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in the U.S.
since 1880


Gender: Girl. Ranked #128 most popular

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481k Jean (English)
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163k Jeanne (French)
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76k Jan (Dutch)
49k Johanna (German)
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36k Jeannie (French)
28k Jayne (American)

What does the name "Joan" mean?

Joan (Hebrew): God is gracious

The name "Joan" is of Hebrew origin and it means "God is gracious". It's a name commonly given to girls. There are 6 other names that are similar to this one.

J is for joy, that you always bring.

O is for orderly, a lifelong passion.

A is for accomplished, in all that you do.

N is for nice, need I say more?

Your name in reverse order is "Naoj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Aonj". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

How popular is the name "Joan" in the U.S.?


Want to know about the populiarty of Joan? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 485,181 babies born with the name Joan in the United States. That's more than enough Joans to occupy the territory of Guadeloupe (France) with an estimated population of 465,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 12 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Joan" was in 1932 with a total of 21,045 babies. (That's a lot of baby Joans)

According to the 1941 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Joan" ranks #41 in popularity as a baby girl's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, 116 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1941. Across the entire United States a total of 13,452 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

Where is the name Joan popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Joan in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the gulf coast area? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Joan

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1959 to 2014. Joan was born in 1933 as Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.


Joan Jett

Joan Jett is a singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and producer with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1975 to present. Joan was born in 1958 as Joan Marie Larkin.


Joan Collins

Joan Collins is an actress, author, and columnist with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1942 to present. Joan was born in 1933 as Joan Henrietta Collins in Paddington, London, England.



Chyna is an adult biography. Chyna was born in 1969 as Joan Marie Laurer in Rochester, New York, U.S.


Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford is an actress with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1925 to 1972. Joan was born in 1904 as Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.


Joan Baez

Joan Baez is a musician, songwriter, and activist with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1958 to present. Joan was born in 1941 as Joan Chandos Baez.


Past life for Joan born Sep 9, 1991

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Borneo approximately on 825. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

Here's something for you to ponder on...

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