See also: jan, Ján, jan., Jan., and jàŋ

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. Abbreviation of January.
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old French Jehan (John). Doublet of John.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: jăn, IPA(key): /dʒæn/
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  • Rhymes: -æn

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. (dated) A male given name from Hebrew

Etymology 3Edit

Shortened from Janet and Janice.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. A female nickname, sometimes used as a formal given name.
    • 1899 Paul Leicester Ford: Janice Meredith: Chapter 1:
      "Yes, Mommy," answered Janice. Then she turned to her friend and asked, "Shall I wear my light chintz and kenton kerchief, or my purple and white striped Persian?" "Sufficiently smart for a country lass, Jan," cried her friend.
    • 2008, Stephen King, Just After Sunset, Simon and Schuster (2009), →ISBN, page 129:
      She's startled. How long has it been since he called her Jax instead of Janet or Jan? The last is a nickname she secretly hates. It makes her think of that syrupy-sweet actress on Lassie when she was a kid, the little boy (Timmy, his name was Timmy) always fell down a well or got bitten by a snake or trapped under a rock, and what kind of parents put a kid's life in the hands of a fucking collie?
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

From Polish, Czech, German, Dutch, modern Scandinavian etc. Jan, from Latin Johannes (John).

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. A male given name, in English mostly applied to foreign language speakers.

AnagramsEdit


CzechEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Proper nounEdit

Jan m

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English John.
DeclensionEdit
Alternative formsEdit
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. genitive plural of Jana

DanishEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English John. Popular in the 20th century.

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 46 783 males with the given name Jan have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1970s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch jan, from Latin Iōhannēs, from Ancient Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōánnēs), from Hebrew יוֹחָנָן‎. Shortening of Johannes.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan m

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English John.

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit


FaroeseEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan m

  1. A male given name.

Usage notesEdit

  • son of Jan: Jansson
  • daughter of Jan: Jansdóttir

DeclensionEdit

Singular
Indefinite
Nominative Jan
Accusative Jan
Dative Jani
Genitive Jans

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German Low German Jehann (/ʝəɦæ̃ˑn/). A Low German and North European variant of German Johann ([John]]), popular in Germany at the end of the 20th century.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. A male given name

LimburgishEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan m

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English John.

InflectionEdit

Inflection
Root singular Root plural Diminutive singular Diminutive plural
nominative Jan Jen Jenke Jenkes
genitive Jans Jen Jenkes Jenkes
locative Jannese Janneser Jenneske Jenneskes
vocative Janne ? ? ?
dative¹ Jannem Jannemer Jennemske Jennemskes
accusative¹ Jan Jen Jenke Jenkes
  • Dative and accusative are nowadays obsolete, use nominative instead.

See alsoEdit


NorwegianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch and West Frisian Jan in the 18th century. A contraction of Johannes (John). Newer variant of the more traditional Norwegian Jon.

Proper nounEdit

Jan

  1. A male given name.

Usage notesEdit

  • The most common given name of men born in Norway from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, →ISBN
  • [2] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 50 519 males with the given name Jan living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1950s. Accessed on April 29th, 2011.

PolishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan m (diminutive Janek or Jaś or Jasiek or Jasio or Janko)

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English John.

DeclensionEdit


SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Contraction of Johan (John). Recorded in Sweden since the 17th century.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Jan c (genitive Jans)

  1. A male given name.

Usage notesEdit

  • Common first part of hyphenated names such as Jan-Erik or Jan-Olof.

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, →ISBN
  • [3] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, →ISBN: 129 738 males with the given name Jan living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

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