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Gender: F Meaning of Joanne: "God is gracious" Origin of Joanne: French variation of Joanna

A Top 100 name from the 1930s all the way through the 1950s, it's now firmly in Mom -- or Grandma -- land and supplanted for babies by Joanna.....or even great-grandmother Josephine. In its heyday, it had a host of variations, including JoAnn and Jo-Anne.

Famous People Named Joanne

Joanne Kathleen "J. K." Rowling, British novelist
Joanne Froggatt, English actress
Joanne Whalley, English actress, ex-wife of actor Val Kilmer
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, American actress, wife of actor Paul Newman
Jo Anne Worley, American comedienne
Joanne Dru (born Joan Letitia LaCock), American actress
JoAnne Gunderson Carner, American pro golfer
JoAnne Russell, American tennis player
Joanne Amy Jackson, English Olympic swimmer
Jo Anne Barnhart, U.S. Commissioner of Social Security
Jo-Anne Knowles, English actress
Jo-Anne Nadler, British political commentator

Pop Culture References for the name Joanne