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in the U.S.
since 1880


Gender: Boy. Ranked #2 most popular

What does the name "John" mean?

John (Hebrew): God is Gracious

The name "John" is of Hebrew origin and it means "God is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to boys. There are 15 other names that are similar to this one.

J is for jewel, the sparkle in your eye.

O is for old fashioned, you cherish the past.

H is for honor, your most valuable possession.

N is for name, a pleasant one indeed.

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

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


Want to know about the populiarty of John? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,106,590 babies born with the name John in the United States. That's more than enough Johns to occupy the country of Norway with an estimated population of 5,025,600 (as of July 27, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 9,701 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "John" was in 1947 with a total of 88,318 babies. (That's a lot of baby Johns)

According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "John" ranks #2 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 104 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1925. Across the entire United States a total of 57,555 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 John popular?

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

Celebrities named John

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is an actor, producer, and musician with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1984 to present. Johnny was born in 1963 as John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.


John Cena

John Cena is a professional wrestler, actor, and rapper with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1999 to present. John was born in 1977 as John Felix Anthony Cena in West Newbury, Massachusetts, U.S.


John Legend

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, and actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 2 to present. John was born in 1978 as John Roger Stephens in Springfield, Ohio, United States.


John Travolta

John Travolta is an actor, producer, writer, singer, dancer, and pilot with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1969 to present. John was born in 1954 as John Joseph Travolta in Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.


John Lennon

John Lennon is a singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, writer, and activist with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1957 to 1975. John was born in 1940 as John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, England.


Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker is a singer and musician with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1961 to 2014. Joe was born in 1944 as John Robert Cocker in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.


Past life for John born Nov 19, 1930

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 Northern China approximately on 1075. Your profession was shepherd, horseman, and forester.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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

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