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Gender: F Meaning of Jane: "God's gracious gift" Origin of Jane: English Jane's Popularity in 2013: #355

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No, we don't consider Jane too plain. In fact, for a venerable and short one-syllable name, we think it packs a surprising amount of punch, as compared to the related Jean and Joan.

A very old name, Jane has been around since Tudor times, in this country moving in and out of fashion, once so common that it became generic--as in Jane Doe and G.I. Jane, then spent a considerable time as the back end of such smooshes as Maryjane, Bettyjane and Sarajane.

In 1935, there were 8,900 baby Janes born in this country, whereas in 2013 there were just under 900.

We think it's time for a fresh look at Jane--and not just in middle place. Just think of all the awesome Janes of the past, both real and fictive--from Austen to Addams to Eyre to Fonda.

Jimmy Kimmel recently named his baby girl Jane.

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Famous People Named Jane

Jane Fonda - American actress
Jane Russell - American actress
Jane Austen - author
Jane Goodall - activist and anthropologist
Lady Jane Grey- Queen of England for nine days
Jane Wyman - American singer
Jane Withers - American actress
Jane Harman - American politician
Jane Seymour - third wife of Henry VIII
Jane Seymour - English actress (born Joyce Frankenberg)
Jane Krakowski - American actress
Jane Kaczmarek - American actress
Jane Levy - American actress
Jane Leeves - English actress
Jane Lynch - American actress
Jane Elliott, American educator and prominent activist
Jane Addams, settlement worker, author, sociologist/philosopher & suffragette
Jane Espenson, American TV writer and producer
Jane Porter, Scottish author and dramatist
Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, sister-in-law of Anne Boleyn
Jane Adams, American actress
Jane Adams, American writer
Jane Powell, American dancer, singer, and actress
Jane Asher, English author and actress
Jane Ussher, prominent New Zealand photographer
Jane Pratt, founding editor of "Sassy and Jane", editor of, and radio show host
Jane Dornacker, American comedienne
Jane Urquhart, Canadian novelist and poet
Jane Sibbett, American actress and producer
Jane Alexander, American author and actress
Jane Ira Bloom, American jazz musician
Jane Green, English chick lit author
Jane Olivor - American cabaret singer
Jane Campion - New Zealand screenwriter
Jane Yolen - American writer
Jane Monheit - jazz vocalist
Jane Jarvis - American jazz musician
Jane Pauley, news anchor and journalist
Jane Lauder - American billionaire
Jane Jensen - American video game designer
Jane Curtin, American actress and comedienne
Jane Mallory Birkin, English Actress and Hermes Birkin bag is named after
Jane Erin Carrey, daughter of actor Jim Carrey
Jane Zhang - stage name of Chinese pop singer
Lucy Jane Bonin, daughter of Jennifer Bonin
Lucy Jane Savant, daughter of Laura Leighton and Doug Savant
Jane Kimmel (b. 2014), daughter of Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney
Jane Smiley, writer

Pop Culture References for the Name Jane

Jane Eyre, novel by Charlotte Bronte
Jane "Janie" Johnson/Jennie Spring, main character in 1990 novel "The Face on the Milk Carton"
Jane's Addiction, an American alternative rock band
Jane Marple, Agatha Christie character
Jane Rizzoli, character in the TV show Rizzoli & Isles
Jane Burnham, character in the film American Beauty
Jane Porter, in Disney's "Tarzan"
Jane Bennett, the eldest sister in Pride and Prejudice.
Patrick Jane, main character in "The Mentalist"
Jane Quimby, ABC Family TV show, "Jane by Design"
Jane Bingum, protagonist of TV show, "Drop Dead Diva"
Jane and the Dragon, book series and TV show
Jane, Wendy's daughter in "Peter Pan" and "Return to Neverland'
Jane Penderwick, character in "The Penderwicks" novels
"The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman", 1971 novel
Jane Sterling, Mad Men character
Jane, character in the children's book "Half-Magic"
Jane Nichols, Main Character in 27 Dresses
Jane Norman, clothing company
Jane, character in the Twilight Saga
Sarah Jane Smith, companion of The Doctor from the BBC show "Doctor Who"
Jane Moffat, from the childrens book "The Moffats"
Jane Margolis, character from Breaking Bad
Jane Kerkovich-Williams, character from ABC sitcom Happy Endings
Jane Lane, character from animated series Daria
"Queen Jane Approximately", Bob Dylan song
Jane Foster, Marvel character
Jane Morgan, the little sister from "My Babysitter's a Vampire"
Jane Crocker, character in Homestuck
Mary-Jane Watson, portrayed by Kirsten Dunst.
Jane, character in "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," a novel by John Green and David Levithan.

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