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Gender: F Meaning of Jean: "God is gracious" Origin of Jean: English and Scottish, from French variation of Johanna

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, but now, though there are many grandmas and even moms with the name, it doesn't seem all that baby-friendly.

A perennial on the popularity list until it finally dropped off in 1994, Jean was in the Top 20 from 1922 to 1936., and 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.

Famous People Named Jean

Jean Arthur (born Gladys Georgianna Greene), American actress
Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter), American actress
Jean Merilyn Simmons, English actress
Jean Dorothy Seberg, American actress
Jean Stapleton, American actress
Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943
Jean Rhys (born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams), Dominican novelist
Jean Shrimpton, English supermodel
Jean Marsh, English actress
Jean Casarez, American lawyer and news correspondent
Billie Jean King, American tennis player
Britney Jean Spears, American pop singer
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin, American comedienne
(Jean) Paige Turco, American actress
Charlie Jean Pagano (b. 2015), daughter of Ralph Pagano
Middle name of upcoming youtube star Olivia Jean Hurd.

Pop Culture References for the name Jean

Jean Fordham, character in "August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts
Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, character in "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Jean Bueller, character in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
Jean Meecher, character in "Breathless"
Jean Elaine Grey-Summers, character in Marvel Universe
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," novel by Muriel Spark
Jean, character in video game Lunar 2 Eternal Blue
Priscilla-Jean Henrietta "Tulip" O'Hare, character in DC Universe's "Preacher"
Hermione Jean Granger, character in the Harry Potter series
"Billie Jean," 1983 song by Michael Jackson
"Jean," 1969 song by Oliver
"Cheer up sleep, Sleepy Jean", chorus in Daydream Believer by The Monkees

Jean's International Variations

Janne (Finnish) Jasia, Jonnanina, Jena, Janina, Janka, Janeska (Polish) Sine, Sina (Irish Gaelic) Ivana (Slavic) Jennice (Scottish Gaelic) Jana (Latvian) Jeanne (French)