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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

St. John the Baptist - cousin of Jesus
John Roberts, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
John Barrymore, American actor
John Updike, American author
John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor
John Travolta, American actor and singer
John Wayne, American actor
John Lennon, musician
John Green, American author
John Mayer, American musician
John McCain, American politician
John Christopher "Johnny" Depp, American actor
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States
John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States
John Adams, II (1803-'34), son of John Quincy Adams & Louisa Adams
John Tyler, 10th President of the United States
John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the USA
John Finnemore, English writer, actor, and comedian
John Orosco, American gymnast
John Cena, American professional wrestler and actor
John Corey Whaley, American Novelist and Printz Award Winner
John Mellencamp-American singer
John Dolmayan, drummer for "System of a Down"
John Hensley, actor known for "Nip/Tuck"
John-David Duggar, the Duggar's 3rd child
John Joseph Edward "Jack" Cassidy, American actor
Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter, American actor
John Singer Sargent, American artist
John Arthur Lithgow, American actor
John Owen Lowe, son of American actor Rob Lowe
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, guitarist & songwriter (Ramones, "Johnny Ramone")
John Paul Henry Daniel Richard Grimes, of Irish twin duo "Jedward"
John Aether Ramirez Land, son of Dania Ramirez & John Land
John Deacon, ex-bassist for the band Queen
John Paul Cusack, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name John

John Hamish Watson, character from 'Sherlock Holmes' and in BBC mystery series Sherlock, played by Martin Freeman
John Winchester, demon hunter from "Supernatural"
John Deere, Tractor Company
John Smith, Chosen name of #4 in 'I Am Number Four' series
John Smith, Given name for main character of 'The Dead Zone'
John Smith, alias of the Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who
John Ross Ewing (I,II, and III), characters on "Dallas".
John Smith, character in Pocahontas
John Nelson, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
John Kennish, character on the show "Switched at Birth"
John Bennett, character from Netflix show "Orange is the New Black"
John Sheppard, character in the show "Stargate: Atlantis"
John Crichton, character in "Farscape"
John Hayden, Character in "Abandon" series by Meg Cabot
John Becker, character on "Becker"
John Clasky, from the movie "Spanglish"
John Egbert, character from webcomic Homestuck
John Bennett, character from TV series "Alphas"
John Brooke, character from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women trilogy
John 'Demi' Brooke Jr, character from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women trilogy.
John James Rambo, main character in "Rambo" action movie franchise, played by Sylvester Stallone.
John Masters, character from Star of Babylon, by Barbara Wood

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