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About the Name John

What Does John mean? As this eMedTV Web page explains, John means "God is gracious." This page also highlights other information related to the name John.

John is also a girl name. Click here for information on the girl name John.

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Meanings and Variations

John is from Hebrew meaning God is gracious.
Alternates for John include: Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Giavani, Giovanni, Hanan, Hans, lain, Ian, Jaenda, Janco, Jon, Joen, and John
See Also: Evan, Hands, Giovanni, and Yan
John is associated with these categories: US Presidents, King, Biblical, Saint, Pope, Popular, and Old Fashioned
Famous people named John
John Wayne, Actor
Famous Children Named John
Given name: John Abraham
Father: Bono, Musician
Mother: Alison Stewart
Given name: John "Jake" Pennington
Father: Shaun Cassidy, Actor
Mother: Ann Pennington, Model, Actress
Given name: John Bouvier Kennedy
Father: Edwin Schlossberg, Museum Exhibit Designer
Mother: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Author, Foundation Advisor
Given name: John Fitzgerald
Father: John F. Kennedy, U.S. President
Mother: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Editor
Given name: John Henry
Father: David E. Kelley, Television Writer, Producer
Mother: Michelle Pfeiffer, Actress
Given name: John Edward Thomas
Father: Tom Brady, NFL Football
Mother: Bridget Moynahan, Actress
Given name: John Joseph "Jack"
Father: Denis Leary, Actor
Mother: Ann Lembeck, Writer
Given name: John David
Father: David Linch, Investment Banker
Mother: Nancy Grace, TV Personality
Given name: John "Jack" Edward Thomas
Father: Tom Brady, NFL Football
Mother: Bridget Moynahan, Actress

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