Names Starting with J

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JAYSONmEnglish
Variant of JASON.
JAYWANTmIndian, Marathi
Means "possessing victory" in Sanskrit.
JĀZEPSmLatvian
Latvian form of JOSEPH.
JAZLYNfEnglish (Modern)
Modern name, a combination of the popular name elements Jaz and lyn.
JÁZMINfHungarian
Hungarian form of JASMINE.
JEAN (1)mFrench
French form of Jehan, the Old French form of Iohannes (see JOHN). The French philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) and Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980) were two well-known bearers of this name. It was also borne by the German-French Dadaist artist Jean Arp (1886-1966).
JEAN (2)fEnglish, Scottish
Medieval English variant of Jehanne (see JANE). It was common in England and Scotland during the Middle Ages, but eventually became rare in England. It was reintroduced to the English-speaking world from Scotland in the 19th century.
JEANAfEnglish
Variant of JEAN (2) or GINA.
JEAN-BAPTISTEmFrench
Combination of JEAN (1) and BAPTISTE, referring to Saint John the Baptist.
JEANIEfEnglish
Diminutive of JEAN (2).
JEAN-MARIEmFrench
Combination of JEAN (1) and MARIE.
JEANNAfEnglish
Variant of JEAN (2) or GINA.
JEANNEfFrench, English
Modern French form of Jehanne, an Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN). Joan of Arc is known as Jeanne d'Arc in France.
JEANNETTEfFrench, English, Dutch
French diminutive of JEANNE.
JEANNIEfEnglish
Diminutive of JEANNE.
JEANNINEfFrench, English
Diminutive of JEANNE.
JEANNOTmFrench
Diminutive of JEAN (1).
JEBmEnglish
Sometimes a diminutive of JACOB. This name may have also resulted from a nickname of James Ewell Brown Stuart (1833-1864), a Confederate general in the American Civil War, which was formed from the initial letters of his three given names.
JECONIAHmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH will establish" in Hebrew. This is another name (with the same meaning) of the Judean king Jehoiachin.
JEDmEnglish
Short form of JEDIDIAH.
JEDIDAHfBiblical
Means "beloved" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the wife of King Amon of Judah and the mother of Josiah.
JEDIDIAHmBiblical
Means "beloved of YAHWEH" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is a name given to Solomon by Nathan.
JĘDRZEJmPolish
An old Polish form of ANDREW.
JEETENDRAmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of JITENDRA.
JEFmDutch
Dutch short form of JOZEF.
JEFFmEnglish
Short form of JEFFREY.
JEFFERSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of JEFFREY". It is usually given in honour of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president of the United States and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
JEFFREYmEnglish
Medieval variant of GEOFFREY. In America, Jeffrey has been more common than Geoffrey, though this is not true in Britain.
JEFIMIJAfSerbian
Serbian form of EUPHEMIA. This name was adopted by a 14th-century Serbian poet (born Jelena Mrnjavčević).
JEHANmMedieval French
Old French form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
JEHANNEfMedieval French
Old French feminine form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
JEHIELmBiblical
Means "God will live" in Hebrew. This is the name of several people in the Old Testament, including one of King David's lute players.
JEHOASHmBiblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹאָשׁ (Yeho'ash), an extended form of יוֹאָשׁ (see JOASH). According to the Old Testament, this was the name of a king of Israel. He probably reigned in the 8th century BC.
JEHOHANANmBiblical
From the Hebrew name Yehochanan, an extended form of Yochanan (see JOHN). It is borne by a few minor characters in the English Old Testament.
JEHOIACHINmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH establishes" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a king of Judah. Also known as Jeconiah, he was imprisoned in Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar after a brief reign in the early 6th century BC.
JEHOIAKIMmBiblical
Means "raised by YAHWEH" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a king of Judah. He lived in the 7th century BC, and was the son of Josiah and the father of Jehoiachin.
JEHONAfAlbanian
Derived from Albanian jehonë meaning "echo".
JEHONATHANmBiblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹנָתָן (Yehonatan), the full form of JONATHAN. This is the name of a few minor characters in the Old Testament.
JEHORAMmBiblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹרָם (Yehoram) which meant "exalted by YAHWEH". In the Old Testament this is the name of a king of Judah and a king of Israel, both of whom ruled at about the same time in the 9th century BC.
JEHOSHAPHATmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH has judged" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the fourth king of Judah, noted for having a generally peaceful and prosperous reign.
JEHOSHEBAmBiblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֶׁבַע (Yehosheva') which meant "YAHWEH is an oath". In the Old Testament she is the daughter of King Jehoram of Judah. With her husband Jehoiada she rescued the future king Joash, her nephew, from a purge.
JEHOVAHmTheology
Form of YAHWEH used in older translations of the Bible, produced by blending the letters of the tetragrammaton with the vowels from ADONAI.
JEHUmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH is he" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a king of Israel. He ruled in the 9th century BC, coming to power by overthrowing Jehoram. This was also the name of a prophet during the reign of the king Baasha.
JEHUDImBiblical
Means "Jew" in Hebrew, ultimately referring to a person from the tribe of Judah. In the Old Testament this is the name of a servant of King Jehoiakim.
JEKATERINAfRussian
Variant transcription of YEKATERINA.
JELAfSerbian, Croatian, Slovak
Short form of JELENA or JELISAVETA. It also means "fir tree" in Serbian and Croatian.
JELANImEastern African, Swahili
Means "mighty" in Swahili.
JEĻENAfLatvian
Latvian form of YELENA.
JELENAfSerbian, Croatian, Slovene, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
Form of YELENA. In Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia it is also associated with the South Slavic words jelen meaning "deer, stag" and jela meaning "fir tree".
JELICAfSerbian, Croatian
Diminutive of JELA.
JELISAVETAfSerbian
Serbian form of ELIZABETH.
JELKAfSlovene, Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of JELENA. It also means "fir tree" in Slovene.
JELLEmFrisian, Dutch
Originally a Frisian short form of Germanic names beginning with the element gild "sacrifice, value". It can also be a Dutch diminutive of WILLEM.
JELTJEfFrisian, Dutch
Feminine form of JELLE.
JELTSJEfFrisian, Dutch
Feminine form of JELLE.
JEMmEnglish
Diminutive of JEREMY (and formerly of JAMES).
JEMIMAfBiblical, English
Means "dove" in Hebrew. This was the oldest of the three daughters of Job in the Old Testament. As an English name, Jemima first became common during the Puritan era.
JEMMYmEnglish
Diminutive of JEREMY (and formerly of JAMES).
JENfEnglish
Short form of JENNIFER.
JENAfEnglish
Diminutive of JENNIFER.
JENAROmSpanish
Spanish form of JANUARIUS.
JENCImHungarian
Diminutive of JENŐ.
JENELLEfEnglish
Combination of JEN and the popular name suffix elle.
JENESSAfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of JEN and the popular name suffix essa.
JENGOmEastern African, Swahili
Means "building" in Swahili.
JENNfEnglish
Short form of JENNIFER.
JENNAfEnglish, Finnish
Variant of JENNY. Use of the name was popularized in the 1980s by the character Jenna Wade on the television series 'Dallas'.
JENNIEfEnglish, Swedish
Variant of JENNY. Before the 20th century this spelling was more common.
JENNIFERfEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish
From a Cornish form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (see GUINEVERE). This name has only been common outside of Cornwall since the beginning of the 20th century, after it was featured in George Bernard Shaw's play 'The Doctor's Dilemma' (1906).
JENNIGJEfDutch
Dutch diminutive of JOHANNA.
JENNYfEnglish, Swedish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Spanish
Originally a medieval English diminutive of JANE. Since the middle of the 20th century it has been primarily considered a diminutive of JENNIFER.
JENNÝfIcelandic
Icelandic form of JENNY.
JENŐmHungarian
From the name of an ancient Hungarian tribe. Since the 19th century it has been used as a Hungarian form of EUGENE.
JENSmDanish, Swedish, Norwegian
Danish form of JOHN.
JEONGf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean (jeong) meaning "quiet, still, gentle" or (jeong) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.
JEONG-HOmKorean
From Sino-Korean (jeong) meaning "right, proper, correct" combined with (ho) meaning "good, excellent" or (ho) meaning "great, numerous, vast". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
JEONG-HUIf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean (jeong) meaning "right, proper, correct" or (jeong) meaning "quiet, still, gentle" combined with (hui) meaning "beauty" or (hui) meaning "bright, splendid, glorious". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
JEONG-HUNmKorean
From Sino-Korean (jeong) meaning "right, proper, correct" and (hun) meaning "meritorious deed, rank", as well as other hanja character combinations.
