Usage: John, of Hebrew origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name John are in general originating from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Malta, Micronesia, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Variants: For another variant of the name John across the world, see Yochanan.
Meaning: God is gracious, Merciful
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N.B. Sometimes it happens that another name has the same meaning. There is nothing surprising in this: both names have the same origin or the same numbers of numerology.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 2.
Qualities: Diplomatic, Sensitive
Ruling planet: Moon
Colors: Green, Cream
Gemstones: Pearl, Jade, Moonstone
The name John is ranked on the 3rd position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 22792200 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.313% of the population. The name John has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name John for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name day of John is 24 June.
History and Origin
John /dʒɒn/ is a masculine given name in the English language. The name is derived from the Latin Ioannes and Iohannes, which are forms of the Greek Iōannēs (Ἰωάννης), originally borne by Hellenized Jews transliterating the Hebrew name Yohanan (יוֹחָנָן), "Graced by God", or Yehohanan (יְהוֹחָנָן), "God is Gracious". There are numerous forms of the name in different languages; these were formerly often simply translated as "John" in English but are increasingly left in their native forms (see sidebar).
It is among the most common given names in Anglophone and European countries; traditionally, it was the most common, although it has not been since the latter half of the 20th century. John owes its unique popularity to two highly revered saints, John the Baptist and the apostle John who is traditionally considered the author of the Gospel of John; the name has since been chosen as the regnal or religious name of a vast number of emperors, kings, popes, and patriarchs. Initially, it was a favorite name among the Greeks but it flourished in all of Europe after the First Crusade.
English form of Latin Johannes, New Testament Greek Iōannēs, a contracted form of the Hebrew name Johanan ‘God is gracious’ (the name of several different characters in the Old Testament, including one of King David's ‘mighty men’). John is the spelling used in the Authorized Version of the New Testament. The name is of great importance in early Christianity: it was borne by John the Baptist (the precursor of Christ himself, who baptized sinners in the River Jordan), by one of Christ's disciples (John the Apostle, a fisherman, brother of James), and by the author of the fourth gospel (John the Evangelist, identified in Christian tradition with the apostle, but more probably a Greek-speaking Jewish Christian living over half a century later). The name was also borne by many subsequent Christian saints and by twenty-three popes, including John XXIII (Giuseppe Roncalli, 1881–1963), whose popularity was yet another factor influencing people to choose this given name. It was also a royal name, being born by eight Byzantine emperors and by kings of Hungary, Poland, Portugal, France, and elsewhere. In its various forms in different languages, it has been the most perennially popular of all Christian names.
Cognates: Irish: Eoin, Seán. Scottish: Ian, Iain, Eòin, Seathan. Welsh: Ieuan, Siôn. French: Jean. Breton: Yann. Italian: Giovanni, Gianni. Spanish: Juan. Catalan: Joan. Galician: Xoán. Portuguese: João. Basque: Ion, Yon. Romanian: Ion. German: Johann, Johannes, Hans. Low German: Johan. Dutch: Jan. Danish, Norwegian: Jens, Johan, Jan. Swedish: Johan, Jöns, Jon, Jan. Polish: Jan; Iwan (an E. Polish, Belorussian, or Ukrainian form. Czech: Johan, Jan. Russian: Ivan. Hungarian: János. Finnish: Juhani, Jussi, Hannu.
Pet forms: English: Johnny, Johnnie; Jack; Hank. Scottish Gaelic: Seonaidh. Spanish: Juanito. Breton: Yannic(k). German: Hansi. Low German: Hanke, Henning. Dutch: Joop. Danish: Henning. Swedish: Jösse. Polish: Janusz. Czech: Hanuš.
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