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The name Jovan,Jован(Yovan) derives via Greek Ἰωάννης Latin Iōhannēs from the Hebrew name יוחנן (Yôḥanan, also transliterated Yochanan), a short form of the long name יְהוֹחָנָן Yehochanan, meaning "Yahweh is merciful". Yochanan was the name of several important rabbis in the Second Temple Period in Israel, such as Yochanan ben Zakai and Yochanan ben Nuri.
Jovan, Jован(Yovan) is a South Slavic(Serbian, Slovenian, Croatian...) version of the name, that derives via the Greek Ἰωάννης from the Hebrew name יוחנן (Yôḥanan, also transliterated Yochanan)
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Joca(Yotza), Jole, Jocika(Yotzeeka)
- Meanings and history of the name Jovan
Johannes became the Italian Giovanni, the Germanic Johann, the Hungarian János, and the Slavic languages Ivan, Jan, Ján, Honza, Jane and Jovan(Yovan), and Ion in the area on the Black Sea that is now Romania. On the outskirts of the Empire in the newly converted Ireland it became the Irish Eoin. In some cases, the pronunciation of the original initial "Y"/"I" also changed to variants of "J", so that in Iberia the name eventually changed to the Spanish Juan and the medieval Portuguese Juo/Joane (now João) and Ivo. In Gaul, it became the Old French Jehan and later Jean (pronounced /ʒɑ̃/). In the Occitano-Romance area it became Joan (feminine, Joana) and Jan in Occitan and Catalan, from older Iouan and Iohan. In Albanian, Gjon, or either Gjin is used for males. In Welsh, the name John is rendered as Ieuan (pronounced as Yay-an or Yey-an), and as Ifan (pronounced Evan). Ifan eventually became rendered into English as Evan.
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Jovan Branković, a Serbian titular despot and saint, died 1502
Jovan Belcher (1987 – 2012), American football linebacker
Jovan Cvijić, Serbian geographer (1865 – 1927)
Jovan Deroko (1912 – 1941), Serbian military commander during World War II
Jovan Dragaš, a 14th-century Serbian noble
Jovan Jovanović Zmaj (1833 – 1904), Serbian poet
Jovan Karamata, Serbian mathematician (1902 – 1967)
Jovan Karlo Villalba, American artist (born 1977)
Jovan Kirovski, American soccer player and coach (born 1976)
Jovan Monasterlija (fl. 1683 – 1706), Austrian-Serbian officer, commander of the Serbian Militia
Jovan Nenad, a 16th-century Serbian noble that briefly broke away large territories of Kingdom of Hungary, 1526 – 1527 (styled himself Emperor)
Jovan Oliver, a 14th-century Serbian noble, Great Voivode
Jovan Uglješa, a 14th-century Serbian despot of Serres 1365 – 1371
Jovan Uroš, a 14th-century Serbian despot of Thessaly 1370 – 1373
Jovan Vladimir, a Serbian monarch and saint, ruled Duklja ca. 990 to 1016
Jovan Hart (1998-Present) American football Wide receiver / Kicker
Jovan Nesvanulica (1998-Present) Australian model
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