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Maltese version of John = Ganni.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2005
A famous bearer of the name was the musician John Lennon, who was a member of the 1960s band the Beatles. Later Lennon enjoyed solo success alongside his campaigns for peace.
reservoirdoll1987  6/1/2005
John is considered one of the most traditional boys names and has been very popular for over a century.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2005
A famous bearer of this name was John Kerry, who (together with John Edwards) ran against George Bush in the 2004 US election.
TheJessica  7/20/2005
A famous bearer of this name is: John Taylor from the 80's smash band Duran Duran! But his real name is Nigel.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2005
Another name connected to John that isn't often seen is St. John, pronounced (and often spelled) Sinjin.
Suibhne  8/10/2005
I believe John is also a shortened version of Johnathon or Johnathan.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2005
I can't believe that "John Travolta" isn't listed in the namesake section. He is a very, very famous "John"
― Anonymous User  8/27/2005
Two other famous Johns are John Donne and John Keats, the English poets, John F. Kennedy, the US president, and John Woolman, eighteenth century American Quaker and opponent of slavery.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2005
A famous bearer of the name John is John Rzeznik, one of the lead singers of the Goo Goo Dolls. The *cough* Polish third of the band.
ravensshadow  10/29/2005
The name John makes me think of a strong hardy man that has a big ego. I like the name John.
Dogmaster  11/20/2005
Dutch varieties:
- Johannes : non-Catholic
- Johannus : Catholic
― Anonymous User  11/27/2005
An often overlooked poet among the Romantics is John Clare.
ars musica  11/30/2005
Famous Bearers:
Johnny Depp (actor)
John Cusack (actor)
John Travolta (actor)
John Reznick (musician)
John Mayer (musician)
Jonathan Davis (musician)
John Locke (poet)
John Donne (poet)
John Keats (poet)
Long John Silver (pirate)
JFK (politician)
I think John is a very versatile name that allows someone to become who they want because there is no stereotypical "John."
Emma2323  12/13/2005
Just more famous people: 2 other presidents John Quincy Adams and John Adams.
― Anonymous User  12/18/2005
John Deacon, the bassist of Queen, bears this name.
fawkes100  12/25/2005
Another famous bearer: John Frusciante (pronounced froo-shan-tay), born March 5 1970, current and best guitarist for the LA funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Also, John Locke was a philosopher rather than a poet, and this name is also borne by one of the central characters on the hit TV show 'Lost'.
reservoirdoll1987  12/27/2005
John Snyder is a famous bearer of this name, he played Bo on Dukes of Hazzard.
teinor1217  1/3/2006
The Bulgarian John Atanassov is the creator of the first computer.
iva_toneva  1/14/2006
In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Remus Lupin's middle name is John.
Ramariel  1/20/2006
John Krikfaulsi, creator of the hit 90s cartoon "The Ren and Stimpy Show" has this name.
Lakota_so_italian  1/24/2006
John means "A gift from God", despite the popularity of this name, it was a great meaning!
Miamaya  3/3/2006
This name is so common! I've known so many John's in real life and heard the name sooo much I've forgotten which is which or who is who lol. But it's actually a Biblical name so it has some meaning.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2006
John was also the name of the middle child/Wendy's younger brother of the Darlings in Disney's Peter Pan.
Milene  3/15/2006
Famous bearer is John Steinbeck, an American novelist. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
Famous bearers:
John Stuart Mill, a British philosopher and economist. He evolved utilitarianism.
John Dewey, an American philosopher, pragmatist and educationist.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2006
I don't like it! It is too common.
Derlilly  3/29/2006
I can't believe John R R Tolkien has not been mentioned! Surely he is one of the most famous authors in English literature.
Strider  4/1/2006
Famous bearer of this name is John Gotti from the mafia and his daughter, Victoria, names one of her three children, John (second eldest and quite hot I might add). Love the name!
GuessModel  4/7/2006
Famous wrestler John Cena has won the United states championship and has the WWE championship right now.
WWE Champion  4/15/2006
I used the name John as a middle name for my son Adam. My husband and I had been thinking of it as a first name except for one day we heard someone use the term "going to the john" meaning going to the bathroom and we couldn't get that out of our head so we opted to use it as a middle name LOL. I still like the name John, it is a good strong biblical name.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
A common name, sounds plain but sounds good to me!
― Anonymous User  4/29/2006
Four famous bearers are Presidents, John F, Kennedy, John Tyler, John Adams, and John Quincy Adams.
CoBy  4/30/2006
What about John Lydon? The Irish-born musician fronted such bands as the Sex Pistols and Public Image, Ltd.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2006
A young, intelligent and sexy model-cum-actor in Hollywood and Bollywood, John Abraham bears this name.
― Anonymous User  6/11/2006
A famous lefthanded tennis star from the U.S.A, John McEnroe, bears the name.
bean  6/12/2006
John may be considered a common name, but your son is more likely to be alone in school with the name of 'John' than fad names like 'Aiden', 'Jaden', etc. Fad names are, well, fads and names like John will be around as long as people are Christians.
BrendanMcC.  6/16/2006
Jonathan Larson is the writer of RENT.
electrainstead  7/5/2006
I can't believe no one has mentioned John Williams! He is most famous for having composed the score for all six Star Wars movies, but he has done many more as well.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2006
Johnny Depp's son, Jack, was born John Christopher Depp III on April 9, 2002.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2006
Another famous bearer is John Waters, the unorthodox yet wonderful director.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2006
The poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, bore this name. There is also author John Bunyan. And, to my disbelief, no one has yet mentioned John Rhys-Davies! And one more: the infamous John Smith of colonial Jamestown.
― Anonymous User  7/21/2006
Another famous bearer is the brilliant Irish horror author, John Connolly.
dramaelf  7/21/2006
Hello? John Paul Jones was the bassist and John Bonham was the drummer for Led Zeppelin.
pink_floyd_fan  7/23/2006
I cannot believe that no one thought of John Henry Holliday (AKA Doc Holliday). He was indeed a brilliant man and a great dentist (so I am told). The best portrayal of this slight, sensitive man is in TOMBSTONE where he is played by Val Kilmer. I think Doc is lost behind the shadow of Wyatt Earp who is rather overrated.
faith_ann16  7/26/2006
Fictional murderer John Kramer (better known as Jigsaw) is the villian of the gory Saw movies, and its sequels, Saw II and Saw III. When John, played by Tobin Bell, is diagnosed with cancer and receives the news of his death, he sees various people who he thinks are throwing away the live he'll never get to have.

