Janice Name Meaning & Origin

Janice

Pronunciation: JA-nis (key)

Origin of the name Janice:

Modern variant of Jane (God is gracious), made by adding the suffix -ice.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Jan, Janis

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Comments and insights on the name Janice: | Edit

My name was never shortened by family or school, and I now often correct people if they call me Jan, I let them know my name is Janice. I have encountered several people in the workplace mostly older with the same name, but now very rarely seen in younger women. At a younger age I too did not like the name, now at age 53 I have come to accept and appreciate the name. Who wants a name that everyone else has?

Except for medical or legal purposes, I use the nickname Jan exclusively. When someone calls me Janice, I know they're either blood kin or total strangers. I loathed my name as a child, and still wince when I hear it said, even if it isn't in reference to me. Primarily, I felt it was unnecessarily long -- by the time anyone got the "Jan . . ." part out of their mouths, they had my attention already. Whenever I worked with other Janices, I would diplomatically defer to their decision to go by the whole name, thereby using my nickname, which I much preferred.

At 25, I also have never really liked my name Janice and basically no one calls me by this name unless near strangers. I always go by Jan which is a name I have grown to like more as I've gotten older.

My name is Janice, and while I think it's a pretty name and all, I feel like its outdated, since I'm only 32. Only strangers and acquaintances call me by my actual name, my friends, family, and husband call me Jan or Janna.

Personal experiences with the name Janice: | Edit

I only ever met one or two other Janices in any school I was ever in. While a common enough name, it wasn't until recently that I had to be asked how to spell it. Janis was never a very common spelling 50 years ago, I guess.

I also knew only one or two other Janices while in school -- now I seem to meet 30- to 50-year old Janices everywhere! Most people tried to pronounce it "Ja-neece" to rhyme with "Denise."

I know several other Janices, all older than me by a ways and I've never had a problem with pronunciation. I am often surprised how many people think my name is spelled "Janis" since I don't personally know anyone's who is.

I think the Janis spelling is cool.

My sister's name is Janice and she's never liked it. She was named for a high school friend of our mother's, and I don't think she's ever met a fellow Janice within 20 years of her age (we've had several friends whose mums had that name). I always thought it was pretty, though.

I think all the names from my generation stink.

Nicknames for Janice: | Edit

Jan, Jay-nice, Janizzle

Meanings and history of the name Janice: | Edit

A derivative from the Roman god Janus, the god of the hearthway with two heads seeing both directions. Meanings extend to a protector of the home, able to see both sides of an argument.

Famous real-life people named Janice: | Edit

Janis Joplin - '60s rock singer
Jan Berenstain -- co-author of "The Berenstain Bears" children's books (born: Janice Grant)
Janice Dickinson -- modeling agency owner, host of reality TV show "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency."
Janice Lynde --- actress, best known for her work on soaps "General Hospital," "Another World" and "One Life to Live."

Janice in song, story & screen: | Edit

Janice Vickery is the girl who boils a cat for her science project in the play, "The Effect of Gamma-Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds
Janice is the lead guitar player for the Electric Mayhem on Sesame Street.
Janice Litman was a recurring character on the sitcom, Friends.
Janice Meredith was the title of a 1924 film starring Marion Davies as the eponymous character.
Janice Beard 45 WPM was the title of a 1999 British independent film starring Eileen Walsh in the title role.
Janice Battersby, is a character on the British soap opera, Coronation Street.
Janice Rand was the name of a yeoman aboard the USS Enterprise on the original Star Trek TV series.
'Ask For Janice' is a song written and performed by the Beasties Boys on the album Paul's Boutique in 1995.
'Blues For Janice' is a song performed by singer and guitarist, Chris Rhea.
'The Day Janice Lost Her Teeth' is a song performed by musical group, The Hartwells.
'Get Down Janice' is a song performed by The E&E Blues Express.
Songs titled 'Janice' have been recorded by musical groups; Associates, Planet Smashers, The Luchigores, My Id, Doll By Doll, Skip Mahoney and the Casuals, Water Bear, The Fendermen, Rob Batie and Dave Grisman

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