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In Sweden, it's spelled Johannah.
mariej2  5/11/2005
It isn't spelled Johannah in Sweden, but Johanna.
Caprice  9/2/2005
Marie Antionette's real name was Maria Antonia Joesepha Johanna
kelley  6/27/2005
It is pronounced as Yooh-HUNN-ah, at least in German, Dutch, Swedish and Finnish.
Ylva  7/13/2005
Just take the male name "Joe" and then the female name "Hannah" and put them together, that's how you pronounce "Johanna".
hejko  10/25/2005
Johanna Maria Lind, better known as Jenny Lind, was a Swedish-born singer, often called as the Swedish Nightingale.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
In Finland the name is not pronounced "Joe" + "Hannah" but "Yo" + "Hun" + "na" with the accent on the first and third syllables. The J is pronounced like a Y, as in a username such as "Hejko" being pronounced "Heyko" and not "Hedgeko."
KAREN-JOHANNA  12/31/2005
Dutch pronunciation is yow-HAH-nah.
X-Mar  2/18/2006
I am a Johanna myself and I can assure you that it is pronounced yo-HUN-nah in Germany.
JHK  3/5/2006
Johanna Karoline von Trapp one of the original Trapp family singers founded in 1936.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2006
I think it's too popular name in Finland. It's my sister's name.
EmiliaHelena  6/17/2006
Johanna von Trapp (born 1919) was the fourth daughter in the famous von Trapp family, whose story was immortalised in the musical "The Sound of Music". She is represented in the movie by the character Marta.
Chrisell  7/26/2006
I think this is better as a middle name. I like it best with Avery, Avery Johanna.
cheddarfignugget  7/30/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Johanna here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
My best friend's name is Johanna Ruth, and she is called Josie. She is named after both her grandmothers and adores her name, as do I. When I first met her, I called her "Yo-hannah". She quickly corrected me and told me that she pronounced it "Johanna". Josie has been called "Yo-han" (Johann) in the doctor's office before and other places. She hates that. Johanna is an elegant name for a woman and cute name for a little girl if you had a nickname for it as well.
Adr90  11/11/2006
There's Johanna Spyri who wrote the book Heidi and Catherine II's mother.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2007
"Visions of Johanna" is a famous Bob Dylan song. There are many theories about who 'Johanna' actually is. Some popular theories are that the song is about a) Joan Baez, b) Joan of Arc, or c) Johanna Gezina Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh's sister-in-law who was largely responsible for his fame, and who Dylan supposedly admires.
FuschiaNicole  3/23/2007
This beautiful name always makes me think of the beautiful song/character in the musical Sweeney Todd.
khaotickharma  9/10/2007
I've seen this name used in the US and Britain pronounced the same as "Joanna", with the H silenced.
elizabeth hamlet  3/15/2008
I use the name Johanna Rose for a character in one of my stories because I think it rolls of the tongue beautifully.
renee06  8/15/2008
I'm a Johanna and in Australia it's usually pronounced "JOE-ANNA" with the 'H' silent. However I usually just shorten it to Jo. The 'H' confuses people a little.

It's a name you grow into. I used to hate it when I was young because it was so formal and a bit strange. However now I relish that it's slightly odd! Suits me better.

Another reason why I no longer dislike it is because 'Johanna' means (roughly) 'gift from/of God'. To call a child a gift from the heavens, well, it makes me feel so humbled to know how much my parents wanted me and continue love me.
Dhom  9/14/2008
Very pretty name, but I'm afraid it will only be butchered into, "Yo, Hannah!" I'd spell this Johana to avoid mispronunciation - not to say that she wouldn't get a lot of "Joanna" .
WilderThanBridget  10/25/2008
Architect Jan Kaplický and Eliška Fuchsová have a daughter Johanna Kaplická, born 14th January 2009, Prague.
Emilie007  1/16/2009
Can also be pronounced jo-HA-nuh in English. I know a girl with this name.
zippity bubble  5/18/2009
It's a beautiful German name, makes me think of a strong, young and beautiful Bavarian girl.
Golde  5/24/2009
This is the name of Sweeney Todd's daughter, and Judge Turpin's ward in Stephen Soundheim's Sweeney Todd.
Booksroc  6/19/2009
I know two Johannas (pronounced yo-Hun-nuh), and they're both nicknamed Jojo (Yo-yo).
plingy  7/24/2009
Archduchess Maria Johanna of Austria (1750-1762), daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria and older sister of Marie Antoinette of France.
CarolinW  3/18/2010
My name is Johanna. If you are American and you are thinking about naming your baby this, let me warn you. People are going to butcher the pronunciation. Always. I get called Joanne, Joanna, Jessica, Joan. No kidding. It doesn't matter if it is pronounced exactly as it is spelled. But people will get it right after 2 or 3 times.