He kidnaps the people and puts them in "games." These games require gory life-and-death desicions, and very, very rarely does the victim survive. He usually leaves a tape player or a TV that comes on, explaining the situation they are in and how to escape.

For example, Paul, a man who had slashed his wrists with a razor, was placed in a cage with hundreds of strands of razor wire in the cage. He had two hours to make it out of the cage, and exit via the door in the room he was in. In two hours, the door would shut, leaving him to die.

In Saw II, it is revealed he has an apprentice, a survivor of John's game. The movies are extremely gory and violent, but intelligent and thrilling.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2006
John was the middle name of our late President Abraham Lincoln.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2006
Um, hello? Johnny Cash? Also his son John Carter Cash (Carter being his middle name), his only son and child with June Carter Cash.
iamkristen  8/27/2006
This is Sid Vicious's real name! Why isn't the infamous John Ritchie (Sid) listed?
blackgoodbye  9/9/2006
I think this is THE MOST beautiful male name there is. I wish that it wasn't so popular. I want to use it in spite of its popularity. GORGEOUS!
― Anonymous User  9/14/2006
I hate this name. I don't know why, but I really really do. It's overused and it's just plain ugly. If you're thinking about this name for a kid and you just like the sound, go with Jon, it's much better. I don't like that people use names from the bible, either; I think it's stupid to do that. I'm sorry if I offended anyone and that was just my opinion.
skatergirl2  9/29/2006
Just chill out. Yes, you are entitled to your own opinion but it isn't stupid to use biblical names at all. To each their own. If parents want to name their sons John, I say use it. I haven't seen the name John used in any of my boys' classrooms at all. I prefer the spelling John as opposed to Jon.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
It puzzles me that skatergirl2 thinks it's stupid to use names from the Bible, yet Noah and Thomas are on her favorites list.
MissMarmelstein  1/25/2007
Another famous bearer of this name is the 32nd Vice President of the United States: John Nance Garner, "Cactus Jack".
Dani California  10/1/2006
John was the name of the father in the 1970s family drama "The Waltons". It was also the name of the eldest son in the show, though he went by John-Boy.

Dr. John Carter is a character on the popular NBC drama "ER".
Diamante04  10/10/2006
I really love this name! I do not see how people can hate this name. It is so AWESOME!
libbygirl  10/19/2006
Old and overused.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2006
John is American for toilet!
― Anonymous User  10/26/2006
Another famous bearer is comic book character John Constantine, an occultist.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2006
I used to think this name was plain, but it is growing on me, and I definitely prefer this classic name to some of the trendy names nowadays. Still, the fact that a toilet can be called a john makes me not want to use it.
angelgurl  10/27/2006
John Glenn was the FIRST American to orbit the earth!
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
John Hancock is the most famous signer of America's Declaration of Independance.
breakofday  11/7/2006
John David Webster is a Christian music artist.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
There are more bearers of the name John. For example, John Rhys-Davies plays in both Lord of the Rings ("Nobody tosses a dwarf!) and Raiders of the Lost Ark ("Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.")
Elvenscholar  11/15/2006
There are authors named John Connolly, John Lescroart, John Sandford aka John Camp and John Saul.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
This is what my father gets called, since his real name is Johnny. He kids around about the John/toilet thing. I think this is a really good name to have.
tomboy  11/30/2006
One can not forget the late brilliant actor John Wayne, actor of a lot of terrific westerns and WW2 movies.
Missy  1/4/2007
Is it possible no one has mentioned Dr. John Watson, narrator of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" short stories and novels?
black_lace  1/25/2007
I don't mind this name. I find it a bit boring, but it could fit a lot of personalities. Go ahead and use it if you want to. I prefer the spelling "John". "Jon" seems a bit empty to me.
scarletquillraven  2/13/2007
I have always liked the name John because it is the name of one of my biggest idols: John Lennon.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2007
What about John Candy and John Belushi, 2 very great and funny actors. I can't believe no one said anything about them. Unfortunately they are both dead.
Faith  2/25/2007
A fine, strong name, even though it's a synonym for a 'toilet' and a customer of a prostitute. :)
angolmois  3/5/2007
Way too overused. I know at least thirty-five of them.
LibbyBeth  3/24/2007
Sort of uninteresting, but a nice, stable, traditional name. I still like it. I also like the old nickname Jack, although usually today it's mostly given as a name independently, or perhaps for a nickname for Jackson.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
I think I prefer the name Ian. The modern form of John! It's short and sweet!
― Anonymous User  4/9/2007
John Savage is the protagonist of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
galantine  4/9/2007
I like the name John. I feel that it is a nice name and more people from this time need to be named it.
bandcamp2009  4/24/2007
Actor/Director John Cassavetes.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2007
This name is SO overused. If you like this name, you should at least check the popularity charts. The name has been popular for years!
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
What's with everyone and uniqueness? Pretty soon all the unique names are going to be used up. John is a perfectly fine name.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2007
A famous bearer of the name John is John Denver (his real name was Henry John Dutshendorf, Jr.). He was an American folk singer and songwriter and is best known for the song 'Rocky Moutain High', which has become Colorado's official state song.
Nerd  6/18/2007
In fact, there have only been 22 popes who bore the name John, because John XX never existed (try to look for him at, and you'll see). [noted -ed]
Milarqui  6/21/2007
John Oliver is a British comedian currently seen on The Daily Show.
Nochenne  6/23/2007
One of my best friends' name is John. I never liked the name until I met him this year in high school, now it's okay, but definitely overused.
Hato-chan  7/6/2007
Hugely popular name! But good and classic all the same, if you need something fool-proof to name your boy.
Just a few of my associations.
-John Rzeznik (lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, a popular rock band)
-Johnny Depp (a VERY famous actor. If you don't know him already, I'm seriously worried about you)
-Johnny Cash (famous American folk singer)
emc  7/8/2007
Forgot about Jon Bonjovi! He's a cool John too.
emc  7/8/2007
Also, Johnny Storm (aka, the Human Torch) is one of the members of the Fantastic Four superhero team. Chris Evans played him in the recent movie adaptations.
emc  7/8/2007
JOHN HOWARD, the prime minister of Australia, is definitely a FAMOUS bearer of this name.
Miracle1980Olympics  7/19/2007
Chalk me up as another person who ADORES this name but wishes it wasn't so popular/common.
Thunderbird5  8/4/2007
John Tracy is an astronaut/space monitor in the classic British TV series Thunderbirds.
Thunderbird5  8/4/2007
John Leguizamo is a famous Columbian-American comedian/actor, who played such roles as Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge, Tybalt in Romeo + Juliet, and most recently Sid in the Ice Age movies.
Enelya_Greenleaf  8/9/2007
John Doe is a name often referring to an unexisting person being used for an example, such as often when filling out an email: ex-

