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  1. A patronymic surname derived from a medieval variant of John.
  2. A female given name, a twentieth century elaborate spelling of Jane.
    • 1997 Sharyn McCrumb, Foggy Mountain Breakdown and Other Stories, ISBN 0-345-41493-4, page 118("The Luncheon"):
      "Having lunch with the Gorgons today?" Andrew had asked her. It was his oft-stated opinion that the y's in Kathryn and Jayne's names were their compensation for a missing, but coveted, male chromosome.