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Joan is the feminine of the biblical name John and means Gift from God. It is also noted as Shona, which is also known as Jane in Irish which is also the feminine of John.
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2005
Joan doesn't mean "Gift from God". It means "God is gracious" from John (Yahweh=God). Joan of Arc is called Jeanne d'Arc in France.
-- elliebeth  2/20/2007
Personally, I don't think this name is very pretty. Its Gaelic and Welsh incarnates "Siobhán" (Gaelic) and "Siwan" (Welsh) are beautiful to me!
-- gaelruadh19  4/28/2005
I like this name, Joan. It sounds short and to the point.
-- doodlebug  5/29/2005
I've grown to like the name, but it took about 30 years. I think I've grown into it. It was a name that was very popular when my mother was a teenager, and not very popular at all when I was growing up.
-- Anonymous User  5/31/2005
This name isn't pronounced JON, it's pronounced JOWN, "O" as in "Older".
-- Anonymous User  9/15/2005
My grandparents think Joan is pronounced Jo-ann. I say if it's pronounced that way, it's Joanne/Jo-Ann, etc.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2005
My middle name is Joan. I think it is an extremely pretty name. Middle or first.
-- jessica22  11/29/2005
Joan, or Joanna, is Katy's youngest sister in the book "What Katy Did".
-- jessica22  11/29/2005
I know someone called JoAn, which probably is a mixture oh Jo and An. Also spelled Joanne, Joann.
-- Anonymous User  5/21/2006
Famous bearer: Joan of Arcadia, the CBS television show--and its title character.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2006
Joan of Arc was a famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  10/2/2006
Joan Baez helped start Bob Dylan's career, they also dated for a short time. he ended the romance during his 1965 tour.
-- Anonymous User  10/29/2006
I love this name. I plan on naming my daughter this if I ever have one. I have always admired Saint Joan of Arc and I find it a very beautiful name. It's also short so if I marry someone with a long last name it won't be an issue.
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2007
My confirmation name. Since I'm English, and Joan of Arc is my favorite saint, I took the English form of Jeanne d'Arc.
-- sabreprincess412  3/5/2007
My name is Joan and I love it! I just hate that people are constantly calling me Joann, you would think a name that is so old and well-known that people would know how to pronounce it.
-- joanie2007  6/25/2007
Academy Award-winning Joan Fontaine, actress born in 1917, is a famous bearer of this name.
-- BlueSomehow  8/7/2007
Famous bearer: Actress Joan Crawford (1904-1977), who was born Lucille Faye LeSeur.
-- BlueSomehow  8/7/2007
My mother was born in 1904 and completed school in the 6th grade. She and my father (born 1900) always pronounced my middle name, Joan, as "JoAnn." (The emphasis was on the "An.")
-- MarjorieGroomsPorter  9/24/2007
For some reason, this name makes me think of mean, arrogant women, and regardless of their age, they're always brunettes in my imagination. I'm not sure if Mommie Dearest has given me this sort of association, but that's the type of image that pops into my head. The name isn't ugly or anything, but it is quite dull.
-- slight night shiver  4/25/2008
It sounds like a boys name, I never really liked it for a girl or a boy though. To gruff, and stiff, someone who can't laugh. I have always admired Joan of Ark though.
-- mary26  7/19/2008
This name can be both sexy (Joan Crawford) and boring. Joanie is a cute nick name, but too often people rhyme the name Joan with bone.
-- KayeKiLa  8/13/2008
I like this name because of Joan of Arc, but it also makes me think of mean women. In particular, I think of Joan Crawford, who treated her children pretty badly.
-- bananarama  9/18/2008
My name is Giovanna, which is another feminine version of John. I go by Gianna, but if I had to go by a more Anglicized version, I think that Joan would be nice. It's close to my real name, sweet sounding and not too common.
-- gio2475  9/25/2008
I probably wouldn't like this name if not for the saint; it's very austere. My love for her makes me like this name, although if I ever had a child and wanted to name it for her, I would go with Jeanne instead.
-- gala  3/18/2009
Joan Sutherland -famous Australian soprano.
-- Anonymous User  3/8/2010
My friend has this name, and I've always liked it. She pronounced it more like 'own' with a 'j' on the front.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2010
Joan Jett of the American rock group Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is a famous bearer of this name.
-- IrishKisses  9/15/2010
Oh! So many Joans! I love that name! :) Remember the Popess Joan, a female pontifice. And Joan the Mad, the queen of Spain. And aside from Saint Joan of Arc is also the other French saint Saint Joan (Jeanne) Fremiot of Chantal. And too, a Mexican nun-writer, Sister Joan Agnes of the Cross (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz). Really, I love the name Joan!
-- Schizofrenic  8/9/2011
This is my mother's name; if I have a girl of my own one day, I'm naming her Joan. It's short, simple, and nice. :)
-- Kinola  12/7/2011
Joan of England (1165-1199), daughter of King Henry II of England and his wife Eleonore of Aquitaine. By her first marriage she was Queen of Sicily.
-- CarolinW  6/7/2012
Joan of England (1210-1238) was the oldest daughter of King John "Lackland" and his wife Isabelle. She married Alexander, King of Scots.
-- CarolinW  6/8/2012
Joan was the youngest child of Edward II of England and his wife Isabelle of France. She was married to King David II of Scotland. She is also known as "Joan of the Tower".
-- CarolinW  6/9/2012
Joan was the second daughter of King Edward I and his wife Eleanor of Castile.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Joan was also the name of the fifth daughter of King Edward I of England and his wife Eleanor of Castile.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Joan was the name of the daughter of King Edward III of England and his wife Philippa of Hainaut.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
I like this name. I think it is simple and sweet.

Joan is also the name of one of the main characters in Mona Lisa Smile.
-- Zimger  11/27/2012
Joan the Wad is a character in Cornish folklore - queen of the pixies - and thus a traditional souvenir from Cornish gift shops.
-- Just Jonquil  3/2/2013
Queen Juana I of Navarre (1273-1305), anglicized as Joan, whom the French called Jeanne Reyne de Navarre when she was the Queen Consort of France.

The entry has no Spanish/Mexican alternative, Juana would be it.
-- SilveryRow  7/18/2013
Considered quite dated in the US, the name Joan has dropped out of popularity in recent years. It was only given to 78 baby girls here born in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
Joan Bennett (1910-1990) was an American actress.
-- Oohvintage  7/23/2013

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