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Brianna Angela  8/11/2007
A famous bearer of this name is Academy-Award winning actor Jack Lemmon (1925-2001), who was born John Uhler Lemmon III.
BlueSomehow  8/30/2007
John Barrymore (1882-1942), actor of the stage and screen, and grandfather to actress Drew Barrymore, is a famous bearer of this name.
BlueSomehow  8/30/2007
I like the name John as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2007
I adore this name. It's a nice, timeless name. I will be naming my first son John.
Erika Christine  10/5/2007
Another famous bearer was John Newton, a former slave-trader who, when faced with the possiblity that his ship would sink and the wrongs he had done to many African people, chose to become a priest and inspired by the event with his ship wrote the hymm Amazing Grace.
littlescarlett  10/22/2007
John was so popular in the past! 29% of men were named John from at least 1530-1700. John also used to be way more popular as the whole first name, not a nickname for Jonathan. Both are good in my opinion.
jj21jj  10/26/2007
John sounds strong and masculine to me.
Emma McHnery  11/1/2007
I used to think of this name as plain. But as I get older, and realize many of the names I loved at 15, I hate today, I've grown to appreciate classic names and understand why some new parents use them. I still wouldn't use John, and want something more distinctive, but still classic for a boy. But if forced to choose between John and Hayden, Jayden, Aiden, I would choose John - hands down.
afmastro  11/16/2007
It's a pretty good name, I guess, but it's way too common! I know three Johns already! (with one spelled Jon)
― Anonymous User  12/1/2007
I love this name! But I must say I prefer it as Jon. This name is very popular, but I still like it. Popular or not, this name is very sweet.
Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
I don't know why, but John sounds a little too strong for a little boy or baby. I would prefer to name him John and call him Johnny.
jasmineenimsaj  2/17/2008
John Cale (born 1942) is a musician, best known for his work in the New York band "The Velvet Underground", who were associated with Warhol's "Factory" in the sixties. He has also worked as a classical musician, as a solo artist and as a producer for many artists including Nico, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Jonathan Richman and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
scholasticastewart  2/24/2008
John Forbes Nash (1928-present) is the Senior Research Mathematician at Princeton University. He won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. He shared the prize with Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi.
In 2001, "A Beautiful Mind" was a movie made about his life, starring Russell Crowe as John. The movie focused on John's struggle with schizophrenia and mathematical equatons.
rory  2/24/2008
John and Jonathan are etymologically unrelated.
Manfredo  3/14/2008
I want to name my second son John. My first son will be named James Michael after my father. It personally doesn't matter to me whether a name is really popular or not. My name is very popular (there were there 3 Jacobs in my marching band, for example). After all, names become popular for a reason.
Les Noms des Geants  3/14/2008
John Barrowman, sexy actor.
FMRadio  3/24/2008
A famous bearer is Dr. John Zoidberg from the TV series Futurama. I love that show.
mymymetrocard  3/27/2008
John Maher, more commonly known as Johnny Marr, was a member of the 80s rock band The Smiths. He was their guitarist.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2008
I really wish this name wasn't so popular. I love it. I would still consider using it though. But I really hate the nickname "Jack" so if I named a son John, he'd just be John.
spaz123  3/29/2008
This is possibly the dullest name choice you could make, even if safe in the sense that it doesn't sound bad on an adult, and it can be turned to Johnny for kids. I bet there are millions of guys in the English-speaking world named John who were simply unwanted children, and the parents didn't bother much with being innovative and imaginative in the name choice, so they just chose a popular, common name like this. It could also be that many Johns were wanted, but the parents sucked with imagination, so they just picked a common name to get it over with, or named the son after someone in the family.
slight night shiver  4/25/2008
I just responded to your comment on the William page that boys named William were unwanted, only to come to the John page and find you making the same comment. It's just as offensive and insulting when applied to John as it is to William. My brother is named John after his father and he was wanted. My mother and her first husband wanted to give him the same name, and this in NO way implies that he was unwanted. Plus my mother liked the name anyway, and she had an unusual name and hated it, therefore she thought it was best to give her children popular names. Please stop making this silly accusation about every common, popular boys' name. Seriously.
queenv  9/28/2008
"John Sheppard" is the name of a regular character on the Sci-Fi TV show "Stargate: Atantis".
Charlie1977  5/24/2008
John Barrowman is an actor known for his role as Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its spinoff series Torchwood.
bluebox93  5/30/2008
Aww, this is an adorable name, but it's a bit too popular. However, I'm assuming it's popular because so many people like it! If you absolutely adore it (like me), but think it's too popular, use it as a middle name.
cocorose1234  6/6/2008
Number 18 for boys in 2005.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
John Jay was a Founding Father and signer of the Constitution. He did not sign the Declaration of Independence and encouraged reconciliation with Britain, but eventually became more radical and a Patriot. He was elected to the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress. He was voted the President of the Congress for two years. He served on the New York Supreme Court as its chief, as the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, as a diplomat who negotiated Jay's Treaty, and governor of New York, where he eventually passed a bill abolishing slavery after several unsuccessful attempts and emancipating current slaves. He would purchase slaves and set them free once they reached adulthood. He lived from December 12, 1745 to May 17, 1827.

