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God is gracious
Etymology & Historical Origin - Janet
Janet is an English diminutive of Jane (a female equivalent of John). John ultimately finds his etymological roots in the Hebrew “Yochanan” meaning “Yahweh (God) is gracious” (sometime “God is generous, merciful”). John has always been and continues to be one of the most successful English names of all time. The name owes most of its popularity to the New Testament figures John the Baptist and John the Apostle; and has traditionally been a name of great importance since early Christianity. John the Baptist (like Jesus) was born under miraculous circumstances. The angel Gabriel appeared to his father (Zechariah) claiming that God will give his barren wife (Elizabeth) a son (John) to help prepare the way for the Messiah (Jesus). John the Baptist’s greatest distinction is that of baptizing Jesus himself in the River Jordan. The other John, John the Apostle, was a fisherman, the brother of James, and a follower of Christ. He is most known as one of the authors of the four gospels of the New Testament. John’s gospel focuses on Jesus as the “Eternal One of from heaven” and is considerably more theological and philosophical than the other three gospels. John is a name with many forms: Sean (Irish), Ian (Scottish), Giovanni (Italian), Jean (French), Juan (Spanish), Johann (German), Jan (Dutch), and Ivan (Russian). The name was reintroduced to Western Europeans after the First Crusade (11th century) by the Eastern Christians from the Byzantium Empire. From that point on, John became an ultra-popular choice among the English, bestowed upon one in every five boys by the later Middle Ages. The female version of this name, Jane, has also been one of the most successful and frequently used of all girls’ names since the 16th century. Sweet Janet started out as a pet form of Jane before becoming an independently given name in her own right.
Popularity of the Name Janet
Janet has had quite an interesting history of usage in the United States. First of all, the name dates back to the 19th century (1880 is as far back as our data goes). Suffice it to say, though, Janet entered the 20th century at position #326 on the charts (not super common but familiar). Very quickly Janet ascended to the tops of the charts and managed to land a position on the Top 100 list by 1928. Not content to stop there, cute little Janet soared to the Top 25 pretty much throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Her highest achievement came in 1938 when Janet was the 16th most popular baby girl’s name nationwide. The name maintained Top 100 status up until 1970. Even after her fashionable days were behind her Janet’s decline would be slow and steady. It really wasn’t until the turn of the 21st century when American parents really began to shun this name on a large scale. Janet has dropped hard and fast since the year 2000. Completely forgotten and left to grow cobwebs, Janet is another example of a baby-boomer favorite (e.g., Patricia, Linda, Susan) gone south.
Popularity of the Girl Name Janet
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Janet
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Janet
Janet We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Janet.
Popular Songs on Janet
Damnit Janet - a song from Rocky Horror Picture Show
Good Morning Janet (Interlude) - a song by Janet Jackson
Interplanet Janet - a song by Schoolhouse Rock
Janet - a song by The Format
Janet Clark - a song by Meryn Cadell
Janet Says - a song by Jerry Jeff Walker
Janet's Big Dance Number - a song by Frank Zappa
Paula & Janet - a song by Too Short
Children's Books on the Baby Name Janet
Janet - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Janet.
Famous People Named Janet
Famous People Named Janet - Janet Jackson (pop-star/actress); Janet Leigh (actress); Janet Reno (former Attorney General); Janet Gaynor (actress); Janet Evans (Olympic swimmer); Janet Lee Bouvier (mother of Jackie Kennedy); Janet Lennon (singer, one of the Lennon Sisters); Janet C. Wolfenbarger (four-star general in the USAF)
Children of Famous People Named Janet
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Janet - Victor Borge (Danish-American comic, musician and conductor)
Janet - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Janet - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Janet.
Personality of the Girl Name Janet
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 - Janet