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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God is Gracious

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named John

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named John in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name John:

  • Records indicate that 5,058,293 boys in the United States have been named John since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 88,157 people in the U.S. were given the name John. Those people are now 74 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 John

    82% Approval Rating
    Based on the comments submitted below
      31 Positive Comments

  • "I find it unique as there is a room or rooms in every home in the country named after me." Jul. 8, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is this thing about being named John where if you meet another guy named John, it's like meeting a brother. Most Johns get along well and may have different personalities but all have a similar sense of humor. Even if you exhibit a different sense of humor from another John, you still have a genuine appreciation for his. People with the same name have an appreciation for one another, but with Johns, it is like a brotherhood. If your name is John, you get it. -John G" Nov. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is John and after 35 years I began to appreciate my name and the name John itself. It was always a nice strong name and easy to pronounce for me and others. That said, my last name is different and difficult to pronounce and as a kid and young adult my first and last name would be forgotten. This made me not appreciate my name and I relied on many fun and not so funny nicknames and now I appreciate John for everything it is and isn't as a name." Feb. 26, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My oldest son is John. I called him so because I always loved classic names. My own name is classic and my husband too, but in his country - Holland. Here where we live - in Ireland - it's rather unknown. So all our children have classic names and John is my favourite name of their names. I think that it's very beautiful, strong and manly name, but man with this name is always sensitive too, not only strong and manly. John fids in every age and times and always is easy to pronounce." Nov. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandfather, father, and brother's first names are John and i want to name my son John also" Jun. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my son john his dad and grandad is also named john its great to see 3 gen together good strong name" Apr. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "john is also a family name for me to! LOL i love it also, but it is too common Aug. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im 14 and my names john. i like the name only thing i hate is when people call me jonathan. are these names related because i thing john is well a better name" Jun. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son John. He is named after his grandfather (due to his middle name) but his dad has the same name. People ask me all of the time if it short for Jonathan. My son absolutely loves it because daddy and grandpa have the same name." May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "John is a strong name for any boy - has gravitas and forerightness, without being pretentious. Famous religious leaders - John the Apostle, John the Baptist, John Wesley, John Calvin, John Paul II. Famous scientists - John Bardeen (superconductivity), John Dalton (theory of the atom), John Leslie (mathematician), John von Neumann (inventor of the modern computer), John Wallis (author of Arithmetica Infinitorium). Famous authors - John Steinbeck, John Ashbery, John Berryman, John Dos Passos, John Irving, John Keats, John Milton, John Donne, John Updike. Famous musicians - John Lennon, Sir John Barbirolli, John Bonham, John Cage, John Coltrane, John Eliot Gardiner, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, John Tavener, John Williams, Johnny Cash, Johnny Hodges Famous actors - John Berryman, John Cusack, John Goodman, John Travolta, John Wayne, Johnny Depp Famous political leaders (U.S. presidents) - John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, John F. Kennedy Other famous political leaders - John Glenn (also astronaut), John Hancock, John Witherspoon, more recent - John Edwards, John Kerry, John McCain Famous philosophers - John Dewey, John Locke, John Stuart Mill Famous jurists - John Austin, John Marshall, Famous environmentalists - John Muir, John James Audobon Famous business leaders - John Jacob Astor, John D. Rockefeller, John W. Thompson Famous sportsman - John Elway, John Hannah, John Riggins, John Stallworth, Johnny Unitas, Johnny Bench, John Havlicek, John Beckman, John McGraw, John Thompson, John Wooden Others - John Brown, John Chapman ('Johnny Appleseed'), John Paul Jones, John Reed" Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Good, strong name with many famous and good role models. Highly recommend it as it gives your child credibility as a child and an adult regardless of the career they choose." Nov. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "John is a very simple yet wise name. It has been a family name for centuries. There are many variations due to its popularity and that it is biblical in nature." Oct. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Good strong name. That is why I picked it for my son!" Sep. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name but i think it is to commen for me." May. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and my son are named John and I love the name. John is pure, honest, a true trooper kind of person. If you know a John, you are very lucky, because a John will be beside you every step of the way." Apr. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Okay, everyone in my family is named John. I have a father named john, a brother, a grandpa, a brother-in-law, a nephew, and a cousin...It's crazy! I like the name, but think it is way to over used." Feb. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name my parents were thinking of naming me jalen but john is what they stuck with" Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love a boy called john robert he is so finnnnnnnneeeee" Jan. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son John, Because of his dad and grandpa. He is the III and they were all born on the 5th day of different months. How could I not name him John. Duhhhhh" Dec. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is John and I'm a Jenn so we make a dynamic duo!" Nov. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It's never spelled wrong by anyone, it's easy to pronounce and there is always at least one other person called John anywhere I go so I never feel lonely." Nov. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son John. He was named after a cousin that passed away and for a saint. I am surprised that in his school he is the only John. There are Jons or Jonathans. I only regret that people say they are "going to the john" or other connotations." Oct. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Although decreasing in popularity I love it. Simple but strong." Sep. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Can't go wrong with 'John'. It's easy for a Kindergartener to spell...straight and to the point. I wish my wife would agree to name a son 'John'" Jun. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name just as the comment says above. And we have a whole bunch of them too." Jun. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "John is just a cool name; it's classic yet intelligent. though it's lost its popularity in the last 100 years, it's always a strong name!" May. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "people make fun of it becouse it does mean bathroom. but i can coap with it. i think it is one of the best names you can have!" Feb. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "every one loves the name i am ao popular cause my name" Feb. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey! My boyfriend's name is john! and i think he suits a john so well. I love it and wouldn't change it for anything!" Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "fabulous name! can't go wrong. classy and not too trendy and tacky" Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "can't get any better than the name JOHN No matter how many John's you meet, and my family has a bunch, it is still a great name. That is why I named my baby boy John. People ask me his name and when I tell them they are so surprised that it is just a "normal" name. Nothing weird or popular. It is a good name." Aug. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      7 Negative Comments

