Gender: Female Meaning of Jane: "God is gracious" Origin of Jane: English Jane's Popularity in 2019: #277

Jane Origin and Meaning

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

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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Rank in US: #277

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Pop Culture References for the name Jane

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NameLover2020 Says:


I've never thought of Jane as plain in any way. To me, a Jane is spunky, upbeat, and charming. Jane works with so many middle names and is also beautiful as a middle name. Jane is the best out of the Jane/Joan/June/Jean quartet, although I do like June as well.

skatercat Says:


This has the same style as Emma- simple, vintage, and short. I could see it getting just as popular.

Dutchgirldreaming Says:


How about alternative spelling Jayne

Marae Grace Says:


Jane is my husband's favorite name. I like it to because it reminds me of the character in Tarzan, and just the Tarzan movie in general. Tarzan is a very special movie to me from my childhood.
I know a few people who have named their daughters Jane recently and so I wonder if it is/ will become a trendy vintage name like Evelyn or Violet. I have a name that was very popular for my generation (top 20 for the year I was born). It wasn't the worst thing in the world, but just sort of annoying that I knew so many people with the same name as me. Also I had one class in high school where I was the third person with that same name in the class. Even in college, I see that name everywhere.
I would hate to give my daughter that name and it magically jumps to the top 50 in a few years and becomes super common and overused. But I guess there's no way to predict could happen to any name really.

Sara Olivares Bierman Says:


I have a 9 yr old Evelyn Corinne and 2 yr old Jane Eleanor. Name after my mother and grandmothers.

Sara Olivares Bierman Says:


I have a similar Jane. So blessed

Sara Olivares Bierman Says:


I have a two year old Jane Eleanor who was named after my beloved grandmother Eleanor May.

April Ludgate Says:


Such a ridiculous spelling.

GEO99 Says:


We ended up using this name for our daughter. She is Jane Adelaide.

janefeb20 Says:


Jane is my name and Eleanor is my younger sister's. I think it's a cute mix!

TheHumanCanvas Says:


One of the brilliant things about Jane is that it fits any personality. It's a genius choice really. Great history, strong, surprising, literary, adaptable, beautiful. In fact, it has so much going for it, I'm rather afraid it may be the next big thing!

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NameLover 11 Says:


Oh my gosh! Eleanor Jane is in my top combos!! So pretty, so perfect! Will probably use if I have a girl.

NameLover 11 Says:


I ADORE this name! John is a big time family name for me and since Jane is one of the feminine forms of John it is perfect. I adore this name. It will probably end up as either a first or middle name.

bordercollie Says:


Jane is extremely pretty and wonderfully understated. I don't see Jane as plain anymore, even though I used to. I actually love Jane as of a few months ago, it's got a subtle sort of strength that can grow with a person. Refreshing compared to some popular names.

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


Jane is a sweet middle name. My middle name is Aurelia Jane

paulapuddephatt Says:


I do kind of like this because of Jane Austen, and Jayne is sweet, too.

headintheclouds Says:


Elegant, strong, can be both serene and spunky. Jane is definitely not plain at all, and I'd always associated it with someone who has their act together, is confident and high-achieving and go-getting. It's a wonderful choice I'd love to see more on little girls-- much like Mary, it'd be refreshing amongst the trendy surname names (Taylor/Madison/Kinsley etc.) or even the popular vintage-y category (Sophia/Isabella/Grace/Violet/Charlotte/Evelyn).

kxlly0614 Says:


Definitely not plain to me :)

Jazzy7 Says:


I enjoy this name for a middle name, I love Ysabella Jane!

eveyalecia Says:


I gotta say, Jane the Virgin has really freshened this name up for me. It's very simple and lovely.

cabosanmucus Says:


I never saw Jane as plain. I think it has gentle strength.

WiseBird39 Says:


I love this name. I think that it is one of the rare old-fashioned names that never sound truly old, while still retaining that wonderful Victorian-esque charm.

CatherineAnn Says:


Love this name. It's a beautiful name with a great meaning.

Sunny Says:


My middle name is Jane :). My full name is MacKenna Jane.

shuttercat Says:


This is one of those names that tends to fly under the radar, but when it does come into view, its gentle strength and no-fuss style leave a lasting impression.

sotflicka Says:


We named our daughter Jane as well. Jane Ophelia. I feel like it is well balanced...classic/exotic. I've always loved Jane since I admire the character, Jane Eyre, and Ophelia is a great-grandmother. We love her name and we receive a lot of compliments on it.

germanstar Says:


Maybe I am the only one person here who thinks that Jane is old-fashioned. When I see or listen this name I just think of an old housewife, maybe because the only Jane I know is really old

pmfrede Says:


We chose Jane for our daughter and I'm still in love with it. Classic beautiful name that is not overused.

Jo Jo Says:


We have a Jane. The name fits her so well; she has a huge personality, very confident, very spunky, but also very sweet. We have only met one other Jane.

So pleased we chose this classic beauty for our daughter.

Hydra Says:


Somebody please make it stop.

ThistleThorn Says:


Someone I know just named her daughter Jayknee so....

scblovesnames Says:


Jane Elizabeth or Jane Christina ... I think I really like it...Jane Louisa?

DaisyMaisie Says:


cute, short and pretty. this name deserves a comeback!

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Simple, pretty name so cute. :)

ThistleThorn Says:


That is so cute! I those are two of my favorite names. The Eleanor is classy and Jane is more cutesy.

HatCollecter Says:


what are your thoughts on the name combination of Eleanor Jane?

ThistleThorn Says:


This is surprisingly spunky.

Myosotis Says:


I love that Jane has had a bit of a break now, so it's previous popularity has died down. It's such a beautiful vintage name, and it would be a lot more surprising, interesting and absolutely brilliant, to meet a little Jane today. Way more refreshing as a first too.

babymagic Says:


Underused and beautifully understated

SeaZuno86 Says:


I fel the same way! Haha

tori101 Says:


Such a gorgeous, beautiful classic. A refreshing first name.

cyoung325 Says:


I love Jane! Short and sweet with lots of history and sounds fresher compared to the more popular long names for girls nowadays.

Leah3456 Says:


I prefer it as a middle name.

SeaZuno86 Says:


I love the name Jane!!! So pretty and sweet, simple, classic and tons of good role models!

ladybug99 Says:


'Plain Jane' is plain no longer. Follow in Jimmy Kimmel's footsteps and take a chance on this underused classic!

mabespark Says:


So beautiful and classic.

HatGirl Says:


Totally love this name hopefully the name does'nt become populer by the time i have kids

cherrymiami Says:


Cute! Love this name.