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An Old French equivalent of English Joan, revived in the 20th century and often spelled Jo Ann or Jo Anne, as if a combination of Jo and Ann.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 1824 John Gibson Lockhart, The History of Matthew Wald, E. Duyckinck, Collins & Hannay, page 112:
      "I have," said I; "and I have seen the young ladies too, except Miss Joanne."
      "Ye may just as weel lay by the Miss, and ca' her Joan, like her mother afore her, noo -
    • 1981 Margaret Atwood, Bodily Harm, Anchor Books, ISBN 0385491077, page 16:
      She changed it when she was thirty-eight because, as she said, what can you do with a name like Joanne? Too nice.