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Quick Facts on Juan

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 100
Simple meaning:
The Lord is gracious, God's gracious gift

Characteristics of Juan

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Juan

Juan is the Spanish version of the English name John. 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 very popular name throughout Europe in its various forms. Juan is mainly Spanish. It is currently the 28th most popular name in Spain (2009) and ranked quite high in Mexico where it’s generally paired with a second male name (e.g., Juan Pablo, Juan Carlos, Juan Diego, and Juan José). Juan is also popular throughout Latin America and the United States.

Popularity of the Name Juan

Juan has been on the American popularity charts since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. We suspect it’s been around in America since colonial times, particularly given the Spanish influence in our southwestern states. Juan is currently the fourth most popular Spanish male name in America, after Angel, José and Xavier. Just like John has been a perennial favorite among English-speakers, so too has Juan been a top choice among those of Spanish descent. Juan has enjoyed moderately high success in the United States for well over 100 years. It finally became a Top 100 most commonly used boy’s name in 1970 where it has remained for over 60 years. The height of Juan’s popularity came at the turn of the 21st century (1999-2000) when it was a Top 50 choice. Today the name is slipping a little in usage but still very common. Not surprisingly, Juan is ranked the 16th most popular name in the state of Texas, and remains a Top 50 choice in the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. What do these states have in common? They have the highest concentration of Latino Americans in the nation. We can’t help thinking of Don Juan when we hear the name: the quintessential pick-up artist. Is your little Juan a gracious gift from God or the handsome ladies’ man? Perhaps he’s both. Juan is a classic choice for any little boy.
Popularity of the Boy Name Juan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Juan

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Juan

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Juan

    Dom Juan (Dom Juan) Dom Juan is the title character in Molière’s play, Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue, first performed in 1665. It is one of the many treatments of the character of old Spanish legend who is a serial womanizer. In Moliere’s play, Dom Juan is representative of the individual who rails against the moralistic restraints of society (read “the church”), and as such, it was pulled off the stage and only reproduced in a very white-washed version all the way up to 1947, when the original was revived. Throughout the play, Dom Juan runs from one dramatic scene to another, during which he pursues women, abandons them, and defends himself against their aggrieved relatives. His father must bail him out repeatedly – and does so. His valet, Sganarelle, reproaches him constantly over his sinful ways – and stays with him. So loyalty, along with love, are virtues that Dom Juan attracts to himself. He finally comes to his doom at the hands of the ghostly statue of the father of one of his dalliances. Juan is condemned to the fiery pits of hell, and so morals triumph, but not until a whole lot of wickedness has gone down!

    Don Juan (Don Juan) Don Juan is George Gordon, Lord Byron’s poetic treatment of the legend, the first two cantos of which were published in 1819. Here Don Juan is seen more as sinned against than sinner, being at the mercy of women who seduce him; nonetheless, he, poor fellow, falls sway. After an affair in his sixteenth year with a young married woman, Don Juan sets off on a long, meandering voyage, encountering madness and mayhem, and of course, love, wherever he sets down. After being shipwrecked, he is rescued on a Greek island by the beautiful young Haidee. Their romance ends disastrously, and Juan is sold as a slave in Constantinople. Here, too, he is loved by the sultana, but her jealousy scares him off, and he runs away to join the Russian Army and ends up in the court of Catherine the Great. She, too – well – you get the picture. Catherine sends him on a diplomatic mission to England, where he wanders among British society, mocking their false morality and their bad taste. In England he meets Aurora Raby – a (gasp) Roman Catholic, who is pious and good, and in love with our hero as well. No doubt if Byron had not met such an early death, Don Juan would have continued his on picaresque journey – perhaps eventually to America, where, no doubt, he would be made President and have his choice of the loveliest ladies of the land.

  • Popular Songs on Juan

    Popular Songs on Juan

    Don Juan - a song by Joan Armatrading

    Don Juan - a song by the Pet Shop Boys

    Don Juan - a song by Suburban Legends

    Don Juan - a tone poem by Richard Strauss

    Don Juan's Reckless Daughter - a song by Joni Mitchell

    Juan in the Rearview Mirror - a song by Eddie From Ohio

    Juan Valdez, Love - a song by Akinyele [explicit]

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Juan

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Juan

    Don Juan Tenorio (Juan Zorilla) - Who is the most skilled swordsman and conqueror of women, Don Luis de Meja or Don Juan Tenorio? They have made a bet to find out. Recommended for ages young adult.

