June (given name)

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Flaming June, by Frederic Lord Leighton (1830-1896).jpg
GenderCommon female

June is a female given name, but it is also used as a male given name in English-speaking countries. It comes from the name of the month, which is derived from Juno, the name of a Roman goddess.[1] It is also a short form of the names Juniper, Junia, Junius and Junior.

June was a very popular girl's name and somewhat popular boy's name in the early to mid 20th century in the United States. As a girl's name, it reached a peak in 1925 as the 39th most popular name, but then gradually declined until it dropped off the top 1000 list of names in 1987. In recent years, it has started to make a comeback: in 2017 it ranked 244th.[2]

As a boy's name, June reached a peak in 1922 at 697th, but then also declined and left the top 1000 list in 1939.

People named June include[edit]

  • June Allyson (1917–2006), American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s
  • June Anderson, American coloratura soprano
  • June Atkinson, the North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • June Black (1910–2009), New Zealand ceramic artist and painter
  • June Blair (born 1933), American model and actress best known for being Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month in January 1957
  • June Bland, British actress best known for her guest appearances in two Doctor Who serials
  • June Brigman, American comic book artist and illustrator
  • June Bronhill (1929–2005), soprano opera singer
  • June Brown, British actress and director best known as Dot Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • June Callwood, Canadian journalist and social activist
  • June Caprice (1895–1936), American silent film actress
  • June Carter Cash (1929–2003), American singer, songwriter, actress, member of the Carter Family, wife of Johnny Cash
  • June Chadwick, English actress
  • June Christy (1925–1990), American jazz singer popular in the 1950s
  • June Clark (nurse), Professor of Community Nursing at the University of Wales, Swansea
  • June Cochran (1942–2004), American model and beauty queen
  • June Collyer (1906–1968), American actress
  • June Croft (born 1963), British freestyle swimmer
  • June Dally-Watkins (born 1927), Australian businesswoman, fashion-model and etiquette and deportment expert
  • June Downey (1875–1932), American psychologist
  • June Duprez (1918–1984), British film actress
  • June Ferguson (1928–2004), Australian sprinter and coach
  • June Fletcher, writer for The Wall Street Journal
  • June Foray (1917–2017), American voice actress who has worked for most of the studios which produced animated films since the 1940s
  • June Gibbons, (born 1963) one of two identical twins whose story is a curious case involving psychology and language
  • June Haimoff, English environmentalist
  • June Harding, child and teen actress
  • June Haver (1926–2005), American film actress
  • June Havoc (1912–2010), American actress, dancer, writer and theater director
  • June Hutton (1920–1973), American popular singer
  • June James (American football) (1962–1990), American football linebacker
  • June James (cricketer) (born 1925), Australian cricket player
  • June James (producer) (born 1990), American music producer
  • June Jones, American football player and coach
  • June Jordan (1936–2002), African-American bisexual political activist, writer, poet and teacher
  • June Lang (1915–2005), American film actress
  • June Leow, Malaysian politician
  • June Lloyd, Baroness Lloyd of Highbury (1928–2006), British paediatrician and, in retirement, a cross bench member of the House of Lords
  • June Lockhart (born 1925), American actress
  • June MacCloy (1909–2005), American actress in the 1930s and 1940s
  • June Marlowe (1903–1984), American actress
  • June Maston (born 1928), retired Australian sprinter
  • June Mathis (1892–1927), screenwriter and Hollywood executive in the 1920s
  • June McCarroll (1867–1954), a nurse (later a physician) who is credited with the idea of painting lines on highways to separate lanes
  • June Miller (1902–1979), the second wife of Henry Miller
  • June Millington, in 1969 founded Fanny, the first all girl rock band signed to a major record label
  • June Page, British actress
  • June Palmer (1940–2004), aka June Power, model
  • June Peppas, a professional baseball player for the AAGPBL from 1948 to 1954
  • June Pointer (1953–2006), American singer, founding member of The Pointer Sisters
  • June Rowlands, 60th mayor of Toronto, Ontario, and the first woman to hold that office
  • June Salter (1932–2001), Australian actress
  • June Sarpong, British television presenter
  • June C. Smith (1875–1947), American jurist, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
  • June Tabor (born 1947), English folk singer
  • June Taylor (1918–2004), American choreographer
  • June Tripp, sometimes known just as June, British actress
  • June Tyson (1936–1992), jazz singer
  • June Vincent (born 1920), actress
  • June Walker (1900–1966), American stage and film actress
  • June Westbury, Canadian politician
  • June Whitfield (1925–2018), English actress

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