  • "I know a John and he is the worst person I have ever met. His personality is completely based off of his horrible name, BLAND. Who does he think he is? A FOUNDING FATHER?" Dec. 6, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is John, this name is far too common. I often tell people "You can remember it because you probably have a Dad, an uncle, a brother, or grandpa who shares the same name..." I have yet to hear someone disagree with that." Nov. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am sick of hearing this name. It's one syllable." Oct. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate the name John because of how common and boring it is." Sep. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i dont like the name john. so common and just john..." May. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "im 15 and my names john and i hate it. it sounds to old and i wish my mum didnt call me it" Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Too common...the name of a commode, a prostitute's customer, or a bad king of England." Jun. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "Y?all need to get with the program if ur name isn?t Johnny ain?t living the life" Feb. 23, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Son's name is John Neal which is the first name of both Grandfathers. I really wanted to name him Neal John, and call him Neal, but it sounded like a command to me. ("kneel John") I have never liked using middle names as it can be confusing for paperwork, etc. so he is called John to this day." Apr. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My family has a tradition of naming the first boy born every generation John. It has been going on for centuries, but neither me or my grandpa goes by John. My dad did, but my grandpa goes by his middle name William (which he shortened to Bill) and I go by my middle name Michael. I plan to name my first son John, but I want him to choose to go by his middle name or not. His middle name I want to be either Tyler or Luke." Jun. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am in love with a john... now i have dated michaels, parkers, jaysons, miguels, t.js', caylebs and ALOT of scotts but only in johns do i find compassion and caring...weird how a name can effect people so much. :]]" May. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two grandfathers and brother are all named John. I was a bit disappointed when my brother named his son John too. I do prefer more traditional names, but it seems like John has been done to death. I don't see it as strong, but almost common. Surely people want to feel their names are unique? But then again, since less and less boys are being called John, perhaps it is becoming a unique again?" Sep. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's middle name was John. He didn't use it at all because it reminded him of a bathroom commode." Aug. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my favorite boy's name and when I have a son I will call him John William." Jul. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is John i like it but every one calls me Jack" Jul. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have many famous John Elawy Bon Jovi the Babtist. Im just the the next great John in a line of many. Mi dad is John My granddad is John. My son will be John. Peace death to our enimies" Jan. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate that my name is used by some people as another name for the bathroom." Dec. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "John Truman Carter III was an excellent Doctor...still is." Jul. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is John not Jonathon and that is me biggest pet peeve when someone calls me that. The name comes from my great-grandpa and has been in my family for over a hundred years. I am very proud to own it." Jun. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A quite common name which has been around for a long time and is still going strong. It's a "no nonsense" name that stands for old fashioned values. I believe the most common male name of them all. Variants I know are Jon, Johan, Johann, Jan, Jonathan and Jonathon." Feb. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't know why, but i feel disgust for this name... the spanish version "Juan" sounds way better." Jan. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband's father was named john... he was known to be loving, a hard worker, loved to cook." Apr. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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