Jane: baby girl name meaning and popularity


With Old French and Medieval English roots, this name derives from John and means “God is gracious.”


Janie, Jani, Jan.

Famous people named Jane:

Actresses Jayne Mansfield, Jane Seymour, and Jane Krakowski; actress and fitness guru Jane Fonda; author Jane Austen; fictional Jane Eyre; Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams; anthropologist (and friend of chimps) Jane Goodall.

Fun facts:

Jane became popular in the mid-16th century when it was used for daughters of aristocrats as an alternative to the more commonplace name Joan. So, if your daughter is acting a bit hoity-toity, you can blame it on her name.

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