[ 1 syll. jea(n), je-an ] The baby boy name Jean is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is JHAAN †. Jean is used chiefly in the French language and it is derived from Hebrew origins. The name is derived from Jehan (Old French) via Iohannes (Latinized); these are also the source forms of the name John. See Jean for more information.
Jean is a variant of the name John (English and Hebrew) in the French language.
Other variants of Jean include the diminutive forms Janic (Breton and French), Janick (Breton and French), Janik (Breton, Czech, French, and Polish), Jannic (Breton and French), Jannick (Breton, French, and Scandinavian), Jannik (Breton, French, and Scandinavian), Jeannot (French), Yanick (Breton and French), Yanik (Breton and French), Yannic (Breton and French), Yannick (Breton and French), and Yannik (Breton and French).
See also the related forms, Jean Benoit, Jean Christoph, Jean Daniel, Jean David, Jean Denis, Jean Felix, Jean Francois, Jean Gabriel, Jean Marc, Jean Michel, Jean Nicholas, Jean Pascal, Jean Philip, Jean Samuel, Jean Sebastien, Jean Simon, Jean-Auguste, Jean-Baptiste, Jean-Claude, Jean-François, Jean-Georges, Jean-Jacques, Jean-Louis, Jean-Luc, Jean-Marie, Jean-Michel, Jean-Paul, Jean-Pierre, and Pierre-Jean.
Jean is rare as a baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1928, 0.029% of baby boys were given the name Jean. It ranked at #307 then. The baby name has since substantially fallen in popularity, and is today of very light use. In 2018, out of the group of boy names directly linked to Jean, John was the most widely used. Though Jean is more popular as a baby boy name today, there was a period before 1989 that it was given more often to girls. From 1990 on, increasingly more baby boys than girls were named Jean. In 1994, the name Jean was given to 49% more baby boys than girls.
† English pronunciation for Jean: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Jean:
Author Jack Kerouac, born Jean Louis Kerouac, 12 March 1922 - 21 October 1969, Lowell, Massachusetts.
Author Jean-Paul Sarte, born 21 June 1905 - 13 April 1980, Paris, France.
Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, born 3 December 1930, Paris, France.
Naturalist John J. Audubon, born Jean Rabin, 26 April 1785 - 27 January 1851.
Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born 28 June 1712 - 2 July 1778, Geneva, Switzerland.
Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, born 21 June 1905 - 15 April 1980, Paris, France.
Politician Jean-Bertrand Aristide, born 15 July 1953, Port-Salut, Haiti.
Politician Jean Chretien, born 11 January 1934, Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada.
Politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, born 20 June 1928, La Trinite-sur-Mar, France.
Psychologist Jean Piaget, born 9 August 1896 - 16 September 1980, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.