John Marshall (Sept. 24, 1755-July 6, 1835) served for the entire duration of the Revolutionary War and was a leader of the Federalist Party. The fourth Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, he was nominated by President Adams. He is noted as being the longest serving Chief Justice in American History and for establishing "judicial review", the process by which the courts can declare laws unconstitutional and strike them down. He helped the Court become an independent and objective force in American politics. He was also one of three US delegates during the XYZ Affair. Supposedly, the crack in the Liberty Bell was caused as the bell rang to announce Marshall's death.
BrendanMcC.  7/14/2008
This has got to be the most boring boys' name out there. Every other American man born before the Fifties has this name, and even today, there are many people with this name. Pick something a little more original.
bananarama  8/5/2008
This is a very strong and timeless name. It is also nice as Johnathon, shortened to John. A good pick, but not very unique.
Jeremiah2911  8/13/2008
A famous bearer of the name is (John of Gaunt, the great Duke of Lancaster, son of the king of England in the 1300's). A great book to find out more about him is to read the book Katherine (by Anya Seton) a completely true story and amazing book!
Jeremiah2911  8/13/2008
John is the first name of J. D. (John Dorian) on the sitcom Scrubs, played by Zach Braff.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2008
Never mind. It's a very important name. It's nice.
CharlieRob  11/4/2008
Performer, writer, actor John Červenka (30. September 1959, Pasadena, California).
Emilie007  11/18/2008
If you name your kid John, make sure he has a defining middle name to go with it, (like JOHN ALLEN YATES or something) that he's called by most the time. It makes the common "John" sound more than it is, and actually have a nice ring to it.
RachelLee  11/19/2008
WOW! No one has mentioned infamous murderer John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865). Booth assassinated beloved American President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theatre. He fled the theatre and was shot 11 days later by Sergeant Boston Corbett at a farm he fled to in Virginia.
rory  1/18/2009
Actually, I think this would be a good name for your child if you wanted to be "unique". The popularity of the name John has been constantly falling since the beginning of the 20th century, and that means that all the John-s are dying out. If you had a child right now and named him John, by the time he's 10 a vast majority of the John-s will be dead.
baileymarissa  3/19/2009
To everyone who says this name is too popular: it was, yeah, a hundred years ago. But now it's not. So if you like this name, use it!
Likeyeahwhatev  3/20/2009
Famous bearer: John Green, a young adult author who's written "Looking for Alaska", "An Abundance of Katherines", "Paper Towns" and contributed a short story to the novel "Let it Snow". In 2007, he started a project with his younger brother, Hank, where they would go an entire year without emailing each other, instead posting YouTube vlogs on alternating days for the whole year. Throughout the project, the two gained many, many subscribers who call themselves Nerdfighters.
magicalhannah7  5/24/2009
This is seriously a really good name--it's simple, but gives off a strong vibe. It's rising down in popularity, so I would recommend naming your boy this. Like others above me said, he'd definitely be "unique". =D
CanadianChibi  5/26/2009
This is the name of the main protagonist of the Terminator sci-fi film franchise, John Connor.
― Anonymous User  7/4/2009
John Yossarian is the protagonist of Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22.
leylaellen  7/20/2009
John Newton was the author of "Amazing Grace," one of the world's most well-known and beloved hymns. He was a slave trader for many years until he repented of his evil ways and turned to Jesus for salvation. He became a preacher and encouraged William Wilberforce in his work against the slave trade in England.
breakofday  8/2/2009
I don't go for names that are popular or common. I like a lot of people who are John and I think it suits a lot of them, but it's not a name I would give to anyone. Even if it's a name that's dying out, it's still a name that's been around forever and I'd rather go with nice, but new names.
plutogirlgenius  9/7/2009
I can think of a ton of people with this name right off the top of my head:

John Denver
John Deacon
Elton John
Johnny Cash
John Prine
Johnny-come-lately (that one's a joke)
John Travolta

and my uncle John!
lillyanna  10/17/2009
Another famous bearer is my favorite artist John William Waterhouse.
Antique_Cherub  11/4/2009
I have met and known a lot of people with the first name John, and I find it interesting that almost all of them were called by something else, such as Jack, Marshall, Billy, and Wilson.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2009
A famous bearer is American actor John Krasinski (born October 20, 1979). He's well-known for his film roles in "Shrek the Third", "Leatherheads", and "License to Wed", but is perhaps best-known as Jim Halpert on the American version of "The Office",
AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
A famous bearer is American actor John Francis Daley (born July 20, 1985). He's best known for his TV roles as Sam Weir in "Freaks & Geeks" and Lance Sweets in "Bones".
AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
John isn't all that common anymore. You don't see many people under 20 named John. A child born in 2010 named John would probably be the only one in his class, surrounded by a sea of Jaydens, Kaydens, Aidens, and Bradens.

