John name meaning

Updated: May 30th, 2024
Gender: Boy
Origin: Hebrew and Biblical
Usage: English, German, Faroese, Icelandic, Greenlandic, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian
Pronunciation: jaw-n
Meaning: God is Merciful and God is Gracious;
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What does John mean?

John is a name of Hebrew origin, derived from the name Jochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. It is one of the most popular names in the English-speaking world, being both a given name and surname.

John has been used as a first name since the Middle Ages, when it was brought to England by followers of John Wycliffe.

He was an English theologian and philosopher who translated the Bible into English in the late 1300s. Since then, the popularity of John has grown exponentially, due to its strong religious connotations and association with important figures such as John the Baptist and John the Evangelist.

The name John was relatively rare in England before Elizabethan times.

In 1564, however, Queen Elizabeth I declared it to be one of her favorite names for boys and its usage increased dramatically after that. This may be due to her close association with her favorite advisor Sir John Hawkins who she frequently consulted on matters of state.

John has been a popular choice for royal families throughout Europe since medieval times. Kings from England, France, Scotland and Hungary all had sons named John or Johan during this period.

Even today it continues to be favored by royalty; Prince Charles chose to give his son William (born 1982) the middle name of ‘John’ after his grandfather, King George VI (born 1895).

During World War II, many American soldiers were given nicknames based on their given names—John often became Jack or Jacko as a form of endearment or camaraderie within their unit. This term is still used today as an affectionate form of address for men named John or Jonathan—it has also become popularized through books such as Jaws.

In recent years, ‘John’ has become a more gender-neutral name in many countries due to trans visibility and acceptance—for example in 2015 Australia allowed people to register ‘gender-neutral’ versions such as Jonny on official documents including birth certificates and passports if they wish.

John remains one of the most enduringly popular names throughout history—it is estimated that over 6 million people around the world have held it at some point in their lives! Despite its ancient roots it remains both classic and contemporary simultaneously—a testament to its timeless appeal which will continue long into future generations yet unborn.

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How do I pronounce John?

Two syllabled John is most commonly pronounced as jaw-n.

Variants of John

Jehanne, Ieuan, Johanan, Dejohn, Johannes, Gianni, Jackie, Yanis, Aaronjohn, John Paul, Jean, Iacobus, Iacomus, Iakobos, Yaakov, Jacky, Aharon, Aaron, Hanko, Janek, Janica, Johansinnguaq

Nicknames for John

Since baby name John is such a short name, it is hard to converge any further but we managed scrape out few options:

Names that rhyme with John

How popular is the name John?

John was among the n extremely popular names in United States. Since emerging in 1880 around 5146077 babies have been given the moniker. When at its peak in 1880, the moniker grabbed the 1st spot and 88319 baby boys were given the name.

However after 278 years, the name is on free fall on the charts but still performing better than most of the names. Additionally, the first name has been in the top 5 baby names an amazing 93 times Also, John was a popular name in England and Wales.

Over 20088 babies have been given the given name in 23 years. At its zenith in 1996, it ranked 46th when 1649 parents chose the moniker for their baby boys. However the graph is now showing a downward trend after 23 years but still dominating the charts.

Additionally, the first name has been in the top 50 baby names 2 times Also, John was a popular name in Ireland. Over 65959 babies have been named John since 1964.

At the peak of its usage in 1964, 3696 boys were bestowed the name and it was ranked at 1st position. However after 48 years, the name is currently sliding down on the charts.

Moreover, the name has been to the top 5 baby names 26 times Also, John was a popular name in New South Wales. Over 44715 babies have been named John since 1952.

At its zenith in 1952, 2205 boys were bestowed the name and it was ranked at 1st position. However after 64 years, the name is currently sliding down on the charts.

In addition to that, the given name has been in the top 5 baby names 13 times

John was a common name in France. Over 14101 babies have been named John since 1901.

When at the peak of its usage in 1972,. After 116 years, the name has past its prime. Also, John was a common name in Sweden. Over 2083 babies have been named John since 1998.

At the peak of its usage in 1998,. However after 12 years, the name is currently sliding down on the charts. Also, A common name in Queensland having over 6689 recievers in 30 years of usage.

When at the peak of its usage in 1970, the moniker grabbed the 10th spot and 452 baby boys were given the name. Also, John used to be a common name in Western Australia, first appeared in 1970 and over 217 babies have been given the name in 1 years.

At the peak of its usage in 1970,. After 1 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts. In addition to that, the first name has been in the top 10 baby names 1 times

John is a familiar baby name in Switzerland, it has been in use since 1998 and was able to reach the top 200 names.

Recently in 2018, 57 babies were given John and it reached its peak ranking, 161 on boy names chart. There are over 640 babies that have been given the name John in Switzerland.

Also, in Victoria, in just 1 years, it has made it to the top 100 names. In 2013, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 100 on boy names chart when 66 babies were given the name John.

John is a unique baby name in Netherlands, during its short term of usage, the name has been to the top 600 names. In 2015, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 532 on boy names chart when 26 babies were named John.

