, Eian, Jacky, Jenkins, Johannes, Johnie, Dajon, Joao, Jens and Johnmichael are the popular alternative forms of John (#26 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Shonn, are seldom used. These relations of John were at the apex of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 8.69%) and are now much less popular (adoption 2.64%, 70% less), with versions like John becoming somewhat dated. The most trendy baby names among these are Ivan, Zane, Gianni, Ian, Ean, Johan and Giovanni.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of John, Dajon, Ean, Eian, Eoin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evan, Ewan, Gian, Gianni, Giovanni in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hans, Hansel, Iain, Ian, Ivan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jack, Jackie, Jacky, Jan, Jean in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jenkins, Jens, Joao, Jock, Johan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Johann, Johnie, Johnmichael, Johnnie, Johnny in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Johnpaul, Jon, Jones, Jonnie, Jonny in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jonte, Jovan, Jovanni, Juan, Juwan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keon, Keoni, Sean, Shane, Shaun in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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.

Similar Names

John is alike in pronunciation to June. Other recommended 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.

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