John Name Meaning

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Fact: John was the 1st most popular name in the United States for baby boys from 1880 until 1923, after which it was surpassed by Robert.

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A Deep Dive

John Overview

Meaning

God is gracious, graced by God

Gender

Boy

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

From Hebrew Yohanan, to Greek Ioannis, to Latin Johannes, finally evolving into the English John

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/dʒɑn/

Popularity

Historically very popular, top name from 1880 to early 1920s in the U.S., consistently in the top 30 until 2023.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

4 letters

Numerology

2 (Cooperative, Adaptable, Considerate)

Name Styles

Classic, Short, Traditional, Popular, Religious and Spiritual, Cute

Associated Traits

Strength, intelligence, sincerity

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

John carries significant religious weight in Christianity due to figures like John the Baptist and the Apostle John.

Name Day

June 24th
A Deep Dive

John Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Juan, Giovanni, Jean, Ivan, Johann, Jan, Hans, Gianni, Evan, Yahya, Eoin, Ion, Janek, Yohanes, Jowan.

Common Nicknames

Jack, Johnny, Johnnie, Jackie, Jay, Jim, Joe, Jimbo, Ian, Jax

Diminutives

Jack, Johnny, Jake

Famous People

  • John F. Kennedy
    (U.S. President)
  • John Lennon
    (English Musician)
  • John Adams
    (U.S. President)
  • John Steinbeck
    (American Author)
  • John Williams
    (American Composer)
  • John Wayne
    (American Actor)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • John Wick
    ("John Wick," Film Series)
  • John McClane
    ("Die Hard," Film Series)
  • John Connor
    ("Terminator," Film Series)
  • Jon Snow
    ("Game of Thrones," TV Series)
  • John Watson
    ("Sherlock Holmes," Book Series)

Places

  • St. John's City
    (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
  • Saint John City
    (New Brunswick, Canada)
  • Johannesburg City
    (Gauteng, South Africa)
  • John o' Groats Village
    (Scotland, UK)
  • St. Johns River
    (Florida, USA)

What Is the Meaning of John?

The name John comes from the Hebrew name Yohanan, which means “God is gracious” or “graced by God.” The name symbolizes qualities like strength, intelligence, and sincerity.

What Is the Origin of The Name John?

The name John originally comes from the Hebrew name Yohanan, which means “YHWH is Gracious” or “YHWH is Merciful.” This name first surfaced in the Old Testament and reflects a direct connection to YHWH, or Yahweh, the name for the God of the Israelites.

Over time, as languages changed, Yohanan was adapted to Ioannis in Greek and later to Johannes in Latin.

The English name John evolved from these versions. It became popular because important religious figures, like John the Baptist and the apostle John, carried the name.

This popularity continued as the name was used by kings and spread widely with the growth of Christianity.

John Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name John in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#11880#11881#11882

