Gender: Female Meaning of Joanna: "God is gracious" Origin of Joanna: Variation of Johanna Joanna's Popularity in 2019: #254

Joanna Origin and Meaning

The name Joanna is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "God is gracious".

Joanna derives from the Greek name Ioanna, which in turn came from the Hebrew name Yohannah. It is featured in the New Testament as a woman who accompanied Jesus on his travels and eventually reached saint status. Other names related to Joanna include Joan, Joanne, Johanna, and Jana.

The most usable name in her family, Joanna has been unobtrusively fashionable since the 1980s and continues to be appreciated for its New Testament history and its melodious three-syllable sound, though the simpler Anna ranks much higher. Joanna was most popular in the mid-80s, when she made it into the Top 100.

Audrey Hepburn played a lovely Joanna in the film Two for the Road and Keira Knightley embodied it in Last Night. Both O. Henry and William Faulkner used it for characters.

The rhythmic Joanna is our choice over Johanna and Joanne.

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Rank in US: #254

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Pop Culture References for the name Joanna

Joanna, Ohanna, Joan, Jo, Joeanne, Joanie, Joeanna, Joni, Joann, Joanne, Jonie, Jo-Ann, Joeann, Jana

Joanna's International Variations

Zanna, Zana, Joanka (Polish) Janne (Scandinavian) Sion (Welsh) Ionna, Yannia (Greek) Yochanna, Johanna (Hebrew) Johannah, Hanne (German) Johanne, Joina, Jone, Jonella, Jonna (Danish)


bordercollie Says:


Joanna is such a wonderfully warm, classic name, slightly vintage and a little dusty, but in the best way. It's sort of a quietly fashionable choice, not trendy or particularly dated either, just consistently well-used and stylish. One of my favorite names.

natalie Says:


I plan on naming my daughter this. Josie is going to be her nickname.

dixiegirl02 Says:


I love this name. We chose it for our daughter this year. I love the meaning, I like that is Biblical and classic and timeless. She has a cute nickname (JoJo) plus a more grownup one. (Jo) It is easy for most people to spell and pronounce. The only issue: sometimes people call her Joanne and her name has been mispronounced as Jo-onna. Still I would highly recommend it. We receive lots of positive feedback on it.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Joanna is a very nice, strong sounding name to me. I think the only person that I've met named this was my grade one teacher. I like both Jo or Anna as nicknames.

Bobcat108 Says:


I really like Joanna, but as my mom is Joanne, there were way too many issues w/using this name for my daughter.

Jo Jo Says:


This is my name and I love it. I've only met a handful of Joanna's, there are many good nicknames (I've always been Joey to my family, sometimes Jo when I was in school), and it's classic and underused without being obscure.

My one issue: I get Joanne. A lot.

snowsbeloved Says:


This is my (almost) 13 year old sister's name. I like that there isn't anyone else with her name. And like what others have said, it's classic but far from bland, feminine but definitely not frilly.

Joanne Says:


Zana? Zanna? Joanka? I've never heard anyone using any of these in Poland...
It's just Joanna... And the short forms are Joasia and Asia ;)

lizwhiz87 Says:


Love this name!! It is biblical, classic enough not to feel trendy, but not so common that there will be tons of babies with the same name.