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Gender: Female Meaning of Jane: "God is gracious" Origin of Jane: English Jane's Popularity in 2017: #282

The name Jane is a girl's name of English origin meaning "God is gracious". Jane is ranked #282 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

No, we don't consider Jane too plain. In fact, for a venerable and short one-syllable name, we think it packs a surprising amount of punch, as compared to the related Jean and Joan.

A very old name, Jane has been around since Tudor times, in this country moving in and out of fashion. Jane was once so common that it became generic—as in Jane Doe and G.I. Jane—then spent a considerable time as the back end of such smooshes as Maryjane, Bettyjane, and Sarajane.

We think it's time for a fresh look at Jane—and not only in the middle place. Just think of all the awesome Janes of the past, both real and fictive—from Austen to Addams to Eyre to Fonda.

Jimmy Kimmel recently named his baby girl Jane.

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Famous People Named Jane

Jane Seymour, third Queen consort of Henry VIII of England
Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days
Jane Austen, English novelist
Jane Addams, American settlement worker
Jane Wyman (born Sarah Jane Mayfield), American singer/actress
(Ernestine) Jane Geraldine Russell, American actress
Jane Sanders, wife of Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders
Jane Powell (born Suzanne Lorraine Burce), American dancer, singer, and actress
Jane Asher, English actress, one-time fiancee of musician Paul McCartney
Jane Fonda (born Jane Seymour Fonda), American actress
(Valerie) Jane Morris Goodall, English primatologist
Jane Withers, American actress
Jane Margaret Lakes Harman, former U.S. Congresswoman from California
Jane Seymour (born Joyce Frankenberg), English actress
Jane Dee Hull, American politician, 20th governor of Arizona
Jane Marian Joseph, English composer
(Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden, English radical politician
Jane Krakowski, American actress
Jane Frances Kaczmarek, American actress
Jane Colburn Levy, American actress
Jane Leeves, English actress
Jane Marie Lynch, American actress/comedienne
Jane Elliott, American educator and activist
Jane Espenson, American TV writer and producer
Jane Porter, Scottish novelist and playwright
Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn
Jane Adams, American actress
Jane "Poni" Adams (born Betty Jane Bierce), American actress
Jane Adams, English novelist
Calamity Jane (born Martha Jane Canary), American frontierswoman
Jane Ussher, New Zealand photographer
Jane Pratt, American magazine and website editor (Jane Magazine)
Jane Dornacker, American musician, comedienne and journalist
Jane Urquhart, Canadian novelist and poet
Jane Moore Sibbett, American actress
Jane Alexander, American author and actress
Jane Ira Bloom, American jazz musician
Jane Green, English novelist
Jane Olivor, American cabaret singer
(Elizabeth) Jane Campion, New Zealand screenwriter
Jane Hyatt Yolen, American novelist
Jane Monheit, American jazz singer
Jane Nossette Jarvis, American jazz pianist
(Margaret) Jane Pauley, American news anchor and journalist
Jane Lauder, American businesswoman of Estee Lauder
Jane Jensen (born Jane Elizabeth Smith), American video game designer
Jane Therese Curtin, American actress/comedienne
Jane Mallory Birkin, English model and originator of Hermes Birkin bag
Jane Smiley, American novelist
Jane Grybennikova, Ukrainian model
Jane Zhang (born Zhang Liangying), Chinese pop singer
Dinah-Jane Hansen, singer in American girl group Fifth Harmony
Jane Erin Carrey, daughter of actor Jim Carrey
Sawyer Jane Gilbert-Adler (b. 2007), daughter of Sara Gilbert
Jane Kimmel (b. 2014), daughter of comedian Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney
Jane Clifton, Australian actress
Jane Morgan, American singer

Pop Culture References for the name Jane

Jane Fairfax, character in Jane Austen's "Emma"
"Jane Eyre," novel by Charlotte Bronte and its main character
Dolores Jane Umbridge, character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Jane "Janie" Johnson aka Jennie Spring, main character in Caroline B. Cooney's "The Face on the Milk Carton"
Jane Gallagher, character in J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye"
Jane Marple, character in novels by Agatha Christie
Jane Rizzoli, character on TV's "Rizzoli & Isles"
Jane Penvellyn, character in the HER Interactive video game, "Curse of Blackmoor Manor"
Jane Sloan, character in "The Bold Type"
Jane Chapman, character in "Big Little Lies"
Jane Burnham, character in movie "American Beauty"
Jane-Anne Deveraux, character on TV's "The Originals"
Jane Porter, character in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series
Jane Bennet, eldest sister in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Jane Quimby, main character on TV's "Jane by Design"
Jane Bingum, main character on TV's "Drop Dead Diva"
Jane and the Dragon, book series by Martin Baynton and TV show
Jane, Wendy's daughter in Disney's "Return to Neverland'
Jane Penderwick, character in The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
"The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman", novel by Ernest J. Gaines and movie
Jane Sterling, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Jane, character in "Half-Magic" by Edward Eager
Jane Nichols, Main Character in movie "27 Dresses"
Jane, character in the Twilight Saga
Jane Moffat, character in "The Moffats" series by Eleanor Estes
Jane Margolis, character on TV's "Breaking Bad"
Jane Andrews, character in "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery
Jane Kerkovich-Williams, character on TV' "Happy Endings"
Jane Lane, character in animated series Daria
Jane Foster, character in the Thor series
Jane Morgan, character in movie "My Babysitter's a Vampire"
Jane Crocker, character in web comic "Homestuck"
Jane Larkin, character in "Call Him Demon"
Jane, character in "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," by John Green and David Levithan
Patrick Jane, main character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Mary Jane Watson, character in the Marvel Universe
Sarah Jane Smith, companion on TV's "Doctor Who"
Blue "Jane" Sargent, character in "The Raven Cycle"
Layne Jane Abeley, LBR (Loser Beyond Repair) in "The Clique" series by Lisi Harrison
Jane Banks, character in "Mary Poppins"
Jane Beale, character in TV's "EastEnders"
Jane, Fairy Godmother's daughter in Disney's "Descendants"
Jane, main character in "The Iron Dragon's Daughter"
Jane, main character in Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton.
Sister Jane Ingalls, character on Netflix's original series "Orange Is the New Black"
Jane Gloriana Villanueva, character on TV's "Jane the Virgin"
Jane "Eleven" Ives, character on TV's "Stranger Things"
Jane, character in the Line Webtoon "Winter Woods"
Jane "Janie" Scott, character in The Apothecary
Jane Boolittle, daughter of Doctor Boolittle in "Monster High" show and series
Jane, character in "On the Road"
Jane Norman, clothing company
"Jane," song by the Barenaked Ladies
Mary Jane, slang for marijuana
Plain Jane, slang for an ordinary woman
Jane Doe, stand-in name for a woman
Jane's Addiction, American alternative rock band
Dear Jane, Hong Kong rock band
"G.I. Jane," 1997 movie
'Soldier Jane', song by Beck
"Queen Jane Approximately," song by Bob Dylan
"Jane, Jane, Jane," song by the Kingston Trio
"Sweet Jane," song by the Velvet Underground
"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" 1962 film
Jane Cobalt, character in the Addicted Series
Jane Jetson, from the cartoon series "The Jetsons"