Jane Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: JAYN (key)

Origin of the name Jane:

English cognate of the French Jehanne and Jeanne, which are feminine forms of Jean, a cognate of John (God is gracious). Jane, a perennially popular name, was the name of the central character in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1847).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Janey, Janie, Jayne, Jenny, Juana

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Nicknames for Jane

Janie, Jae, Janey, J, Jay, Jana, Jan, Jane Doe

Meanings and history of the name Jane

Jane means "God's grace" or "God is gracious" in Hebrew.

Famous real-life people named Jane

Jane Addams, American social activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Jane Austen, British novelist
Jane Asher, actress
Jane Alexander, actress
Jane Birkin, singer/actress
Jane Carson, singer
Jane Fonda, American actress and anti-war activist
Jane Goodall, British primatologist
Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days during the Tudor period in England.
Jane Krakowski, actress of 30 ROCK fame
Jane Turner, Australian comedian

Jane Powell, actress
Jane Russell, actress
Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII and Queen of England (1536-7)
Jane Seymour, actress (born Joyce Frankenberg)
Jane Wyman, actress
Jane Wiedlin, singer
Jane Yolen, children's author and poet
St. Jane Frances de Chantal aka Jeanne-Francoise Baronne de Chantal(1572–1641), founded The Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary
Jane Sung, South Korean main dancer and vocalist of South Korean pop girl group Momoland

Jane in song, story & screen

Jane Volturi, member of the Volturi in the book series The Twilight Saga
Hazy Jane - Nick Drake
Jane Bennet, the eldest in 's and Prejudice
Jane Burnham, daughter in American Beauty, protrayed by Thora Birch
Jane Eyre, in Brontë's book by the same name
Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster detective in a series of novels by Agatha Christie
Jane Porter, the eventual wife of Tarzan in Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan novels and the many film adaptations
Lady Jane and Mary Jane are slang terms for marijuana.
Jane Doe and Jane Q. Public both refer to typical representatives of the general public, or a specific anonymous person.
Jane Stuart, main character in Lucy Maud Montgomery's 1936 novel, "Jane of Lantern Hill."
"Baby Jane" is a song by Rod Stewart.
"Jane Says" is a song released in 1987 by the band Jane's Addiction.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, early 1960s thriller starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford
Breaking Benjamin's song "Diary of Jane"
"Sweet Jane" is a song by Velvet Underground
"Song that Jane Likes" by Dave Matthews about his sister, Jane Matthews
"Jane" song by the Barenaked Ladies
Jane, daughter of the Fairy Godmother, from Disney's Descendants
Jane Crocker, character in Homestuck
Jane Villanueva, from the tv show Jane the virgin
Eleven, born with the name Jane Ives, is a character in Stranger Things
Jane Hayes is a character in the 2013 movie Austenland.
Anne Hathaway portrays Jane Austen in the 2007 movie Becoming Jane.
Jane is a main character in the 2008 movie 27 Dresses.
Jane is the protagonist of Kristin Cashore's novel "Jane, Unlimited."

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