[ 2 syll. ja-net, jan-et ] The baby girl name Janet is pronounced JHAEN-ehT †. Janet is of Hebrew origin and it is used mainly in English. The name was a medieval diminutive of Jane. After the Middle Ages, it fell into disuse among English speakers except in Scotland, before enjoying a revival in the 19th century. In literature, it has been borne by the fictional housekeeper in A. J. Cronin's novel Beyond This Place (1953), the basis for the long-running BBC TV series Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1962-1971).
Janet is a variant transcription of Jane (English).
Janet is a widely used name; it has 44 variant transcriptions that are used in English and foreign languages. English variant transcriptions include Janata, Janeeta, Janeta, Janete, Janeth, Janetta (also used in French), Janette (also used in French), Janit, Janneth, Jannetta, Jannette, Janot, Janota, Janta, Jante, Jeanetta, Jenet, Jenetta, Jenette, Jennet, Jennette, Jinnet, Jinnett, Johnetta, Johnette, Jonet, Jonetta, Jonette, Yanet, and Yaneth. Other English variants include the contracted form Jan, and the pet forms Janett (also used in French), Jannet, Jess (also used in Scottish), Jessie (also used in Scottish), Netta, and Nettie.
Variation transcriptions of Janet used in foreign languages include Ianeke (Hawaiian), Jeannet (Dutch and French), Jessy (Scottish), Seona (Gaelic), Seonaid (Gaelic), and Sioned (Welsh). The pet form Jinty (Scottish) is another foreign variant.
Variant forms inherit both the origin and meaning of Janet.
Janet is uncommon as a baby name for girls. At the height of its usage in 1952, 0.942% of baby girls were named Janet. Its ranking then was #19. The baby name has since fallen out of favor, and is of only infrequent use now. Within the group of girl names directly related to Janet, Jane was the most popular in 2018. Janet has predominantly been a baby girl name, although in the past century it has also been used for boys. Baby girls named Janet outnumbered boys by 290 times in 1943.
Baby names that sound like Janet include Janete, Janett, Janette, Jannette, Jacent, Jacinth, Jacinthe, Jacynth, Jandy, Janeth, Janit, Jannet, Janneth, Jante, Jasmeet, Jasmit, Jassmit, Jeanette, Jeannette, and Jenett.
† Pronunciation for Janet: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Janet:
Actress Janet Leigh, born Jeanette Helen Morrison, 6 July 1927 - 3 October 2004, Merced, California.
Actress Janet Suzman, born 9 February 1939, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Car Racer Janet Guthrie, born 7 March 1938, Iowa City, Iowa.
Government Official Janet Reno, born 21 July 1938, Miami, Florida.
Noblewoman Jennie Lee, born Janet Lee, 3 November 1904 - 16 November 1988, Lochgelly, in Fife, Scotland.
Opera Singer Janet Baker, born Janet Abbott Baker, 21 August 1933, Hatfield, South Yorkshire, England.
Singer Janet Jackson, born 16 May 1966, Gary, Indiana.