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

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 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 Austen, English novelist
Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days
Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII of England
Jane Fonda (born Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda), American actress
(Ernestine) Jane Geraldine Russell, American actress
(Valerie) Jane Morris Goodall, English primatologist
Jane Wyman (born Sarah Jane Mayfield), American singer/actress
Jane Withers, American actress
Jane Margaret Lakes Harman, former U.S. Congresswoman from California
Jane Seymour (born Joyce Frankenberg), English actress
Jane Dee Hull, American politician, 20th governor of Arizona
Jane Marian Joseph, English composer
(Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden, English radical politician
Jane Krakowski, American actress
Jane Frances Kaczmarek, American actress
Jane Colburn Levy, American actress
Jane Leeves, English actress
Jane Marie Lynch, American actress/comedienne
Jane Elliott, American educator and activist
Jane Addams, American settlement worker
Jane Espenson, American TV writer and producer
Jane Porter, Scottish novelist and playwright
Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, sister-in-law of Anne Boleyn
Jane Adams, American actress
Jane "Poni" Adams (born Betty Jane Bierce), American actress
Jane Adams, English novelist
Calamity Jane (born Martha Jane Canary), American frontierswoman
Jane Powell (born Suzanne Lorraine Burce), American dancer, singer, and actress
Jane Asher, English actress, one-time fiancee of musician Paul McCartney
Jane Ussher, New Zealand photographer
Jane Pratt, American magazine and website editor (Jane Magazine)
Jane Dornacker, American musician, comedienne and journalist
Jane Urquhart, Canadian novelist and poet
Jane Moore Sibbett, American actress
Jane Alexander, American author and actress
Jane Ira Bloom, American jazz musician
Jane Green, English novelist
Jane Olivor, American cabaret singer
(Elizabeth) Jane Campion, New Zealand screenwriter
Jane Hyatt Yolen, American novelist
Jane Monheit, American jazz singer
Jane Nossette Jarvis, American jazz pianist
(Margaret) Jane Pauley, American news anchor and journalist
Jane Lauder, American businesswoman of Estee Lauder
Jane Jensen (born Jane Elizabeth Smith), American video game designer
Jane Therese Curtin, American actress/comedienne
Jane Mallory Birkin, English model and originator of Hermes Birkin bag
Jane Smiley, American novelist
Jane Zhang (born Zhang Liangying), Chinese pop singer
Dinah-Jane Hansen, singer in American girl group Fifth Harmony
Jane Erin Carrey, daughter of actor Jim Carrey
Jane Kimmel (b. 2014), daughter of comedian Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney

Pop Culture References for the Name Jane

"Jane Eyre," novel by Charlotte Bronte and its main character
Jane "Janie" Johnson aka Jennie Spring, main character in Caroline B. Cooney's "The Face on the Milk Carton"
Jane Gallagher, character in J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye"
Jane Marple, character in novels by Agatha Christie
Jane Rizzoli, character on TV's "Rizzoli & Isles"
Jane, character in book "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty
Jane Burnham, character in movie "American Beauty"
Jane Porter, character in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series
Jane Bennet, eldest sister in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Jane Quimby, main character on TV's "Jane by Design"
Jane Bingum, main character on TV's "Drop Dead Diva"
Jane and the Dragon, book series by Martin Baynton and TV show
Jane, Wendy's daughter in Disney's "Return to Neverland'
Jane Penderwick, character in The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
"The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman", novel by Ernest J. Gaines and movie
Jane Sterling, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Jane, character in "Half-Magic" by Edward Eager
Jane Nichols, Main Character in movie "27 Dresses"
Jane, character in the Twilight Saga
Jane Moffat, character in "The Moffats" series by Eleanor Estes
Jane Margolis, character on TV's "Breaking Bad"
Jane Kerkovich-Williams, character on TV' "Happy Endings"
Jane Lane, character in animated series Daria
Jane Foster, character in the Thor series
Jane Morgan, character in movie "My Babysitter's a Vampire"
Jane Crocker, character in web comic "Homestuck"
Jane, character in "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," by John Green and David Levithan
Patrick Jane, main character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Mary-Jane Watson, character in the Spider-Man series
Sarah Jane Smith, companion on TV's "Doctor Who"
Jane Norman, clothing company
Mary Jane, slang for marijuana
Plain Jane, slang for an ordinary woman
Jane Doe, stand-in name for a woman
Jane's Addiction, American alternative rock band
"G.I. Jane," 1997 movie
'Soldier Jane', song by Beck
"Queen Jane Approximately," song by Bob Dylan
"Jane, Jane, Jane," song by the Kingston Trio
"Sweet Jane," song by the Velvet Underground
Blue "Jane" Sargent, character in "The Raven Cycle"
Layne Jane Abeley, LBR (Loser Beyond Repair) in The Clique series by Lisi Harrison

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