Jan - boys name

Jan name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 92%

Jan name meaning:

The name Jan, while traditionally masculine in many Slavic countries, has also been used as a girl's name, particularly in English-speaking countries. However, it's important to note that its use as a female name is often a diminutive or variation of longer names such as Janet, Janice, or Janelle. The name Jan carries the meaning "God is gracious" or "God's gracious gift." This meaning is derived from its Hebrew origin, where it is related to the name John (Yohanan).

For a girl named Jan, this name might symbolize a sense of grace, kindness, and a precious nature. The name's simple elegance and timeless quality make it a popular choice for parents seeking a name that is both classic and easily pronounceable across various cultures. Despite its brevity, Jan carries a depth of meaning and history, reflecting a rich heritage and a connection to the spiritual or religious significance embedded in its definition.

Origin: Hebrew

Form of Janet. God is gracious gift.


Unisex names

Related names

Janet , Jan , Janae , Janetta, Janette

Other boys names beginning with J


Overall UK ranking: 370 out of 4789

122 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (273)

Historical popularity of Jan

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