Annual Statistics Breakdown for John

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202326
No change from 2022
7750
(-228 from 2022)
0.42323
202226
(+1 from 2021)
7978
(-199 from 2021)
0.42595
202127
No change from 2020
8177
(-82 from 2020)
0.43643
202027
(+1 from 2019)
8259
(-593 from 2019)
0.44651
201928
(-2 from 2018)
8852
(-343 from 2018)
0.46062
201826
(+1 from 2017)
9195
(-328 from 2017)
0.47306
201727
(+1 from 2016)
9523
(-530 from 2016)
0.48117
201628
(-2 from 2015)
10053
(-363 from 2015)
0.49629
201526
No change from 2014
10416
(-282 from 2014)
0.50948
201426
(+1 from 2013)
10698
(-34 from 2013)
0.52205
201327
(+1 from 2012)
10732
(+99 from 2012)
0.53110
201228
(-1 from 2011)
10633
(-429 from 2011)
0.52400
201127
(-1 from 2010)
11062
(-505 from 2010)
0.54455
201026
No change from 2009
11567
(-564 from 2009)
0.56303
200926
(-6 from 2008)
12131
(-1200 from 2008)
0.57197
200820
(-1 from 2007)
13331
(-1108 from 2007)
0.61140
200719
No change from 2006
14439
(-735 from 2006)
0.65185
200619
(-1 from 2005)
15174
(-613 from 2005)
0.69213
200518
No change from 2004
15787
(-676 from 2004)
0.74210
200418
(-1 from 2003)
16463
(-783 from 2003)
0.77900
200317
No change from 2002
17246
(-227 from 2002)
0.82078
200217
(-3 from 2001)
17473
(-1428 from 2001)
0.84547
200114
No change from 2000
18901
(-1211 from 2000)
0.91379
200014
(+1 from 1999)
20112
(-253 from 1999)
0.96307
199915
No change from 1998
20365
(-266 from 1998)
0.99877
199815
No change from 1997
20631
(-755 from 1997)
1.01749
199715
No change from 1996
21386
(-797 from 1996)
1.07049
199615
(-2 from 1995)
22183
(-1058 from 1995)
1.10709
199513
(+2 from 1994)
23241
(-940 from 1994)
1.15548
199415
(+1 from 1993)
24181
(-814 from 1993)
1.18630
199316
(-2 from 1992)
24995
(-1258 from 1992)
1.21011
199214
(-4 from 1991)
26253
(-1551 from 1991)
1.25064
199110
(+2 from 1990)
27804
(-1284 from 1990)
1.31170
199012
No change from 1989
29088
(-764 from 1989)
1.35165
198912
(-1 from 1988)
29852
(+430 from 1988)
1.42425
198811
No change from 1987
29422
(-130 from 1987)
1.46943
198711
(-1 from 1986)
29552
(-659 from 1986)
1.51533
198610
(-1 from 1985)
30211
(-1286 from 1985)
1.57211
19859
(-1 from 1984)
31497
(-1111 from 1984)
1.63671
19848
(+1 from 1983)
32608
(-551 from 1983)
1.73752
19839
(-1 from 1982)
33159
(-1542 from 1982)
1.77931
19828
No change from 1981
34701
(-171 from 1981)
1.83877
19818
No change from 1980
34872
(-408 from 1980)
1.87244
19808
(-1 from 1979)
35280
(-135 from 1979)
1.90213
19797
No change from 1978
35415
(+1393 from 1978)
1.97703
19787
No change from 1977
34022
(-176 from 1977)
1.99121
19777
(-1 from 1976)
34198
(+217 from 1976)
2.00063
19766
(+1 from 1975)
33981
(-1093 from 1975)
2.08142
19757
(-1 from 1974)
35074
(-2546 from 1974)
2.16186
19746
No change from 1973
37620
(-1548 from 1973)
2.30762
19736
(-1 from 1972)
39168
(-3999 from 1972)
2.42731
19725
(-1 from 1971)
43167
(-8344 from 1971)
2.57860
19714
No change from 1970
51511
(-6983 from 1970)
2.83359
19704
No change from 1969
58494
(-246 from 1969)
3.07091
19694
(-1 from 1968)
58740
(-2164 from 1968)
3.21131
19683
(+1 from 1967)
60904
(-699 from 1967)
3.43036
19674
No change from 1966
61603
(-3414 from 1966)
3.46195
19664
(-2 from 1965)
65017
(-6493 from 1965)
3.57702
19652
No change from 1964
71510
(-11007 from 1964)
3.77441
19642
No change from 1963
82517
(+3895 from 1963)
4.07082
19632
(+1 from 1962)
78622
(+209 from 1962)
3.80804
19623
No change from 1961
78413
(-1538 from 1961)
3.73096
19613
(+1 from 1960)
79951
(+3852 from 1960)
3.70660
19604
No change from 1959
76099
(-301 from 1959)
3.51439
19594
(+1 from 1958)
76400
(+340 from 1958)
3.52647
19585
No change from 1957
76060
(-2976 from 1957)
3.52968
19575
No change from 1956
79036
(-1767 from 1956)
3.61076
19565
No change from 1955
80803
(+683 from 1955)
3.76488
19555
(-1 from 1954)
80120
(-1054 from 1954)
3.83302
19544
No change from 1953
81174
(+1006 from 1953)
3.92309
19534
(-1 from 1952)
80168
(-2968 from 1952)
4.00397
19523
No change from 1951
83136
(+1566 from 1951)
4.21307
19513
No change from 1950
81570