JEONG-SUKfKorean
From Sino-Korean (jeong) meaning "virtuous, chaste, loyal" or (jeong) meaning "right, proper, correct" combined with (suk) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming". Other hanja combinations are possible.
JEPmEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval diminutive of GEOFFREY.
JEPHTHAHmBiblical
Means "he opens" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this name belongs to a ruling judge. He successfully defended Israel from the Ammonites, but was then obliged to sacrifice his daughter because of a vow he had made.
JEPPEmDanish
Diminutive of JAKOB.
JEPSONmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which meant "son of JEP".
JERALDmEnglish
Variant of GERALD.
JEREmFinnish, Croatian, English
Finnish diminutive of JEREMIAS (usually used independently), as well as a Croatian diminutive of JERONIM and an English diminutive of JERALD or JEREMIAH.
JEREMIAHmEnglish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יִרְמְיָהוּ (Yirmiyahu) meaning "YAHWEH will exalt", from the roots רוּם (rum) meaning "to exalt" and יָה (yah) referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of one of the major prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations (supposedly). He lived to see the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in the 6th century BC.... [more]
JEREMÍASmSpanish
Spanish form of JEREMIAH.
JEREMIASmGerman, Portuguese, Finnish
German, Portuguese and Finnish form of JEREMIAH.
JÉRÉMIEmFrench
French form of JEREMIAH.
JEREMIELmBiblical
Means "God will exalt" in Hebrew. Jeremiel (also called Remiel) is named as an archangel in the apocryphal books of Esdras and Enoch in the Old Testament.
JEREMYmEnglish, Biblical
Medieval English form of JEREMIAH, and the form used in some English versions of the New Testament.
JERIfEnglish
Variant of JERRY.
JERIAHmBiblical
Means "taught by YAHWEH" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Jeriah is a descendant of Hebron.
JERICHOmEnglish (Modern)
From the name of a city in Israel which is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain, but it may be related to the Hebrew word יָרֵחַ (yareach) meaning "moon", or otherwise to the Hebrew word רֵיחַ (reyach) meaning "fragrant".
JERKmSwedish
Old Swedish variant of ERIK.
JERKERmSwedish
Old Swedish variant of ERIK.
JERKOmCroatian
Croatian diminutive of JEROME.
JERMAINEmEnglish
Variant of GERMAIN. The name was popularized in the 1970s by Jermaine Jackson (1954-), a member of the singing group The Jackson 5.
JERNEJmSlovene
Slovene form of BARTHOLOMEW.
JERNEJAfSlovene
Slovene feminine form of BARTHOLOMEW.
JEROBOAMmBiblical
From the Hebrew name יָרָבְעָם (Yarav'am) meaning "the people contend". According to the Old Testament, this was the name of the leader of the revolt against King Rehoboam of Israel. The kingdom was split into Judah in the south and Israel in the north, with Jeroboam becoming the first king of the latter.
JEROENmDutch
Dutch form of JEROME.
JEROLDmEnglish
Variant of GERALD.
JÉRÔMEmFrench
French form of JEROME.
JEROMEmEnglish
From the Greek name ‘Ιερωνυμος (Hieronymos) meaning "sacred name", derived from ‘ιερος (hieros) "sacred" and ονομα (onoma) "name". Saint Jerome was responsible for the creation of the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible, in the 5th century. He is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. The name was used in his honour in the Middle Ages, especially in Italy and France, and has been used in England since the 12th century.
JERONIMmCroatian
Croatian form of JEROME.
JERÓNIMOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of JEROME.
JERÔNIMOmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of JEROME.
JERRIfEnglish
Variant of JERRY.
JERRIEfEnglish
Variant of JERRY.
JERRIKmDanish
Danish variant of ERIK.
JERRODmEnglish
Variant of JARED.
JERRYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of JEREMY, JEROME, GERALD, GERALDINE, and other names beginning with the same sound. A notable bearer was American comedian Jerry Lewis (1926-2017).
