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Gender: Male Meaning of Johannes: "God is gracious" Origin of Johannes: German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and Estonian variation of John

The name Johannes is a boy's name of German, Scandinavian, Dutch origin meaning "God is gracious". Johannes and is often added to lists like Boy Names Uncommon in the US and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

An Old World name that might have a chance to rise again with other ancient and exotic forms. Be sure to say yo-hahn-es.

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Famous People Named Johannes

Johannes Brahms, German composer
Johannes Kepler, German astronomer
Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter
Johannes Gutenberg, German inventor of the printing press
Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist
Johannes Hevelius, German astronomer
Johannes Scotus Eriugena, Irish theologian
Johannes Diderik van der Waals, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics
Johannes Stark, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Johannes Fibiger, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Johannes von Trapp, one of the real-life children of Georg Johannes and Maria von Trapp (of "Sound of Music" fame)
Patrick Johannes Adams, Canadian actor

Pop Culture References for the name Johannes

Johannes, the seducer in "The Seducer's Diary" by Soeren Kierkegaard
Johannes Jonker, character in J.K. Rowling's "History of Magic in North America"


kmdharrington Says:


I know a Johannes who goes by Yanah.

Willow_Carter Says:


I love this name along with Johan but only pronounced like jo-han rather than yo-han and therefore I could never use it :/

snowsbeloved Says:


I know a baby Johannes!!! He is the cutest thing and the name fits him perfectly! His big sisters call him JoeJoe lol It's so refreshing to see this name instead of Aiden/Kaden/Jackson/Jacob

headintheclouds Says:


I love this version of John. Johannes, or not the shorter Johan/Johann, is definitely a top middle name consideration for a future boy of mine.