Joan

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Johanna.

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Joan

  1. A female given name, a feminine form of John.
    • ~1595 William Shakespeare: King John: Act I, Scene I:
      Well, now I can make any Joan a lady.
    • 1979 Margaret Atwood: Lady Oracle, p.336:
      Maybe my mother didn't name me after Joan Crawford after all, I thought; she just told me that to cover up. She named me after Joan of Arc, didn't she know what happened to women like that?

Usage notes[edit]

Joan was the usual feminine form of John in the Middle Ages. It was superseded by Jane in the 17th century, but was again very popular during the first half of the 20th century.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Iohannes, from Ancient Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs), from Hebrew יוחנן (Yôḥānān) "Yahweh is gracious".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Eastern) IPA(key): /ʒuˈan/
  • (Western) IPA(key): /dʒuˈan/, /dʒoˈan/

Proper noun[edit]

Joan m

  1. A male given name, cognate to English John

Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Joan

  1. A female given name borrowed from English, popular in the 1950s and the 1960s

Manx[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Joan f

  1. A female given name

Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Iohannes, from Ancient Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs), from Hebrew יוחנן (Yôḥānān, Yahweh is gracious).

Proper noun[edit]

Joan

  1. A male given name, cognate to John in English