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Means gift from God (Hebrew).
― Anonymous User  10/4/2005
Joanna is my name and I like it, not too common. I think it's much prettier than Joanne. Possible nicknames Jo and Joey are nice too.
jazzi  1/12/2006
This is a really pretty name - not that all that common, but gorgeous.
lunalovegood  1/14/2006
I am named Joanna and love it. I have met very few with my name and the nicknames I have been called over the years are not at all irksome (Jo and Joey). One complaint would be that many insist my name is Joanne and refuse to see the 'a' at the end of my name.
― Anonymous User  2/1/2006
JoAnna Lacy is a Christian author who writes books with her husband, Al Lacy.
― Anonymous User  2/14/2006
My name is Joanna Weaver. There is an author named Joanna Weaver, I have not read her books.
― Anonymous User  2/27/2006
Gimme hope, Joanna. What a song. (Slightly ruined by the Yop thing, I have to admit.) Good name too. I'd rather be called this than Joanne or Jospehine.
Anni  3/6/2006
Joanna is a nice name. I am surprised this name hasn't increased in popularity due to the popularity of Anna.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
A very good, quiet and sober name for a well-mannered, soft-hearted and sober girl.
― Anonymous User  6/11/2006
Hello, my name's Joanna too. Only you don't pronounce it the English way, and neither the Polish, if I read it correctly. Maybe it's because I'm Dutch.
You pronounce it like jo(dzjo)-AH-na.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2006
My mother's name is Joanna. Most people call her Jo. It really seems to work as a middle name. Many of the possible names I come up with, even the odd ones my husband would never agree to, work with Joanna. It's a strong, honest, down to earth name just like my mom.
AYN353  9/15/2006
Joanna has been used since the 1880's but used the most in the 1980's.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2006
Joanna is a very beautiful, elegant name.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
I think this name is beautiful and nice. It reminds me of a quiet, polite girl.
7up  1/23/2007
(Polish) Pronounced yo-AHN-nah.
A pet form is Jola (same as Jolanta).
ADT  3/9/2007
Jola isn't a pet form of Joanna in Poland, it's only to Jolanta. Joanna's pet forms are Joasia or Asia.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2010
One famous bearer is Joanna, daughter of Benjamin Barker (Sweeney Todd) and Lucy Barker. The ward of Judge Turpin in the rather morbid play Sweeney Todd.
YMPvt  3/25/2007
In Nottingham we have this radio station called 96 Trent fm and there's a breakfast show called the Jo & Twiggy show. Yep you guessed it. Jo's name is Joanna but shortened to Jo.
Luangi  4/8/2007
JoJo's real name is Joanna Noelle Levesque.
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
Broadway actress Joanna Gleason, daughter of Monty Hall, bears this name.
popular1  7/29/2007
I really like this name. It's much prettier than Joanne, and I like the nickname Jo.
thebyrd  8/14/2007
For some reason whenever I hear this name it makes me think of a chubby middle aged women living in a trailor park. Yuck! And I just hate the sound of the name.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2008
Pronounced "jo-AHN-na".
Karcoolka  1/28/2008
Celebrated harpist, singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom bears the name.
brrryce  2/16/2008
This name is okay, but a bit lazily constructed and unimaginative. It's definitely better than Brianna, though.
slight night shiver  4/25/2008
Joanna is a character in the horror story/musical "Sweeny Todd".
Lady Seashell  4/27/2008
Please ignore what I said earlier. The Sweeny Todd character was Johanna, not Joanna.
Her name's pronounced the same was as Joanna, though. (She lives in England so "Johanna" and "Joanna" would be pronounced the same.) They're both really nice names by the way. :)
Lady Seashell  12/20/2008
I LOVE the name Joanna. It's so pretty, and better than Johanna.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2008
Joannah is good for those who like lacy, Joanna for those who prefer rich and wholesome. Both are beautiful choices.
EmilyOlive  6/19/2008
Joanna is my name. I haven't yet met anyone (in person) with my name. Mostly, my family calls me Anna. The most annoying thing (to me) about my name is that people sometimes shorten it to Joann.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2008
Joanna in Hebrew means the "gift or grace of Jehovah".
azureceleste  8/26/2008
Joanna Garcia, most famously known as Cheyenne Montgomery on "Reba", bears this name.
WilderThanBridget  10/25/2008
This could also be used as a combination of Jo and Anna.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2009
My name is JoAnna. It took me a while to grow into the name, because I used to think it was plain, but now I love it. It's almost like a classic that's been updated, if that makes any sense. I really like the capitalization of the A in the middle, but if I want it to be spelled right, I often have to correct people when they're writing it out. The nicknames age well: when I was younger, people used Joie as my nickname, and as I've grown older they tend to use Jo more.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2009
Joanna Baillie was a Scottish poet playwright in the 18th and 19th century. She fought to have her work seen in a serious light. This is a classic and beautiful name that has been in use for hundreds of years.
britto08  3/18/2009
Joanna Lumley (b. 1946), the lovely English actress with the posh, sexy voice.
Jonquil  4/19/2009
This the real name of the teen singer JoJo. Her full name is Joanna-Levesque. I am a big fan! Here is the website:
kool_babe14  5/15/2009
I think Joanna is a nice name with a nice flow to it.
Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
Also Finnish.
irishiris  10/3/2010
BBC news presenter Joanna Gosling - she really suits this elegant attractive name.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2010
Beautiful, but for some reason I think Johanna looks and sounds a bit more elegant.
This sounds a little more "country" I suppose, than Johanna.
DaphneSusan  11/13/2010
Very, very pretty.
