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Joan is an old-fashioned-sounding name and one of the female alternatives to John. It is simple, but you can feel the power behind the title. It was one of the quintessential names of the early twentieth century. As of this year, Joan remains on the top 2,900 list for girls.

Meaning of the name Joan:

English: God is gracious

Origin of the name Joan:

Joan originated as the Medieval version of Johanne in England. Johanne was the Old French form of Iohanna, the same name that formed Joanna. Joan was the first English alternative to John for girls, but Jane became more popular in the 1600s. Joan came back in the early twentieth century but dwindled again within a few decades.

Symbolism of the name Joan:

Joan originated as the English form of Johanna, giving it the same meaning. It dates back to Iohanna, which is the English and French versions of Ioanna. Ioanna is the feminine form of Ioannes, which helped to form the name, John. Both John and John translate to “God is gracious.”

Style of the name Joan:

Traditional

Gender of the name Joan:

Joan is an old-fashioned name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Joan:

JON

Number of syllables in the name Joan:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Joan:

Joan feels simple and powerful. It is a refined and mature baby name.

Alternative spellings for the name Joan:

  • Joann

Nicknames for the name Joan:

  • Jo
  • Jojo
  • Joani
  • Joanie
  • Joni
  • Joany

Popularity of the name Joan:

Joan was first a top 1,000 baby name in America in 1929 at rank 910. It remained on the top 1,000 list until 1944, not coming back until 2000 at rank 911. Joan remained on the list until 2007 at number 913. As of this year, Joan is only a top 2,900 option for girls at rank 2,818.

Related names for the name Joan:

Great middle names for Joan and their meanings:

  • Estelle (star)
  • Celeste (heavenly, celestial)
  • Marigold (golden flower)
  • Athena (goddess of wisdom, from Athens)
  • Catherine (pure, clear)
  • Renee (reborn, born again)
  • Harper (someone who plays the harp)
  • Agatha (good, honorable)

Famous people with the name Joan:

  • Joan of Arc (French heroine)
  • Joan Crawford (actress, “Mildred Pierce”)
  • Joan Fontaine (actress, “Rebecca”)
  • Joan Plowright (actress, “Dennis the Menace”)
  • Joan Jett (musician)
  • Joan Didion (author)
  • Joan Cooney (TV producer of “Sesame Street”)
  • Joan Armatrading (singer)

Joans in popular culture:

  • Joan Harris (character from “Man Men”)
  • Joan Callamezzo (character from “Parks and Recreation”)
  • Joan Campbell (character from “Covert Affairs”)
  • Joan Watson (character from “Elementary”)
  • Joan (character from “The Way Way Back”)
  • Joan Girardi (character from “Joan of Arcadia”)
  • Joan (character from “Fun Home”)
  • Joan Terry (character from “St Clare” series)