Joan is mainly a girl’s name in English, but a boy’s name in Catalan and Occitan. The feminine name Joan is derived from the Old French name Johanne and the masculine name Joan originates in the name Johannes. Both names derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan (יוֹחָנָן). In rare cases, Joan is a diminutive of the name Josephine, which is also of Hebrew origin.
Joan means “Yahweh is gracious” (from Hebrew “yo/יֹו”, abbreviation of “yeho/יְהוֹ” = referring to the Hebrew God + “ḥanán/חָנַן” = to show favor/to be gracious) and “he will add” or “God increases” (from Hebrew “hosíf/הוֹסִיף” = to increase/to add).
Joan (/dʒoʊn/) is mainly a female name in English and a male name in Catalan/Valencian (Catalan: [ʒuˈan], Valencian: [dʒoˈan]) and Occitan
The name Joan is ranked #3606 overall.
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