Jean Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: JEEN (key)

Origin of the name Jean:

English cognate of the French Jeanne, which is a feminine form of Jean (God is gracious).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Jean: | Edit

Just as the person below me, although I do not think she is of the same relation, my mother's name is Pamela Jean! And my mother in-law's name is Deborah Jean. They were both born in the 1950's. So in 2007, it would only be appropriate to name my daughter's middle name after both of her grandma's. My daughter is Brooklyn Jean and I love her name so much! I love that her middle name remind's me of the 50's middle names, while her first name is more current!

Jean is my middle name. I like it much better than my first, which is Pamela. I like "Jean", especially that it is related to the name John which is one of my all time favorite boy names. I like that Jean is a real name, as opposed to the made-up name Pamela from some forgotten poem of the 1500's. Unfortunatey I am stuck with Pam and do not go by Jean, although I think I would make a much better Jean. One of my friends in grade school was Jean Ann. I was always so jealous, because she was using MY name and it was so pretty.

A standard middle name that will go with anything.

My name is Jean and I never liked it as a kid because it was a boys name too and the nicknames were not nice. But as I grew up I realized how great of a name it is! When applying for things no one knows if your male or female. In addition there is no judgment on the name because very few people are named Jean! It's great! I can't imagine having any other name!

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My paternal Grandmothers name is Jean Gertrude she was born in 1927 she was tje yougest of 10 kids she had a infantbrother Jonathan who died so her name may of come from him... My Dads name is Jonathan Wayne after her brother and the cowboy.

My daughter is named Jean (2009) - it is her maternal Great Grandmother's middle name, and is derived from her 3x Great Grandmother's name, Jennie. Jennie was always known as Jeanie (due to a strong Scots accent!) and it wasn't until my Mum researched the family tree and obtained birth records that we found her actual name.

Jean is my Auntie's name, she always hated it and on her 18th birthday she leagally changed her name to Jay which is what she insisted everybody call her through out her childhood. Her mum is the only one who calls her Jean now, and she hates it.

My daughter's name is Jean (1998). It is derived from her paternal great grandfather's name (John). She has never expressed dislike. I find the name to be elegant and classic, feminine yet strong. At school she is called Jean by teachers, and she is Jeannie to everyone else.

Jean is my best friend's name. I like it.

Jean is a nice name - I don't like it or dislike it, it suits any type of looks or personality and has no teasing potential. It's a little out of fashion right now, but it's an ok name.

Nicknames for Jean: | Edit

Jeanie, Jay, Jeannie, Jeaners, Jeanie Beanie, Mean Jean, Jean Jean, Jean Bean

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Famous real-life people named Jean: | Edit

Jean Harlow, movie idol
Jean Louisa Kelly, actress
Jean Smart, actress
Jean Simmonds, actress
Jean Seberg, actress
Jean Arthur, actress
Jean Peters, actress
Jean Kennedy-Smith, member of the political Kennedy family & former American ambassador to Ireland
Jean Stapleton, actress
Jean Alexander, British actress
Jean Romano , singer

Jean in song, story & screen: | Edit

The Jean Genie - David Bowie
Blue Jean - David Bowie
Little Jeannie - Elton John
Daydream Believer – The Monkees (cheer up, sleepy Jean)
Tight Fitting Jeans - Conway Twitty
Blue Jean Baby - Elton John
In Those Jeans - Genuine
Jeans On - Keith Urban
Them Jeans - Master P
Forever in Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Dance Little Jean - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Jeanie Marie (You were a Lady) - Tommy Overstreet
Jean - Rod McKuen
Selfish Jean - Travis
Jeane - The Smiths
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel by Muriel Spark
Jean Grey, Marvel Girl and Phoenix, of the X-Men (comic book character)

In the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, the main character and narrator's name is Jean Louise Finch, always known as "Scout".

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