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John

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of John

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun John
A proper name of a man.

Etymology: See Johannes

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  2. The last of the four Gospels in the New Testament
  3. A prostitute's customer
  4. (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation
  5. Youngest son of Henry II; King of England from 1199 to 1216; succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I; lost his French possessions; in 1215 John was compelled by the barons to sign the Magna Carta (1167-1216)
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From Middle English Jon, John, Johan, from Anglo-Norman Jehan, Johan, from Latin Iōhannēs (variant of Iōannēs), from New Testament Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōánnēs), from Biblical Hebrew יוֹחָנָן (Yōḥānān), perhaps contracted from a former יְהוֹחָנָן (Yəhōḥānān, “God is gracious”).

  1. A male given name very popular since the Middle Ages.
  2. (biblical) Either of two persons of great importance to early Christianity: John the Baptist and John the Apostle, identified with John the Evangelist.
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. John, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the fourth of the four gospels.
  4. (biblical) One of the books in the New Testament of the Bible, the epistles of John (1 John, 2 John and 3 John).
  5. A patronymic surname​.
  6. (informal) Used frequently to form an idea personified John Bull, John Barleycorn (see derivations below).
  7. (informal) A name used to address a man whose actual name is not known: John Doe.
  8. (US, slang, archaic) Alternative letter-case form of john: a toilet, lavatory, outhouse, or chamber pot.

John was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named John

John F. Kennedy was a 35th President of the United States. He holds the title Address on the Buildup of Arms in Cuba, Establishment of the Peace Corps, World Peace Speech, Ich bin ein Berliner speech, Kennedy comments on the possible prevention of the Cold War, Kennedy's message to Turkey, Announcement to go to the moon, and Secre. His military service ended in 1945. John was born on May 29th, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. He died on November 22nd, 1963.

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Johnny Depp is an actor, producer, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1984. Johnny was given the name John Christopher Depp II on June 9th, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.

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John Cena is a hip hop music professional wrestling, actor, hip hop music, rapping, professional wrestler, and hip-hop artist. He holds the title The Time is Now" by John Cena & Tha Trademarc. He was most prominent from 1999 to 2005. John was given the name John Felix Anthony Cena on April 23rd, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, United States.

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John Lennon was a musician. He holds the title Give Peace a Chance and Imagine. He was most active from 1957 to present. John was given the name John Winston Lennon on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool, England. He passed away on December 8th, 1980.

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Jackie Coogan was an actor. He was most prominent from 1917 to 1984. Jackie was given the name John Leslie Coogan on October 26th, 1914 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He left this life on March 1st, 1984.

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John Adams was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Massachusetts, Delegate to the First Continental Congress, from Massachusetts Bay, 2nd President of the United States, 1st Vice President of the United States, United States Minister to theCourt of St. John was born on October 30th, 1735 in Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America. He passed away on July 4th, 1826.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name John

Sir Elton John is a musician. He holds the title Candle in the Wind 1997. His most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to present. Elton was given the name Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25th, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England.

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John was royalty. He was most prominent from 1199 to 1199. John was born as the child of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine on December 24th, 1166 in Beaumont Palace. He passed away on October 19th, 1216.

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Daymond John is a founder, president, ceo of fubu, chief executive officer, and andceooffubu. Daymond was given the name Daymond Garfield John on February 23rd, 1969 in Brooklyn.

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Scatman John was a pop music, eurodance, jazz, and jazz rap musician. He plays Piano, Saxophone, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1976 to 1999. Scatman was given the name John Paul Larkin on March 13th, 1942 in El Monte, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 3rd, 1999.

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Dr. John is a new orleans blues, new orleans rhythm, blues, rock, roll, jazz, funk, and zydeco musician. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, Guitar, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1950 to 1950. Dr. was given the name Malcolm John Rebennack on November 21st, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Dr. is also known as Mac Rebennack, Dr. John Creaux, and Dr. John the Night Tripper.

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Jill St. John is an actress and actor. She was most active from 1949 to 2002. Jill was given the name Jill Arlyn Oppenheim on August 19th, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, US.

