The name Jane is a girl's name of English origin meaning "God is gracious". Jane is ranked #291 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".
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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16 names similar to Jane
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