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Jean

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 71 59 12
1881 53 44 9
1882 72 60 12
1883 102 83 19
1884 128 103 25
1885 116 99 17
1886 135 124 11
1887 133 112 21
1888 159 145 14
1889 183 171 12
1890 175 160 15
1891 198 181 17
1892 213 194 19
1893 230 215 15
1894 261 242 19
1895 251 232 19
1896 282 255 27
1897 278 258 20
1898 362 341 21
1899 331 318 13
1900 495 473 22
1901 360 329 31
1902 430 408 22
1903 484 462 22
1904 509 483 26
1905 570 548 22
1906 694 666 28 #100 girl name
1907 810 770 40 #96 girl name
1908 883 852 31 #91 girl name
1909 963 940 23 #90 girl name
1910 1,290 1,246 44 #77 girl name
1911 1,424 1,380 44 #74 girl name
1912 2,146 2,056 90 #64 girl name
1913 2,644 2,544 100 #60 girl name
1914 3,394 3,281 113 #54 girl name
1915 4,765 4,603 162 #48 girl name
1916 5,243 5,081 162 #45 girl name
1917 5,879 5,692 187 #40 girl name
1918 6,825 6,600 225 #37 girl name
1919 7,023 6,799 224 #37 girl name
1920 7,991 7,714 277 #33 girl name
1921 8,884 8,593 291 #25 girl name
1922 9,397 9,108 289 #20 girl name
1923 9,818 9,511 307 #19 girl name
1924 11,058 10,723 335 #16 girl name
1925 11,900 11,597 303 #14 girl name
1926 12,466 12,168 298 #12 girl name
1927 12,773 12,510 263 #14 girl name
1928 12,533 12,206 327 #12 girl name
1929 12,153 11,865 288 #12 girl name
1930 12,272 11,984 288 #14 girl name
1931 11,300 11,013 287 #13 girl name
1932 10,907 10,667 240 #15 girl name
1933 10,171 9,967 204 #14 girl name
1934 9,893 9,715 178 #16 girl name
1935 9,046 8,851 195 #18 girl name
1936 8,714 8,535 179 #20 girl name
1937 8,549 8,393 156 #23 girl name
1938 7,929 7,763 166 #27 girl name
1939 7,445 7,288 157 #32 girl name
1940 8,217 8,066 151 #29 girl name
1941 7,990 7,838 152 #32 girl name
1942 8,412 8,254 158 #36 girl name
1943 8,261 8,098 163 #36 girl name
1944 7,821 7,649 172 #37 girl name
1945 7,583 7,427 156 #38 girl name
1946 8,706 8,555 151 #37 girl name
1947 9,097 8,942 155 #39 girl name
1948 7,924 7,774 150 #47 girl name
1949 7,925 7,761 164 #45 girl name
1950 7,599 7,434 165 #48 girl name
1951 7,764 7,624 140 #49 girl name
1952 7,659 7,512 147 #50 girl name
1953 7,689 7,567 122 #52 girl name
1954 7,821 7,662 159 #56 girl name
1955 7,634 7,482 152 #60 girl name
1956 7,345 7,176 169 #65 girl name
1957 7,212 7,045 167 #67 girl name
1958 6,667 6,521 146 #73 girl name
1959 6,388 6,236 152 #77 girl name
1960 5,784 5,640 144 #86 girl name
1961 5,523 5,367 156 #92 girl name
1962 5,015 4,879 136 #95 girl name
1963 4,631 4,481 150 #97 girl name
1964 4,265 4,100 165 #100 girl name
1965 3,563 3,364 199
1966 3,118 2,918 200
1967 2,756 2,549 207
1968 2,310 2,079 231
1969 2,142 1,907 235
1970 2,383 2,110 273
1971 2,071 1,776 295
1972 1,527 1,300 227
1973 1,337 1,111 226
1974 1,189 960 229
1975 1,079 886 193
1976 1,030 811 219
1977 945 765 180
1978 836 654 182
1979 864 658 206
1980 896 681 215
1981 842 605 237
1982 873 602 271
1983 802 524 278
1984 786 518 268
1985 713 463 250
1986 660 401 259
1987 662 380 282
1988 618 329 289
1989 609 348 261
1990 621 265 356
1991 580 274 306
1992 574 211 363
1993 642 214 428
1994 485 189 296
1995 449 158 291
1996 380 140 240
1997 386 137 249
1998 341 151 190
1999 355 109 246
2000 409 118 291
2001 398 112 286
2002 347 86 261
2003 356 89 267
2004 371 77 294
2005 322 80 242
2006 371 72 299
2007 327 86 241
2008 282 60 222
2009 256 46 210
2010 341 69 272
2011 267 58 209
2012 249 59 190
2013 248 63 185
2014 260 76 184
2015 221 67 154