JERUSHAfBiblical
From Hebrew יָרַשׁ (yarash) meaning "possession". In the Old Testament she is the wife of King Uzziah of Judah and the mother of Jotham.
JERVISmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of JARVIS.
JERZYmPolish
Polish form of GEORGE.
JESCHAfBiblical
Form of ISCAH found in the medieval Wycliffe Bible. This name was probably the basis for Shakespeare's created name Jessica.
JESPERmDanish, Swedish
Danish form of JASPER.
JESSm & fEnglish
Short form of JESSE or JESSICA.
JESSAfEnglish
Diminutive of JESSICA.
JESSALYNfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of JESSIE (1) and the popular name suffix lyn.
JESSAMINEfEnglish (Rare)
From a variant spelling of the English word jasmine (see JASMINE), used also to refer to flowering plants in the cestrum family.
JESSEmEnglish, Dutch, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יִשַׁי (Yishai) which possibly means "gift". In the Old Testament Jesse is the father of King David. It began to be used as an English given name after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Jesse James (1847-1882), an American outlaw who held up banks and stagecoaches. He was eventually shot by a fellow gang member for a reward. Another famous bearer was the American athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980), whose real name was James Cleveland (or J. C.) Owens.
JESSÉmFrench
French form of JESSE.
JÉSSICAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of JESSICA.
JESSICAfEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish
This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name ISCAH, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).
JESSIE (1)fScottish, English
Originally a Scottish diminutive of JEAN (2). In modern times it is also used as a diminutive of JESSICA.
JESSIKAfGerman, English (Modern)
German and English variant of JESSICA.
JESÚSmSpanish
Spanish form of JESUS, used as a personal name.
JESUSmTheology, Biblical
English form of Ιησους (Iesous), which was the Greek form of the Aramaic name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a). Yeshu'a is itself a contracted form of Yehoshu'a (see JOSHUA). Yeshua ben Yoseph, better known as Jesus Christ, was the central figure of the New Testament and the source of the Christian religion. The four gospels state that he was the son of God and the Virgin Mary who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. He preached for three years before being crucified in Jerusalem.
JESUSAfSpanish
Feminine form of JESÚS.
JETfDutch
Short form of HENRIËTTE or MARIËTTE.
JETHROmBiblical
From the Hebrew name יִתְרוֹ (Yitro), which was derived from the Hebrew word יֶתֶר (yeter) meaning "abundance". According to the Old Testament, Jethro was a Midianite priest who sheltered Moses when he fled Egypt. He was the father of Zipporah, who became Moses's wife. A famous bearer of the name was Jethro Tull (1674-1741), an English inventor and agriculturist.
JETTmEnglish (Modern)
From the English word jet, which denotes either a jet aircraft or an intense black colour (the words derive from different sources).
JETTAfDutch
Dutch short form of HENRIETTA.
JETTEfDutch
Dutch short form of HENRIËTTE or MARIËTTE.
JEUNESSEfVarious
Means "youth" in French. It is not used as a given name in France itself.
JEVGĒŅIJAfLatvian
Latvian form of YEVGENIYA.
JEVGEŅIJAfLatvian
Latvian form of YEVGENIYA.
JEVGĒŅIJSmLatvian
Latvian form of YEVGENIY.
JEVGEŅIJSmLatvian
Latvian form of YEVGENIY.
JEVREMmSerbian
Serbian form of EPHRAIM.
JEWELf & mEnglish
In part from the English word jewel, a precious stone, derived from Old French jouel, which was possibly related to jeu "game". It is also in part from the surname Jewel or Jewell (a derivative of the Breton name JUDICAËL), which was sometimes used in honour of the 16th-century bishop of Salisbury John Jewel. It has been in use as a given name since the 19th century.
JEWELLf & mEnglish
Variant of JEWEL.
JEZEBELfBiblical
From the Hebrew אִיזֶבֶל ('Izevel) which probably means "where is the prince?", a ritual question spoken in ceremonies honouring Baal. Alternatively, it may mean "not exalted". In the Old Testament Jezebel is the evil wife of Ahab, king of Israel. After she was thrown from a window to her death her body was eaten by dogs, fulfilling Elijah's prophecy.