This name is far more "unique" than any of the currently trendy names, and it actually has a history and meaning.
kazoopilot  1/22/2010
I knew several John's, but if you look at the charts, the popularity is going down. If you look at the percentage, you would know the name WAS popular, but in 1980 it holds only 2%. Now, less than 1%.
jonathan0012  3/3/2010
John MILTON the second greatest English poet- only Shakespeare was greater! Author of the great epic 'Paradise Lost' and promoter of freedom of the press.
Anton  3/9/2010
"What? Men dodging this way for single bullets? What will you do when they open fire along the whole line? I am ashamed of you. They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."- Union Army General John Sedgwick's ironic last words.
bathos  5/31/2010
John Greenleaf Whittier. He engraved a poem on the accused "witch" Rebecca Nurse's grave stone. (it was nice!)
Myth Writer Dreamer  6/29/2010
A famous bearer is American voice actor John Gremillion (born 11 June 1967). He's known for his extensive work as a voice actor in English language versions of Japanese anime films and television series.
AndrewJKD  7/2/2010
When our son was born and we announced his name was John, the delivering doctor said, "no one names their son John anymore!" I have been teaching for 5 years and have had three Johnathons; but no John. To those who think we lack imagination, please when you have a child with a unique name just don't have a eweneek spelling; it is hell on us teachers and only shows your lack of education. Refer to Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner and pay particular attention to the chapter "Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet."
Thiss  8/10/2010
In the TV series "The Mentalist" Red John is the antagonist who killed the main characters family.

Also John Doe is used by police and hospitals on unidentified males.
Koezh  9/6/2010
John Cooper from Skillet. He's cute, keep the mohawk John! :)
pupcake9798  9/15/2010
I think it's a nice name, but way too common on the older crowd.
Chrila96  10/12/2010
I don't like this name at all. Normally, I don't care about the popularity of a name one way or another, but for some reason the popularity of the name John bothers me. To me, it's one of the most generic and boring names on the planet. Even though the popularity has gone down some, it's still ranked at #26 in the U.S., which means that it's fairly popular. Because it's been a popular name for centuries, I know tons of people named John of all ages-from old men to newborn babies, and I'm tired of hearing it. Also, I just don't like the sound of the name, regardless of popularity. I also wouldn't want to use a name that is slang for both a toilet and the client of a prostitute.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2010
British actor John Simm, who starred in the original (and vastly superior) version of 'Life On Mars' is a famous bearer.
insertusernamehere  11/25/2010
John Wayne Gacy, anyone?
Sophannagh  1/2/2011
I don't like John at all. It's not even the immense popularity of the name that does it-it's just that I find it an incredibly boring name.
Nina.Matau  2/6/2011
Current [2011] leader of the Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP) is Jack Layton, born John Gilbert Layton.
K.G Valentina  4/12/2011
It's a really classic name, that somehow manages to stay GOOD throughout the years. It's quite typical to think of it as an older man's name, but I think it's able to transcend well throughout all stages of life; from child to adulthood. And I quite like it, because of that. :3
xsai  5/18/2011
Marvelous. Handsome, strong, rugged name. I love the nickname "Johnny" for boy-- and even on grown men, if they choose to keep it.
― Anonymous User  6/30/2011
Name of the Day: June 30th, 2011.
AndrewJKD  7/1/2011
I like this name. It is incredibly common though.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
John just seems like a straight up cool name. I like the sound of it. It has a nice niche of being so incredibly stereotypically English that it's great for a character.
Evantastic  8/2/2011
My brother's name is John and he was named after my dad. As a kid he was called Johnny by family but now I'm the only one who still says it. My dad's family once tried to call him Johnny Boy and my mom put a stop to it real quick. Beware of that nickname, it comes up often. Overall, I think it's a classic, handsome name.
JaciGia  8/3/2011
I'm actually quite surprised that no one mentioned a certain Master Chief Petty Officer (ie. SPARTAN II) from a certain game by the name Halo...

(translation: John-117).
donatella  8/5/2011
John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an American painter-naturalist. He had two sons: John Woodhouse Audubon and Victor Gifford Audubon.
― Anonymous User  8/31/2011
John Bacon (1740-1799) was an English sculptor.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2011
Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) was Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art in the University from 1925-1956.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
John Bellany is a Scottish painter.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2011
John Grimes and his identical twin brother Edward form Irish duo Jedward.
enchy  9/10/2011
John Peter Berger (born 5 November 1926) is an English art critic, novelist, painter and author.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2011
John Bowes (1811-1885) was an English collector.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2011
John Boydell (1719-1804) was an English engraver and print publisher. In 1790 he was lord mayor of London.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2011
John Randall Bratby (1928-1992) was a British painter and writer.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2011
John Brett (1831-1902) was an English painter, mainly of coastal scenes and landscapes.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2011
John the Fearless.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2011
John Bushnell (1630-1701) was an English sculptor.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2011
John Edwin Canaday (b. February 1, 1907, Fort Scott, Kansas - d. July 19, 1985, New York City, New York) was a leading American art critic, author and art historian.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2011
John Angus Chamberlain is an American sculptor.
― Anonymous User  12/4/2011
John Cheere (1709-87) was an English sculptor of garden figures.
― Anonymous User  12/5/2011
John Robinson is the leader of the Jupiter 2 mission in Lost In Space.
Whitewolf513  2/28/2012
Another famous bearer is the late American writer and literary critic, John Updike.
thebyrd  3/30/2012
John King of England (1166-1216), youngest son of Henry II of England and his wife Eleonore of Aquitaine and brother of Richard Lionheart. Also known as "John Lackland".
CarolinW  6/7/2012
John of Eltham was the second son of Edward II of England and his wife Isabelle of France.
CarolinW  6/9/2012
John was the oldest son of King Edward I and his wife Eleanor of Castile.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
John was the son of King Edward III of England and his wife Philippa of Hainaut.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
John (1389-1435) was the son of King Henry IV of England and his wife Mary.
CarolinW  6/17/2012
John (1905-1919) was the youngest son of King George V of Great Britain and his wife Mary of Teck. He had epilepsy and died age 13.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
John, although supposedly just an alias, is one of the main characters in the book "John Dies at the End" by David Wong.
Rin_0911  6/22/2012
Nice name, but boring and overused.
Bonquiqui  7/19/2012
Derives from Greek: "Ιωαννης" deriving from "Ιων" and "Ιανος", who was the ancientest king of an ancient Greek colony in Italy. He also built a fortress on Rom's hill, the "Ianiculum". He was later deified, believing that he was son of Apollo and Kreusi, daughter of Athens' king Erehteus.
georgev1112  12/10/2012
This name may have been massively overused for centuries, but nowadays it seems like a welcome breath of fresh air in a sea of Aidan/Caden/Braydon/Jaden/Zaidens. I'd think a parent naming a boy John today wanted him to stand out a bit, as compared to someone naming a boy John 200 years ago.
Anyechka  12/13/2012
This name is also used in The Netherlands, where the name is a firm top 1000 name. It's one of those names that became increasingly popular in the country after World War II (i.e. a real "baby boomer" name), due to the country having been liberated by the Allied Forces (most of them American, Australian, British and Canadian). A lot of the soldiers that the Dutch natives met during the liberation were named John (which was a top 5 name in English-speaking countries at the time), so the name enjoyed quite some exposure in the entire country and thus many Dutch parents were inspired to give this name to their son. Quite often it would not be the name on the birth certificate, however: a lot of parents would officially name their son Jan or Johannes (which would thus be the name on the child's birth certificate), but they would simply call him John in daily life. I know many of these "baby boomer" Johns in my immediate environment - one of them being my mother's brother, who was born in 1958 (and he is one of those Johns who has Johannes on his birth certificate, but is always called John in real life).

