Gender: Female Meaning of Joanne: "God is gracious" Origin of Joanne: French variation of Joanna

Joanne Origin and Meaning

The name Joanne is a girl's name of French origin meaning "God is gracious".

A Top 100 name from the 1930s all the way through the 1950s, it's now firmly in Mom -- or Grandma -- land and supplanted for babies by Joanna.....or even great-grandmother Josephine. In its heyday, it had a host of variations, including JoAnn and Jo-Anne.

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lolo87 Says:


Don't like this name, and Joanna reminds me of a Goanna

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I prefer the more feminine Joanna.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name, tend to prefer it to Joanna, but like them both, hope it will become more popular again

Zelliew Says:



tori101 Says:


Funny Helen is my sister's name she is lovely so it's a positive association for me. But I think it is common for associations of people putting you off a name or at the same time liking the name.

Zelliew Says:


I've known a couple of Joanne's that were fine so the association is positive for me. I understand where you are coming from. Helen is a No No to me

tori101 Says:


Ugh this name just makes me think of my awful boss. Yuck. But I like Joanna and Johanna