JIm & fKorean (Rare)
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
JIAm & fChinese
From Chinese (jiā) meaning "good, auspicious, beautiful", (jiā) meaning "home, family", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
JIAHAOmChinese
From Chinese (jiā) meaning "home, family" combined with (háo) meaning "brave, heroic, chivalrous". This name can be formed from other character combinations as well.
JIANm & fChinese
From Chinese (jiàn) meaning "build, establish", (jiàn) meaning "strong, healthy", or other characters which are pronounced in a similar fashion.
JIANGm & fChinese
From Chinese (jiāng) meaning "river, Yangtze", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
JIANHONGmChinese
From Chinese (jiàn) meaning "build, establish" combined with (hóng) meaning "wide, spacious, great, vast". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
JIBRILmArabic
Arabic form of GABRIEL.
JIEm & fChinese
From Chinese (jié) meaning "heroic, outstanding" or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
JIEMBAmIndigenous Australian, Wiradjuri
Means "star" or perhaps "laughing star" in Wiradjuri.
JI-EUNfKorean
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "branch, limb", (ji) meaning "know, perceive, comprehend" or (ji) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" combined with (eun) meaning "kindness, mercy, charity". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
JI-HOONmKorean
Variant transcription of JI-HUN.
JI-HUm & fKorean
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" combined with (hu) meaning "thick". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
JI-HUNmKorean
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" or (ji) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" combined with (hun) meaning "meritorious deed, rank". This name can be formed by other hanja character combinations as well.
JI-HYEfKorean
From a Sino-Korean compound meaning "wisdom", formed of the hanja characters (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" and (hye) meaning "bright, intelligent". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
JILLfEnglish
Short form of GILLIAN.
JILLIEfEnglish
Diminutive of JILL.
JILLYfEnglish
Diminutive of JILL.
JIMmEnglish
Medieval diminutive of JAMES.
JIMENAfSpanish
Variant of XIMENA.
JIMImEnglish
Diminutive of JAMES. A famous bearer was the rock musician Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970).
JI-MINf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" or (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" combined with (min) meaning "gentle, affable", (min) meaning "quick, clever, sharp" or (min) meaning "jade, stone resembling jade". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
JIMMIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive or feminine form of JAMES.
JIMMUmFar Eastern Mythology
Means "divine warrior", from Japanese (jin) meaning "god" and (mu) meaning "military, martial". In Japanese legend this was the name of the founder of Japan and the first emperor, supposedly ruling in the 7th century BC.
JIMMYmEnglish
Diminutive of JAMES.
JINm & fChinese
From Chinese (jīn) meaning "gold, metal, money", (jǐn) meaning "tapestry, brocade, embroidered" or (jīn) meaning "ferry". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well.
JINANm & fArabic
Means "garden" or "paradise" in Arabic.
JINDŘICHmCzech
Czech form of HENRY.
JINGm & fChinese
From Chinese (jìng) meaning "quiet, still, gentle", (jīng) meaning "essence, spirit", (jīng) meaning "clear, crystal" or (jīng) meaning "capital city". Other characters can also form this name.
JINGYIm & fChinese
From Chinese (jìng) meaning "quiet, still, gentle" combined with () meaning "joy, harmony". Other character combinations are possible as well.
JINNYfEnglish
Diminutive of VIRGINIA.
JIRAIRmArmenian
Variant transcription of ZHIRAYR.
JIŘÍmCzech
Czech form of GEORGE.
JIŘINAfCzech
Feminine form of JIŘÍ.
JIROmJapanese
Variant transcription of JIROU.
JIROUmJapanese
From Japanese (ji) meaning "two" and (rou) meaning "son". This was traditionally a name given to the second son. Other combinations of kanji characters can also be possible.
JITENDERmIndian (Sikh)
Variant of JITENDRA used by Sikhs.
JITENDRAmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Means "conqueror of Indra" from Sanskrit जिति (jiti) meaning "victory, conquering" combined with the name of the god INDRA.
JITKAfCzech
Diminutive of JUDITA.
JI-Uf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "sesame" or (ji) meaning "will, purpose, ambition" combined with (u) meaning "rain" or (u) meaning "house, eaves, universe". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
JI-WOOf & mKorean
Variant transcription of JI-U.
JI-YEONGf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" or (ji) meaning "know, perceive, comprehend" combined with (yeong) meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero" or (yeong) meaning "glory, honour, flourish, prosper". Many other hanja character combinations are possible.
