John name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name John mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of John

User Submitted Origins

African Dutch (Afrikaans)
Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Alaska, U.S. says the name John is of Hebrew origin and means "God's gracious gift".
  2. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name John means "Humble guy,Gift from God,Man of God, The Long Living Gentleman".
  3. According to 12 people from all over the world, the name John is of Hebrew origin and means "God is gracious".
  4. According to 2 people from Virginia, U.S., the name John is of English origin and means "Gift of God".
  5. A user from Argentina says the name John is of Hebrew origin and means "God's gift".
  6. A user from Florida, U.S. says the name John is of English origin and means "Gift of god wonderful responsible caring and more".
  7. A user from South Africa says the name John is of African Dutch (Afrikaans) origin and means "Gift from God".
  8. A submission from Florida, U.S. says the name John means "God's Grace".
  9. A user from Israel says the name John is of Hebrew origin and means "A short for Jonathan. Which means in Hebrew 'God gave'. Jonathan is the first born of king Saul".
  10. A user from Australia says the name John is of English origin and means "A man of god".
  11. According to 3 people from the United States and Albania, the name John is of Irish / American origin and means "God".
  12. 3 submissions from all over the world agree the name John means "Gracious" and is of American / Roman origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun John
A proper name of a man.

Etymology: See Johannes

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  2. The last of the four Gospels in the New Testament
  3. A prostitute's customer
  4. (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation
  5. Youngest son of Henry II; King of England from 1199 to 1216; succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I; lost his French possessions; in 1215 John was compelled by the barons to sign the Magna Carta (1167-1216)

From Middle English John, Johan, Johannes, from Anglo-Norman Jehan, Johan, and also Old English Iohannes, both from Latin Iōhannēs (variant of Iōannēs), from New Testament Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōánnēs), from Hebrew יוֹחָנָן‎ (Yōḥānān), perhaps contracted from a former יְהוֹחָנָן‎ (Yəhōḥānān, “God is gracious”).

  1. A male given name from Hebrew; very popular since the Middle Ages.
  2. (biblical) Persons of the Christian Bible: John the Baptist; and names possibly referring to one, two or three persons, frequently called "Saint": John the Apostle, John the Evangelist and John of Patmos (also called John the Divine or John the Theologian).
  3. (biblical) The Gospel of St. John, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the fourth of the four gospels.
  4. (biblical) One of the books in the New Testament of the Bible, the epistles of John (1 John, 2 John and 3 John).
  5. A patronymic surname​.
  6. (informal) Used frequently to form an idea personified, as in John Bull, John Barleycorn (see derivations below).
  7. (informal) A name used to address a man whose actual name is not known: John Doe.
  8. (Britain, military, slang) A new recruit at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
  9. (US, slang, archaic) Alternative letter-case form of john: a toilet, lavatory, outhouse, or chamber pot.

John was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Danish, Faroese, Middle English, Norwegian, Scots, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named John

Notable Persons Named John

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was a 35th President of the United States. He holds the title Address on the Buildup of Arms in Cuba, Establishment of the Peace Corps, World Peace Speech, Ich bin ein Berliner speech, Kennedy comments on the possible prevention of the Cold War, Kennedy's message to Turkey, Announcement to go to the moon, and Secre. His military service ended in 1945. John was born on May 29th, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. He died on November 22nd, 1963.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is an actor, producer, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1984. Johnny was given the name John Christopher Depp II on June 9th, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.

John Cena

John Cena is a hip hop music professional wrestling, actor, hip hop music, rapping, professional wrestler, and hip-hop artist. He holds the title The Time is Now" by John Cena & Tha Trademarc. He was most prominent from 1999 to 2005. John was given the name John Felix Anthony Cena on April 23rd, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, United States.

John Lennon

John Lennon was a musician. He holds the title Give Peace a Chance and Imagine. He was most active from 1957 to present. John was given the name John Winston Lennon on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool, England. He passed away on December 8th, 1980.

Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan was an actor. He was most prominent from 1917 to 1984. Jackie was given the name John Leslie Coogan on October 26th, 1914 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He left this life on March 1st, 1984.

John Adams

John Adams was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Massachusetts, Delegate to the First Continental Congress, from Massachusetts Bay, 2nd President of the United States, 1st Vice President of the United States, United States Minister to theCourt of St. John was born on October 30th, 1735 in Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America. He passed away on July 4th, 1826.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name John

Notable Persons With the Last Name John

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John is a musician. He holds the title Candle in the Wind 1997. His most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to present. Elton was given the name Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25th, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England.


John was royalty. He was most prominent from 1199 to 1199. John was born as the child of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine on December 24th, 1166 in Beaumont Palace. He passed away on October 19th, 1216.

Daymond John

Daymond John is a founder, president, ceo of fubu, chief executive officer, and andceooffubu. Daymond was given the name Daymond Garfield John on February 23rd, 1969 in Brooklyn.

Scatman John

Scatman John was a pop music, eurodance, jazz, and jazz rap musician. He plays Piano, Saxophone, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1976 to 1999. Scatman was given the name John Paul Larkin on March 13th, 1942 in El Monte, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 3rd, 1999.

Dr. John

Dr. John is a new orleans blues, new orleans rhythm, blues, rock, roll, jazz, funk, and zydeco musician. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, Guitar, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1950 to 1950. Dr. was given the name Malcolm John Rebennack on November 21st, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Dr. is also known as Mac Rebennack, Dr. John Creaux, and Dr. John the Night Tripper.

Jill St. John

Jill St. John is an actress and actor. She was most active from 1949 to 2002. Jill was given the name Jill Arlyn Oppenheim on August 19th, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, US.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity John U.S.
  White 40.98% 64.26%
  African American 21.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 21.27% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 11.17% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name John

People with the last name John are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name John

  • What name lists does John rank for?
  • How Popular is the name John? John is the 2nd most popular name of all time. In 2019 John was the 28th most popular name. As a last name John was the 1,034th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name John have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,155,617 babies born with the first name John in the United States. That's more than enough people named John to occupy the country of Norway with an estimated population of 5,025,600 (as of July 27, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named John? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9,701 new born babies.
  • When was John first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name John is Friday, November 14th, 1806.
  • What year had the most people named John born? The highest recorded use of the first name John was in 1947 with a total of 88,320 babies. That's a lot of babies named John!
  • Random John Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name John ranks 1st in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 1,998 babies in New Jersey have the same name in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name John: The name spelled backwards is Nhoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Onjh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name John? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 33,543 people with the last name John.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of John? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have John as their last name.
  • John name meaning

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