The English form of the Hebrew name Johanna, meaning "the Lord is gracious." And your little Joan will be gracious too: She'll share her snotty noses and stomach viruses, her chewed gum, and the mud she tracks in from outside.


Jo, Jojo.

Famous people named Joan:

Author Joan Didion; TV Producer Joan Ganz Cooney; singers Joan Jett and Joan Baez; actresses Joan Crawford, Joan Cusack, Melissa Joan Hart, and Joan Fontaine; comedienne Joan Rivers.

Fun fact:

William Shakespeare had a sister named Joan.

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