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In 2018, 56 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Janet who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 100th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
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I don't really like the name Janet.
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
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Aunt Janet is Felicity, Cecily and Dan's mother in the book The Story Girl.
kayisforkeen  7/24/2018
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You can neither appreciate nor denounce the regally firm name, JANET... unless you are a JANET. Dammit, I absolutely LOVE this name and I could not imagine being named with another. I bow my head to my mother, who looked at me at birth and said, "Janet." And I smiled.
Janet  3/30/2018
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Someone said Janet is an ugly name. I personally love my name and think it is classy and unique. It’s uncommon and has appeal!
JanetJanet007  3/27/2018
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I was named after my father's cousin, Janice. When I was in school, I loved the reading primers that had my name as one of the characters (Janet and Mark). Janet is a name you have heard many times but rarely know anyone named Janet.
janetkc  2/12/2018
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Janet Mock (1983-) is a well known American writer and news reporter.
theparkite  1/9/2018
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I like being a Janet. We're rare. I can count the number of Janet's I've met on one hand. Besides it sounds better than the made up drivel that's around now.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2017
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Janet is such an ugly name, it sounds so androgynous to be honest. I cringe anytime I hear the name.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2017
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Janet Beth Evans is an American former competition swimmer who specialized in distance freestyle events. Evans was a world champion and world record-holder, and won a total of four gold medals at the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics.
cutenose  6/13/2017
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Janet Q. Nguyen is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. She is a Republican representing the 34th district, encompassing parts of Long Beach and Orange County. She is the first Vietnamese-American state senator in the United States and the country's first Vietnamese-American woman state legislator.
cutenose  3/2/2017
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Janet Marie Gretzky is an American actress. She is married to former ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky. One of Jones' earliest appearances was as a contestant on Merv Griffin's syndicated US television program Dance Fever in 1979, and then later as a member of the dance duo Motion, dancing choreographed routines with the show's host, Deney Terrio. Jones performed in Annie, Staying Alive and Snow White Live, and had a bit part in The Beastmaster. Her big break came in The Flamingo Kid, which was followed by the film version of A Chorus Line. In 1986, she appeared in American Anthem, co-starring gymnast Mitch Gaylord, and in 1987, she appeared on the cover and in a semi-nude pictorial in the March issue of Playboy.
cutenose  2/25/2017
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I am a Janet and in the past 10 years I have not met anyone under the age of 50 with my name. I am in my late 20s. It was never clear to me who my namesake was but my mom was under the impression somehow that the name meant "water goddess" in French, Lol. She had just arrived in the US and I guess there were no French people around to verify this as true or false. My dad is the one who wanted me named Janet because he had a crush on Janet Jackson at that time (late 80s). My impressions of other Janets have been varied and none of them seemed to have anything in common with each other, or me for that matter.

I know that the few Janets I have met close to my age have disliked their name and wanted a different one. I used to think I would have been 'better off' as an Emily. But then I met an Emily and she wasn't anything like me either, lol.

Things white people say to me all the time is "Dammit Janet!" or "Have you seen Rocky Horror?"

In middle school I ran as a mock UN ambassador and one of the kids running against me called his campaign "Don't vote for Janet, she'll ruin the planet".

A time I really liked my name was way back in the 90s, when the show Captain Planet was on. It was a great show, but I also found it really easy to switch in my name and sing "Captain Janet".

So, my advice is, if you think your daughter will grow up to join the Navy, Janet is a great name. Captain Janet, she's a hero.
heyitsjanet  7/11/2016
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I am also a Janet, though I have always gone by "Jen." My father insisted on naming be after his mother who had died a few years before I was born. My mom hated the name, so she agreed, but said she would call me "Jenny." When I got older I just became "Jen." Of course their are far too many Jennifers around my age, so I had to go by Janet in school. I have always hated the name!
empressjenf  7/1/2016
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"Janet" was the name of the lonely planet in the animated T.V. show 'Wander Over Yonder'.
iamauser  6/30/2016
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The name Janet was given to 153 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
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This is my oldest daughter's middle name as this came from my mum's name, also my mum in law and my gran's name. It goes lovely with my daughter's first name. I actually don't know anyone else called this apart from in mine and my husbands family.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2016
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I am also named Janet. I am okay with my name but, I like janna or janae better. It's not as plain as Janet. But I live with it!
Jana59  4/17/2016
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I am also a Janet. I've never hated or overly liked it, but I'd rather be called Janet, than some of the silly names people choose today.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2015
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I am a Janet. I never liked it much until I got older and people gave me the nickname Janet from another planet. I was special. I didn't know any Janet's growing up. In high school there were 2 others. In the 70's I worked in a small post office. Six people worked there and 2 of us were Janet. And yes I agree with someone who said it's going to come back.
the4thflor  12/5/2015
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This is my sister's name, it's not a name that you hear very often or at least I haven't heard it very often. My sister like myself was named after one of my fathers ex-girlfriends. I have only known 2 other Janets' besides my sister in my life. It's a what I would call unique name.
acabral  9/7/2015
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Janet van Dyne aka Wasp in Marvel Comics and adaptations, longtime and often founding member of the Avengers. Her only MCU appearance to date is in the 2015 'Ant-Man' film where she is portrayed by Hayley Lovitt.
Feorsteorra  8/6/2015
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When I was 21 I had my entire name legally changed. I picked Janet as my new name because I didn't know anyone personally that had it and it also wasn't ever a name I heard frequently. Of course once I had my court date, was approved and got my new name I started hearing people use it all the time! And it seems that it's used in quite a number of commercials on television now too! Maybe it's always been that way and I'm just now picking up on it... who knows... I'm still happy with my name choice after 16 years so I'm keeping it :)
Peanugbug  7/18/2015
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Personally, I don't think the name is entirely old or ugly sounding. Neither are names like Ellen or Mary, they can be quite old fashioned and outdated too, yet they are pretty at the same time, so names like Janet can be the same. Also, there can be some middle aged women with names like Sarah, Rachel, Emma, Lisa, Claire, etc, and they might not look like pretty young women, but it doesn't mean the name has to suit them any less.
Hushpuppy  7/3/2015
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Janet Devlin (Born: November 12, 1994) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter.
― Anonymous User  1/25/2015
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Simple and pretty, though maybe I prefer Jane.
fugfacedmermaid  12/27/2014
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Janet Weiss is a drummer, most famously in the band Sleater-Kinney, but also Quasi and Wild Flag.
emily  4/1/2014
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The name Janet was given to 210 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/16/2013
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Janet means 'gift of God'. My name is Janet and I hate it! No one pronounces it properly where I'm from, as they give it a French twist - Jeanette, which I don't like. Don't name your child Janet - it also sounds oldish in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2013
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I don't really think of that as a young child's name.
SEC908  10/6/2012
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Janet first became widely used as a separate name instead of just a diminutive in Scotland.

