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Quick Facts on Johnny

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Hebrew, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 267
Simple meaning:
God is gracious

Characteristics of Johnny

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Johnny

Johnny is a pet form of John which has become an independently given name in its own right. John is the anglicized version of the Latin “Iohannes”, the Greek “Iōannēs” and the Hebrew “Yochanan” all of which translate to ‘Yahweh (God) is gracious’ or ‘God is generous’. John is a name that originated in the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible) as one of King David’s mighty men. However, John owes most of its popularity in usage to two prominent New Testament figures: John the Baptist and John the Apostle. Therefore, John 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). “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and lived in the wilderness until he became manifest to Israel.” [Luke 1:80]. John the Baptist had the distinction of baptizing Jesus himself in the River Jordan. 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 a wildly popular choice among the English, bestowed upon one in every five boys by the later Middle Ages. John has been borne by 23 Roman Catholic popes, eight Byzantium Emperors, scores of saints, many kings and several U.S. Presidents. In all of its many forms in various languages, John has been a perennial favorite. In the English-speaking world, John is arguably the most successful name ever.

Popularity of the Name Johnny

Even though we think of Johnny as a nickname for John, it has actually been an independently given name in the United States for well over a century. And a very popular one at that! Obviously, the name has piggybacked off the success of his more gown-up counterpart, John. This pet form of John was actually a Top 100 favorite boy’s name between the years 1932 and 1977 – pretty impressive for a nickname! Johnny is a lighter, less serious version of John. It’s friendly and energetic and brings to mind happy-go-lucky little boys and fun-loving older men. Johnny will always sound like a nickname rather than a stand-alone given name, but who’s to say John isn’t a nickname for Johnny?
Popularity of the Boy Name Johnny
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Johnny

  • Popular Songs on Johnny

    Popular Songs on Johnny

    Johnny B Goode - a song by Chuck Berry

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Johnny

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Johnny

    Jean and Johnny (Beverly Cleary) - Fifteen-year-old Jean is astonished when a handsome Johnny whirls her ‘round the dance floor. She's never given much thought to boys before; now Johnny is all that's on her mind. Finally she finds the courage to invite him to a dance. But the excitement of a new dress and a scheme to take Johnny's photograph cannot stop jean's growing uneasiness that she likes Johnny a lot more than he likes her. This high-school story, which is both funny and touching, is about a girl who lacks self-confidence, and a boy who has too much. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Johnny and the Dead (Terry Pratchett) - Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can see the dead. And he’s got bad news for them: the council wants to sell their cemetery as a building site. But the dead won’t take it lying down…The Independent says: “One of the best and one of the funniest author’s alive.” Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Johnny Appleseed (Reeve Lindbergh) - There is no lack of books about Jon Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, but this is an outstanding addition to the collection. Lindbergh's poem tells the story of one man's crusade to spread apple seeds from Massachusetts to the Midwest. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Johnny Boo Book 1: The Best Little Ghost In The World (James Kochalka) - Johnny Boo is the best little ghost in the whole world, because he's got Boo Power. This means that he can go "BOO" really loudly. His pet ghost, Squiggle, has Squiggle Power, which means that he can fly and do really fast loop-the-loops. Together they have the world's greatest ghost adventures! When the giant pink and yellow Ice Cream Monster bumbles into their lives, they go into a mad panic... until they discover that he's actually quite friendly. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Johnny on the Spot (Edward Sorel) - Johnny, a youth wearing knickers and argyle socks, follows broadcast adventure serials. When his beloved radio gives up the ghost, Johnny takes it to an inventor for repairs. The man doesn't know much about appliances: "My specialty is time travel," he says. But he applies "a small charge of electrostatic magnetism," and the radio revives. Better yet, it now announces the news a day in advance! Johnny earns his "on the spot" nickname by showing up at the scene of a bank holdup and a fire (and helping out), but the lure of easy money threatens on a day at the races ("It's not gambling... We know which horse will win," the inventor begs). Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Johnny Tractor and Big Surprise (Judy Katschke) - Big, strong Johnny Tractor, aka J.T. and spunky Allie Gator make a great team as they work on Merriweather Farm. When Allie loses something important, she turns to J.T. for help. After a long search yields more questions, wise Corey Combine helps them solve the mystery--and by the end of the story young readers will fall in love with these strong and cheerful friends. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes) - This story of a tragically injured young silversmith who ends up hip-deep in the American Revolution is inspiring, exciting, and sad. Winner of the prestigious Newbery Award in 1944, Esther Forbes's story has lasted these 50-plus years by including adventure, loss, courage, and history in a wonderfully written, very dramatic package. It's probably not great for little guys but mature 11-year-olds or older will find it a great adventure. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    One Was Johnny: A Counting Book (Maurice Sendak) - From the author of the classic children's book “Where the Wild Things Are”, Maurice Sendak brings us the delightful “One Was Johnny”. ‘One was Johnny -- but that's not all, count all the others who came to call.' Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (Beatrix Potter) - From the wonderful Beatrix Potter! After visiting each other's homes, Johnny Town-Mouse and Timmy Willy who lives in the country, decide that they prefer their own place. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Johnny

    Famous People Named Johnny

    Famous People Named Johnny - Johnny Carson (comedian/talk show host); Johnny Cash (musician); Johnny Mathis (singer); Johnny Depp (actor); Johnny Unitas (football player); Johnny Bench (baseball player); Johnny Bower (hockey player); Johnny Bucyk (hockey player); Johnny Evers (baseball player); Johnny Miller (golfer); Johnny Mize (baseball player); Johnny Sauter (racecar driver); Johnny Appleseed (American pioneer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Johnny

    Children of Famous People Named Johnny

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Johnny - Mira Sorvino (actress)

Personality of the Boy Name Johnny

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 - Johnny

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