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|Related names||John, Jan, Yann, Ian, Evan, Juan, Jean, Giovanni, Hovannes, Seán|
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Johannes is a Medieval Latin form of the personal name that usually appears as "John" in English language contexts. It is a variant of the Greek name (Ιωάννης) and Classical Latin (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name Yehochanan, meaning "Yahweh is gracious". The name became popular in Northern Europe, especially in Germany. Common German variants for Johannes are Johann, Hans (diminutized to Hänschen or Hänsel, known from "Hansel and Gretel", a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers), Hannes, Jens (from Danish) and Jan (from Dutch). Jan is a variant of John known in Catalan, Czech, Slovenian, Dutch, Scandinavian, Cornish, German, Afrikaans and Northern Germanic. Polish has its own variant Janusz as has Slovenian "Janez".
Common English variants for Johannes are Johanan, John, Johnny. In Galician is Xoán in French is Jean, in Spanish Juan, in Portuguese is João, in Catalan is Joan, in Russian – Иван (Ivan), in Lithuanian – Jonas, in Latvian - Jānis, in Armenian is Hovhannes, in Romanian is Ioan and in Italian is Giovanni. In Indonesia, it is Yohanes. Its variant in North Ethiopian Semetic languages is Yohannes. The Irish or Scottish Gaelic equivalent is Eoghan or Eóin, and in Welsh it is Ieuan or Ifan, anglicized as "Evan". In Estonian Juhan, Jaan, Jaanus, Joonas and Hannes do come from the same root; Juss and Juku are the familiar names for Johannes.
Although uncommon as a surname, a short variation of Johannes arose by an americanized form Yoe/Yohe family name of North German Johe, very common in South Hessen, Germany. Historically, this name has been most prevalent in the Northeast of the United States, especially in Pennsylvania. Yohe is however least common in the southeastern states.
People named Johannes
- Johannes Aavik (1880–1973), Estonian philologist and Fennophile
- Jóhannes Ásbjörnsson, Icelandic radio and TV show host
- Johannes Brahms, German romantic composer
- Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, former Premier of Queensland.
- Joannes Corvus, Flemish painter
- Johannes Edfelt, Swedish writer
- Johannes Geis, German footballer
- Johannes Gutenberg, German printer (1400–1468)
- Johannes Heesters (1903–2011), Dutch actor, singer and entertainer
- Johannes Helms, Danish writer and schoolmaster (1828–1895)
- Johannes V. Jensen, Danish writer and Nobel Prize winner
- Jóhannes Jónsson, Icelandic businessman
- Johannes Käbin (1905–1999), Soviet Estonian politician
- Johannes Kepler, German 17th-century astronomer
- Johannes Kotkas (1915–1998), Estonian wrestler
- Johannes Leimena, founder of the Indonesian Christian Party
- Johannes Linstead, award-winning guitarist and composer
- Johannes Lucius, Dalmatian historian
- Johannes Pääsuke (1892–1918), Estonian photographer and filmmaker
- Johannes Semper (1892–1970), Estonian writer and translator
- Johannes Sikkar (1897–1960), Estonian politician
- Johannes Soodla (1897–1965), Estonian military officer
- Johannes Vares (1890–1946), Estonian poet, doctor, and politician
- Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter
- Johannes Virolainen, former Prime Minister of Finland
- Alain Johannes, American multi-instrumentalist
- Johannes de Silentio, pseudonym of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in Fear and trembling
- Johannes Climacus, pseudonym of Søren Kierkegaard in Philosophical Fragments and Concluding Unscientific Postscript
- Johannes Wohlwend, Liechtenstein judoka and sports official
- Yohannes IV, Ethiopian 19th-century Emperor
Fictional characters named Johannes
- Johannes Cabal – The main character of a series of supernatural fiction novels and short stories by Jonathan L. Howard. Novels include: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (2009), Johannes Cabal the Detective (2010), Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (2011). Short stories: "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day" (2004), "Exeunt Demon King" (2006), "The Ereshklig Working" (2010), and "The House of Gears" (2011).
- Johannes (The Traitor) is the main antagonist of the video game Rogue Legacy he is revealed at the game's ending to have betrayed the king and his family, and have discovered the Fountain of Youth. He is the Player's anscestor.
- Iohannes (consul 456), Roman consul in 456
- Iohannes (consul 467), Roman consul in 467
- Joannes, Roman emperor
- Honus Wagner, a famous baseball player
- Schinderhannes, a German outlaw
- Klaus Iohannis, Romanian president of German origin
- Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press