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. Jane was 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 the US, whereas in 2014 there were 1,018.
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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