Jane: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jane | Girls
Origin of the name Jane:
English cognate of the French Jehanne and Jeanne, which are feminine forms of Jean, a cognate of John (God is gracious). Jane, a perennially popular name, was the name of the central character in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1847).
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Jane originally came about as an 16th century aristocratic alternative to the more commonplace Joan.
Everyone sees Jane as too common, so they avoid it, so now Jane is so uncommon but recognisable. It's starting to strike me as a quirky antique.
Janeway is an alternative (as in Capt. Janeway from "Star Trek: Voyager).
- Personal experiences with the name Jane: | Edit
My name is Jane and I found it plain and unimaginative when I was younger, but now I feel it to be more classic, elegant and traditional than some of the names I once lobbied my parents to change it to. I have met a precious few people who love my name, and want to call their daughter Jane (usually inspired by Jane Eyre) but I advise against it. The thing I like is that no one mis-spells it or mispronounces it. And no one seems to really hate it. I meet many people who have Jane as their middle name. I never got teased about my name, and all in all I'm ok with it I guess.
I am named Jane and have often asked my parents why they would chose a name synonymous with being ordinary, or completely anonymous. The long list of things I have been called...Plain Jane, Insane Jane, Jane of the Jungle, Jane Doe, and once I was grown up, men used my name as a way to hit on my while I was a bartender, as in "Hey Jane, where's Dick?" or "Hey, me Tarzan, you Jane."
Jane is a solid, old name. Its meaning is wonderful. Some people associate it with strong figures like Lady Jane or Jane Fonda, but it's mostly older people who do. Despite this, I wish it wasn't my name. I wish I was called something more interesting. I couldn't even get an interesting nickname out of it, except for Janey, which sounds childish. I think Jane is one of the best middle names you can have, and it works in second place. It compliments a more interesting first name.
I love this name. Jane.
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- Meanings and history of the name Jane: | Edit
Jane means "God's grace" or "God is gracious" in Hebrew.
- Famous real-life people named Jane: | Edit
Jane Addams, American social activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Jane Austen, British novelist
Jane Asher, actress
Jane Alexander, actress
Jane Birken, singer/actress
Jane Carson, singer
Jane Fonda, American actress and anti-war activist
Jane Goodall, British primatologist
Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days during the Tudor period in England.
Jane Krakowski, actress of 30 ROCK fame
Jane Powell, actress
Jane Russell, actress
Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII and Queen of England (1536-7)
Jane Seymour, actress (born Joyce Frankenberg)
Jane Wyman, actress
Jane Wiedlin, singer
Jane Yolen, children's author and poet
St. Jane Frances de Chantal aka Jeanne-Francoise Baronne de Chantal(1572–1641), founded The Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary
- Jane in song, story & screen: | Edit
Hazy Jane - Nick Drake
Jane Bennet, the eldest in 's and Prejudice
Jane Burnham, daughter in American Beauty, protrayed by Thora Birch
Jane Eyre, in Brontë's book by the same name
Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster detective in a series of novels by Agatha Christie
Jane Porter, the eventual wife of Tarzan in Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan novels and the many film adaptations
Lady Jane and Mary Jane are slang terms for marijuana.
Jane Doe and Jane Q. Public both refer to typical representatives of the general public, or a specific anonymous person.
Jane Stuart, main character in Lucy Maud Montgomery's 1936 novel, "Jane of Lantern Hill."
"Baby Jane" is a song by Rod Stewart.
"Jane Says" is a song released in 1987 by the band Jane's Addiction.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, early 1960s thriller starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford
Breaking Benjamin's song "Diary of Jane"
"Sweet Jane" is a song by Velvet Underground
"Song that Jane Likes" by Dave Matthews
Global Popularity of the Name Jane
- #95 in Ireland
- #178 in Canada (Alberta)
- #315 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #344 in Scotland
- #390 in United States
- #392 in Canada (Quebec)