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485k
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Joan

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • #128 All Time
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5.1m John (Hebrew)
481k Jean (English)
368k Jane (English)
338k Juan (Spanish)
211k Joanne (English)
163k Jeanne (French)
99k Joanna (English)
76k Jan (Dutch)
49k Johanna (German)
44k Jana (Slavic)
36k Jeannie (French)
28k Jayne (American)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 12 12 0
1881 6 6 0
1882 11 11 0
1883 6 6 0
1884 11 11 0
1885 9 9 0
1886 16 16 0
1887 15 15 0
1888 14 14 0
1889 21 21 0
1890 18 18 0
1891 14 14 0
1892 32 32 0
1893 22 22 0
1894 21 21 0
1895 28 28 0
1896 31 31 0
1897 33 33 0
1898 40 40 0
1899 28 28 0
1900 57 57 0
1901 52 52 0
1902 65 65 0
1903 68 63 5
1904 73 73 0
1905 105 105 0
1906 94 94 0
1907 109 109 0
1908 104 104 0
1909 142 142 0
1910 196 196 0
1911 240 233 7
1912 322 317 5
1913 412 412 0
1914 584 578 6
1915 791 784 7
1916 833 823 10
1917 1,061 1,048 13
1918 1,393 1,384 9
1919 1,264 1,248 16
1920 1,663 1,647 16
1921 1,801 1,790 11
1922 2,026 2,010 16
1923 2,325 2,307 18
1924 3,037 3,022 15 #96 girl name
1925 4,054 4,027 27 #66 girl name
1926 5,022 4,995 27 #51 girl name
1927 6,065 6,032 33 #41 girl name
1928 7,893 7,857 36 #27 girl name
1929 11,719 11,664 55 #13 girl name
1930 15,545 15,477 68 #8 girl name
1931 19,196 19,115 81 #5 girl name
1932 21,133 21,045 88 #5 girl name
1933 19,353 19,289 64 #5 girl name
1934 19,549 19,464 85 #7 girl name
1935 18,312 18,222 90 #7 girl name
1936 17,147 17,067 80 #7 girl name
1937 15,385 15,297 88 #9 girl name
1938 14,372 14,301 71 #10 girl name
1939 14,205 14,140 65 #11 girl name
1940 13,351 13,288 63 #14 girl name
1941 13,452 13,377 75 #17 girl name
1942 14,580 14,513 67 #18 girl name
1943 13,281 13,228 53 #21 girl name
1944 11,975 11,922 53 #22 girl name
1945 10,419 10,395 24 #25 girl name
1946 11,247 11,218 29 #28 girl name
1947 11,298 11,272 26 #30 girl name
1948 9,292 9,273 19 #37 girl name
1949 9,244 9,205 39 #36 girl name
1950 8,894 8,866 28 #40 girl name
1951 9,423 9,400 23 #39 girl name
1952 10,297 10,272 25 #37 girl name
1953 9,801 9,772 29 #37 girl name
1954 9,551 9,519 32 #40 girl name
1955 8,583 8,553 30 #47 girl name
1956 8,102 8,077 25 #52 girl name
1957 7,615 7,584 31 #60 girl name
1958 6,800 6,780 20 #68 girl name
1959 6,369 6,337 32 #76 girl name
1960 5,907 5,878 29 #81 girl name
1961 5,566 5,547 19 #89 girl name
1962 4,905 4,883 22 #94 girl name
1963 4,586 4,560 26 #95 girl name
1964 4,177 4,147 30 #99 girl name
1965 3,302 3,283 19
1966 2,742 2,725 17
1967 2,321 2,306 15
1968 1,814 1,784 30
1969 1,581 1,567 14
1970 1,323 1,308 15
1971 1,039 1,022 17
1972 743 729 14
1973 589 578 11
1974 596 579 17
1975 561 551 10
1976 474 461 13
1977 447 432 15
1978 434 420 14
1979 415 401 14
1980 440 422 18
1981 420 403 17
1982 384 361 23
1983 363 348 15
1984 345 326 19
1985 339 316 23
1986 311 285 26
1987 312 279 33
1988 317 280 37
1989 316 280 36
1990 314 269 45
1991 294 256 38
1992 294 251 43
1993 261 215 46
1994 215 172 43
1995 203 162 41
1996 200 134 66
1997 257 144 113
1998 220 129 91
1999 217 125 92
2000 332 163 169
2001 327 141 186
2002 332 111 221
2003 243 104 139
2004 255 94 161
2005 277 104 173
2006 268 80 188
2007 284 67 217
2008 241 68 173
2009 248 70 178
2010 211 61 150
2011 207 63 144
2012 219 79 140
2013 239 72 167
2014 225 75 150

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 was first given to 5 or more babies 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 1958 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Joan" ranks #100 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Florida. Imagine that, 112 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1958. Across the entire United States a total of 6,800 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Joan" mean? The list below shows the origins of Joan as well as things modernly associated with the name Joan such as celebrities named Joan.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Joan

The name "Joan" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "God is gracious". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Joan Rivers

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

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Joan Jett

Joan Jett is a singer, songwriter, musician, and actress specializing in rock, hard rock, and punk rock music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1975 to present. Joan was born in 1958 as Joan Marie Larkin.

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Joan Collins

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

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Chyna

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

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Joan Crawford

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

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Joan Baez

Joan Baez is a musician, songwriter, and activist specializing in folk, folk rock, country, and gospel music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1958 to present. Joan was born in 1941 as Joan Chandos Baez.

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Alternative Meanings

J is for jubilant, the upbeat you!

O is for orderly, a lifelong passion.

A is for accord, the harmony you spread.

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

Your name in reverse order is "Naoj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Jaon". 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.

Past life for Joan born Oct 2, 1993

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central England approximately on 1750. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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