Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “God is gracious”

Best Nicknames
Jackie, Jacky, Jacko, Jock, Jocko,
Johnie, Johnnie, Johnny, John-John

Variations and Sound Alikes:
Gian, Giovanni, Ivan, Jan, Jaan, Janos, Jean, Jian,
Joannes, Joao, Johann, Jon, Juan, Juhan, Juwan

John TV and Movie Quotes:
“I paid enough, John, I paid a lot.”
The Sopranos: All Due Respect (2004)
“So one of them is working for Red John.”
The Mentalist: Redacted (2011)

Famous people named John or its variations

1. John Felix Anthony Cena (b. 1977), WWE wrestling champion
2. Jon Bon Jovi (b. 1962), American singer
born John Francis Bongiovi
3. John Abraham (b. 1972), Indian actor, model

John Middle Names
John Bryant
John Clifford
John Kendrick
John Mackenzie
John Ryan
John Tobias

Leave a comment below.

  1. John Howard says:

    John Calvin Howard is my name. Named after famous theologian who created Calvinism.

  2. Jon says:

    I like my name, “Jonathan”, but I go by the 3-char “Jon” better. It’s small, 1 syllable, and isn’t as common as John. I had my friends calling me “Jay” in middle school, but it never felt right. I think it’s because my idol was Jay Gordon from the band Orgy.

  3. John says:

    I often go by ‘Jack’ (other than on my byline for my writing work) just for the reasons listed in the comments.

  4. John says:

    When I was born in the 1980s, “John” was declining in popularity as being perceived as too traditional and common. (Think “John Doe”.) Lots of “Shane”‘s, “Sean”‘s and “Ian”‘s and “Jon”‘s, but very few “John”‘s. So, many of my classmates and contemporaries to this day assume my full name to be “Jonathan” since that was the more common name for my age group. I always thought I could just run with it and enjoy the option of a cooler version of “John”. However, this is not so. The two names are derived from entirely different Hebrew words and thus going by “Jon” would seem somehow disrespectful to my parents. I might as well start calling myself “Bob”. It’s not the same name.

    • john-john says:

      That’s just silly. Call yourself whatever you want.

    • vj says:

      I don’t think it’s silly, John, and I kinda know where you’re coming from. My son’s name is John (he was born in the late 70s). He was named after his deceased grandfather on his father’s side, which meant a lot to his father. So I know there are a lot of people who feel they are disrespecting their parents if they use another name.

      That being said, at one point around 4th grade, John wanted to go by his middle name and we were fine with it and let him do it, even at school. That only lasted a year and then he went back to his given name forever. The only thing that ever came from that phase was there were a few kids that still called him Scott.

    • John Jay says:

      I don’t even have a middle name. The name “John” has too much baggage that goes with it. Think about it, and you’ll see that. For instance, a prostitute’s client is called a JOHN. When you gotta take a mean dump, you go to the John. When a girlfriend or wife leaves you, she writes a “Dear John” letter. When someone dies and they can’t find his identity, they just call him: John Doe. Can’t they cut us some slack? Maybe reassign one or two of other named for these designations. From now on, when I’m running to the toilet, I’ll say: “I gotta use the Brian”. And that body they found chopped up, and the body parts thrown into multiple dumpsters, henceforth, will be known as: Joe Doe.

  5. kristin says:

    So…my boyfriend’s name is John. When I am angry with him, I call him TOILET! (John/Bathroom/Loo/Toilet/…get it?)

  6. rybread says:

    a nickname is gidds

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