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meaning:God is with us
origin: Hebrew


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: God is Gracious

Oh, how the mighty fall. John spent at least a decade -- 1880 to 1986 -- in the US top ten, but now just barely squeaks into the top 20. In fact, for the first 43 years, it was actually the number one name. Historically, it’s also one of the most popular boys’ names -- there have been tons of kings, saints, popes and biblical characters named John. In the late Middle Ages, around one fifth of all English boys bore the name. Today, the name just feels a little plain and tired -- many parents are choosing the fresher alternative Jack, a traditional nickname. Fun fact: John is actually not a nickname for Jonathan…something even we experts didn’t know until now. They’re derived from different Hebrew roots, with Jonathan actually being a longer version of Nathan.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 20

Famous john

  • John “Johnny” Depp - actor
  • Jon Stewart (alt. spelling) - comedian
  • John F. Kennedy - US President
  • John Keats - poet
  • John Lennon - musician

Infamous john

  • Long John Silver - character in Treasure Island
  • John Edwards - US senator
  • Jon Gosselin (alt. spelling) - reality star

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