thoughts for Joan?
Joan is the oddball of all my beloved names but I can't help adoring it! She's Joan of Arc AND Joan Jett - she's just simply "Jo" some days too. She's little but fierce, vintage, simple, well-known yet off the top 1000. The only Joan I've ever met was a teenaged girl so I don't view the name as too old at all.
But do the cons out-weight all that Joan's got going for it?
-Joan means "God is gracious" which not appealing for a non-Christian like myself (the meaning doesn't matter as much but it does slightly concern me).
-Joann is a relative's name and I am firmly against family names. Too close? Not that this imaginary possible future child would know Joann very well probably but my parents will think of Joann first.
-Also, middle names? Maybe it's the shortness, maybe it's that darn "n" ending but I'm coming up blank. I feel Joan needs something longer, softer and sweeter to balance it but I loathe frilly names. I can't seem to find something that works.
What are your thoughts on Joan? A filler middle name only? Too old? Too dull?
My Grandmother's name is Joan. She always felt it was so plain in comparison to her sisters names. I personally don't mind it. I just like the similar Jane...a whole lot better.
Oh, don't worry about the meaning. I don't see myself as a religious person and I have no problems with the meaning of my name - I might be if it meant something bad like the names Claudia or Leah.
I think Joan is ok. I know only 50-60 year old Joan's. I wouldn't worry about Joann. Completely different name. I also prefer Jane. Here are some middle name options:
I don't think there are any cons.
Joan is rocker girl cool (Jett), crazy & saintly (D'arc), literary (Didion), strong & iconic & a little campy (Crawford) and hilarious (Rivers). I don't think I can come up with a namesake that isn't pretty awesome! The name is vintage in a sweet & wholesome 50s way, but it's also tough imo. Not wallflower vintage. I love it so much. It sound awful in my husband's Russian accent though, so it's off the table for me!
I think people hesitate about Joan cause it's in that awkward stage where most of them are in their 50s. The ladies named Linda, Patricia, Theresa, Debora, Susan, Jean, ect. They sound like mom names to all of us ladies named Jennifer & Jessica who are having babies now! A lot of people probably won't have an open mind about Joan, but I think it's amazing!
I LOVE Joan. Like you, it's a name that just keeps nagging at me to use it.... I think Joan is spunkier and funner than the classy Jane. The nn Joanie is ADORABLE! I think meeting a little girl named Joan would be oh-so-refreshing.
As Joan and Joann are completely different names; I wouldn't worry about using it. While you might not have significant ties to God, the meaning is not negative - so I wouldn't worry about that either. Joan is a fabulous choice!
Joan is great. Taz summed it up perfectly.
I love Joan especially with Celia and Arthur.
I love Joanna and Johanna, Joan is so plain compared to them. And it resemble moan and groan... not a name I'd object to anyone else using, but it just doesn't do it for me!
Yep - Joan, moan, groan, drone.
Honestly, I think it's awful. Plain and unpleasant. Like Phyllis or Gertrude, I think it deserves to never make a comeback. Sorry. :(
Joan has grown on me in recent years, and the Mad Men character is another positive influence. With its 1930s peak, it's in that zone where it isn't quite ready under the "100-year rule" but has probably passed its most unfashionable point this go-round.