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Janis is technically an alternative spelling to the baby name Janice, but it has become popular in its own regard. In the mid-twentieth century, this baby name was a top 200 option. The immense popularity is likely due to singer Janis Joplin, especially during the 1960s.

Meaning of the name Janis:

English: God is gracious

Origin of the name Janis:

Janis began as a spelling variation of the baby name Janice. This was a longer variation of the baby name Jane that was made up by an author. That author was an Englishman by the name of Paul Ford.

Symbolism of the name Janis:

Janis has the same meaning as the baby name Jane. The latter name originates from the Old French name Jehanne, which is a variation of Iohannes. Iohannes began the tradition of names that mean “God is gracious” like John and others.

Baby name Janis

Style of the name Janis:


Gender of the name Janis:

Janie is a name full of power for baby girls.

Pronunciation of the name Janis:


Number of syllables in the name Janis:


Emotion evoked from the name Janis:

Janis is powerful. It has a certain rock-and-roll feel to it too with this spelling.

Alternative spellings for the name Janis:

  • Janice 
  • Janys
  • Jannis
  • Jannice
  • Janys
  • Jannys

Nicknames for the name Janis:

  • Jan
  • Jannie
  • Janny
  • Janni
  • Jannie
  • Ja Ja
  • Janie 

Popularity of the name Janis:

Janis became a top 1,000 name in America in 1916 at rank 932. It became a top 200 name in 1945 at rank 1184, lasting there until 1956. Janis was even rank 108 in 1947. 1979 was the last year Janis was a top 1,000 name at rank 920.

Related names for the name Janis:

Great middle names for Janis and their meanings:

  • Riley (wood clearing)
  • Lydia (beautiful one, noble one)
  • Clarissa (bright, clear, famous)
  • Cassidy (clever, curly-haired)
  • Kerrigan (dusky, dark)
  • Josephine (Yahweh shall grow)
  • Beckett (beehive, bee cottage)
  • Bethany (house of figs, house of affliction)

Famous people with the name Janis:

  • Janis Ian (comedian)
  • Janis Joplin (singer and songwriter)
  • Janis Paige (actress, “Romance on the High Seas”)
  • Janis Tanaka (bassist)
  • Janis Gaye (ex-wife of Marvin Gaye)
  • Janis Hape (Olympic swimmer)

Janis' in popular culture:

  • Janis Ian (character from “Mean Girls”)
  • Janis Gold (character from “24”)
  • Janis Day (character from “Arlo and Janis” comicstrip)
  • Janis Hawk (character from “FlashForward”)
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