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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.jo-AN-ə English
yaw-AN-na Polish
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Meaning & History

English and Polish form of Latin Iohanna, which was derived from Greek Ιωαννα (Ioanna), the feminine form of Ioannes (see JOHN). This is the spelling used in the English New Testament, where it belongs to a follower of Jesus who is regarded as a saint. In the Middle Ages in England it was used as a Latinized form of Joan (the usual feminine form of John) and it became common as a given name in the 19th century.
VariantsJoan, Johanna English
DiminutivesJo, Joetta, Joey, Jojo, Joleen, Jolene English Asia, Joasia Polish
Masculine FormsEvan, Ian, Ivan, John, Jon, Sean, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Shayne English Iwan, Jan, Janusz Polish Jehohanan, Johanan, John Biblical
Other Languages & CulturesLashawn, Tajuana African American Jone Basque Ioanna Biblical Greek Iohanna Biblical Latin Ioana, Ivana, Yana, Yanka, Yoana Bulgarian Joana, Jana Catalan Ghjuvanna Corsican Ivana, Nina, Žana Croatian Ivana, Jana, Johana, Nina Czech Johanna, Johanne, Hanna, Hanne, Janne, Jannicke, Jannike, Jonna, Nina Danish Jana, Janna, Johanna, Hanna, Hanne, Hannie, Jennigje, Johanneke, Nina Dutch Johanna Estonian Janika, Janina, Johanna, Hanna, Hannele, Janna, Jonna, Nina Finnish Jeanne, Johanne, Joanne, Nina French Xoana Galician Jana, Janina, Johanna, Hanna, Hanne, Nina German Gianna, Ioanna, Yanna, Nana Greek Johanna, Hanna Hungarian Jóhanna, Jóna Icelandic Chevonne, Shavonne, Shevaun, Shevon, Síne, Siobhán 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, Nina Norwegian Joana, Joaninha Portuguese Ioana Romanian Yana, Zhanna Russian Giuanna Sardinian Jean, Seona, Seonag, Sheena, Sheona, Shona, Sìne, Seònaid Scottish Ivana, Jovana, Nina Serbian Ivana, Jana, Nina Slovak Ivana, Jana, Nina, Žana Slovene Juana, Juanita Spanish Janina, Janna, Johanna, Hanna, Jonna, Nina Swedish Ivanna, Yana Ukrainian Shan, Siân, Siwan Welsh
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