João

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese Joan, from Latin Iōhannēs, a variant of Iōannēs), from New Testament Ancient Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs), contraction from Hebrew יוֹחָנָ (Johanan) Jōħānān, perhaps from a former יְהוֹחָנָן (Yehochanan) Jəhôħānān, meaning "God is gracious".

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João m (f: Joana)

  1. A male given name; Portuguese equivalent of John.
    • 1959, João Ferreira de Almeida, Almeida Revista e Atualizada, Sociedade Bíblica do Brasil, João 1:6:
      Houve um homem enviado de Deus, cujo nome era João.
      There was a man sent by God, whose name was John.
    • 1862, Camilo Castelo Branco, Amor e Perdição:
      Você é cruel, senhor João! — disse o academico.
      You are cruel, mister John! - said the academic.
    • 1911, Garcia Redondo, Descobrimento do Brazil, Casa Vanorder, page 44:
      Munido dessa generosa carta de D. João II, que é um salvo conducto, Colombo volta a Portugal...
      Having this generous letter from King John II, which is a safe-conduct, Columbus returns to Portugal...

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