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How popular is the baby 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 9,299 52 9,247 #1 boy name
1889 8,600 52 8,548 #1 boy name
1890 8,558 56 8,502 #1 boy name
1891 7,724 44 7,680 #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 8,381 61 8,320 #1 boy name
1896 8,188 50 8,138 #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 6,939 39 6,900 #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 8,104 43 8,061 #1 boy name
1906 8,308 43 8,265 #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 13,514 68 13,446 #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 52,105 253 51,852 #1 boy name
1918 56,807 248 56,559 #1 boy name
1919 53,835 307 53,528 #1 boy name
1920 57,197 281 56,916 #1 boy name
1921 58,507 285 58,222 #1 boy name
1922 57,557 285 57,272 #1 boy name
1923 57,804 335 57,469 #1 boy name
1924 59,439 383 59,056 #2 boy name
1925 57,566 366 57,200 #2 boy name
1926 56,501 385 56,116 #2 boy name
1927 56,390 440 55,950 #2 boy name
1928 54,178 425 53,753 #2 boy name
1929 52,522 410 52,112 #3 boy name
1930 52,831 402 52,429 #3 boy name
1931 48,733 325 48,408 #3 boy name
1932 48,911 298 48,613 #3 boy name
1933 46,447 226 46,221 #3 boy name
1934 46,995 257 46,738 #3 boy name
1935 47,701 208 47,493 #3 boy name
1936 47,870 203 47,667 #3 boy name
1937 48,961 218 48,743 #3 boy name
1938 50,728 216 50,512 #3 boy name
1939 51,244 228 51,016 #3 boy name
1940 54,985 208 54,777 #3 boy name
1941 57,733 221 57,512 #3 boy name
1942 66,268 240 66,028 #3 boy name
1943 69,150 229 68,921 #3 boy name
1944 66,792 180 66,612 #3 boy name
1945 66,321 197 66,124 #3 boy name
1946 79,467 208 79,259 #3 boy name
1947 88,522 203 88,319 #3 boy name
1948 83,023 192 82,831 #3 boy name
1949 81,355 199 81,156 #3 boy name
1950 79,606 179 79,427 #3 boy name
1951 81,799 204 81,595 #3 boy name
1952 83,305 197 83,108 #3 boy name
1953 80,275 163 80,112 #4 boy name
1954 81,350 184 81,166 #4 boy name
1955 80,214 186 80,028 #5 boy name
1956 80,981 222 80,759 #5 boy name
1957 79,216 225 78,991 #5 boy name
1958 76,196 207 75,989 #5 boy name
1959 76,655 231 76,424 #4 boy name
1960 76,360 242 76,118 #4 boy name
1961 80,195 277 79,918 #3 boy name
1962 78,725 284 78,441 #3 boy name
1963 78,902 260 78,642 #2 boy name
1964 82,791 264 82,527 #2 boy name
1965 71,810 252 71,558 #2 boy name
1966 65,331 284 65,047 #4 boy name
1967 61,915 289 61,626 #4 boy name
1968 61,235 305 60,930 #3 boy name
1969 59,068 288 58,780 #4 boy name
1970 58,825 290 58,535 #4 boy name
1971 51,786 272 51,514 #4 boy name
1972 43,406 224 43,182 #5 boy name
1973 39,405 229 39,176 #6 boy name
1974 37,896 253 37,643 #6 boy name
1975 35,330 233 35,097 #7 boy name
1976 34,211 210 34,001 #6 boy name
1977 34,454 218 34,236 #6 boy name
1978 34,253 222 34,031 #7 boy name
1979 35,679 244 35,435 #7 boy name
1980 35,525 251 35,274 #8 boy name
1981 35,076 195 34,881 #8 boy name
1982 34,932 234 34,698 #8 boy name
1983 33,417 266 33,151 #9 boy name
1984 32,841 237 32,604 #8 boy name
1985 31,730 233 31,497 #9 boy name
1986 30,418 220 30,198 #10 boy name
1987 29,735 197 29,538 #11 boy name
1988 29,565 167 29,398 #11 boy name
1989 29,974 134 29,840 #12 boy name
1990 29,151 81 29,070 #12 boy name
1991 27,860 63 27,797 #10 boy name
1992 26,298 56 26,242 #14 boy name
1993 25,057 69 24,988 #16 boy name
1994 24,225 48 24,177 #15 boy name
1995 23,279 45 23,234 #13 boy name
1996 22,209 37 22,172 #15 boy name
1997 21,404 29 21,375 #15 boy name
1998 20,644 27 20,617 #15 boy name
1999 20,382 39 20,343 #15 boy name
2000 20,114 27 20,087 #14 boy name
2001 18,916 32 18,884 #14 boy name
2002 17,464 21 17,443 #17 boy name
2003 17,255 30 17,225 #17 boy name
2004 16,516 71 16,445 #18 boy name
2005 15,798 37 15,761 #18 boy name
2006 15,192 35 15,157 #19 boy name
2007 14,450 22 14,428 #19 boy name
2008 13,334 21 13,313 #20 boy name
2009 12,120 11 12,109 #27 boy name
2010 11,560 10 11,550 #26 boy name
2011 11,054 21 11,033 #27 boy name
2012 10,622 11 10,611 #28 boy name
2013 10,711 16 10,695 #27 boy name
2014 10,689 14 10,675 #26 boy name
2015 10,371 11 10,360 #26 boy name
2016 9,964 12 9,952 #28 boy name

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Popularity of John as a first name

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Popularity of John as a last name

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Common last names for John

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Murphy
  • Sullivan
  • Clark
  • Kelly
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity John U.S.
  White 40.98% 64.26%
  African American 21.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 21.27% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 11.17% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name John

People with the last name John are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name John

  • How Popular is the name John? John is the 2nd most popular name of all time. In 2016 John was the 28th most popular name. As a last name John was the 1,034th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name John have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,127,501 babies born with the first name John in the United States. That's more than enough people named John to occupy the country of Norway with an estimated population of 5,025,600 (as of July 27, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named John? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9,701 new born babies.
  • When was John first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name John is Friday, November 14th, 1806.
  • What year had the most people named John born? The highest recorded use of the first name John was in 1947 with a total of 88,319 babies. That's a lot of babies named John!
  • Random John Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name John ranks 27th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 147 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name John: Your name in reverse order is Nhoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ojhn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name John? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 33,543 people with the last name John.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of John? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have John as their last name.

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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).
  • 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).
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