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Meaning & History

Medieval English variant of Jehanne (see JANE). It was common in England and Scotland during the Middle Ages, but eventually became rare in England. It was reintroduced to the English-speaking world from Scotland in the 19th century.
VariantsJane, Janessa, Janice, Jayne, Jeana, Jeane, Jeanna, Jeanne, Shavonne, Jayna, Shevaun, Shevon English Sìne Scottish
DiminutivesJanae, Janelle, Janet, Janey, Janie, Jeanie, Jennie, Jenny, Janeka English Jessie, Teasag Scottish
Masculine FormsEvan, Ian, Ivan, John, Jon, Sean, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Shayne English Eoin, Iain, Ian Scottish
Other Languages & CulturesLashawn African American Jone Basque Joanna Biblical Ioanna Biblical Greek Iohanna Biblical Latin Ioana, Ivana, Yana, Yanka, Yoana Bulgarian Joana, Jana Catalan Ghjuvanna Corsican Ivana Croatian Ivana, Jana, Johana, Janička Czech Johanna, Johanne, Jeanette Danish Jana, Janna, Johanna, Janine, Janneke, Jantine, Jantje, Jeanette, Jeanine, Jeannette, Jenny Dutch Johanna Estonian Janika, Janina, Johanna, Jenna, Jenni, Jenny Finnish Jeanne, Johanne, Janine, Jeanette, Jeanine, Jeannette, Jeannine French Xoana Galician Jana, Janina, Johanna, Janine, Jenny German Gianna, Ioanna, Yanna Greek Johanna, Zsanett Hungarian Jóhanna, Jóna, Jenný Icelandic Chevonne, Shavonne, Shevaun, Shevon, Síne, Siobhán, Sinéad Irish Giovanna Italian Johanna Late Roman Janina Lithuanian Ivana, Jovana Macedonian Jehanne, Johanne Medieval French Johanna, Johanne, Jeanette Norwegian Janina, Joanna Polish Joana Portuguese Ioana Romanian Yana, Zhanna, Zhannochka Russian Giuanna Sardinian Ivana, Jovana Serbian Ivana, Jana, Janka Slovak Ivana, Jana Slovene Juana, Jenny Spanish Janina, Janna, Johanna, Jannicke, Jannike, Jeanette, Jennie, Jenny Swedish Ivanna, Yana Ukrainian Shan, Siân, Siwan, Siana, Siani, Sioned Welsh
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Entry updated October 30, 2011   Contribute