The pronunciation for John varies in The Netherlands and the reasons for why that is are a bit complicated. For more information about this matter, please read this detailed post that I once wrote regarding that:

The pronunciation that I have always encountered in my immediate environment is ZHON (somewhat influenced by the French pronunciation from Jean). That is a fairly southern pronunciation (and I am from the south), as in the north of the country the pronunciation is usually DYON or SHON. All three pronunciations are "dutchized" pronunciations (which I talked about in my aforementioned post), but all of them closely resemble the British pronunciation of John. They don't sound anywhere near the American pronunciation of John at all.

An example of the Dutch pronunciation can be heard here:

Finally, well-known Dutch bearers of this name are media tycoon John de Mol (b. 1955) and the former soccer player John de Wolf (b. 1962).
Lucille  1/11/2013
I know three people my age named John. One goes by John, one goes by Jack, and one goes by Johnny. I like all three, and you really can't say anything bad about this name because it's classic and one of the most popular names throughout history :)
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
John Roberts is the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
spaz123  3/23/2013
I have a brother named John, and I like the name. It reminds me of someone who is kinda energetic.
Meerkat  4/17/2013
The English name came as many- from a mistake. The Bible was first printed in Germany. When it was translated into English the name remained in the german form. So John should have been translated Ion since J is pronounced as I in german and h is silent.
Ps: usually the simplest solution is the correct one;
nightcrawlercyp  5/22/2013
I don't care how common this name is, it's one of my favorites. I know a baby boy named John and I can't tell you how refreshing it is to see a little boy with such a classic name amongst all the Jaydens, Aidens, Braydens, Kaylees, an Kylies.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2013
John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912) was an American multi-millionaire, the richest man onboard the RMS titanic, and rumored to be the richest man in the US at one time. He was often followed by paparazzi and the subject of many news articles, especially when he began dating Madeleine Force, a woman 29 years his junior. He and Madeleine eventually married and bought a ticket for the titanic on their honeymoon. Though he did not survive the sinking, Madeleine did and gave birth to a baby boy four months later, named John Jacob Astor VI, nicknamed Jakey. Besides Jakey, Astor was survived by a daughter, Ava, and a son, William, from his first wife, Ava Willing.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2013
My husband is named John, after his father (who goes by Jack). As much hate as the name gets for its 'commonness', I personally love it. I love the sound of it, it's just so strong and simple. Of course it was extremely popular for ages, but nowadays I think if you named your son John he might be the only one in his class. And if not, he can always go by Jack or Johnny. I personally would rather meet 5 little boys named John than another Aiden, Ethan, Mason, or Jackson. We are seriously considering it for our son, he would be John Edward III :-)
evelyn a.  8/15/2013
John is not pronounced 'Jahn', it is pronounced 'John' or 'Jon'.
The American pronunciation is incorrect as the name originates in England in the Western cultural context, well before the US.
Sabretruthtiger  9/25/2013
'John' is a tad staid, I prefer 'Jon' but either way I'm pretty sure if you have this name it's because your parents named you after one of their fathers; it's a name that gets passed down.
Bluefield  11/20/2013
A classic name that is very, very common.
AppleM32  1/9/2014
John Egbert from Andrew Hussie's MS Paint Adventure webcomic Homestuck.
allanbunny  3/31/2014
Shame it's so common and considered quite boring- I like the name "John".
― Anonymous User  4/20/2014
Sir John Alexander MacDonald (1815-1891) was the first Prime Minister of Canada. He is the second longest serving prime minister in Canadian history.
K.G Valentina  4/30/2014
John Denver (born as Henry John Dutchendorf Jr.) is an American singer/songwriter, and definitely my favorite singer! He was a 70s singer, too.
silverstar  5/23/2014
John Cleese, one of the six founding members of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
This is my brothers name but we all call him "John Michael", "John Mikes" or "Mikes" because his middle name is Michael and everyone likes him at his school. This is also my dads name. Also, Michael was about to be his name.
arianagrandelover1  9/6/2014
I'm not very fond of that whole biblical association, but I do like this name very much. It really is refreshing to hear nowadays, what with all these trendy names popping up.
BuyBeerOrPayTheRent  9/27/2014
John Winchester is a character on the television series "Supernatural." He is the father of the two main characters, Sam and Dean Winchester.
hkols  11/2/2014
John Bennett is a character on the Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black."
hkols  11/2/2014
Also used in Norway, where it's pronounced "YOON".
Quamalamalam  11/15/2014
John is the most common name of Nobel laureates (37 as of 2014), not surprisingly for such a common name. Robert is second with 31.
lucky777  12/7/2014