Also, in Belgium, it has been in use since 1995 and was able to reach the top 300 names. In 1995, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 257 on boy names chart when 42 babies were named John.

Over 580 people have been named John in Belgium.

John is a rare baby name in Netherlands where it is still in use. And also in Western Australia. There are over 217 babies that have been given the name John in Western Australia.

And also in Victoria. However things change on global perspective, John is extremely popular in England where every 1 in 60 have the name as well as in, Nigeria, Uganda, Philippines, Kenya, Canada, Tanzania, Australia, South Sudan, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Scotland, Colombia, Sudan, India and DR Congo.

Also the baby name is popular in Egypt, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Wales, Northern Ireland, Liberia, Cameroon, Malaysia, Mozambique, Burundi, Haiti, Bangladesh, Peru, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Brazil, Poland, Congo, Angola, Ecuador, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Germany, Togo, Ethiopia, Chad, Venezuela, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Greece, Gambia, Namibia, Oman, Fiji, Libya, Bahamas, Isle of Man, Malta, Trinidad and Tobago and Vanuatu.

According to our estimate, over 13910000 babies have been named John globally.

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John in Nordic countries

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Numerological analysis of John

The sky is your only limit. You often trust the wrong people when it comes to relationships. You neglect your own issues and helping other is more important to you. You have to enjoy your solitude more and hanging around less. You believe that change affects your life positively, so you are all about changes. Number 6 as your soul urge no represents your caring nature. You don't need people to tell you that you are awesome and special because you already know.

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Famous people named John

  • John Major, British politician
  • John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada, serving
  • John Alden, Capt
  • John the Baptist, Jewish itinerant preacher in the early first century AD. John is revered as a major religious figure
  • John George, Elector of Brandenburg, Prince-elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg and a Duke of Prussia
  • John Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg, was Elector of Brandenburg
  • John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg, Prince-elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg
  • John Dowland, English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer
  • John Chrysostom, important Early Church Father
  • John Adams, American composer, clarinetist
  • John Climacus, 6th-7th-century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai
  • John the Evangelist, name traditionally given to the author of the Gospel of John
  • John the Apostle, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament
  • John of Damascus, Syrian monk and priest
  • John Gilmore, is one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • John of the Cross, major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint
  • John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, succeeded his father Albert II as margrave of Ansbach
  • John Gorton, 19th Prime Minister of Australia
  • John McEwen, Australian politician
  • John Bacon, British sculptor
  • John Badby, tailor in the west Midlands
  • John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, Scottish peer and colonial governor
  • John Turner, Canadian lawyer and politician
  • John Caine, author and playwright
  • John Ray, English naturalist widely regarded as one of the earliest of the English parson-naturalists
  • John Bardeen, American physicist and electrical engineer
  • John Horton Conway, English mathematician active
  • John Calvin, French theologian
  • John von Neumann, Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist
  • John Napier, Scottish landowner known as a mathematician
  • John Locke, English philosopher and physician
  • John Macleod, Scottish biochemist and physiologist
  • John Dewey, American philosopher, psychologist
  • John Maynard Smith, British theoretical and mathematical evolutionary biologist and geneticist
  • John Ambrose Fleming, FRS designed the radio transmitter with which the first transatlantic radio transmission was made
  • John Eccles, Australian neurophysiologist and philosopher
  • John Harrison, self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker
  • John Wycliffe, an English scholastic philosopher, theologian, Biblical translator, reformer
  • John Pople, British theoretical chemist
  • John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, British scientist
  • John Knox, Scottish minister, theologian
  • John Morton, English prelate
  • John Flamsteed, English astronomer and the first Astronomer Royal
  • John Herschel, English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist
  • John Dalton, English chemist, physicist, and meteorologist
  • John Goldsmith, Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago
  • John Beaglehole, New Zealand historian whose greatest scholastic achievement was the editing of James Cook's three journals of exploration
  • John Milnor, American mathematician known for his work
  • John Fisher, English Catholic bishop, cardinal, and theologian
  • John Backus, American computer scientist
  • John Woo, owner of Lion Rock Productions
  • John Tenniel, English illustrator, graphic humorist
  • John Grierson, pioneering Scottish documentary maker
  • John Stuart Mill, British philosopher, political economist
  • John Baskerville, English businessman,
  • John Jacob Astor, German–American businessman, merchant
  • John Quincy Adams, American statesman
  • John Wyndham,
  • John Updike, American novelist, poet, short-story writer
  • John Steinbeck, John Ernst Steinbeck Jr
  • John Lee Hooker, American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist
  • John Donne, English poet and cleric in the Church of England
  • John Lennon, English singer, songwriter, and peace activist
  • John Cleese, English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter
  • John Lynch, American businessman and politician
  • John Sparrow David Thompson, Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician
  • John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada
  • John Graves Simcoe, British Army general and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada
  • John Wilkes Booth, American actor
  • John Newton, English Anglican clergyman
  • John Irving, American novelist and screenwriter
  • John Peel, English disc jockey, radio presenter
  • John Hagelin, leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement
  • John Wayne, American actor and filmmaker
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