John, Jon

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FOR REAL: John is an English form of Jehan, the medieval French form of the Latin Iohannes, which comes from Greek Ioannes, which ultimately comes from the biblical Hebrew name Yochanan. This new testament name means "God is gracious." Until the latter half of the 20th century, It has consistantly been one of the top 10 boys' names among English speakers since the middle ages. Jon is usually a diminutive of Jonathan, but occasionally it is used as an alternate spelling of John.

diminutives: Johnny, Jack, Jackie

related names: Jean, Joan, Jane, Janet, Sean, Ian, other forms