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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God's Gracious Gift

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Joan

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

A few facts about the girl's name Joan:

  • Records indicate that 477,217 girls in the United States have been named Joan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1932, when 21,037 people in the U.S. were given the name Joan. Those people are now 86 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 Joan

    78% Approval Rating
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      7 Positive Comments

  • "I was born in 1963 and my name is Joan. I once worked in an office with 13 others and there were four people named Joan. While I didn't care for the name growing up, I've grown to like it. I too had my name pronounced Joanne. I used to ask people if they would go to a bank to apply for a lo-anne. LOL" Jun. 20, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1959 and named Joan.I never met another Joan, but I always liked my name.I think it's a classy name. My Dad called me Joanie." Feb. 11, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "named after my grandmother, and I was born in 1996. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only millennial with the name "Joan". I love the strength and class it carries. Also, the nickname Joanie is pretty cute :)" Jun. 8, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Every Joan I ever met is unique and lovely. I love Joan Baez... One of the most beautiful, classy, intelligent women.... EVER. I think it is a strong, graceful, solid name.... Love Joanie Baloney. Or Joanola." Mar. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Joan! I named my daughter Joan when she was born in 1980, after my mother Joan who is now 84. It is original and classy." Mar. 4, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan and my brother has called me Joan the Bone the Ice Cream cone for 25 years lol!" Jul. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've often been the only Joan around, though when I moved to New England, I met a lot more Joans than I ever had before. My mom said she named me Joan because every Joan she'd ever known had been beautiful. My nickname is Joanie Baloney, which I enjoy a lot. My dad shortened it to JB and I sometimes sign my emails and letters that way now." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "That?s a terrible name. Why would anyone call there child, boy or girl, this name." Oct. 21, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "This girl in my school is called Bethan, and her mmiddle name is Joan. So oldfashioned." Jan. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "my name is joan and i was born in 2002, i?ve never met anyone my age named joan, it makes me feel unique even though it ain?t really that special" Sep. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named Joan when adopted in1967. Always called Joanie, always pronounced Joanne. Nickname: Joanie Piny Macaroni. As a teen, i required CALL ME JOAN. Now 53, i prefer Joanie. And, i am a beautiful prrson." Sep. 8, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1960 and my name is Joan. I never liked it as I thought it was boring and old sounding. I see it's peak in popularity was in 1934. I renamed myself to Joni. However I know older names get recycled and gain popularity at some point over many years. I just talked to someone in 2018 who named their baby Joan." May. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born with the name Joan in 1957. As a child I did not like my name. I thought is was not feminine and a bit boring. Today I appreciate my name. I like that it is not common and admire woman with the name...Joan of Arc, Joan Jett.. I tried to get my daughter to name her pet fish, Joan, but she wasn't buying it. A lot of people pronounce my name Joann for some reason. I was called Joanie Boloney by my sister and my brother calls me Joanie." Feb. 17, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Hav just named my second child Alice ❤️ Her middle name is Joan after my partners grandmother so she will Hav the option of being called AJ when shes older :) I think its a beautiful soft name for the tiny little girl she is ❤️❤️❤️" Nov. 7, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan, born in 1962 I have met only one other Joan. I've always thought it was plain and not very feminine. But I like that its a rare name.I feel Joan is soft and strong at the same time, Family and close friends call me Joanie." Jul. 30, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan, born in 1944. Quite like it esp being called Joany! I really don't know why it's no longer so popular???" Jul. 29, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan and as far as I can remember I have disliked the name, I wish I had used my second name instead but now I am of a certain age I think it's a bit late." Feb. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1953 and inherited my name from my aunt. I never met anyone else with this name. I had no problem with the pronunciation of the name until I moved down south where they routinely call me JoAnn. My one syllable name, which should be nice and easy, has become a 2 syllable name...hmmm go figure:) I attributed it to not many of us around with this name. A rare commodity:)" Feb. 15, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan as was my grandmother and her grandmother. It is correctly pronounced Joun just like Susan." Sep. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to be called the Joan the Bone in highschool....yuck. Like Joanie though." Mar. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is J oan, it is very distinguished and a bit off, rare etc... suits me." Dec. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan. Ever since I was little, I liked the fact that I was the only "Joan" in school. Problem with having such an uncommon name in this day and age (I was born in 1989) is that few people know how to pronounce it correctly. The most common mistake is people pronouncing it "Jo - Anne" and variations of that. I have to say my name first when introducing myself so that people know how to pronounce it and spell it. I have only met enough people to count on one hand that have my name. The correct way to say it is with only one syllable "Jone", the correct way to spell it is "Joan". Thank you for your time and this comment box,it is nice to blow some steam on these things sometimes :)" Dec. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mum's name: she rocks! she has got character, i think this name is very bold." Nov. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "it's my name. wish it wasn't. get called joanne a lot. very boring and dull. sounds like someone's grandmother." May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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