Originally a feminine of John, Jean was popular in Scotland long before it found favor elsewhere, and had its most shining moment here in the era of Jean Harlow (born Harlean), ultimate symbol of silver screen glamour, but now, though there are many grandmas and even moms with the name, it doesn't seem all that baby-friendly.
A perennial on the popularity list until it finally dropped off in 1994, Jean was in the Top 20 from 1922 to 1936., and was extremely well used as a middle name, as in Michael Jackson's song "Billie Jean" and tennis champ Billie Jean King, not to mention Hermione Jean Granger from Harry Potter/. It was also the actual first name of Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Maggie Smith shone in the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and nickname Jeanie was commemorated in the Stephen Foster classic song "I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," as well as in the early sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie.
Lists containing Jean:
- Classic Baby Names for Girls
- Scottish Baby Names
- 1920s Baby Names
- Middle Names for Girls
- 100+ Classic Girls’ Names — below the Top 1000
- 1910s Baby Names