JI-YOUNGf & mKorean
Variant transcription of JI-YEONG.
JI-YUfKorean
From Sino-Korean (ji) meaning "wisdom, intellect" and (yu) meaning "abundant, rich, plentiful". Other combinations of hanja characters can form this name as well.
JOf & mEnglish, German, Dutch
Short form of JOAN (1), JOANNA, JOSEPHINE, or other names that begin with Jo. It is primarily masculine in German and Dutch, short for JOHANNES or JOSEF.
JOABmBiblical
Means "YAHWEH is father" in Hebrew. According to the Old Testament, he was the commander of King David's army. In separate incidents he killed both Abner and Absalom. When Solomon came to power he was executed.
JOACHIMmFrench, German, Polish, Judeo-Christian Legend
Contracted form of JEHOIACHIN or JEHOIAKIM. According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, Saint Joachim was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of the Virgin Mary. Due to his popularity in the Middle Ages, the name came into general use in Christian Europe (though it was never common in England).
JOAKIMmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Serbian, Macedonian
Scandinavian, Macedonian and Serbian form of JOACHIM.
JOAN (1)fEnglish
Medieval English form of Johanne, an Old French form of Iohanna (see JOANNA). This was the usual English feminine form of John in the Middle Ages, but it was surpassed in popularity by Jane in the 17th century.... [more]
JOAN (2)mCatalan, Occitan
Catalan and Occitan form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
JOANAfPortuguese, Catalan
Portuguese and Catalan form of Iohanna (see JOANNA).
JOANIEfEnglish
Diminutive of JOAN (1).
JOANINHAfPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of JOANA.
JOANNAfEnglish, Polish, Biblical
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.
JÓANNESmFaroese
Faroese form of JOHN.
JOANNESmLate Roman
Latin variant of JOHANNES.
JOÃOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
JOÃOZINHOmPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of JOÃO.
JOAQUIMmPortuguese, Catalan
Portuguese and Catalan form of JOACHIM.
JOAQUIMAfCatalan
Catalan feminine form of JOACHIM.
JOAQUÍNmSpanish
Spanish form of JOACHIM.
JOAQUINAfSpanish
Spanish feminine form of JOACHIM.
JOASHmBiblical
From the Hebrew name יוֹאָשׁ (Yo'ash), possibly meaning "fire of YAHWEH". In the Old Testament this name was borne by several characters including the father of Gideon, a king of Judah, and a son of King Ahab of Israel.
JOASIAfPolish
Polish diminutive of JOANNA.
JOBmBiblical, Biblical French, Dutch
From the Hebrew name אִיּוֹב ('Iyyov) which means "persecuted, hated". In the Book of Job in the Old Testament he is a righteous man who is tested by God, enduring many tragedies and hardships while struggling to remain faithful.
JOBETHfEnglish (Rare)
Combination of JO and BETH.
JOBYmEnglish (Rare)
Diminutive of JOB.
JOCASTAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ιοκαστη (Iokaste), which is of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology she was the mother Oedipus by the Theban king Laius. In a case of tragic mistaken identity, she married her own son.
JOCELINEfFrench
French feminine form of Joscelin (see JOCELYN).
JOCELYNf & mEnglish, French
From a Germanic masculine name, variously written as Gaudelenus, Gautselin, Gauzlin, along with many other spellings. It was derived from the Germanic element Gaut, which was from the name of the Germanic tribe the Goths, combined with a Latin diminutive suffix. The Normans brought this name to England in the form Goscelin or Joscelin, and it was common until the 14th century. It was revived in the 20th century primarily as a feminine name, perhaps an adaptation of the surname Jocelyn (a medieval derivative of the given name). In France this is a masculine name only.
JOCELYNEfFrench
French feminine form of Joscelin (see JOCELYN).
JOCHEBEDfBiblical
From the Hebrew name יוֹכֶבֶד (Yokheved) which meant "YAHWEH is glory". In the Old Testament this is the name of the mother of Miriam, Aaron and Moses.
JOCHEMmDutch
Dutch form of JOACHIM.
JOCHENmGerman
German form of JOACHIM.
JOCHIMmGerman (Rare)
German variant form of JOACHIM.
