John: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name John

John

Pronunciation: JAHN (key)

Origin of the name John:

Derived from the Middle Latin Johannes, which is from the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Joannes, which is from the Greek Iōannes. Iōannes is from the Hebrew Yehanan, a short form of Yehohanan which is derived from yehōhānān (Yahweh is gracious). John is the most enduring of the biblical names and remains one of the most popular names bestowed in the United States. Var: Jon. Pet: Johnnie, Johnny, Jonnie, Jonny.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name John: | Edit

John is a biblical, masculine, strong, generous name for a baby boy. Pronounced Jahn.

Personal experiences with the name John: | Edit

A very good friend of mine is called John. His real first name is Johnathan, but everyone always calls him John. While this is a popular, common name, when I hear "John", I think of my friend, who I love very much. He is very hilarious and kind. I've known him for many years.

It's my fathers name. Very caring, funny, hard working man who loves his family.

I had a wonderful uncle named John.

Nicknames for John: | Edit

Johnny, Jo, Joe.

Meanings and history of the name John: | Edit

Meanings of the name "John".

Biblical:
The grace or mercy of the Lord.

American:
The grace or mercy of the Lord.

Hebrew:
Jehovah has been gracious; has shown favor.

In the bible, John the Baptist baptized Christ in the Jordan river. Variants have been created in almost every language.

Famous real-life people named John: | Edit

John Lennon (1940-1980), British musician (The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band)
John Mayer, American musician
John "Johnny" Depp, American actor. His son is also named John Depp, but goes by Jack.
John O'Callaghan from the band The Maine.
John Green, author

John in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Dear John" - A Song by Taylor Swift (Country Singer)
"John Tracy", Thunderbirds TV show and 2004 film.
"John Watson", The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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