Name: Jean

Origin and Meaning of the Name Jean

  • Meaning:
    God is gracious
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    God is gracious
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
  • Pronunciation:
    (jeen); (zhahn)
  • Form of:
  • Rating:

Miscellaneous Info for Jean

  • Categories:
  • Used in:
    English and French speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    French male name, modern French form of John. Or English female name, medieval variant of Jane.

    There have been two king Johns or king Jeans of France. The first only ruled for five days - he was born after his Father's death and died soon after birth.

    In French, Jean is often used to form a compound name, such as in philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Jean-Paul Sartre. Jean Valjean is a character in Victor Hugo's 'Les MisÚrables'.

    As a female name, famous bearers include actresses Jean Seberg and Jean Harlow.

Similar Names to Jean for Boys & Girls

Popularity Rank of Jean (US top 1000 names since 1880)

Popularity Rank

Jean - Rankings by Year

Girl ranks Girls Boy ranks Boys Both ranks Overall
(Source: U.S. SSA)
The name meaning of Jean and the name origin of Jean have been reviewed by our name experts.