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Jane

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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God's Gracious Gift

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Jane

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Jane in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Jane:

  • Records indicate that 364,880 girls in the United States have been named Jane since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 9,931 people in the U.S. were given the name Jane. Those people are now 72 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


     

    Comments about the name Jane

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      22 Positive Comments

  • "We named our daughter Jane and we call her both Jane and Janie. She's too young to have an opinion of it yet, but we get so many compliments. I'm a huge fan of British History and my husband has a very English last name so we kept it simple with "Jane Elizabeth" and our other little girl is Annie. Our little Jane is anything but "plain" and she breaths a whole new life into the name:)" Jun. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Jane. My extended family & family tens to call me Janey, but it's rare anyone else try or do. I find it to be more of an endearing "label" I allow by only few. Born in '62 and named after my grandmother born in the same day. Met possibly 5-8 others in my lifetime." Jun. 30, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "In the 80s, when I was young, I hated my name. No one else had it. Jennifer was the most popular girls name in my generation and it seemed like that was the hot name to have. Making matters worse, my younger brother, who was spoiled rotten and could get away with anything, including ignoring his curfew, had a so-called "perfect" name. Both because he was named after my WWII hero/depression survivor grandpa AND because had a name that was common and popular at that time (think Steve, Will, Charles, Mike...those types of names). As I grew up, two major things happened to change my view. First, Jane's Addiction became hot, and through their cover of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll," I discovered an even cooler band had written "Sweet Jane." And secondly, I went to college (art school) where I met another cool Jane and we bonded over the new MTV cartoon, "Daria," and its cool character, Jane Lane, who was also an artist. Ever since, I've loved my name and would never want to be named anything else." Jun. 27, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Jane and also a gift from God! It is a beautiful and special name for which I am most grateful to have received. My dear sweet mother pondered between Kelly and Jane and I am most grateful to be a Jane. I am a 61 years old social worker committed to God's work and have never met another jane. Name your daughter jane and she will be a special girl to all she meets!" Mar. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a Jane myself, I have to say that the idea of it being plain is totally wrong. It's very feminine, has great history (Lady Jane), and is very simple and classic. I was born in the 80s so I've met my fair share of Michelles and Jennifers but since Jane is kinda rare it really stands out. Also, the jokes like pain, Tarzan, plain, etc. are just cheesy and I don't really care when people use 'em." Mar. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jane is not my name but it's my favorite girl name. I do have an Aunt Jane !" May. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a middle-aged Jane and I have always loved my name. It is popular in songs and books, and people are quick to point that out with affection." Nov. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jane. I am 24 and have met one other Jane my age. I think it is a beautiful, wonderful name and I can't imagine having any other name. I have received nothing but compliments from people. Of course I travel a lot and when I do my friend ask me what time the Jane Plane or Jane Train departs. I think its fun that there are so many songs about Jane but very few Jane's in real life." Sep. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jane. I am 24 and have met one other Jane my age. I think it is a beautiful, wonderful name and I can't imagine having any other name. I have received nothing but compliments from people. Of course I travel a lot and when I do my friend ask me what time the Jane Plane or Jane Train departs. I think its fun that there are so many songs about Jane but very few Jane's in real life." Sep. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jane, and yes people have rhymed plain and insane etc. with it, but never in a malicious way. Although I sometimes call it a default name (Jane Smith, Jane Doe) I have only met two people named Jane in my life time so far and I am 20! And get this Jane's have their own make-up line, magazine, and radio station (in Bethany). Living as a Jane has been pretty good, it's cute when you're little yet elegant and sophisticated when your older. I love being named Jane :) (also search it on Urbandictionary.com the results are really good!)" Jul. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jane and im 14, i know everyone thinks its really plain but i love it! I like that its simple and girly and pretty. Plus no one else has it, and i wouldn't want a really common name. Also i know one other person named jane, but she spells it like jayne (i like the way i spell it better :)" Apr. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1970, and never met another Jane my own age. Most of the Janes I've met are older -- like born in the 40s-50s. Typical elementary school teasing included "Plain Jane," "Insane Jane," and "Hi Jane, Where's Tarzan?" But as far as names go, it's been unique but not strange." Mar. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to hate having this name- it's so unimaginative. But then, there was practically no one my age who shared it. At school, there were several Kristens, Michelles, and Ashleys, but I was the only Jane! So plane it was unique! It's easy to spell and pronounce, and lends itself readily to cute nicknames (Janey, Jae, etc.) To the person who said it was the most common female name in the US... you have obviously never tried to find it on those gift store items with pre-printed names!" May. