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John's International Variations

For centuries the most popular of all boy baby names, borne by saints, kings, and countless other illustrious notables, John is still in the Top 20. For a new spin on one of the longest-running favorite baby names, try one of John's international variations.
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  • Hannes

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  • Hannu

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  • Hans

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    Though familiar to all via such childhood icons as Hans Brinker, Hans(el) and Gretel, and Hans Christian Andersen, few Americans have chosen this name for their sons because of its intractably Old ... Read More 

  • Hansel

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    Those "Where's Gretel?" jokes will get old pretty fast. Read More 

  • Hovhannes

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  • Iain

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    Iain, this authentic Gaelic form of John, has been well used in Scotland since the early twentieth century, used concurrently with the shortened Ian spelling, but is rarely seen in the US. Iain B... Read More 

  • Ian

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    This Scottish form of John was rather late making inroads on our shores--it was already the seventh most popular name in England in 1975. But then after being introduced to Americans by Ian Fleming... Read More 

  • Ieuan

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    Ieuan is a Scrabble-rack full of impossible vowels. Consider Ewan, Ian, or Owen instead. Read More 

  • Ifan

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  • Ioan

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    Less confusing with phonetic Johann spelling.  Read More 

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