John Bardeen was the only recipient of two Nobel Prizes in Physics (1956 and 1972). His prizes were for inventing the transistor and explaining superconductivity.
lucky777  12/7/2014
A famous bearer is John Nolan, the back-up vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock band Taking Back Sunday.
nicolemichaela  12/31/2014
It is a nice name. It was my grandpa's name. It was also the name of the character John Kennex on Almost Human which was my favorite show!
djgirl11712  2/3/2015
I like it for a middle name. If I had a son I'd make John the middle name. My father is John. Named after Giovanni, his grandfather. It's a great name. My Dad says it's too common and a bathroom name, lol. But it's wonderful imo at least as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2015
John Linley Frazier, known as The Killer Prophet, was an American mass murderer who killed five people in Santa Cruz, California. Frazier was a religious fanatic who read the Bible and believed the voice of God was telling him to commit homicides.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2015
John is a great name! It's my little brother's name and I absolutely adore it! This name is timeless and a stronger, more mature name than Caden, Jaden, Brayden, Aiden, etc. (no offense to anybody, I despise the names that end in "Aiden" fad). Besides, on a job resume, 'John' looks far more mature and is more likely to be taken seriously than an 'Aiden' would.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2015
John is fine, but how many people are out there with the name John? I know several people love it, even though it is popular, but don't you want a unique name such as Elliott, or Simon, or Dominic? It is just used all over the world. I am not saying you shouldn't name your kid John, but think first on how many other people will, and they will get confused.
Antonio432  3/20/2015
My name is John and I think it's ok. But it's just kind of singular and too common. However, there are a few good nicknames for it, as people sometimes call me Johnny, but if I had a son some day I would probably not make it their first name.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2015
John Saxon is an American actor.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2015
Guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers John Frusciante is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2015
A famous barrier of this name is John Tavares - player on the New York Islanders.
madisonxerika  5/9/2015
My husband's name is John. I love it and it suits him so well. Makes me think of St. John. I don't think it is common and overused- at least not like Michael is.
lorimorton  6/10/2015
I'm sorry, but this reminds me too much of John the Baptist.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2015
John Avery Whittaker from the radio show Adventures in Odyssey. He goes by Whit.
Liesl  10/15/2015
John Smith is the deuteragonist in Disney's Pocahontas.
― Anonymous User  10/30/2015
Overused and sounds like a old man's name.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2015
I like the name John. I don't see why everyone has a problem with it. I don't find it boring at all, I think it's a nice name and it's far from being generic, it's a strong masculine name that has endured over the centuries.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2015
This name has been one of the most common names in English and European countries for centuries, but I still love it! It's a strong, masculine, timeless name that you can't go wrong with it. One of my favourite names!
― Anonymous User  12/21/2015
John is one of the most timeless names I can think of. It's short, masculine easy to spell and overall a really strong name.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2016
Teen fiction author, John Green.
CaraJane  1/6/2016
My name is John and I like it. I do think that it's too common and usual, but I don't think it's boring. There are so many unique ways to spell the name like Jon, Juan, Jean almost every language has a form of John and there are so many in the English language. There are also lots of cool nicknames you can use, like Johnny, to make it less boring if you need to.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2016
John Hall (1575 – 25 November 1635) was a physician and son-in-law of William Shakespeare.
Lady_Skywalker  1/13/2016
I love the name. It's so much classier to give your kid a normal, traditional name, than some weirdo, I-am-trying-way-too-hard-to-be-original one. When I meet kids with the name Dominic, or Maddox, or Apple, I know that their parents were too young or immature to be having kids. A person's uniqueness should come from their achievements and their personality. Not their weirdo name.
Also, I would like to add John the Baptist, John D Rockafeller, and John Dillinger to the list of famous Johns. And to point out that not only is John Smith the character in Pocahantas, but also the famous explorer who explored the New World helped by Pocahantas. Name your kid John. It's manly and classy.
Lollipopfop  3/11/2016
John Ritter,
Born: September 17, 1948, Burbank, CA
Died: September 11, 2003, Burbank, CA
He played Jack Tripper on Three's Company and Three's a Crowd.
Eileen1209864  5/5/2016
This is perhaps the most boring, dull name I've ever heard. The kind of name you think up in a heartbeat when trying to name something, with no thought put into it. Not a favorite, by a long shot.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
Several famous people are named John