In the 1851 census of the United Kingdom, there were 101,942 women listed as "Janet" in Scotland and only 3,807 in England, at a time when England's total population was 17.9 million and Scotland's only 2.9 million.

In the 1850 U.S. census there were only 1,338 Janets in a total non-slave population of about 20 million.
clevelandkentevans  4/2/2011
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Nobody has mentioned Janet Gaynor (Laura Gainor, October 6, 1906-September 14, 1984), the first actress to win the Oscar. Janet won the Award for his work in three movies: "Seventh Heaven", "Sunrise" (both 1927), and "Street Angel" (1928).
alberto  8/6/2010
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Ugly, ugly name. Reminds me of an overweight, low-class, hideous, and hateful elderly woman. Bleugh!
― Anonymous User  7/19/2010
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To me the name sounds like a strong willed controlling older woman; but I've had bad experiences with the name. The first Janet I knew was a landlady who tried to unduly evict me, and the second Janet was my supervisor who laid me off and tried to scam me out of my unemployment benefits. What are the odds of that? Rant done.
JW41926  7/1/2010
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This is my grandmother's name, but her full name is Janet- not Jane. I don't see why Janet is considered a nickname of Jane. The name Jane is too short to have a nickname.
― Anonymous User  6/2/2010
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I'm fond of this name because Janet Jackson is one of my favorite female singers!
starz26  4/17/2010
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Dame Janet Baker great English classical singer.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2010
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A famous bearer was actress Janet Leigh (1927-2004).
― Anonymous User  2/25/2009
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This is my mother's name and I think it's very pretty. If you wanted to go fancier another spelling is Janette, which would be pronounced Jan-ETTE.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2008
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"Dr. Janet Fraiser" with the rank of "US Air Force Major" when she was "KIA=Killed In Action" in season 7, was a character on the hit Sci-Fi TV show "Stargate SG-1".
Charlie1977  9/30/2008
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It feels very harsh and stern yet bland to me - Jane is pretty, Jan is dull, and guess which one Janet sounds more like?
― Anonymous User  7/12/2008
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The heroine of the 16th century Scottish ballad Tam Lin was called Janet, or Fair Janet, in most versions.
Luanna  4/12/2008
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Arabian meaning Heaven.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2008
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How could it mean heaven in Arabic? That is very odd.
Hushpuppy  11/15/2008
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When I hear the name Janet I think of a smart girl with curly blonde hair and glasses.
applemilk  9/10/2007
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This name is sooo plain Jane and booooring.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2007
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Ja-NET is another pronunciation I have heard.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2007
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I used to immensely dislike this name. Then I read Jane Eyre. Now I love it, but mostly because I have a giant crush on Mr. Rochester.
black_lace  1/31/2007
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There is an author named Janet Evanovich aka Steffie Hall.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Mr Rochester uses Janet as his pet name for Jane. Before this I'd never seen it used as it originally would have and it made me like the name again.
reniannen17  10/9/2006
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I never really liked this name at first, but after hearing (and loving) the Irish cognate Sinéad, I was drawn to this name. I think it's very pretty, even if it may have been very common and ordinary once.
ragexprincess  9/2/2006
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Also, in V.C. Andrews's Orphans miniseries, there was a girl named Janet Taylor who was very tiny and a ballerina.
ragexprincess  9/2/2006
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This is one of those names that belongs to the baby boomer generation and would be strange on a child. However, I predict that it will come around again in about 15 years. There will be all kinds of babies named Carol and Deborah and Janet in 2021, I bet.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2006
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Janet Weiss was a character in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Brenna  5/6/2006
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"Janet!?"
"Dr. Scott!?"
"Janet!?"
"Brad!"
"ROCKY!"
*epic head turn*
― Anonymous User  5/6/2011
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Janet soulds like planet.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2006
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Janet Templeton is the mother of actors (and actress) Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Ramon Estevez, Jr., and Renee Estevez.
AndrewJKD  1/3/2006
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Joyce DeWitt played Janet Wood on the T.V. show "Three's Company."
breakofday  12/21/2005
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Janet Jackson is a singer known for her "wardrobe malfunction" and for being Michael Jackson's sister.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005

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