Otherwise, I like it. It is different, but not unheard of, and goes good with a one syllable middle name. :)
JW41926  4/12/2010
This is the name of beautiful plus sized model Johanna Dray.
Antique_Cherub  7/5/2010
I adore this name, it's gorgeous. It will age well, can have the lovely nickname "Hanna", and is just an all-round winner.

(JO-hanna) is clearly an Americanised pronunciation. I'm English and personally despise changing the spellings and pronunciations of well established names, just to suit your taste. It's (yo-HAHN-nah), (yo-HAH-nah) or (yo-HUN-ah). Nothing else.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
I'm Johanna, and I pronounce my name without the H. My parents chose the name for it's meaning "Gift of God" after trying to conceive for so many years. I also go by Jo, and was Jojo when I was little. I love my name. I love that people have heard it before, but it's still uncommon, and I think it's both strong and feminine. People do butcher the pronunciation all the time, but it's worth it to have a name that I don't have to share!
JEHilton  7/19/2010
Johanna Mason is the name of the tribute and victor of District 7 in The Hunger Games.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2010
Gorgeous, just like Jayne Wisener, who portrayed Johanna is the movie adaptation of Sweeney Todd.
I usually pronounce it jo-HANA, like the names "Jo" and "Hannah" combined. Pronouncing it Joanna is just as good.
It is much prettier than Joanna, the more American-sounding counterpart.
DaphneSusan  11/13/2010
I like this name, with the pronunciation yo-HAHN-nah, not just Joe+Hannah. Although, it is probably impossible to find it said that way in America.
Dawson  1/10/2011
I think it's fun to read what you write about the name. Because for me it's just a common name. I know a lot of Johannas. Especially in my age. It's a pretty name, but a little too common here.
honungspinglan  2/26/2011
I absolutely love this name! Only thing is that I like it pronounced "Yo-HAH-nah". It's also the name of Sweeny Todd's daughter, and the name of a song from it... "Johanna... Johanna..."
writer371  4/2/2011
It is an absolutely beautiful name! If I ever have a daughter I am definitely considering this for her name.
LauraFrazer  8/3/2011
Johanna of Austria (1547-1578), youngest daughter of Ferdinand I (Holy Roman Emperor).
CarolinW  11/25/2011
Johanna (1535-1573) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and his wife Isabel of Portugal.
CarolinW  7/17/2012
Maria Johanna (1798-1799) was the daughter of King Anthony of Saxony and his wife Maria Theresia, granddaughter of famous Maria Theresia.
CarolinW  7/20/2012
Maria Johanna (1860-1861) was the daughter of King George of Saxony and his wife Maria Ana of Portugal.
CarolinW  7/20/2012
Johanna Braddy (born 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
Cool name, I pronounce it joe-Hannah, which is the only way I've ever heard it pronounced. Makes a good middle name.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
I love both the German and the anglicized pronunciations of the name. Yo-HAH-nah sounds cute and mature at the same time, and different. Joe-HAN-nuh I like just because I adore the name Hannah.
Skylar_Arianna  5/22/2013
The Duggar family has a daughter named Johannah Faith (pronounced joe-HANNAH)
Skylar_Arianna  5/22/2013
Johanna Ferrour was the leader of a group of rebels from Kent during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. She ordered the beheading of the Lord High Treasurer, Sir Robert Hales. She also burned down the Savoy Palace and stole a duke's chest of gold.
ophelia  9/9/2013
My name is Johanna, and I have always loved my name because of its classic beauty and uniqueness. Everyone continues to mispronounce the name, but it is worth having. Here in the U.S., my family and I pronounce it Joe-Hannah, like the two names combined. It was originally intended to be used with a soft j, but the pronunciation didn't work out here. My favorite usages of Johanna are in Bob Dylan's song Visions of Johanna, and of course Joan of Arc. A less well-known usage of the name would be in the Vampire Weekend song A-Punk, in which the first lyrics are "Johanna drove slowly into the city".
casabowen  4/16/2014
Johanna Mason was a tribute in Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
KittenMeow  4/19/2016
This name reminds me of Johanna Mason from the Hunger Games series. I can't decide whether I prefer this name or Joanna, both are very pretty names.
1836732  5/30/2016
Johanna Means "God Is Gracious" Or "Gift Of God" in Hebrew. P.s. Who cares if it relates to servants and rebels, This Name is honest, caring and true to it's word (And the person with that name of course!)
JemimaP1  6/16/2016
Hungarian pronunciation: YO-hawn-naw.
HerculePoirot  8/23/2016

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