Girl Baby Name

Janelle

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Quick Facts on Janelle

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 398
Pronunciation:
jə-NELL
Simple meaning:
God is gracious

Characteristics of Janelle

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Janelle

Janelle is a modern elaboration of Jane by adding the popular “-elle” suffix common in so many other female names (Danielle, Gabrielle, Arielle, etc). Jane is the feminine equivalent of John. John is the anglicized form of the Latin “Iohannes”, the Greek “Iōannēs” and the Hebrew “Yochanan” all of which translate to ‘Yahweh (God) is gracious’. Apparently, in medieval times, the “John names” were given to children born to late-in-life parents, most likely in recognition of John the Baptist’s mother, Elizabeth, who had been barren but to whom God had ‘graciously’ made pregnant in her older age (and so the baby was named John). Separately, the Biblical John the Apostle is one of the authors of the four gospels, another reason why the John names have been so popular among Christians – both in their masculine and feminine forms – in many languages. There are several female names that have been borne from John: Jane, Janet, Janice, Joan (English), Giovanna, Gianna, Gia (Italian), Jean (French), Juanita (Spanish) and Jan (Dutch). Although the French Jean and Dutch Jan have been used as female names in the United States, they are masculine names in their respective native languages. Jane has been a successful female name among native English speakers since the 16th century and over time there have been elaborations and diminutives created such as Janelle, Janette, Janessa, Janie, Janet, Janine and Janice.

Popularity of the Name Janelle

Janelle first appeared on the female naming charts in the early 1930s. The name slowly ascended the charts without much fuss as the decades progressed further into the 20th century. The height of Janelle’s popularity was clearly in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s when she reached levels of heavy moderation. By the 1990s, it seemed apparent that Janelle’s heyday was coming to an end. The name has been in a faster freefall down the charts compared to the slower pace in which she climbed it in the first place. Although the name did recover almost 200 positions on the charts in 2005 and 2006 which has helped to keep the name at steady low-moderation. Janelle has never been a trendy name so it’s considered an underused and delicately pretty choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Janelle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Janelle

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Janelle

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Janelle

    Janelle We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Janelle.

  • Popular Songs on Janelle

    Popular Songs on Janelle

    A Letter from Janelle - a song by Chiodos

    Janelle, Janelle - a song by The Queers

    The Last Janelle - a song by Screeching Weasel

    The Real Janelle - a song by Bratmobile

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Janelle

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Janelle

    Janelle - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Janelle.

  • Famous People Named Janelle

    Famous People Named Janelle

    Famous People Named Janelle - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Janelle.

  • Children of Famous People Named Janelle

    Children of Famous People Named Janelle

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Janelle - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Janelle.

  • Historic Figures

    Janelle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Janelle - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Janelle.

Personality of the Girl Name Janelle

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Janelle

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