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name, and i like it. it may seem plain, but i think its great, it never ages" Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is first on our list for our baby due in August. I agree with the poster who said everyone is trying so hard to be unique but all come up with the same name! Jane is infinitely more unique simply because everyone stays away from it, fearing it is too plain." Mar. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it! When I get married Im going to call my husband Tarzan!" Oct. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jane, and I love it!! I've only ever met two girls with the same name as me. I like being a piece of history lol." Mar. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jane is my name and there were so many of us in the 50's and 60's in school. It's a good name that should contimue throughout the 2000's. I am not a Janie, but a J." Mar. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jane and my only complaint is "Plain Jane." I am 31 and have never met a Jane my age." Feb. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter this, she was born in 2000. I really love it and feel it will grow with her as she becomes a woman. She is beautiful, joyful and dynamic and not "plain" at all." Jan. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jane is my name and I like it. I don't remember it ever being incorrectly spelled or pronounced. It is not too common - I don't meet too many other Janes, but when I do it feels bit special." Aug. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Although this is a short name, it has a very pretty sound." Aug. 10, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "I?m a Jane and have no problem with the name. My parents gave me the name Jane Ann which I was called until at 3 I announced I didn?t want to be called Jane Ann and should be called Jane in future. Everyone obliged which I used to regret but I do like the plain simplicity of Jane and I cannot think of any Jane that I?ve met who I haven?t liked. The only name I miss is a nickname my late father used: ?Janet Annet? but I think that really it?s my Dad that I miss and I wouldn?t like anyone else to use it. Jane is just fine." Jan. 31, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jane is my middle name, Aubrey Jane. It does go well with my first name but I think it is kinda plain. I do have an anut jane and it suits her just fine though." Dec. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is quite nice though a tad plain. But I do agree that it is girly." Nov. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Funny that "common" and "plain" have been mentioned here...I think Jane is far from being either of those things. Simple, yes, but simple isn't the same as plain. And it's certainly not common! I've only met a few in my life (all of them very cool people). The name seems to be much more common in literature, which to me is a great association. Just a lovely, classic name." Dec. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't meet many other Janes, though I went through school with 5 in my year! (I'm 50.) In pre-feminist days, guys meeting me would say "You Jane? Me Tarzan!" - which was vaguely amusing the first 10 or so times! Jane can ONLY be a girl's name, as it is the feminine form of John. This pair of names is very old, appearing as variants in every language of the Indo-European language group, eg Jan/Jana, Giovanni/Giovanna, Sean/Seana, Jehan/Jehanna, etc, and the names may simply mean "boy" and "girl" in some proto-Indo-European language 10,000 years old..." Mar. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really do love this name! It's short, sweet, and simple, yet classy and elegant. Janie is a nice nickname!" Nov. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Actually, according to information from the US Census Bureau - as cited on the website behindthename.com - Jane is far from the most common name in the United States today. The website, which keeps track of the names of people of all ages not just baby names, places Jane as the 77th most popular name in the US. It is less common than names such as Evelyn, Beverly, Cheryl and 73 other surprising candidates." Mar. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A name that no one else has? Excuse me? Jane is probably the most common female name in the USA!" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I was born in the early 70s. Few people my age share my name. My niece is 10 years and is also named Jane. It's suitable for a little girl, and yet it's classic and mature. We Janes will never outgrow our timeless name. Jane" Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm thinking of naming my baby girl Jane. There are so many names out there today that are trying to be different and unique it is absurd. If you really want your daughter to have a name that no one else has these days name her Jane." Dec. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a very girlie name and was popular when I was at school in the 1980s but you dont hear it so much now. people tend to use it as a second name." Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Janelyn, I have never met another person with my name!" Sep. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jane is also my name. I like it. Over the years, I've gotten a lot of "Where's Tarzan" jokes and as a child, I was often reminded that it rhymes with pain, but other than that, it's a strong, simple name. :)" Jun. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's pretty but it would be dead boring as a first name. My daughter is called Aurelia Jane and that sounds really cute!" Apr. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jane is a perfectist name. This name is simple yet very clean and sweet and it adds alot of unconditional love." Jul. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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