JANE
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: JAYN   [key]
Meaning & History
Medieval English form of Jehanne, an Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN). This became the most common feminine form of John in the 17th century, surpassing Joan. Famous bearers include the uncrowned English queen Lady Jane Grey (1536-1554), who ruled for only 9 days, the British novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817), who wrote 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Pride and Prejudice', and the British primatologist Jane Goodall (1934-). This was also the name of the central character in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre' (1847).
Related Names
OTHER LANGUAGES: Lashawn (African American), Jone (Basque), Joanna (Biblical), Ioanna (Biblical Greek), Iohanna (Biblical Latin), Ioana, Ivana, Yana, Yoana (Bulgarian), Joana, Jana (Catalan), Ivana (Croatian), Ivana, Jana, Johana, Janička (Czech), Johanna, Johanne (Danish), Jana, Janna, Johanna, Janneke, Jantine, Jantje (Dutch), Johanna (Estonian), Janina, Johanna (Finnish), Jeanne, Jeanette, Jeanine, Jeannette, Jeannine (French), Xoana (Galician), Jana, Janina, Johanna (German), Ioanna (Greek), Johanna, Zsanett (Hungarian), Jóhanna, Jóna (Icelandic), Chevonne, Shavonne, Shevaun, Shevon, Síne, Siobhan, Sinéad (Irish), Giovanna (Italian), Johanna (Late Roman), Janina (Lithuanian), Ivana, Jovana (Macedonian), Jehanne, Johanne (Medieval French), Johanna, Johanne (Norwegian), Janina, Joanna (Polish), Joana (Portuguese), Ioana (Romanian), Yana, Zhanna, Zhannochka (Russian), Jean, Seona, Seonag, Sheena, Sheona, Shona, Sìne, Jessie, Sìneag, Teasag (Scottish), Ivana, Jovana (Serbian), Jana (Slovak), Ivana, Jana (Slovene), Juana (Spanish), Janina, Janna, Johanna, Jannicke, Jannike (Swedish), Siân, Siwan, Siana, Siani, Sioned (Welsh)
Popularity
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