Joan

First Name
486k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
224
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Joan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Joan

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

Wiktionary

From Latin Johanna.

  1. A female given name, a feminine form of John.

Joan was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, Manx, and Occitan

Notable Persons Named Joan

Joan of Arc was a saint. She holds the title Saint. Joan was born in 6 in Domrémy-la-Pucelle. She passed away on May 30th, 1431.

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Joan Crawford was an actress. She was most active from 1925 to 1972. Joan was given the name Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23rd, 1904 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. She left this life on May 10th, 1977.

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Joan Fontaine was an actress. She was most active from 1935 to 1994. Joan was given the name Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22nd, 1917 in Tokyo. Joan is also known as Joan Burfield and Joan St. John. She died on December 15th, 2013.

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Joan Baez is a folk music, folk rock, country music, and gospel music musician, songwriter, activist, and activism. She plays Vocals, guitar, piano, and ukulele. She holds the title We Shall Overcome". She was most active from 1958 to present. Joan was given the name Joan Chandos Baez on January 9th, 1941 in Staten Island, New York, U.S.

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Joan Cusack is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1979. Joan was born on October 11th, 1962 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Joan Jett is a rock music, hard rock, and punk rock musician. She plays Guitar, Gibson Melody Maker, and Vocals. She has been prominent since 1975. Joan was given the name Joan Marie Larkin on September 22nd, 1958. Joan is also known as Joan Jett.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Joan

Her most notable accomplishments were from 1237 to 1252. Joan was born as the child of Simon, Count of Ponthieu, Marie, and Countess of Ponthieu in 1220. She passed away on March 16th, 1279.

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Blessed Joan was royalty. She holds the title Princess of Portugal. Blessed was born as the child of Afonso V of Portugal and Isabella of Coimbra on February 6th, 1452 in Lisbon. She left this life on May 12th, 1490.

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Joel was born on November 2nd, 1970 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

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She died in 1328.

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Josep Tarradellas i Joan was a Minister of Governance, Health, Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and, Culture, Minister of Governance of the Generalitat of Catalonia, (December 1932 – January 1933), First Minister of the Generalitat of Catalonia, (September 1936. Their most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 1980. Josep was born on February 19th, 1899 in Cervelló. They left this life on June 10th, 1988.

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Naitō is also known as Naitō Tadatoshi and Naitō Tokuan. They breathed their last breath in 1626.

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How popular is the baby 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 104 104 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 1,802 1,791 11
1922 2,026 2,010 16
1923 2,323 2,305 18
1924 3,038 3,023 15 #95 girl name
1925 4,056 4,029 27 #66 girl name
1926 5,022 4,995 27 #51 girl name
1927 6,065 6,032 33 #41 girl name
1928 7,892 7,856 36 #27 girl name
1929 11,719 11,664 55 #13 girl name
1930 15,548 15,480 68 #8 girl name
1931 19,197 19,116 81 #5 girl name
1932 21,133 21,045 88 #5 girl name
1933 19,353 19,289 64 #5 girl name
1934 19,548 19,463 85 #7 girl name
1935 18,314 18,224 90 #7 girl name
1936 17,148 17,068 80 #7 girl name
1937 15,386 15,298 88 #9 girl name
1938 14,373 14,302 71 #10 girl name
1939 14,205 14,140 65 #11 girl name
1940 13,350 13,287 63 #14 girl name
1941 13,457 13,382 75 #17 girl name
1942 14,580 14,513 67 #18 girl name
1943 13,281 13,228 53 #21 girl name
1944 11,974 11,921 53 #22 girl name
1945 10,420 10,396 24 #25 girl name
1946 11,248 11,219 29 #28 girl name
1947 11,299 11,273 26 #30 girl name
1948 9,291 9,272 19 #37 girl name
1949 9,244 9,205 39 #36 girl name
1950 8,891 8,863 28 #40 girl name
1951 9,426 9,404 22 #39 girl name
1952 10,302 10,277 25 #37 girl name
1953 9,801 9,772 29 #37 girl name
1954 9,549 9,518 31 #40 girl name
1955 8,585 8,554 31 #47 girl name
1956 8,103 8,078 25 #52 girl name
1957 7,614 7,583 31 #60 girl name
1958 6,799 6,779 20 #68 girl name
1959 6,370 6,338 32 #76 girl name
1960 5,908 5,879 29 #80 girl name
1961 5,567 5,548 19 #89 girl name
1962 4,903 4,881 22 #94 girl name
1963 4,586 4,560 26 #95 girl name
1964 4,178 4,148 30 #99 girl name
1965 3,301 3,282 19
1966 2,741 2,724 17
1967 2,321 2,306 15
1968 1,814 1,784 30
1969 1,580 1,566 14
1970 1,322 1,307 15
1971 1,039 1,022 17
1972 743 729 14
1973 589 578 11
1974 596 579 17
1975 560 550 10
1976 474 461 13
1977 447 432 15
1978 435 421 14
1979 415 401 14
1980 439 421 18
1981 419 402 17
1982 384 361 23
1983 362 347 15
1984 346 327 19
1985 339 316 23
1986 311 285 26
1987 312 279 33
1988 317 280 37
1989 317 280 37
1990 316 270 46
1991 294 256 38
1992 294 251 43
1993 261 215 46
1994 215 172 43
1995 202 161 41
1996 201 135 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 278 105 173
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
2015 269 99 170
2016 300 112 188
2017 298 127 171

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Popularity of Joan as a first name

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Popularity of Joan as a last name

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Common last names for Joan

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Murphy
  • Nelson
  • Lewis
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joan U.S.
  White 51.34% 64.26%
  African American 13.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 22.77% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joan

People with the last name Joan are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Joan

  • What name lists does Joan rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Joan? Joan is the 132nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Joan was the 83,834th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 486,065 babies born with the first name Joan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joan 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 Joan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Joan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joan is Tuesday, September 19th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Joan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joan was in 1932 with a total of 21,045 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joan!
  • Random Joan Factoid: According to the 1938 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joan ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 22 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1938.
  • Weird things about the name Joan: 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?
  • How many people have the last name Joan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 224 people with the last name Joan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Joan as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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).
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