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Gender: F Pronunciation: JAHN-ah Meaning of Gianna: "the Lord is gracious" Origin of Gianna: Italian, diminutive of Giovanna Gianna's Popularity in 2014: #95

Gianna -- a Latin feminization of John -- is rapidly gaining favor outside the confines of Italian culture; Gianna is now among the Top 100 in the U.S., at Number 95.

This common Italian classic entered the U.S. list in 1989, breaking into the Top 100 in 2006, along with other such stalwarts. Basketball star Kobe Bryant has a daughter named Gianna.

Also on the U.S. list are Giovanna, Giana and short-form Gia, which was used by Matt Damon and Mario Lopez.

Famous People Named Gianna

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Italian pediatrician
Gianna Jun aka Jun Ji-hyun, South Korean actress
Gianna Rolandi, American operatic soprano
Gianna Nannini, Italian pop singer
Gianna Martello, American choreographer on TV's "Dance Moms"
Gianna Michaels (born Terah Wicker), American adult actress
Gianna Jessen, American activist
Gianna Manzini, Italian novelist
Gianna Maria Canale, Italian actress
Gianna D'Angelo (born Jane Angelovich), American coloratura soprano

Pop Culture References for the name Gianna

Barbara Gianna, character on TV's "Dexter"

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