St. John Name Meaning & Origin
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St. John has persisted as a surname. There are currently about 15,000 individuals surnamed St. John in the US. And, just like Carter and Jackson and Reese, some parents promoted St. John to the first spot.
Back in the day, the pronunciation of St. John was SIN gin. It’s a mash-up of Old English and French, weathered over the years into something that sounds like it could be a perfectly valid given name. (If you’re still scratching your head, consider that Sinclair evolved from St. Claire.)
The pronunciation inspired some parents to adopt a phonetic spelling for their sons. Sinjin is most common. You might stumble across a Sinjun or Sinjon, too.
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My half-uncle, resident in London England, was named and called St. John as a first name. Pronounced "Sinj'n". He was born in 1916.
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Harry St. John Bridger Philby CIE (3 April 1885 – 30 September 1960), also known as Jack Philby or Sheikh Abdullah (الشيخ عبدالله), his Arabic name, was an Arabist, explorer, writer, and British colonial office intelligence officer. He was born at St. John's, Badulla, Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka), and educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied oriental languages under E.G. Browne, and was a friend and classmate of Jawaharlal Nehru, later prime Minister of India. Philby's son Kim Philby became famous for being a British intelligence agent who was a double agent for the Soviet Union.
Christopher St. John ("Sinjin") Smith was born on May 7, 1957 in Santa Monica, California. He goes by his middle name; "Sinjin" is the Old English pronunciation of St. John. He is a professional beach volleyball player.
A former member of the U. S. National team (1979-1982), Smith led UCLA to two National Championships (1976 and 1979) while earning All-American honors. He was the Most Valuable Player in the 1979 championships. His college jersey (#22) was retired March 4, 1992 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. In 1991, he was also the second volleyball player to be inducted into UCLA Sports Hall of Fame, after Ernie Suwara.
Michael St. John Smith, actor.
Jamie Bamber (* April 3, 1973 in Hammersmith, London as Jamie St John Bamber Griffith) is a british actor.
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- In Four Weddings and a Funeral
The groom's name in the second wedding is Bernard Geoffrey ST JOHN Delaney. The nervous, newly ordained priest does not know his second name is pronounced "jeffrey" or that his third name is pronounced "sinjin", and this leads to all kinds of other gaffes. By the end of the ceremony, the exhausted priest refers to the groom only as "Bernard Delaney".
- A View to a Kill, the 1985 James Bond adventure. When Bond goes undercover at a high end horse auction, he uses the alias James St. John Smith.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
ST. JOHN Eyre Rivers: A clergyman who is Jane Eyre's cousin on her father's side.
St. John Powell, British advertising executive on "Mad Men"
X-Men villain Pyro's real name is St. John Allerdyce -- a pun on the word "singeing"