[ 3 syll. joa-(n)na, jo-a-nna ] The baby girl name Joanna is pronounced JHow-AEN-ah in English or Yao-AAN-Naa in Polish †. Joanna's language of origin is Hebrew, and it is used mainly in the English and Polish languages. Older forms of Joanna include Ioanna (Old Greek) and Johanna (Latin). The name was usually spelled Johanna in the medieval period; the form Joanna became more popular after the 18th century.
In addition, Joanna is an English and Polish form of the English Jane.
Joanna is also an English and Polish form of the English Joan.
Joanna has 24 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. Forms used in English include Ioana, Jo-Ann, JoAnn, Joann, Joeann, Joeanne, Johanna (used in Dutch, Finnish, German, Hungarian, and Scandinavian as well), Johannah, Jonella, Joni, Jonie, Jonna, Ohanna, and Sion. Other English forms include the contraction Jo (used in German as well), the diminutive forms Jenny (used in German as well), Jody, Joe, and Joey, and the variant spellings Joana (used in Brazilian, Catalan and Portuguese as well), Joannah, Joeana, and Joeanna. Ioanna (Greek) is a form of Joanna that is in foreign languages.
Variant forms inherit both the origin and meaning of the name Joanna.
Joanna is popular as a baby name for girls, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name jumped in popularity from the 1900s up to the 1980s. At the modest height of its usage in 1984, 0.184% of baby girls were given the name Joanna. It ranked at #88 then. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2018, it ranked at #212 with a usage of 0.078%, but it was nonetheless the most popular within all girl names in its group. 29% more girls were named Joanna than the 2nd most popular name, Jane, in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Joanna include Jaakina, Jaakkina, Jachana, Jachanna, Jacinna, Jacqueena, Jacquena, Jahana, Jahanna, Jahnaya, Jakeama, Jakeima, Jakima, Jakina, Jakkina, Jakyma, Jakyna, Jamaeca, Jamaeka, and Jamaica.
† Pronunciation for Joanna: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Joanna:
Actress Joanna Lumley, born 1 May 1946, Srinagar, India.
Author Joanna Trollope, born 9 December 1943, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England.
Educator Anne Sullivan, born Joanna Sullivan, 14 April 1866 - 20 October 1936, Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.
Singer JoJo, born Joanna Noelle Levesque, 20 December 1990, Foxboro, Massachusetts.