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Gender: F Meaning of Joan: "God is gracious" Origin of Joan: English variation of Johanna

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Poor Joan. After being the seventh most popular name throughout the 1930s, it hasn't even appeared in the Top 1,000 for a dozen years, and it would take a Joan of Arc to revive it today. These days it's associated with Joans of the generation of Joan Crawford, Joan Collins and Joan Rivers. Modern parents are more likely to revive Jane.

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Famous People Named Joan

Joan Crawford, American actress
Joan Fontaine, American actress
Joan Plowright, English actress
Joan Rivers, American comedian
Joan Jett, American musician
Joan Didion, American author
Joan Ganz Cooney, American TV producer; creator of Sesame Street
St. Joan of Arc, French heroine
Joan Armatrading, West Indies born British singer
Joan Baez, American folk singer, songwriter, musician & philanthropist
Joan Collins, British actress
Joan Allen, American actress
Joan Cusack, American actress
Joan Plowright, British actress and widow of Laurence (Lord) Olivier
Joan Sutherland, Australian soprano
Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
Joan Smalls (Rodriguez), Puerto Rican supermodel
Joan of Kent, "The Fair Maid of Kent," medieval English princess
Joan Letitia "Joanne Dru" LaCock, American film & TV actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Joan

Joan Harris (nee Holloway), "Mad Men"
"Little Jumping Joan" of the nursery rhyme
Joan Campbell played by Kari Matchett, "Covert Affair"s
"Joan of Arcadia," TV series
Joan Watson (based on John Watson), from "Elementary"
Joan, from the movie "The Way Way Back"

Joani, Joanie, Jonee, Jonette, Joni

Joan's International Variations

Jone (Basque) Siobhán (Irish Gaelic) Seonag (Scottish Gaelic) Sion (Welsh)