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Janet

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Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Variant of Jane

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Janet

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

A few facts about the girl's name Janet:

  • Records indicate that 554,646 girls in the United States have been named Janet since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1954, when 18,452 people in the U.S. were given the name Janet. Those people are now 66 years old.

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    Comments about the name Janet

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      22 Positive Comments

  • "I'm a Janet...agree there aren't many of us. I like that!! Lots of Dammit Janet comments... from a Rocky Horror! Ha! Im prpud of my name. Im a '63 and there wrre only a couple others all thru school. I'm unique." Dec. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "well Janet is a great name and I love it. I was the only Janet in my high school and I know many Janets who have a wonderful character it's an amazing name" May. 6, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Janet and I think it's great. There aren't too many of us and that's fine with me. It makes all Janets unique. I was the only Janet in my classes at school unlike some girls who were two or more of the same name. Being rare,it was fun meeting another Janet and it's fun even now. Yeah for all the JANETS." May. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born 1959. As a child there were no Janet's in my school until Jr high school. That made me a little sad because I always thought I was the only Janet in the world. People always tried to call me Janice. Was never called Jan until I was married. My hubbys nickname for me. So it's been fine for me." Mar. 31, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1980 so growing up I absolutely hated my name. I was named after my grandmother which wasn't so bad, but hearing " aww , here comes little Janet" everyday at school was quite annoying. The school principal, the school lunchlady, the the recess monitor were all ladies named Janet. Thank goodness I grew into my name and it is very unique to see someone of my age to have it. It could of been much worse, I could have been a Gerdy or a Menerva." Mar. 28, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "never come across another janet, born in 1955, not sure if i like the name ,most people think am more of a jan or a jane" Jun. 26, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 15 and i adore my name out of my whole school im the only one with the name Janet , it sounds different and mysterious to me and very original and i enjoy that not a lot of people have it." Oct. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always thought it was too old-fashioned sounding in the hipper 60s and 70s, so I went by Jan. But then people would sometimes think it was short for Janis/ce. I'd rather be a Janet nowadays." Jan. 28, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Growing up I was always the only Janet in school. I've always loved this...not that it's unique or beautiful, but that it is bold, straight forward! When I reflect on my name, when I hear it, I think of poise, confidence, and virtue...and trust me I don't often see myself this way (but this is what I strive for). Because I'm Hispanic many people pronounce is Jeanette, and it's really pronounce Jan-et. It use to irritate me, but now I just respon to both." Feb. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Janeth/Janet (both pronounced the same with "t" at the end) I've had different spellings my whole entire life. It's been confusing. All governmental documents i use Janet and other school records i use Janeth. That's how its always been. I really like my name although a lot of people pronounce it differently some people called me Jan'i'ce. it's funny but i'm used to it." Jan. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Am Janet and i think its a nice name..its kind of rare nowadays but that makes it more unique." Nov. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Janet and I love my name. Most people pronounce it wrong. But i still love it. I also love the meaning which is "God is gracious".Janet's should rule the planet!" May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "To the previous comment, if you would have preferred Jan...you could be called Jan as a nickname. Duh!!! I think JANET has class myself! Also, there are many famous people with that name throughout the years. Janet Reno, Janet Jackson, Janet Napolitano (governor of Arizona) Janet Leigh...just off the top of my head to name a few." Dec. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Janet is my name. Australians often pronouse Janet, Jeanette or Je-net. It is pronouned Ja-net." Dec. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sisters named me Janet,and I like it.But I wish my name was Veruka.When I was studying in Australia,lots of people thought my name was Jeanette,or Jeannette,or they would call me Janette or Jannette.One of my teachers called me Janette, and I thought he was calling someone else.Janet's not a very common name these days." Jan. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Janet and I love my name. I don't run into too many others named Janet. Everyone can pronounce it and spell it. It has a couple good rhyming words planet and dam** . In elementary school my first name was never made fun of!" Jul. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1949, and this was a very popular name at that time. I was named after my Aunt Jane, and now I see that was appropriate. Had no idea it was Scottish as we are not Anglo-Saxon in heritage. It is often mispronounced and that always baffles me. It is simple and clean and I love it." Jul. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name janet i could not ask for another name.thanks mom w\b" Jun. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and although it's great to have a name most don't hear that often I do see that some have a hard time hearing the "t." They usually think my name is Jana or Jen." Feb. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Woo Hoo! Janets rule! Unfortunately, whenever someone says 'dammit' I think that they are calling me." Dec. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "A great classic, not very common today. My 7 year old son had a Janet in his kindergarten class, and it was a beautiful breath of fresh air (instead of all the Kayleys Caitlyns, and Madisons)." Sep. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a fine name. Maybe a little short and hard with the "t" ending.Associated with Scotland. Feminine of John." Jun. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Janet i hate it,it has no grace or beauty an it makes me sound old and dowdy(and i am not)I have three brothers..Andrew Richard, and Philip names of kings! and my middle name is Elizabeth..Janet(Harsh and meaningless)" Oct. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Janet and I think that it sounds harsh. My sister's name is Karen and to me that sounds soft. BTW, I'm 73 years old, I have a sweatshirt that says "Don't mess with Janet" and a t-shirt that says "Interplanet Janet She's a Galaxy Girl". But I don't like my name. To me it sounds harsh. Janice or Janene would be softer. BTW, I'm in my 70's." Jun. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Janet and I love my name. Don't often hear the name Janet so it is unique, easy to pronoun and a clean crisp name to say. Glad my mom picked it as it fits." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've never liked it. I was born in 1961 and it always seemed like an "old" name to me. I would have preferred Jan or Janice." Oct. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      18 Neutral Comments

