Jan

First Name
76k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jan

"Jan" is a name of Dutch origin, and it means "God Is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jan
One of an intermediate order between angels and men.

Etymology: Ar

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The first month of the year; begins 10 days after the winter solstice
Wiktionary

From Old French Jehan (“John”)

  1. (dated) A male given name

Shortened from Janet and Janice.

  1. A female nickname, sometimes used as a formal given name.

From Polish, Czech, German, Dutch, modern Scandinavian etc. Jan, from Latin Johannes (“John”).

  1. A male given name, in English mostly applied to foreign language speakers.
  1. Abbreviation of January.

Jan was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, German, Limburgish, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Jan

Jan Smuts was a Prime Minister of South Africa. His career lasted from 1939 to 1948. Jan was born on May 24th, 1870 in Riebeek West. He passed away on September 11th, 1950.

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Jan Hus is a philosopher. Jan was born in 1369 in Husinec, Kingdom of Bohemia.

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Jan Koum is a ceo of whatsapp & managing director in facebook, inc., and facebook. He was most active from 2009 to present. Jan was born on February 24th, 1976 in Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union.

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Jan Vertonghen is a soccer player for the Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Beerschot AC, AFC Ajax, RKC Waalwijk, Belgium national youth football team, Belgium national under-21 football team, and Belgium national football team. Jan was born on April 24th, 1987 in Sint-Niklaas.

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Miloš Forman is an actor, director, and screenwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1953 to present. Miloš was given the name Jan Tomáš Forman on February 18th, 1932 in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia.

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Jan Oblak is a soccer player for the Atlético Madrid, NK Olimpija Ljubljana (defunct), NK Olimpija Ljubljana (2005), S.L. Benfica, S.C. Beira-Mar, S.C. Olhanense, U.D. Leiria, Rio Ave F.C., S.L. Benfica B, and Slovenia national under-17 football team. Jan was born on January 7th, 1993 in Škofja Loka, Slovenia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jan

Orya Maqbool Jan is a poet and journalist.

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Lalak Jan is a military person. His military service ended in 1999.

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Shabbir was born in 19.

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Liwacz was born on October 4th, 1898. He breathed his last breath on April 22nd, 1980.

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Ubaidullah Jan "Kandahari" was a ghazal singing. His career lasted from 1970 to 1970. Ubaidullah was given the name Ubaidullah Jan in Kandahar. Ubaidullah is also known as Obaidullah Jan. He died in 1980.

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How popular is the baby name Jan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1902 5 0 5
1906 5 0 5
1909 6 0 6
1910 9 0 9
1911 8 8 0
1912 16 8 8
1913 19 8 11
1914 29 8 21
1915 33 11 22
1916 33 15 18
1917 42 20 22
1918 53 20 33
1919 36 12 24
1920 48 19 29
1921 43 25 18
1922 48 27 21
1923 34 13 21
1924 46 32 14
1925 57 31 26
1926 45 31 14
1927 72 49 23
1928 83 50 33
1929 74 46 28
1930 89 60 29
1931 153 104 49
1932 167 119 48
1933 201 115 86
1934 307 161 146
1935 382 187 195
1936 501 229 272
1937 484 239 245
1938 586 269 317
1939 610 304 306
1940 681 331 350
1941 904 445 459
1942 1,046 534 512
1943 1,192 641 551
1944 1,155 611 544
1945 1,360 864 496
1946 1,713 1,148 565
1947 2,034 1,358 676
1948 1,902 1,262 640
1949 2,076 1,525 551
1950 2,331 1,723 608
1951 2,917 2,185 732
1952 3,108 2,483 625
1953 3,186 2,606 580
1954 3,762 2,993 769
1955 3,419 2,769 650
1956 3,702 3,199 503
1957 3,418 2,989 429
1958 3,056 2,628 428
1959 2,975 2,587 388
1960 2,817 2,448 369
1961 2,378 2,032 346
1962 2,067 1,778 289
1963 1,790 1,562 228
1964 1,474 1,259 215
1965 1,155 937 218
1966 1,043 842 201
1967 922 746 176
1968 832 656 176
1969 733 570 163
1970 661 498 163
1971 555 412 143
1972 505 377 128
1973 421 296 125
1974 426 324 102
1975 357 261 96
1976 401 254 147
1977 343 231 112
1978 377 245 132
1979 329 197 132
1980 299 185 114
1981 282 164 118
1982 306 163 143
1983 256 143 113
1984 269 124 145
1985 219 90 129
1986 187 70 117
1987 176 75 101
1988 175 66 109
1989 148 46 102
1990 172 46 126
1991 142 41 101
1992 124 29 95
1993 111 16 95
1994 123 18 105
1995 134 27 107
1996 119 18 101
1997 91 15 76
1998 92 12 80
1999 115 8 107
2000 209 17 192
2001 229 15 214
2002 181 6 175
2003 201 10 191
2004 244 9 235
2005 224 10 214
2006 285 6 279
2007 194 6 188
2008 206 0 206
2009 168 8 160
2010 140 5 135
2011 123 7 116
2012 114 7 107
2013 118 7 111
2014 84 0 84
2015 101 8 93
2016 89 5 84
2017 63 0 63

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Popularity of Jan as a first name

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Popularity of Jan as a last name

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Common last names for Jan

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  • Nelson
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  • Jones
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jan U.S.
  White 24.05% 64.26%
  African American 1.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 66.37% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.24% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jan

People with the last name Jan are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Jan

  • What name lists does Jan rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jan? Jan is the 775th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jan was the 14,564th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 76,360 babies born with the first name Jan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jan to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1902 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jan is Wednesday, April 13th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Jan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jan was in 1956 with a total of 3,199 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jan!
  • Random Jan Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jan ranks 76th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 22 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Jan: Your name in reverse order is Naj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nja. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,046 people with the last name Jan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jan as their last name since less than 1 person in 145k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.