Meaning & History
Variant of JENNY. Use of the name was popularized in the 1980s by the character Jenna Wade on the television series 'Dallas'.
VariantsJanae, Janel, Janelle, Janet, Janette, Janey, Janie, Jannette, Jaynie, Jen, Jena, Jeni, Jenn, Jenni, Jennie, Jenny, Janeka, Janele, Janella, Jenae(English) Jenni, Jenny(Finnish)
Masculine FormsEvan, Ian, Ivan, John, Jon, Sean, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Shayne(English) Jani, Janne, Johannes, Joni, Jouni, Juhana, Juhani(Finnish)
Other Languages & CulturesLashawn(African American) Gwenhwyfar, Guenevere, Guinevere(Arthurian Romance) Jone(Basque) Joanna(Biblical) Ioanna(Biblical Greek) Iohanna(Biblical Latin) Ioana, Ivana, Yana, Yanka, Yoana(Bulgarian) Joana(Catalan) Jenifer(Cornish) Ghjuvanna(Corsican) Ivana(Croatian) Ivana, Jana, Johana(Czech) Johanna, Johanne, Jeanette(Danish) Jana, Janna, Jennifer, Jenny, Johanna, Janine, Jeanette, Jeanine, Jeannette(Dutch) Johanna(Estonian) Jeanne, Johanne, Guenièvre, Janine, Jeanette, Jeanine, Jeannette, Jeannine(French) Xoana(Galician) Jana, Janina, Jennifer, Jenny, Johanna, Janine(German) Gianna, Ioanna, Yanna(Greek) Johanna, Zsanett(Hungarian) Jenný, Jóhanna, Jóna(Icelandic) Chevonne, Shavonne, Shevaun, Shevon, Síne, Siobhán, Sinéad(Irish) Giovanna, Ginevra(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) Jean, Sheena, Sìne, Jessie, Sìneag, Teasag(Scottish) Ivana, Jovana(Serbian) Ivana, Jana(Slovak) Ivana, Jana(Slovene) Jennifer, Jenny, Juana(Spanish) Yenifer, Yenny(Spanish (Latin American)) Janina, Janna, Jennifer, Jenny, Johanna, Jeanette, Jennie(Swedish) Ivanna, Yana(Ukrainian) Shan, Siân, Siana, Siani, Sioned(Welsh) Gwenhwyfar(Welsh Mythology)
Sources & References
- Cleveland Kent Evans, The Great Big Book of Baby Names (2006)