Origin:Hebrew
Popularity:42
Meaning:God is gracious
This biblical name has been borne by a multitude of saints and at least 23 popes. Kings of Hungary, Portugal, France and Poland and eight Byzantine emperors have been named John, making it a royal name as well. It was the most popular name for boys from 1880 to 1923 and remained in the top 10 until 1972, according to Social Security Administration data. Parents have also opted for less common variants, including Jonathan and Jack.

Famous Johns

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  • John
    Philippa and King Edward III
  • Elton John
    Singer
  • John Adams
    United States President
  • John Candy
    Comedian
  • John Carlos
    Civil Rights Activist
  • John Carpenter
    Director
  • John C. Calhoun
    United States Vice President
  • John Cleese
    Comedian
  • John Coltrane
    Musician
  • John Denver
    Musician, Singer
  • John Elway
    Football Player
  • John Ericsson
    Inventor
  • John F. Kennedy
    United States President
  • John F. Kennedy Jr.
    Publisher
  • John Ford
    Director
  • John Glenn
    Astronaut
  • John Keats
    Poet
  • John Krasinski
    Actor
  • John Lennon
    Musician, Singer
  • John Lewis
    Civil Rights Activist
  • John Logie Baird
    Inventor
  • John Lydon
    Musician
  • John Mayer
    Singer
  • John McCrae
    Poet
  • John McEnroe
    Tennis Player
  • John Milton
    Poet
  • John Paul Jones
    Musician
  • John Philip Sousa
    Composer
  • John Quincy Adams
    United States President
  • John Steinbeck
    Author
  • John Stockton
    Basketball Player
  • John Travolta
    Actor
  • John Tyler
    United States President
  • John Wayne
    Actor
  • John Williams
    Composer

Popularity Trend Chart

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Source: Social Security Administration

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