John Lennon- Beatles
John Mcindoe- actor
John Philpott- actor

I like the name John and wouldn't mind using it for either a first or middle name for my future son/s.
Charlottetarantula  5/21/2016
If I had a penny for every "John" in the world, I'd be the queen of the World.
Blaxworth  6/17/2016
I like this name because it's timeless and so easy to say. Everyone needs a placeholder name. I don't think I would call my son this though. Would probably go with one of the less common variants.
EstherTester  6/19/2016
I like John. It's not my favorite Biblical name (That would be either Peter or James) but John is a fine name. My best friend has this name. Notable Johns include John Lennon (The Beatles), John Belushi (Comedian), John Glenn (Astronaut), and John Cleese (Monty Python). John is good in my book.
Mr.Cheese  7/4/2016
John is also the first name of rockstar Ozzy Osbourne and politician Jeb Bush, whose full name is John Ellis Bush and the son of George W Bush.
― Anonymous User  7/7/2016
John is a good name as itself or with the nickname Johnny. Jack used as a short for John is one of the most strange things in the world of onomastics. It's so evident that Jack is linked to Jacques, the French form of Jacob and James and all the English dictionaries show this logical etymology. It's not true that Jack and Jacques are separated names: the sound of the two is pretty much the same like also the writing. Around the world, Jack is more associated with the Jacob's cognates: think about Jackie which is used as a short for Jacques and Jacqueline for example. In conclusion: it's true that in the English speaking world Jack is traditionally more used for John but this is a mistake, or in any case this nickname is derived from Jacob's family. The Jankin's theory that shows how Jack is derived from John is not accepted by all the linguistics scholars.
Jake Fax  7/8/2016
This name is so boring and overused. It's been the most common name for centuries, so please give this name a rest.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2016
Can't believe nobody mentioned this... JOHN CENA! Famous wrestler a guy who's on a lot of Vines.
Sania01  7/24/2016
Probably the most overused male name in the history of the English speaking world, and, thus, so generic. Even if it's not as popular as it once was, number 26 out of 1000+ is still nothing to scoff at.
Perry Boulware  9/6/2016
John Scarce.
ilovekeemstarnoidont  11/16/2016
A very common name with many forms that are less plain, however, this name needs a break. It has been popular for too long. It is also very plain.
ERK  11/23/2016
John Peter Petrucci is the guitarist of American metal band Dream Theater.
ERK  11/27/2016
The late rock legend John Entwistle of the rock band The Who is a famous bearer.
ERK  12/24/2016
John Samuel Mbiti is a Kenyan-born Christian religious philosopher and writer. He is an ordained Anglican priest, and as of 2005 a canon. Born in Kenya, Mbiti studied in Uganda and the United States, taking his doctorate in 1963 at the University of Cambridge, UK. He taught religion and theology in Makerere University, Uganda from 1964 to 1974 and was subsequently director of the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute in Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland. He has held visiting professorships at universities across the world and published extensively on philosophy, theology and African oral traditions.
cutenose  1/9/2017
John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for nearly 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of excitable and psychopathic characters. In many of his films, he has played the "eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter", someone who rebels against the social structure.
cutenose  1/13/2017
John Ducas is a teen-aged investor and entrepreneur. Ducas is from New York City but currently lives in Europe with his family. At the age of 9 he started investing with play money at Marketwatch. When he was 13 his parents gave him 3, 000 euros to invest, and he opened a trading account with an online broker. At age 15, he founded Ducas Capital, which publishes financial research online. According to Forbes magazine, he serves over 110 clients.
cutenose  1/13/2017
John George Terry is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains Premier League club Chelsea. He commonly plays as a centre-back. He was captain of the England national team, holding the post from August 2006 to February 2010, and again from March 2011 to February 2012.
cutenose  1/20/2017
Very popular in Sweden, Netherlands and Norway. [noted -ed]
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  2/17/2017
French actor John Eyzen, best known for his role as Mercutio in the 2010 revival of Gèrard Presgurvic's musical Roméo et Juliette.
Silverstarswept  4/7/2017
John Michael Gibbons is an American former professional baseball player and the current manager of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. Gibbons briefly played in the Major Leagues as a catcher with the New York Mets, in the mid-1980s.
cutenose  4/8/2017
I don't think it's an ugly name, but I hope whoever I wind up marrying wouldn't want to use it for our child. In my opinion it's a bit bland and overused.
Bob19  4/8/2017
Sir John Chippendale "Chips" Lindley Keswick is a British merchant banker and member of the Keswick family who control Jardine Matheson, founded by William Jardine. On 14 June 2013, he became Chairman of Arsenal football club.
lilolaf  4/21/2017
Also the name of the main character in Andrew Hussie's webcomic Homestuck, John Egbert.
avagirl  5/14/2017
I think John is overused and plain, but I think it's an okay name.
Luvbug86  6/4/2017
John Bennett Ramsey is an American businessman, author, and father of homicide victim JonBenét Ramsey, who was murdered in her Boulder, Colorado home on December 25, 1996. He discovered 6-year-old JonBenét's body in the cellar of the home just hours after her murder.
cutenose  6/5/2017
John Rykener, known also as Johannes Richer and Eleanor, was a 14th-century transvestite prostitute working mainly in London, but also active in Oxford. He was arrested in 1395 for cross-dressing and interrogated. The records have survived, the only surviving legal records from that age which mentions same-sex intercourse.
cutenose  7/18/2017
John Matthew Heard Jr. was an American film and television actor. He was probably best known for his lead roles in several films, including Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter's Way, Cat People, and C.H.U.D., as well as supporting roles in After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, The Pelican Brief, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, and Animal Factory. He also played Peter McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, as well as appearing in Sharknado. Heard was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999 for guest starring on The Sopranos.
cutenose  7/22/2017
It's a really nice name. It's getting less common each year :(
BehindAName9  11/18/2017
John Brown (1800-1859) was a passionate American abolitionist in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Morgan1599  11/28/2017
It is confusing when names like John, Jacob, Jonah, Joseph and Jude are referred to as biblical names.

The letter J was the last to be added to the English alphabet. Some have said it wasn't in use in the English language until the 1500s. Indeed, it is so new to our language, that it has been said that only the letters Q, X and Z are found less often than J, in English words. Other sources indicate that J and Q are the least often found and are about equally so.

When referring to biblical names, therefore, it would be useful to give the spellings for those names. As they were in biblical times. Without checking, my guess is than John may have been Yohanan.

The letters I and J have had the same meaning, hence Ian and Ivan seem to derive from John.

J may have come from the swash or 'decorative' style of the letter I, as seen in Roman numerals, e.g. XXIIJ rather than XXIII.
Notjohn  1/8/2018
Eh, it's an okay name, but it's so common it makes the name look super plain.
GiJeff  1/14/2018
John Wayne Gacy. Nuff said.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2018

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