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

The name Joanne is a girl's name of French origin meaning "God is gracious". Joanne and is often added to lists like Variations of John and discussed in our forums with posts like "Get To That Nickname".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Joanne

Joanne (Kathleen) "J. K." Rowling, British novelist
Joanne Froggatt, English actress
Joanne Whalley, English actress, ex-wife of actor Val Kilmer
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, American actress, wife of actor Paul Newman
Jo Anne Worley, American comedienne
Joanne Dru (born Joan Letitia LaCock), American actress
JoAnne Gunderson Carner, American pro golfer
JoAnne Russell, American tennis player
Joanne Amy Jackson, English Olympic swimmer
Jo Anne Barnhart, U.S. Commissioner of Social Security
Jo-Anne Knowles, English actress
Jo-Anne Nadler, British political commentator
Joanne Tucker, American actress
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga

Pop Culture References for the name Joanne

"Joanne," 2016 album by Lady Gaga
Joanne Jefferson, character from Broadway musical "Rent"


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