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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 Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop you least favourite (girls with middles)".

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 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 Clifton, Australian actress
Jane Morgan, American singer
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

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"


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!

TheHumanCanvas Says:



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.