Chrila96  12/20/2010
I love this name. It's simple and a little old-fashioned but it's got a lovely flow to it. I imagine a Joanna as a very mature, strong and kind young woman.
renee06  11/25/2011
My name is Joanna but I prefer to spell it Johanna. I think it looks more balanced that way.
potatopie_please  3/17/2012
I love this name! I always liked the name Johanne and other diminutives. I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to put an a at the end?" Then one day, I wanted to chose children names. I read somewhere about creating names by combining those of the parents. My name is Savannah and my on-again off-again boyfriend is Joe. Joanna is the perfect combination! :) I'm just lucky that it's already a name.
savannaha1207  7/7/2012
My name is Joanna, and my parents say it the American way, but my dutch grandparents have always said it yul-khA-nna.
― Anonymous User  11/17/2012
FYI - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions, Joanna is a saint. She is considered a disciple who later became an apostle. In the Bible, she is one of the women recorded in the Gospel of Luke as accompanying Jesus and the twelve: "Mary, called Magdalene... and Joanna the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources". She was also one of the women who discovered the empty tomb of Jesus on the first Easter morning. NOTE: I am very proud to bear this name!
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joliblonde  7/9/2014
This name is a little too plain/boring for me to like, but it's alright. I don't like the way this name sounds because all I hear is "Jo-WAA-na" and I think of a baby crying sound, "waa." I also don't like any of the nickname options for this name like Jo, JoJo, Anna/Annie... I usually like old fashioned and vintage type names, but I find Joanna to be boring and it doesn't fit well on a young person.
Lucia Wren  7/19/2014
I used to resent the fact that Joanna was my name, because my sister's name is that of a Bible character who has a lot more written about her. But now I love it, and I've even gotten used to people calling me 'Jo'! I like the name; it is unassuming and pretty. Another great thing is that it is relatively easy for those from many other languages to pronounce.
pamplemousse_bleu  9/5/2014
The Biblical Greek |Ioanna| is likely a transliteration of an unattested Biblical Hebrew feminine name that has also been transliterated into the Biblical Aramaic |Yochanah|, per the Aramaic English New Testament.

Neither |Ioanna| or |Yochanah| is a descendant of the other, but share a common, if unattested, parent. Their Anglicized forms, respectively, are JOANNA & JOHANNAH.
Sabertooth  9/7/2014
I think this name is very pretty. I love 'Joanna' yet I despise 'Joanne', I don't know why. I'd consider using it on a future daughter.
Ashleigh Gurlcat 123  2/20/2015
Joanna is a cute name! It's not used as much as it used to be these days. This name deserves more love. :)
― Anonymous User  5/3/2015
I don't like this name. Too plain, too boring and sounds really ugly.
― Anonymous User  1/14/2016
Joanna is a beautiful and classic name. It's greatly under appreciated, but that could be a good thing in that it's not clichéd.
Dub  2/7/2016
I think Joanna is a very sweet, feminine name. I would definitely use it on my daughter. Definitely cuter than Joanne.
1836732  2/14/2016
My name is Joanna and I have never liked my name. I don't think it's pretty and I wish my mom had not picked it. The only thing that rhymes with it is BANANA. Try being called Joanna banana in middle school. My family calls me Jo which I don't think is cute- too boyish for me. Growing up all my friends were Kim's, Lisa's, Michelle's, Gina's etc. and I was Joanna Bananna. I wanted so bad to change it when I grew up. The icing on the cake is being called Joanne quite often and it's not fun having to correct people constantly. I just wish I had changed it years ago. I'm 49 now and I still don't like my name. Just my two cents.
joanna1818  4/14/2016
My name is also Joanna. I absolutely love my name. I love the nicknames even though I tell my friends I don't. The nicknames I get called are Jo, Jojo, and Joey. I was also called Joanna Banana in elementary school which did bother me. Not because I didn't like the name but because I have always hated banana's. I wouldn't ask for any other name. And I'm honestly grateful that my mom didn't choose the other name she wanted to give me which was Valeria. Which in turn sounds really girly. Something that I am not. I've always been very tomboyish, but I still enjoy certain girly things. Which is why I think Joanna suits me and my personality.
joa.nn.a  5/12/2016
It is also Greek variant transcription of Ioanna (Ιωάννα).
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/6/2016
Joanna Angel is an American alternative pornographic and mainstream actress, director, and writer of adult films. She is best known for starting BurningAngel in April, 2002 with her flatmate Mitch Fontaine, and has been credited with helping the 'alt-porn' scene grow and develop in industry. Launched as a response to websites such as SuicideGirls, it featured alternative performers acting in exclusively hardcore scenes with a stronger focus on a punk aesthetic.
cutenose  2/16/2017
JoAnna García is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Sam in Are You Afraid of the Dark? And Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The WB/CW sitcom Reba. She has also gained popularity with her acting roles in Privileged, Better with You, Animal Practice, Once Upon a Time and The Astronaut Wives Club.
cutenose  2/28/2017
I like Joanne better. The A sounds too strong and hard. Joanna is JoJo Siwa's full name!
Charleyboobear  4/3/2017
Joanna Marie Valentina "Zizi" Lambrino was the first (morganatic) wife of the later King Carol II of Romania.
Missy  8/4/2017
Not one of my favourite names, but it is much prettier than Joanne or Joan.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2017
My name is Joanna and I have only met one person with my name except her name is JOHANNA. It is not even the same. Seeing all these comments helps me know that there are others with my name.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2018
My first name is Joanna, and weirdly enough, it seems that almost no one is capable of pronouncing it correctly ("jo-AN-ə"). The most common mispronunciation I hear is "Jonah," though a lot of people also somehow miss the final "a" and just read it as "Joann" or "Joan" instead.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2018

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