Joanna Name Meaning & Origin

Joanna

Pronunciation: joh-AN-ə (key)

Origin of the name Joanna:

Middle Latin feminine form of Joannes (God is gracious). The name is derived from the Greek Iōannes, a derivative of the Hebrew Yehanan, a short form of Yehohanan, which is from yehōhānān (Yahweh is gracious).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Joanna: | Edit

Hi all! i m Joanna and i was born in Poland. i must say that in my country i found people call me rather using my short or nick names ...ASIA,ASIENKA,ASIULA,ASKA,JOASKA,JOASIA! My name is Joanna I live in Georgia in the United States. I lived with a name you almost never heard back when I was born 65 years ago. Today people comment on the name as being a favorite. I was always called Jo or JoJo growing up..I'am still called JoJo to this day. I always hated when people called me Joann...my husband called me that to irretate me. To my surprise many people ask how do you spell that...simple spelled just like it sounds...Joanna.what are some of your middle names? My parents flunked this one..my middle name is Sue.

Personal experiences with the name Joanna: | Edit

--My name is Joanna, too, and I think it's a great name. It's a bit uncommon, but everyone has heard of it and they don't give me a weird look when I introduce myself. I, like others who have commented here, do get the occasional "Joanne" or Jo Anna," which is definitely irritating, but who doesn't get that with so many spellings of names these days.

--My name is Joanna, and I don't particularly like it. I don't like the vowels together, the O and A, making a WAH sound. I also get sick of being called Joanne or Johanna. I will tell you this, though: if you don't want your daughter getting nicknamed, don't pick Joanna, because I'm constantly getting tagged with new nicknames. I enjoy it and take it as a sign of endearment, but I know that annoys some people.

--I'm a Joanna and I hated it in Junior High, but I'm in my 20s now and I like it as long as no one calls me Joann. UGH! That's the worst thing about the name. I like how people with certain accents say it more like Jo-ahn-na rather than Jo-aaaanna with the real nasal quality. I hated the nicknames Jo or Joey cuz I knew too many guys named Joe, so the nickname that every set of friends I've had has somehow come up with is Jonanna. They all think it's original and I never mention it, but people always think of it. Anyhow I was recently surprised when someone told me if their kid was a girl it would be a Joanna--they had a boy, but still. It's not a common name, so when I hear it I get excited.

-- My name is Joanna and I have to say growing up I never particularly liked it. I especially hated when I was a kid and I'd go to field trips or something and I could never find souvenirs with my name. Also at school for some reason teachers would call me Joanne or Joan, HELLO PEOPLE THERE IS AN "A" AT THE END. It was pretty annoying. Actually my whole name is Joanna Janet so sometimes I would get called JJ by friends and family also since I hated my name I would sometimes say I was Janet, I liked that name better. It was kind of weird actually since both names kind of originated from Jane. I did know other girls named like that though the name was spelled differently, like Yoanna. Now I've made peace with it especially since I'm Hispanic and the pronunciation in both languages is the same. As it is I hate saying my last name with an English accent but if I don't people don't know how to spell it. Well if anyone plans on naming their kid like this I recommend having two names for her that way she could use either or use her initials as a nickname. I know in my family a few go my their middle name (within the family) because they don't like their first names. For example my sister's name is Maria Belen but at home we all call her Belen. Well now I appreciate my name and I like that it's not commonly used.
How interesting that others with my name, growing up on a different continent, but in the same era, had a completely different experience. I too am a Joanna, in my class at school in the early eighties, (in the UK) there were 4 of us - no problem for me finding souvenirs with my name on! I hate being called Joanne, which happened a lot as a child, but even now, my boss still calls me Joanne no matter how many times we correct him (after 7 years!). A lot of my friends call me Jo, at school I was called Jo or Jo-Jo, but I really prefer to be called Joanna and introduce myself as such as an adult. So those who have known me longest call me Jo, but to everyone else I am Joanna.

Nicknames for Joanna: | Edit

Jo, JoJo, Joey, Jody, Joanie, Anna, Annie, Jan, Joan, Josie, Jonanna, Banana, Jobo, Nana, Josephine, Joannski

Meanings and history of the name Joanna: | Edit

Luke 24:10 "It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles."
Luke 8:3 "Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means."

Famous real-life people named Joanna: | Edit

actress Joanna Kerns
actress Joanna Moore (1934-1997; born Dorothy Cook)
actress Joanna Gleason
singer JoJo's given name is Joanna
Joanna the Mad, Queen of Castile 1504-1555, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella
actress Joanna Garcia
Joanna Newsom
actress Joanna Lumley

Joanna in song, story & screen: | Edit

Joanna Beth Harvelle, "Jo", a character in the CW series Supernatural, played by actress Alona Tal
"When Joanna Loved Me" as sung by Tony Bennett
"Joanna," a song by Kool & The Gang
"Joanna" (or Johanna) song and character in Sweeney Todd the musical
Joanna the lizard in the Disney movie "The Rescuers: Down Under"
Joanna is the name of a girl in the movie "Love Actually"
"Joanna" mentioned in the songs "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend and "Chelsea Dagger" by the Fratellis
Joanna Marie "Jo" Polniaczek from the '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life"

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