(+2155 from 1950)
4.26693
19503
No change from 1949
79415
(-1760 from 1949)
4.36633
19493
No change from 1948
81175
(-1660 from 1948)
4.50471
19483
No change from 1947
82835
(-5485 from 1947)
4.64648
19473
No change from 1946
88320
(+9058 from 1946)
4.75457
19463
No change from 1945
79262
(+13145 from 1945)
4.80262
19453
No change from 1944
66117
(-496 from 1944)
4.82095
19443
No change from 1943
66613
(-2315 from 1943)
4.79520
19433
No change from 1942
68928
(+2889 from 1942)
4.73857
19423
No change from 1941
66039
(+8522 from 1941)
4.68928
19413
No change from 1940
57517
(+2732 from 1940)
4.58354
19403
No change from 1939
54785
(+3759 from 1939)
4.61865
19393
No change from 1938
51026
(+506 from 1938)
4.50241
19383
No change from 1937
50520
(+1768 from 1937)
4.44526
19373
No change from 1936
48752
(+1075 from 1936)
4.45776
19363
No change from 1935
47677
(+169 from 1935)
4.47966
19353
No change from 1934
47508
(+769 from 1934)
4.44169
19343
No change from 1933
46739
(+513 from 1933)
4.40131
19333
No change from 1932
46226
(-2400 from 1932)
4.53111
19323
No change from 1931
48626
(+204 from 1931)
4.52573
19313
No change from 1930
48422
(-4023 from 1930)
4.52637
19303
No change from 1929
52445
(+332 from 1929)
4.64315
19293
(-1 from 1928)
52113
(-1647 from 1928)
4.70501
19282
No change from 1927
53760
(-2188 from 1927)
4.71098
19272
No change from 1926
55948
(-160 from 1926)
4.81514
19262
No change from 1925
56108
(-1088 from 1925)
4.89837
19252
No change from 1924
57196
(-1856 from 1924)
4.96743
19242
(-1 from 1923)
59052
(+1585 from 1923)
5.05136
19231
No change from 1922
57467
(+186 from 1922)
5.07536
19221
No change from 1921
57281
(-934 from 1921)
5.09075
19211
No change from 1920
58215
(+1302 from 1920)
5.11587
19201
No change from 1919
56913
(+3390 from 1919)
5.17023
19191
No change from 1918
53523
(-3035 from 1918)
5.27151
19181
No change from 1917
56558
(+4706 from 1917)
5.39341
19171
No change from 1916
51852
(+1809 from 1916)
5.40515
19161
No change from 1915
50043
(+2467 from 1915)
5.42036
19151
No change from 1914
47576
(+9629 from 1914)
5.40069
19141
No change from 1913
37947
(+8618 from 1913)
5.55333
19131
No change from 1912
29329
(+4742 from 1912)
5.46931
19121
No change from 1911
24587
(+11141 from 1911)
5.44616
19111
No change from 1910
13446
(+1996 from 1910)
5.57012
19101
No change from 1909
11450
(+1860 from 1909)
5.49119
19091
No change from 1908
9590
(+247 from 1908)
5.42228
19081
No change from 1907
9343
(+360 from 1907)
5.61590
19071
No change from 1906
8983
(+719 from 1906)
5.66451
19061
No change from 1905
8264
(+205 from 1905)
5.73626
19051
No change from 1904
8059
(-49 from 1904)
5.62650
19041
No change from 1903
8108
(+500 from 1903)
5.85402
19031
No change from 1902
7608
(-299 from 1902)
5.88299
19021
No change from 1901
7907
(+1007 from 1901)
5.95631
19011
No change from 1900
6900
(-2929 from 1900)
5.96927
19001
No change from 1899
9829
(+2839 from 1899)
6.06264
18991
No change from 1898
6990
(-1169 from 1898)
6.06802
18981
No change from 1897
8159
(+609 from 1897)
6.17643
18971
No change from 1896
7550
(-588 from 1896)
6.19147
18961
No change from 1895
8138
(-182 from 1895)
6.30511
18951
No change from 1894
8320
(+83 from 1894)
6.56970
18941
No change from 1893
8237
(+188 from 1893)
6.59530
18931
No change from 1892
8049
(-990 from 1892)
6.64981
18921
No change from 1891
9039
(+1359 from 1891)
6.87627
18911
No change from 1890
7680
(-822 from 1890)
7.02878
18901
No change from 1889
8502
(-46 from 1889)
7.10276
18891
No change from 1888
8548
(-699 from 1888)
7.18126
18881
No change from 1887
9247
(+1137 from 1887)
7.11817
18871
No change from 1886
8110
(-916 from 1886)
7.41920
18861
No change from 1885
9026
(+270 from 1885)
7.58226
18851
No change from 1884
8756
(-632 from 1884)
7.55186
18841
No change from 1883
9388
(+494 from 1883)
7.64881
18831
No change from 1882
8894
(-663 from 1882)
7.90754
18821
No change from 1881
9557
(+789 from 1881)
7.83162
18811
No change from 1880
8768
(-887 from 1880)
8.09782
18801
First SSA data recorded
9655
First SSA data recorded
8.15463

