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Gender: M Meaning of John: "God is gracious" Origin of John: Hebrew John's Popularity in 2013: #27

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John reigned as the most popular of all boys' Christian names for four hundred years, from the time the first Crusaders carried it back to Britain until the 1950s, at which point American baby namers finally seemed to be tiring of this most straight-arrow, almost anonymous John Doe of names and started to replace it with fancier forms like Jonathan and the imported Sean and Ian. John was a key name in ealy Christianity, borne by John the Baptist, John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, plus eight-four saints and twenty-thre popes, as well as kings, and countless other illustrious notables.

Because many of today's baby Johns get their names for familial rather than stylistic reasons, John has fallen out of the Top 20 to number 27, just one rung above the lowest it has been since records were kept. For modern parents, the nickname Jack feels much fresher.

The international versions of John are perennial classics in their own cultures: the French Jean, the Irish Sean, the Scottish Ian, the Welsh Evan and Ewan, the Italian Giovanni, the Spanish Juan, the German Johann/Johannes, the Slavic Jan, the Russian Ivan, and on and on.

Celebrities who have gone with the timeless John include Michelle Pfeiffer, Bono, Johnny Depp, Lauryn Hill, Bridget Moynahan, and Rob Lowe.

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Famous People Named John

Saint John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus
Saint John the Apostle
John, King of England
John Paul I and II, popes
John I-XXIII, popes
John I-VIII, Byzantine emperors
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States
John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States
John Adams II, son of John Quincy Adams
John Tyler, 10th President of the U.S
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the U.S.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr., son of President Kennedy
John Glover Roberts, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
John Alexander Macdonald, 1st prime minister of Canada
John Balliol, King of Scotland
John the Blind, King of Bohemia
John, King of Denmark
John I and II, Kings of Hungary
John Donne, English poet
John Milton, English poet
John Keats, English poet
John Sidney (Blyth) Barrymore, American actor
John Hoyer Updike, American novelist
John Scot Barrowman, Scottish-American actor
John Joseph Travolta, American actor and singer
John Wayne (born Marion Robert Morrison), American actor
John Winston Lennon, English musician of The Beatles
John Adam Belushi, American actor/comedian
John Joseph Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, musician of English band The Sex Pistols
John Michael Green, American novelist
John Clayton Mayer, American singer-songwriter
John Alec Entwhistle, bassist of English band The Who
John Nicholas Cassavetes, American actor and director
John Sidney McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona
John Forbes Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State
John Christopher "Johnny" Depp, American actor
John Albert Elway, American NFL player
John Hancock, American revolutionary
(Arthur) John Gielgud, English actor
John Foster Dulles, U.S. Secretary of State
John Davison Rockefeller, American business magnate
John R. "Johnny" Cash, American country music singer
John Marwood Cleese, English actor/comedian
John Patrick McEnroe, American tennis player
John Cameron Fogerty, musician of American band Creedence Clearwater Revival
John Smith, English settler of North America
John William Oliver, English comedian and TV personality
John Michael Turturro, American actor
John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor
John Edmund Andrew Phillips, lead singer of American band The Mamas and the Papas
John Christopher Reilly, American actor
John Finnemore, English writer, actor, and comedian
John Orosco, American gymnast
John Felix Anthony Cena, American professional wrestler and actor
John Corey Whaley, American novelist
John (Cougar) Mellencamp, American singer
John Dolmayan, Armenian-American drummer for band System of a Down
John Carter Hensley, American actor
John-David Duggar, 3rd child of reality TV's Duggar family
John Joseph Edward "Jack" Cassidy, American actor
Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter, American actor
John Singer Sargent, American painter
John Winston Howard, 25th prime minister of Australia
John Major, prime minister of the U.K.
John Arthur Lithgow, American actor
John Owen Lowe, son of American actor Rob Lowe
John Locke, English political philosopher
John William Strutt, English physicist and Nobel prize winner
John Archibald Wheeler, American theoretical physicist
John Bardeen, American physicist and two times Nobel prize winner
John Maynard Keynes, British economist
John Cummings aka Johnny Ramone, guitarist of American band The Ramones
John Paul Henry Daniel Richard Grimes, of Irish twin duo "Jedward"
John Aether Ramirez Land, son of Dania Ramirez & John Land
John Richard Deacon, bassist for English band Queen
John Paul Cusack, American actor
John Ford, Irish-American film director
John Wilden Hughes, American film director
John Marcellus Huston, American film director
John Wesley, English founder of Methodism
John Peel (born Robert Parker Ravenscroft), English radio DJ
John Coburn Stewart, American singer-songwriter
(Nigel) John Taylor, bassist for English band Duran Duran
John William Oates, musician of American duo Hall & Oates
John Charles Waite, musician of English bands Bad English and The Babys
John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster

Pop Culture References for the Name John

John Hamish Watson, character in the Sherlock Holmes series
John Winchester, character on TV's "Supernatural"
John Smith, character in 'I Am Number Four' series
John Smith, main character in 'The Dead Zone' series
John Smith, alias of the Doctor on TV's Doctor Who
John Ross Ewing I, II, and III, characters on TV's "Dallas"
John Nelson, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
John Kennish, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
John Bennett, character on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
John Sheppard, character on TV's "Stargate: Atlantis"
John Stewart aka The Green Lantern, DC comics character
John Crichton, character on TV's "Farscape"
John Bender, character in movie "The Breakfast Club"
John Connor, character in The Terminator series
John Hayden, Character in "Abandon" series by Meg Cabot
John Becker, character on TV's "Becker"
John Clasky, character in movie "Spanglish"
John Egbert, character in webcomic Homestuck
John Bennett, character on TV's "Alphas"
John Brooke, character in the Little Women series
John 'Demi' Brooke Jr, character in the Little Women series
John James Rambo, main character in "Rambo" series
John Masters, character from Star of Babylon by Barbara Wood
John Dee, main character in the "Kronos Chronicles"
John the Savage, character in "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
John McBain, character on American soaps "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital"
John Locke, character on TV's "Lost"
Little John, one of Robin Hood's Merry Men
John Monad, character on TV's "John from Cincinnati"
John Constantine, main character in Hellblazer comics
John Corben aka Metallo, DC Comics character
John Gage, a character on TV's "Emergency!"
Red John, villain on TV's "The Mentalist"
John, slang for a toilet
John, slang for one who hires a prostitute
John Townsend, character from Yesterday's child, by Barbara Wood

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