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Popularity
5.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880

John

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is Gracious
  • #2 All Time
  • #26 in 2014
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485k Joan (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 "John" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 9,701 46 9,655 #1 boy name
1881 8,795 26 8,769 #1 boy name
1882 9,597 40 9,557 #1 boy name
1883 8,934 40 8,894 #1 boy name
1884 9,428 40 9,388 #1 boy name
1885 8,801 45 8,756 #1 boy name
1886 9,074 48 9,026 #1 boy name
1887 8,166 56 8,110 #1 boy name
1888 9,300 52 9,248 #1 boy name
1889 8,600 52 8,548 #1 boy name
1890 8,558 56 8,502 #1 boy name
1891 7,725 44 7,681 #1 boy name
1892 9,093 54 9,039 #1 boy name
1893 8,110 61 8,049 #1 boy name
1894 8,298 60 8,238 #1 boy name
1895 8,382 61 8,321 #1 boy name
1896 8,189 50 8,139 #1 boy name
1897 7,596 46 7,550 #1 boy name
1898 8,214 55 8,159 #1 boy name
1899 7,030 40 6,990 #1 boy name
1900 9,875 46 9,829 #1 boy name
1901 6,938 39 6,899 #1 boy name
1902 7,945 38 7,907 #1 boy name
1903 7,649 41 7,608 #1 boy name
1904 8,148 40 8,108 #1 boy name
1905 8,103 43 8,060 #1 boy name
1906 8,307 43 8,264 #1 boy name
1907 9,048 65 8,983 #1 boy name
1908 9,400 58 9,342 #1 boy name
1909 9,658 67 9,591 #1 boy name
1910 11,538 88 11,450 #1 boy name
1911 13,513 68 13,445 #1 boy name
1912 24,699 112 24,587 #1 boy name
1913 29,451 122 29,329 #1 boy name
1914 38,117 169 37,948 #1 boy name
1915 47,777 200 47,577 #1 boy name
1916 50,273 227 50,046 #1 boy name
1917 52,104 253 51,851 #1 boy name
1918 56,807 248 56,559 #1 boy name
1919 53,839 307 53,532 #1 boy name
1920 57,191 281 56,910 #1 boy name
1921 58,513 285 58,228 #1 boy name
1922 57,564 286 57,278 #1 boy name
1923 57,807 336 57,471 #1 boy name
1924 59,439 383 59,056 #2 boy name
1925 57,555 364 57,191 #2 boy name
1926 56,498 386 56,112 #2 boy name
1927 56,388 440 55,948 #2 boy name
1928 54,172 425 53,747 #2 boy name
1929 52,512 410 52,102 #3 boy name
1930 52,833 402 52,431 #3 boy name
1931 48,726 325 48,401 #3 boy name
1932 48,894 298 48,596 #3 boy name
1933 46,446 226 46,220 #3 boy name
1934 46,993 257 46,736 #3 boy name
1935 47,700 208 47,492 #3 boy name
1936 47,864 203 47,661 #3 boy name
1937 48,957 218 48,739 #3 boy name
1938 50,723 216 50,507 #3 boy name
1939 51,249 228 51,021 #3 boy name
1940 54,971 208 54,763 #3 boy name
1941 57,732 221 57,511 #3 boy name
1942 66,261 240 66,021 #3 boy name
1943 69,146 229 68,917 #3 boy name
1944 66,790 180 66,610 #3 boy name
1945 66,321 198 66,123 #3 boy name
1946 79,456 208 79,248 #3 boy name
1947 88,521 203 88,318 #3 boy name
1948 83,018 192 82,826 #3 boy name
1949 81,353 199 81,154 #3 boy name
1950 79,590 180 79,410 #3 boy name
1951 81,716 204 81,512 #3 boy name
1952 83,317 196 83,121 #3 boy name
1953 80,234 162 80,072 #4 boy name
1954 81,313 185 81,128 #4 boy name
1955 80,204 186 80,018 #5 boy name
1956 80,982 222 80,760 #5 boy name
1957 79,208 225 78,983 #5 boy name
1958 76,193 207 75,986 #5 boy name
1959 76,659 231 76,428 #4 boy name
1960 76,363 242 76,121 #4 boy name
1961 80,181 277 79,904 #3 boy name
1962 78,731 284 78,447 #3 boy name
1963 78,907 260 78,647 #2 boy name
1964 82,800 264 82,536 #2 boy name
1965 71,815 252 71,563 #2 boy name
1966 65,340 284 65,056 #4 boy name
1967 61,918 289 61,629 #4 boy name
1968 61,230 306 60,924 #3 boy name
1969 59,079 288 58,791 #4 boy name
1970 58,830 290 58,540 #4 boy name
1971 51,791 272 51,519 #4 boy name
1972 43,407 224 43,183 #5 boy name
1973 39,404 229 39,175 #6 boy name
1974 37,908 253 37,655 #6 boy name
1975 35,330 232 35,098 #7 boy name
1976 34,199 210 33,989 #6 boy name
1977 34,450 218 34,232 #6 boy name
1978 34,247 221 34,026 #7 boy name
1979 35,679 245 35,434 #7 boy name
1980 35,514 251 35,263 #8 boy name
