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What does Johnny mean?

Johnny Pronunciation of Johnny [john-ny] as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of the name Johnny is "God is gracious". Johnny is a version of John (Hebrew). See also Gian.

Associated with: gracious.


Johnny has 4 variants: Johnie, Johnnie, Jona and Jonnie.

15 more related forms via John: Janne, Jehan, Jianni, Joannes, Johan, Johanan, Johann, Johannes, Johnn, Johon, Jon, Jovan, Jovanney, Jovanni and Jovonni.

Creative forms:
(male) Jeny, Juny, ..

(female) Johnia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Johnny Jaydon (J.J.), ..

How popular is Johnny?

Johnny is a very popular first name for males (#97 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#51119 out of 150436, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Johnny reached its apex position of #50 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is at #310 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Gian (#1221 in recent rankings), Johan (#553), Johann (#1292), Johannes, John (#26), Johnie, Johnnie (#1531), Jon (#737), Jonnie, Jovan (#1154) and Jovanni (#1049) are the popular varying forms of Johnny (#310 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Jona, are uncommon. These forms of Johnny were at the top of their popularity a century ago (median #1412) and are now much less popular (#1156, 92%). John is the all-time favorite, though Johan has grown popular as well over time, while forms such as Jon are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Johnny, Gian, Johan, Johann, John in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Johnie, Johnnie, Jon, Jonnie, Jovan, Jovanni in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Johan, Johannes, John outside U.S.

Similar Names

Johnny is alike in pronunciation to Gianny, Janna, Jonah and Jonny. Other recommended names are Benny, Chany, Cheny, Danny, Denny, Dominy, Donny, Fortny (see Fortney), Glenny, Hockny (see Hockney), Jahan, Jeovany, Joben, Joby, Jodey, Jody, Joey, Johar, Johnson, Johntay, Johnte, Joiner, Jonas, Jones, Jonn, Jonte, Jophrey, Joran, Jordy, Joren, Jorey, Jorn, Joron, Jorry, Jory, Jovani, Jovann, Jovanno, Jovanny, Jovany, Jovin, Jovon, Joyner, Kenny, Lanny, Lenny, Lonny, Manny, Renny, Ronny, Sonny, Sunny, Tenny, Tony, Vinny and Yovanny. These names tend to be less commonly used than Johnny.

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