Fun Facts about the name Jean

  • How many people with the first name Jean have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 481,144 babies born with the first name Jean in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jean to occupy the territory of Guadeloupe (France) with an estimated population of 465,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jean? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 71 new born babies.
  • When was Jean first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jean is Saturday, July 4th, 1857.
  • What year had the most people named Jean born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jean was in 1927 with a total of 12,510 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jean!
  • Random Jean Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jean ranks 27th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 46 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Jean: Your name in reverse order is Naej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eajn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jean? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,140 people with the last name Jean.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jean? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Jean as their last name.

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Popularity of Jean as a first name

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Popularity of Jean as a last name

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Common last names for Jean

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Young
  • Allen
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jean U.S.
  White 22.89% 64.26%
  African American 70.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.35% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jean

People with the last name Jean are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Jean

The name "Jean" is of English origin, and it means "God is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun jean
Senses
  1. A twilled cotton cloth.
  2. pljēnzSame as blue jeans.
  3. pljēnzPants made of different fabrics, resembling blue jeans.

Etymology: Prob. named from Genoa. See Jane

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric

From a Middle English feminine form of John, from Old French Jehane; sometimes considered Scottish.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A male given name
  3. A surname​.
  4. An unincorporated community in Nevada

Jean was also found in the following language(s): French, Limburgish, and Norman

Notable Persons With the Name Jean

Jean Grey

Jean Grey is a comics character.

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Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget was a scientist in the fields of developmental psychology and epistemology. Jean was given the name Jean William Fritz Piaget on August 9th, 1896 in Neuchâtel. He passed away on September 16th, 1980.

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Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow was an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1928. Jean was given the name Harlean Harlow Carpenter on March 3rd, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. She left this life on June 7th, 1937.

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Jean Reno

Jean Reno is an actor. He has been prominent since 1977. Jean was given the name Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez on July 30th, 1948 in Casablanca.

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Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt was a jazz, gypsy jazz, bebop, and romani music musician. He was most prominent from 1928 to present. Django was given the name Jean Reinhardt on January 23rd, 1910 in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium. He left this life on May 16th, 1953.

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Arthur Rimbaud

Arthur Rimbaud was a writer. He was most prominent from 1870 to present. Arthur was given the name Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud on October 20th, 1854 in Charleville, Ardennes, France. He breathed his last breath on November 10th, 1891.

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  • Jean Simmons
    (actress)
  • Jean Smart
    (actress)
  • Jean Shepard
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Jean Stapleton
    (actress)
  • Jean Dujardin
    (actor)
  • Jean Michel Jarre
    (musician)
  • Jean Baudrillard
    (philosopher)
  • Jean Kennedy Smith
    (important human)
  • Jean Seberg
    (actress)
  • Gustave Courbet
    (artist)
  • Jean Cocteau
    (novelist)
  • Jean Chrétien
    (lawyer)
  • Jean Ping
    (Chairperson of the African Union Commission)
  • J. Paul Getty
    (businessperson)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jean

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean is a hip hop music, reggae fusion, contemporary r&b, soul music, and neo soul rapping, musician, singing, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He holds the title Killing Me Softly". His ongoing career started in 1993. Wyclef was given the name Wyclef Jeanelle Jean on October 17th, 1969 in Croix-des-Bouquets. Wyclef is also known as Wyclef, Nel, and Clef.

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Cassandra Jean

Cassandra Jean is an influential individual. Cassandra was given the name Cassandra Jean Whitehead on October 5th, 1985 in Houston.

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BC Jean

BC Jean is a pop rock, soul music, dance-pop, and europop musician. She has been prominent since 2005. BC was given the name Brittany Jean Carlson on April 22nd, 1987.

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Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean is a Governor General of Canada, and [[#External links. Her career lasted from 2015 to 2010. Michaëlle was born on September 6th, 1957 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Jean

Jean is royalty. His career lasted from 1964 to 1964. Jean was born as the child of Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, Charlotte, and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on January 5th, 1921 in Berg Castle.

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Al Jean

Al Jean is a screenwriter and producer. Al was given the name Alfred Ernest Jean III on January 9th, 1961 in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

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What does the name Jean mean?

Jis for joy, that you always bring.

Eis for enrich, a quality you share.

Ais for agreeable, the best side of you!

Nis for nifty, how neat!

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