JOAN (1)
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: JON   [key]
Meaning & History
Medieval English form of Johanne, an Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN). This was the usual English feminine form of John in the Middle Ages, but it was surpassed in popularity by Jane in the 17th century.

This name (in various spellings) has been common among European royalty, being borne by ruling queens of Naples, Navarre and Castile. Another famous bearer was Joan of Arc, a patron saint of France (where she is known as Jeanne d'Arc). She was a 15th-century peasant girl who, after claiming she heard messages from God, was given leadership of the French army. She defeated the English in the battle of Orléans but was eventually captured and burned at the stake.

Related Names
VARIANTS: Joanna, Johanna, Joann, Joanne
OTHER LANGUAGES: Tajuana (African American), Jone (Basque), Joanna (Biblical), Ioanna (Biblical Greek), Iohanna (Biblical Latin), Ioana, Ivana, Yana, Yoana (Bulgarian), Joana (Catalan), Ivana, Žana (Croatian), Ivana, Jana, Johana (Czech), Johanna, Johanne, Hanna, Hanne, Janne, Jannicke, Jannike, Jonna (Danish), Jana, Janna, Johanna, Hanna, Hanne, Hannie, Jennigje, Johanneke (Dutch), Johanna (Estonian), Janina, Johanna, Hanna, Hannele, Janna, Jenna, Jenni, Jonna (Finnish), Jeanne (French), Xoana (Galician), Jana, Janina, Johanna, Hanna, Hanne (German), Ioanna, Nana (Greek), Johanna, Hanna (Hungarian), Jóhanna, Jóna (Icelandic), Chevonne, Shavonne, Shevaun, Shevon, Síne, Siobhan (Irish), Giovanna, Gia, Gianna, Giannina, Giovannetta, Nina, Vanna (Italian), Johanna (Late Roman), Janina (Lithuanian), Ivana, Jovana (Macedonian), Jehanne, Johanne (Medieval French), Johanna, Johanne, Hanna, Hanne, Janne, Jannicke, Jannike (Norwegian), Janina, Joanna, Asia, Joasia (Polish), Joana, Joaninha (Portuguese), Ioana (Romanian), Yana, Zhanna (Russian), Jean, Seona, Seonag, Sheena, Sheona, Shona, Sìne, Seònaid (Scottish), Ivana, Jovana (Serbian), Jana (Slovak), Ivana, Jana, Žana (Slovene), Juana, Juanita (Spanish), Janina, Janna, Johanna, Hanna, Jonna (Swedish), Siân, Siwan (Welsh)
Popularity
United States  - 
Catalonia  ranked #25 
France  ranked #312 
Spain  ranked #73