  • "My birth name is Janet Thomas.I was born in 1947. In school I was sometimes called Janice Thompson. Even simple names can get messed up." Jul. 14, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm from the UK. I was named Janet after my mum's American pen friend, who she wrote to-as a child-in WW2. I was born in the 50's (at the height of its' popularity), although, I've not known many other Janets tbh.. Not a massive fan,but can guarantee that (like the many Victorian/celebrity names currently in vogue), the 40's/50's Janets & Johns etc, will (eventually) make a comeback. Everything that goes around, comes around...!" Mar. 29, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1946. My name is Janet Rose but I go by my first name. I don't mind it. As I grew up in Montreal, i use to get Jeannette sometimes. I am 69 now. It is not too common but you do hear it sometimes. It has a nice meaning." Sep. 8, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Janet. I always disliked my name--thought it sounded more like a 40 year old PTA mom than someone young. Janet Jackson helped raise the "cool factor", and I'll never see 40 again, so I've grown into it!" Dec. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Janet, born in 1964. Never thought much of my name, but I always liked it. As I've gotten older I find it fun, simple and youthful. I love , love it. Thanks Dad. Otherwise, I would of been called Stephanie which I also liked." Nov. 23, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Janet is pretty cool. It's not a common name, plus my math teacher told me it was beautiful yesterday! I am also 15." Mar. 21, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always hated my name. I was born in 1954 peak time for this name. Its always been old fashioned. Wished I had changed it years ago. I gave my kids good names they both still love at 30 and 26. Think about the label you give your kids. Two kids in my class were called Cedria and Hilda - it could have been worse!" Feb. 10, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Janet and I hate when people call me Jeanette...super annoying. I dont understand how they could be mistaken..when "Jeanette" contains and extra "t" , "e" and sometimes, even an extra "n" ... ugh. i like my name. but i hate when people mispronounce it." Mar. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom tends to pronounce my name like Jana or Jenna. I think I mispronounce my own name because people usually think my name is Janice. I guess it's because I emphasize the first syllable too much and kind of trail off? I hate it when people call me Janette by mistake, but if my friends do it in a joking way, it's okay. I kind of didn't like my name growing up because it's not a name that is easily "nickname-able". Except for Jan, but that sounds a bit bland." Dec. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is janet, i like my name because of its great meaning 'God is gracious'and the name has been working for me right from my child hood." May. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Janet, born in 1976, I also have a sister named Karen, born in 1984. My name is ok. It is old fashioned, however, I have known 2 other Janet's who were born between 1976 and 1979." Aug. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Janet, I'm Irish, 30. I was named after my Dad (John!). I absolutely love the fact that there are no other Janet's, so when people say Janet, they know it's me. Also, in the industry I work in, I have buil up a reputation, very much helpe that there seems to be no-one else called Janet working in my field in Dublin, so that's great. The only thing is that Irish people tend to pronounce names with T at the end as sh!! And a lot of people spell in wron, including my dad sometimes!!! Overall I would very much recommend it!" Jun. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It may sound somewhat boring to many people at the present time, but I don't exactly see it as an "old" name, not one in the manner of true old lady names such as Mildred, Ruby, Peggy, Lorna, Thelma, Mavis, Elsie etc etc." Jan. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Okay, this is not one of those names you should use for a baby at the present time, for it is a name associated more with our mothers than ourselves or our grandmothers, but in about 20 or 30 years time it may come back into fashion. If old-fashioned names are in, they will in a generation's time be out again, making way for all the 1940s and 1950s names, Janet included." Jul. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have an auntie janet and she lovely it not popular these days though" Mar. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name But I did run into people calling me Janice instead of Janet it was mostly elderly people. But I would correct them and it would be fine. I thank my parents for this name it is not to popular in this centry............" Dec. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1972. my parents named me Janet. People are determined that my name is Jana of jeanette. They are corrected right away. I run into other Janets' rarely and am glad to have an original name that is not shared by 10 other people in a room of 200" Aug. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Janet is my name ....and I didn't like it too much as a child....I always dreamt of having a different name, I get called Janet Jackson...which was okay in the 80's.....but not today" Jul. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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