English and Scottish, from French variation of Johanna
"God is gracious"

Jean Origin and Meaning

The name Jean is a girl's name of English origin meaning "God is gracious".

Originally a feminine of John, Jean was popular in Scotland long before it found favor elsewhere, and had its most shining moment here in the era of Jean Harlow (born Harlean), ultimate symbol of silver screen glamour. Now, though there are many grandmas and even moms with the name, it doesn't seem all that baby-friendly. Though that could change, and Jean could join Jane.

A perennial on the popularity list until it finally dropped off in 1994, Jean was in the Top 20 from 1922 to 1936 and ranks among the 100 most common names for girls of the past century. It was extremely well-used as a middle name, as in Michael Jackson's song "Billie Jean" and tennis champ Billie Jean King, not to mention Hermione Jean Granger from Harry Potter/. It was also the actual first name of Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Maggie Smith shone in the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and nickname Jeanie was commemorated in the Stephen Foster classic song "I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," as well as in the early sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie.

# 988 in the US

Jean Rank in US Top 1000

# 437 on Nameberry

Jean Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Jean Popularity

Famous People Named Jean

  • Jean Arthur (born Gladys Georgianna Greene)American actress
  • Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter)American actress
  • Jean Merilyn SimmonsEnglish actress
  • Jean Dorothy SebergAmerican actress
  • Jean StapletonAmerican actress
  • Jean BartelMiss America 1943
  • Jean Rhys (born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams)Dominican novelist
  • Jean ShrimptonEnglish supermodel
  • Jean MarshEnglish actress
  • Jean CasarezAmerican lawyer and news correspondent
  • Mary Jean "Lily" TomlinAmerican comedienne
  • (Jean) Paige TurcoAmerican actress

Jean in Pop Culture

  • Jean Fordhamcharacter in "August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts
  • Jean Louise "Scout" Finchcharacter in "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
  • Jean Buellercharacter in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
  • Jean Meechercharacter in "Breathless"
  • Jean Elaine GreySummers, character in Marvel Universe
  • "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" novel by Muriel Spark
  • Jeancharacter in video game Lunar 2 Eternal Blue
  • PriscillaJean Henrietta "Tulip" O'Hare, character in DC Universe's "Preacher"
  • Hermione Jean Grangercharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • "Billie Jean" 1983 song by Michael Jackson
  • "Jean" 1969 song by Oliver
  • "Cheer upSleepy Jean", chorus in Daydream Believer by The Monkees

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