Joan (given name)

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Joan of Arc miniature graded.jpg
Joan of Arc was largely responsible for the popularity of the name Joan for girls in the English-speaking world in recent years.
GenderMainly Female and Sometimes Male
MeaningThe Lord is merciful
Other names
Related namesJoanna, Joanne

Joan (/n/) is mainly a female name in English and a male name in Catalan (Central: [ʒuˈan], Valencian: [dʒoˈan])[a] and Occitan ([d͡ʒuˈan]). It is related to the names John, Jane, Jean, Jeanne, Johan, Joanna, Juan, João, Ivana, Jovan, Jovana, Jovanka, Ioan, Ioana, Jan, Jann, Yanne, Jouan, Ivan, and Siobhán.

The English female name is an English form of the Old French name Johanne, a female variant of the male name Johannes. The name ultimately derives from the Biblical Hebrew name יוחנן Yôḥānān, short for יהוחנן Yəhôḥānān, meaning "Yahweh is merciful". People and fictional characters named Joan include:


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  1. ^ Initial "J" pronounced in Valencian Catalan as in English, not as in Spanish.