    I, Juan de Pareja (Elizabeth Borton De Trevino) - I, Juan de Pareja is a novel by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1966. The New York Times Book Review said: “This brilliant novel captures and holds the attention from its rhythmic opening sentence—‘I, Juan de Pareja, was born into slavery’—all the way through to the end. A splendid book, vivid, unforgettable.” Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Juan and the Jackalope: A Children's Book in Verse (Rudolfo A. Anaya) - The master of Chicano fiction brings the tradition of Southwestern tall tales to a new generation of young readers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Juan Bobo Goes to Work (Marisa Montes) - ¿Qué se puede hacer con un niño que trata de hacer todo bien, pero que siempre termina haciendo todo mal? ¡ Reírse de sus ocurrencias y nada más! Los lectores quedarán encantados con las chistosísimas bufonadas de Juan Bobo, el famoso héroe del folclor puertorriqueño. En este alegre cuento, Juan sale de su casa a buscar trabajo, primero en una finca y luego en una tienda. Aunque las tareas que debe llevar a cabo son sencillas y sus instrucciones no podrían ser más claras, ¡Juan Bobo siempre halla una forma de cometer errores y justificar su famoso nombre! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico (Carmen T. Bernier-Grand) - Juan Bobo, a well-meaning scamp, tries to be good, but like a Puerto Rican Amelia Bedelia, he continually thwarts his mother by taking each of her instructions quite literally. Complaining that the water buckets are too heavy for him to carry, for instance, he's told by his exasperated mother to use something else. Juan Bobo settles on a pair of baskets, and the water, naturally, ends up in a puddle on the floor. In another story, an invitation to dinner and the attendant lecture from Mama on best behavior result in a comedy of errors--and one very hungry boy. The hot tropical colors of Ramos Nieves's stylized illustrations further enliven the tales, giving them a fiesta atmosphere. Spanish-speaking readers will find translations of the stories in the back of the book. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Juan Ponce de Leon: A Primary Source Biography (Lynn Hoogenboom) - A biography of the notable Spanish explorer. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Juan Seguin: Texas Heroes For Young Readers (William R. Chemerka) - Despite having been forced to flee to Mexico and die in obscurity, Tejano Juan Seguin is now recognized as a Texas hero. From his family's early support of settlers such as Stephen F. Austin to his years in the Texas Senate and as mayor of Bexar, this biography celebrates the life of Juan Seguin and his heroic efforts in securing Texas's independence. When the fight for a separate state began, Juan recruited a company of Mexican ranchers and joined the Texans in battle. Despite having ultimately risen to lieutenant colonel after the Battle of San Jacinto and his three-term service in the Texas Senate, American newcomers to San Antonio-who held themselves above the native families-branded him a Mexican sympathizer and, fearing for his life, he fled to Mexico. This complete biography not only tells of an extraordinary Texas hero, but also inspires children to go beyond societal expectations to fight for their beliefs. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie (Joe Hayes) - Publisher’s Weekly says: “Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.” Don Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious fruit around. He trusts only one man to care for this tree—his ranch foreman Juan Verdades. Don Ignacio is also a proud man and he lets his pride carry him into a dangerous bet! He bets a neighboring rancher his ranch that Juan Verdades cannot tell a lie. His opponent is determined to win the bet, using guile and the help of his beautiful daughter to trick Juan Verdades into stealing all of the fruit from the prized apple tree. Will Juan Verdades be able to tell the truth about what he has done? The ranch depends on it. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Juan y el Chupacabras(Xavier Garza) - Cousins Luz and Juan can't tell if the wild stories their grandfather tells them of his own life-and-death battles with the infamous Chupacabras are fact or fiction. So they arm themselves with a trusty slingshot and a bag of marbles (that have been soaked in holy water for good measure) and venture out into the night-shadowed cornfields in search of the legendary bloodsucking stealer of children. When the demon makes a frightening appearance, Luz shoots her slingshot directly at its forehead. Before the children can celebrate, the monster yells out their names in a strangely familiar voice. It turns out that they have mistaken Juan's dad for the Chupacabras. When they explain that they were only trying to verify Abuelo's stories, the father merely smiles and urges them to run along home. Besides, he says, the Chupacabras only comes out when the moon is full. The English and Spanish texts appear on the same page, separated by a narrow illustration. An excellent choice for storytime and classroom sharing. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Juan y los Frijoles Magicos (Richard Walker) - The Spanish version of Jack and the Beanstalk. The cupboards are bare, so Jack's mom sends him to market to sell Daisy the cow. On the way, Jack bumps into a funny little man who offers him six bewitched beans - but the man has lost the instructions for them. Jack loves nothing better than magic and adventure, so he swaps Daisy for the beans and sets off home. And this is just the beginning of his adventure. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Little Juan Learns a Lesson (Joseph J. Ruiz) - This story about little Juan and the lessons he learned has become a favorite for children in the Santa Fe, New Mexico elementary schools where Joseph Ruiz has been a substitute teacher and story teller as part of a volunteer project. The children want to hear it over and over. In fact, the story is so popular that Joseph agreed to have it published in this Spanish and English edition so everyone can learn about little Juan's lessons. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Pot that Juan Built (Nancy Andrews-Goebel) - Juan Quezada is one of the best-known potters in Mexico. Using only natural materials to form and paint his pots, he is responsible for creating a vibrant folk-art economy in his small town of Mata Ortiz. This unusual book is set up to allow for differing levels of reading expertise, presenting information about Quezada in such a way that it can be read as a story or as an informational book, part biography, part fine-arts discussion. Recommended for ages 5-10.

  • Famous People Named Juan

    Famous People Named Juan

    Famous People Named Juan - Juan Ponce de León (Spanish explorer); Juan Almeida Bosque (Cuban revolution); Juan Bosch (president of Dominican Republic); Juan Carlos Ferrero (tennis player); Juan Carlos I of Spain (King of Spain); Juan Domingo Perón (President of Argentina); Juan Gabriel (Mexican singer and songwriter); Juan Gris (Spanish painter); Juan Leal (first mayor of San Antonio, Texas); Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spanish poet and Nobel laureate); Juan Sebastián Elcano (Spanish explorer); Juan Silveira dos Santos (Brazilian footballer commonly known as simply Juan); Juan Trippe (founder of Pan American World Airways); Juan Valdez (colonial governor of Texas); Juan de Yepes Álvarez (Spanish poet and Catholic Saint); Juan Pablo Montoya (racecar driver)

  • Children of Famous People Named Juan

    Children of Famous People Named Juan

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

Personality of the Boy Name Juan

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Juan

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