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Gender: M Meaning of John: "God is gracious" Origin of John: Hebrew John's Popularity in 2015: #26

John reigned as the most popular of all boys' Christian names for 400 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 early Christianity, borne by John the Baptist, John the Apostle and John the Evangelist, plus 84 saints and 23 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 26, just 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.

Famous People Named John

John Winston Lennon, English musician of The Beatles
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 U.S. president
John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. president
John Tyler, 10th U.S. president
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th U.S. president
John Balliol, King of Scotland
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 Adam Belushi, American actor/comedian
John Joseph Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, musician of English band The Sex Pistols
John Michael Green, American novelist
John G. Paton, British missionary to the New Hebrides
John Clayton Mayer, American singer-songwriter
John Alec Entwhistle, bassist of English band The Who
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 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 (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 Owen Lowe, son of American actor Rob Lowe
John Locke, English political philosopher
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 Young, American astronaut
John Marcellus Huston, American film director
John Wesley, English founder of Methodism
(Nigel) John Taylor, bassist for English band Duran Duran
John William Oates, musician of American duo Hall & Oates
John Glenn, American astronaut and politician
John Mark "Johnny" Galecki, American actor
John Ross Bowie, American actor
Colonel John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV, an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish–American War. He was the richest person to die in the sinking of the RMS Titanic
John Stamos, American actor/musician

Pop Culture References for the name John

John Coffey, character in "The Green Mile" novel/movie
John Winchester, character on TV's "Supernatural"
John Bender, character in "The Breakfast Club"
John Hamish Watson, character in the Sherlock Holmes series
John Garret from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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 Connor, character in The Terminator series
John Hayden, Character in "Abandon" series by Meg Cabot
John, main character in G. A. Henty's, For the Temple
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 Whitefoot, character in G. A. Henty's, Orange and Green
John Corben aka Metallo, DC Comics character
John Gage, a character on TV's "Emergency!"
John Townsend, character in "Yesterday's child" by Barbara Wood
John Reese, character on TV's "Person of Interest"
Red John, villain on TV's "The Mentalist"
John, slang for a toilet
John, slang for one who hires a prostitute
John Glenn Tracy, character from The Thunderbirds series (TV show [1965-66], movie [2004], and TV show remake [2015-]), he was the second oldest Tracy son
John Swanson, son of Ron Swanson and Diane Lewis on TV's Parks and Recreation
Dr. John "JD" Dorian, character on the TV show "Scrubs"
Dr. John Carter, character from TV show "ER"