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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 90 years old.

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    Comments about the name Joan

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      14 Positive Comments

  • "I often get called Joanne. My middle name is Alison and I used to wish I had been allowed to use that name at school. There were 5 Joans in my class! I was born in the 30's and there were a lot of movie stars with that first name: Joan Crawford; Joan Bennet; Joan Blondell;Joan Caulfield. After many years of disfavour it is gradually making a come back. So I'm glad to be rare!" Apr. 23, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Joan. Born in 2017 and everyone who meets her loves it. She has my grandmother's name for her middle name. We call her Joanie Mardelle." Apr. 2, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother, who is 86, is named Joan. Most people seemed to pronounce it correctly although a few people called her Joanne in the 70?s, lol. This November I will welcome a granddaughter, my 3rd this year ❤️, Her name will be Joan~after her Great NaNa and because my daughter and her husband love the name and think it will be the perfect name for a strong, independent and adored daughter." Jul. 17, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Born in 1952 and named Joan after an aunt. I like this aunt a lot... My family called me 'Joanie' to distinguish between us. Young people spell my name Jone instead of Joan to my amusement. And in other cultures it becomes Joanne. "Hello, my name is Joan" and the usual response is "Lovely to meet you Joanne" Another source of amusement. I do like my name! I was the only Joan in my school, and am the only Joan in my Church. If someone calls "Joan" in a crowd I know they are calling me..." Nov. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan. I am 27 years old. I have never ever met anyone who was anywhere around my age with my name. I HATED my name as a child. I could never find any merchandise with my name on it. Everyone called me Joanie Baloney and taunted me. It is often mispronounced as JoAnn. For this reason, in high school I went by Jo until recently. I have started over with my life and moved away where nobody knew me. I have went by just Joan for the past year and I have grown to love my name. It is original and classy. When my friends think of the name Joan I am the only person who comes to mind, opposed to names like Brittany or Ashley. Maybe one day my name will make a comeback!" Jun. 27, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always loved being called "Joan" and if I had had a daughter I would have named her after me. It is a strong and elegant name. I am now a grandmother and almost every time I meet another Joan, she is also in grandmother age territory." Jan. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter, born in 2017, is named Joan after my grandmother. I love this name for its simplicity and strength. We call her "Joanie" and most others who have to say her name out loud incorrectly call her "Joann". I meet a lot of others with the same name, but most were born before 1950." Dec. 18, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "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

      4 Negative Comments

  • "I was born in 1965 and my mother named me after her best friend, Joan. I have hated my name for as far back as I can remember. I still think about legally changing it. It sounds so old fashioned and simple and blah. I don't know why my mother hung such a crappy name on me. It's always mispronounced as JoAnne, and I hate that name too." Sep. 3, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan. I was born in the 1950s. I think it sounds plain, old fashioned and unfeminine. It is constantly mispronounced as Jo Ann, which is very annoying. Bad enough to have a name you don't like and then you have to constantly tell people how to pronounce it. It is also often mistaken for John. Wished I would have legally changed it when I was younger. The only reason I didn't was because it would have hurt my mother." Jan. 12, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "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

      26 Neutral Comments

  • "I was born in 1965 with a twin brother. Yes we are Joan & John. I have never met a Joan who was younger than me. I hate when people call me Joann. When they do I tell them Joann has 2 n?s and sometimes an e. I do like being called Joanie. Joanie Boloney." Jun. 6, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Joan. I have never liked it. Not only was it often misspelled and mis-pronunciate wrongly,it always seemed "old". It is not my first name which is worse. I go by Joanie as that fits better. My last name was terribly pronounced wrong all the time, too. As a child growing up, I was teased a lot because all my names were not pronounced correctly, spelled correctly and often led to much embarrassment. I still hate my names" Jun. 1, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Born in June 1977, my mom, named me Joan...I didn't like it when I was younger..she named me after her best friend Joan Woodard...I never met her...but it would be nice to someday. Love my name!" May. 26, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1947 and was named Joan by my father after Joan Crawford. I've learned from this blog that most Joan's have the same commonalities. We are called Joanne, the name is sometimes spelled Jone, I'm sometimes called Joanie, and of course, someone in school always referred to me as Joanie Baloney." Apr. 10, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Like so many of the other "Joans", I was called Joanie Baloney. And now that I have moved from northern U.S. to the southern U.S. area, I am constantly called "Joanne". Why in the word do people do that? I look at the name Joan and wonder where they get that. It's so annoying. My mother told me that she almost named me "Jill" which I would have loved. Oh well...." Feb. 10, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Joan is my name. Born in 1950. I have always liked it. Thouhg I am called Joanne a lot I like that Joan is not very common." Oct. 30, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Joan after my mummy?s bestie called Joan ... I really like my name because it signifies love , care ,strong , elegant , classy and once I happen to give birth to a baby girl she will automatically have my name" Oct. 17, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I didn't like the name Joan growing up. I occasionally meet someone named Joan but I was much older. My mom named me after Joan Crawford and we know how she turned out! So when I grew up, I decided my two sons would have very common first names. That is why they are Christopher and Nicholas!" Sep. 17, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan. At first when I was really young I did not like it because people called me joany boloney. And no one else had it. But now I love the name it is unique,different and just a very strong and bold name. A lot of people mis pronounce my name as Joann. I was also named after my grandmother who was a great women." Feb. 5, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was younger I did not care for my name (Joan). Most people called me Joanie. I do not know anyone with this name...though it seems to be such an easy name to spell and pronounce...most people pronounce it as Jo-Ann...and younger people can't spell it. I like it now,and it appears to be unique and different. I always tell new mom's that if they want to name their child something that is sure to be original and her Joan 😂" Apr. 25, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Joan and I was born in 1962. No one today knows how to spell it. At Starbucks the kids prune JONE on my cup lol. I go by Joanie mostly because I hated being called JoAnne. I hate JoAnne because a girl In high school named JoAnne was so mean to me. Now I love my real name when screening telemarketing bec they can?t pronounce it just Joan so I say ?sorry you must have the wrong number?!" Apr. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Joan in 1957. Always hated it when I was a kid. Many friends' moms were Joan. Like it okay now. Like being called Joanie. Hate that it's such a simple name but no one ever pronounces it correctly. Joanne or Joann most common mispronunciation. Have worked in many offices where there were more than one Joan." Nov. 30, 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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