1981 35,073 196 34,877 #8 boy name
1982 34,917 234 34,683 #8 boy name
1983 33,408 266 33,142 #9 boy name
1984 32,828 237 32,591 #8 boy name
1985 31,723 233 31,490 #9 boy name
1986 30,403 220 30,183 #10 boy name
1987 29,730 197 29,533 #11 boy name
1988 29,557 167 29,390 #11 boy name
1989 29,970 134 29,836 #12 boy name
1990 29,148 81 29,067 #12 boy name
1991 27,861 63 27,798 #10 boy name
1992 26,296 56 26,240 #14 boy name
1993 25,058 69 24,989 #16 boy name
1994 24,221 48 24,173 #15 boy name
1995 23,275 45 23,230 #13 boy name
1996 22,201 37 22,164 #15 boy name
1997 21,398 29 21,369 #15 boy name
1998 20,639 27 20,612 #15 boy name
1999 20,377 39 20,338 #15 boy name
2000 20,108 27 20,081 #14 boy name
2001 18,910 32 18,878 #14 boy name
2002 17,458 21 17,437 #17 boy name
2003 17,251 30 17,221 #17 boy name
2004 16,507 71 16,436 #18 boy name
2005 15,795 37 15,758 #18 boy name
2006 15,188 35 15,153 #19 boy name
2007 14,445 22 14,423 #19 boy name
2008 13,328 21 13,307 #20 boy name
2009 12,111 11 12,100 #27 boy name
2010 11,549 10 11,539 #26 boy name
2011 11,041 21 11,020 #27 boy name
2012 10,604 11 10,593 #28 boy name
2013 10,686 16 10,670 #27 boy name
2014 10,614 14 10,600 #26 boy name

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 was first given to 5 or more babies 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 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "John" ranks #33 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 111 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 2008. Across the entire United States a total of 13,328 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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Where is the name John popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of John

The name "John" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "God is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Johnny Depp

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

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John Cena

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

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John Legend

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, and actor specializing in R&B, soul, neo soul, and hip hop soul music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. John was born in 1978 as John Roger Stephens in Springfield, Ohio, United States.

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John Travolta

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

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John Lennon

John Lennon is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and artist specializing in rock, pop, and experimental music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1957 to 1975. John was born in 1940 as John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, England.

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Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker is a singer and musician specializing in blues, rock, blues rock, and blue-eyed soul music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1961 to 2014. Joe was born in 1944 as John Robert Cocker in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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Alternative Meanings

J is for joy, that you always bring.

O is for outlook, pleasing to all.

H is for hope, the encouragement you give.

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

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?

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 John born Nov 16, 1971

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 USA South-West approximately on 1775. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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