Janet Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Janet:
Diminutive form of Jane (God is gracious).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Nicknames for Janet
Jan, Netty, Jenny, Jannie
Janet Jackson's nicknames: J, Jo
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My mother always told me that my name meant, "gracious gift of God", a variation of the one you list. Also I was born on Sunday, "full of grace" and all that! My middle name is Irene, which means "peace".
I would dispute your pronunciation key: It should be JA-net, (NOT JA-nit) in my view. Also I'd like to add that the Scottish Gaelic for Janet is Sheena, which is nice and doesn't have the "grandma" sound that apparently has befallen my name.
- Famous real-life people named Janet
Janet Leigh, actress
Janet Jackson, entertainer
Janet Evans, Olympic Swimmer
Janet Evanovich, author
Janet Reno, first female U.S. Attorney General
- Janet in song, story & screen
Janet (of Brad & Janet), the character played by Susan Sarandon in the film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
Janet Dawkins, heroine of the British television comedy "My Hero"
Janet Gavin, character and wife of firefighter Tommy Gavin on the TV series "Rescue Me"
Janet Wood, character on '70s-'80s sitcom "Three's Company"
Janet van Dyne, secret identity of the Wasp in Marvel comics
Janet "Danny" Branson, main character in Alien Covenant