JOĈJOmEsperanto
Esperanto diminutive of JOHN or JOSEPH.
JOCKmScottish
Scottish form of JACK.
JOCKELmGerman
Diminutive of JAKOB, JÖRG or JOACHIM.
JOCKIEmScottish
Scottish diminutive of JACK.
JOCKYmScottish
Scottish diminutive of JACK.
JOCOSAfMedieval English
Medieval variant of JOYCE, influenced by the Latin word iocosus or jocosus "merry, playful".
JODENEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine elaboration of JODY.
JODIfEnglish
Feminine variant of JODY.
JODIEfEnglish
Feminine variant of JODY.
JODOCmBreton
Variant of JUDOC.
JODYf & mEnglish
Probably either a variant of JUDY or a diminutive of JOSEPH. It was popularized by the young hero in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel 'The Yearling' (1938) and the subsequent film adaptation (1946).
JOEmEnglish
Short form of JOSEPH. Five famous sports figures who have had this name are boxers Joe Louis (1914-1981) and Joe Frazier (1944-), baseball player Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), and football quarterbacks Joe Namath (1943-) and Joe Montana (1956-).
JOËLmFrench, Dutch
French and Dutch form of JOEL.
JOELmEnglish, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יוֹאֵל (Yo'el) meaning "YAHWEH is God", from the elements יוֹ (yo) and אֵל ('el), both referring to the Hebrew God. Joel is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Joel, which describes a plague of locusts. In England, it was first used as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation.
JOELLAfEnglish
Feminine form of JOEL.
JOËLLEfFrench
French feminine form of JOEL.
JOELLEfEnglish
Feminine form of JOEL.
JOEPmDutch
Dutch diminutive of JOZEF.
JOERImDutch
Dutch form of YURIY.
JOETTAfEnglish
Elaborated form of JO.
JOEYm & fEnglish
Diminutive of JOSEPH. It is occasionally used as a feminine diminutive of JOSEPHINE or JOHANNA.
JOFFREYmFrench
French variant form of GEOFFREY.
JOFREmCatalan
Catalan form of GEOFFREY.
JOHANmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
Scandinavian and Dutch form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
JOHANAfCzech
Czech form of Iohanna (see JOANNA).
JOHANANmBiblical
Form of Yochanan (see JOHN) used in the English Old Testament. It was the name of a military leader in the time of the prophet Jeremiah.
JÓHANNmIcelandic
Icelandic form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
JOHANNmGerman
German form of Iohannes (see JOHN). Famous bearers include German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), German novelist and poet Johann Goethe (1749-1832), and Austrian composers Johann Strauss the Elder (1804-1849) and his son Johann Strauss the Younger (1825-1899).
JÓHANNAfIcelandic
Icelandic form of Iohanna (see JOANNA).
JOHANNEfFrench, Danish, Norwegian, Medieval French
French, Danish and Norwegian form of Iohanna (see JOANNA).
JOHANNEKEfDutch
Dutch diminutive of JOHANNA.
JÓHANNESmIcelandic, Faroese
Icelandic and Faroese form of JOHN.
JOHANNESmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Late Roman
Latin form of Ioannes (see JOHN). Notable bearers include the inventor of the printing press Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468), astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) and composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
JOHANOmEsperanto
Esperanto form of JOHN.
JOHNmEnglish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Biblical
English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious", from the roots יוֹ (yo) referring to the Hebrew God and חָנַן (chanan) meaning "to be gracious". The Hebrew form occurs in the Old Testament (spelled Johanan or Jehohanan in the English version), but this name owes its popularity to two New Testament characters, both highly revered saints. The first is John the Baptist, a Jewish ascetic who is considered the forerunner of Jesus. He baptized Jesus and was later executed by Herod Antipas. The second is the apostle John, who is traditionally regarded as the author of the fourth gospel and Revelation. With the apostles Peter and James (his brother), he was part of the inner circle of Jesus.... [more]
JOHNAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of JOHN.
JOHNIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of JOHN, sometimes used as a feminine form.
JOHNNAfEnglish
Feminine form of JOHN.
JOHNNIEm & fEnglish
Diminutive of JOHN, sometimes used as a feminine form.
JOHNNYmEnglish
Diminutive of JOHN. A famous bearer is American actor Johnny Depp (1963-).