Jane
Origin/Usage
Hebrew
Pronunciation
JAYN
Meaning
God is merciful
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Jane originates in Hebrew language and means "God is merciful". It is ultimately derived from the Hebrew masculine name Yochanan, thus it has the same origin as many other names, including Joan and Hannah. Jane has always been one of the most popular names in the English-speaking countries, and in different spelling all over the world. The famous bearer was the English novelist Jane Austen, and the name was also popularized in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Jane functions as a surname as well.

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Also Spelled Like...

Jayne, Jean, Janie, Janice, Janey, Janet, Janelle, Jana, Janessa, Jayna, Jaina, Jaynie, Jeannette, Genette, Juana, Sinead

Famous Janes

Jane Cooper - writer
Jane Seymour - actress
Jane Campion - film director
Jane Pierce - U.S. First Lady in the 19th century
Jane Fonda - actress
Jane Bloom - jazz artist
Jane Krakowski - actress
Jane Curry - published author
Jane Austen - author
Jane Kaczmarek - actress
Jane Bancroft - writer
Jane Child - musician
Jane Leeves - actress
Jane Dickson - artist
Jane Bowles - writer
Jane Danson - actress

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