Johanna: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Johanna
Origin of the name Johanna:
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).
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- Comments and insights on the name Johanna: | Edit
This is a great cross-cultural name, as it is a classic in several diverse European countries, such as Ireland and Germany.
- Personal experiences with the name Johanna: | Edit
This was my grandmother's name, though she always was known as Joanne. I like it very much but am not fond of the nickname options.
My parents chose the German pronunciation, yo-HAH-na, partly to honor our German and Swiss heritage but mainly because they preferred the sound. To my ears also, this pronunciation is less harsh and more musical. It also evokes classical composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms (and astronomer Johannes Kepler), contributing to a formal, elegant, somewhat old-fashioned impression. I find it a strong name with a light touch - a nice alternative perhaps if you are looking for a feminine form of John that doesn't sound "cute" or such an obvious derivative of a male name. The two main downsides are the inevitable nickname "Yoyo" and constantly having to spell it for people. (I suspect this is somewhat true even with the hard J pronunciation though, since people are not consistent about pronouncing the h.)
- Nicknames for Johanna: | Edit
Jo, Jo-Jo, Joey, Joni, Jona, Hanna, Hannie, Janna, Jenny, Anna, Josie, Jody, Jodi
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Johanna is the feminine form of the name John, meaning "God's gracious gift".
- Famous real-life people named Johanna: | Edit
Johanna Duggar, one of the children on TLC's "18 Kids and Counting"
Johanna "Jenny" Lind, 19th century Swedish opera singer.
Johanna Spyri, author of the children's story "Heidi".
Johanna was the real first name of Annie Sullivan, the beloved "Teacher" of Helen Keller immortalized in "The Miracle Worker". She was baptized Johanna, but always called Anne or Annie.
- Johanna in song, story & screen: | Edit
In the musical Sweeney Todd, Johanna Barker is Lucy's daughter, who is "beautiful with yellow hair like wheat". She is the object of both Anthony and Sweeney Todd's affections.
"Visions of Johanna", wonderful Bob Dylan song
Global Popularity of the Name Johanna
- #16 in Germany
- #19 in Austria
- #34 in Iceland
- #88 in Sweden
- #101 in Norway
- #448 in United States