Joan Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Joan:
Contracted form of the French Johanne, which is a feminine form of John (God is gracious). The name's most famous bearer is perhaps Joan of Ark (1412 - 31), the young French saint and heroine claimed to be a soldier of God. Under her leadership, the French Army defeated the English at Orleans in 1429. She was eventually captured and sold to the English who burned her at the stake for witchcraft in 1431. She was canonized in 1920.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Can also be pronounced like "jo-ann". (This seems to have been a 1920's thing.)
- Personal experiences with the name Joan
I was named Joan in 1983, and have only met one other Joan my age. People call me Joni more often than Joan. It's nice to have a unique name. I've always liked that I had the same name as a brave, strong and spiritual woman--Joan of Ark. Sometimes it's mispronounced "JoAnne," but rarely. I would call it a smart, strong and spiritual name, with a good meaning as well.
My cousin named Joan is in her late 30s but goes by Joanne because she thinks Joan sounds too old lady-ish.
Joan was a classy name in the 50's, but not so cool today.
My mom's name is Joan. Which is ok, but she later married my stepdad whose last name is Stone. Thus: Joan Stone!
- Nicknames for Joan
- Meanings and history of the name Joan
Feminine form of John
- Famous real-life people named Joan
Joan of Arc, 15th-century military leader (Fr. Jeanne d'Arc)
Joan Armatrading, British singer
Joan Baez, American singer
Joan Collins, English actress
Joan Crawford, American actress
Joan Fontaine, British-American actress
Joan Cusack, American actress
Joan Allen, American actress
Joan Rice, British actress
Joan Plowright, English actress
Joan Van Ark, American actress
Joan Severance, American actress
Joan Osborne, American blues singer
Joan Jett, American rock/punk singer
Joan Sutherland, American opera singer
Joan Bakewell, English journalist and TV presenter
Joni Mitchell (born Roberta Joan Anderson), Canadian folk singer
Joan Rivers, American actress/comedienne
- Joan in song, story & screen
Joan Holloway, office manager in the AMC series "Mad Men"
Joan of Arcadia, US TV series
"Pope Joan" movie based on the legend of the rumoured female pope
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