American States Popularity Rankings for John

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

New York (NY)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#152021#142022#132023

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#812021#862022#852023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#292021#312022#202023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#282021#312022#372023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#362021#362022#282023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#122021#122022#162023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#222021#202022#252023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#442021#362022#332023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#162021#182022#132023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#82021#72022#72023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#342021#442022#432023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#382021#312022#322023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#232021#262022#242023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#112021#132022#132023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#22021#32022#22023

Tennessee (TN)

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Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#492021#332022#512023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#282021#182022#202023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#352021#522022#472023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#62021#62022#62023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#182021#142022#232023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#82021#52022#52023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#142021#262022#182023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#22021#22022#12023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#572021#752022#622023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#512021#472022#522023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#222021#332022#272023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#442021#272022#522023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#182021#82022#132023

Kansas (KS)

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Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#382021#412022#342023

District of Columbia (DC)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Oregon (OR)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#412021#392022#752023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#562021#462022#522023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#872021#822022#872023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#372021#152022#222023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#272021#242022#402023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#362021#382022#162023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#772021#892022#752023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#602021#622022#722023

South Dakota (SD)

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Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#362021#782022#412023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#292021#302022#832023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#662021#672022#1062023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#562021#112022#412023

Alaska (AK)

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Popularity Rankings for John in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Medieval England

Medieval England flagMedieval England#11377-1381

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#282021#362022#312023

Popularity in Greenland

Greenland flagGreenland#362019#462020#462021

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#482021#792022#702023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#702021#682022#752023

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#1132021#692022#1022023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#952016#832017#972019

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#932019#852022#1042023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#852021#1032022#1122023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#862021#1112022#1012023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#1312019#1502020#1542021

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#1392021#1502022#1372023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#1462021#1502022#1432023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#1542020#1782021#2712022

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1822017#1622018#1752019

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#1891999#1892000#1902001

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1941992#1921993#1971995

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#2062020#2402021#3372022

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#3292021

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#3452018#3842019#3702020

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is John a Name for Boys or Girls?

John is mostly a boy’s name, but it also has versions for girls. For girls, similar names include Jackie, Jacqueline, Jana, Jane, Janet, Jeanne, Jeannie, Joan, Joanna, and Johanna. Some girls may also be named John or Johnnie.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for John

John in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • John Milton (Poet, 1608-1674): English poet and intellectual, best known for his epic poem "Paradise Lost."
  • John Glenn (Astronaut, 1921-2016): First American to orbit the Earth and later served as a U.S. Senator from Ohio.
  • John Quincy Adams (U.S. President, 1767-1848): Sixth president of the U.S. and son of John Adams, noted for his diplomatic service.
  • John McCain (U.S. Senator, 1936-2018): Long-time senator and the Republican presidential nominee in 2008.
  • John Locke (Philosopher, 1632-1704): Influential Enlightenment thinker known for his ideas on liberalism and social contract.
  • John Travolta (Actor, born 1954): Star of iconic films like "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever," also known for his dancing and singing skills.
  • John Denver (Musician, 1943-1997): Celebrated singer-songwriter known for hits like "Rocky Mountain High" and his love of nature.
  • John Grisham (Author, born 1955): Best-selling author known for his legal thrillers such as "The Firm" and "A Time to Kill."
  • John Steinbeck (Author, 1902 - 1968): Pulitzer Prize-winning author known for "The Grapes of Wrath" and other novels depicting the American experience.
  • John Adams (U.S. President, 1735-1826): A key figure in the American Revolution and the second president of the United States.
  • John Lennon (Musician, 1940-1980): Co-founder of The Beatles, he was a prominent singer-songwriter and peace activist.
  • John F. Kennedy (U.S. President, 1917-1963): Led the U.S. during the Cold War and was known for his charismatic leadership and speeches.