Origin of the Name Janet

The name Janet is the diminutive of Jane. It’s the feminine version of John. The French variation of Janet is Jeanette.

The Meaning of the Name

The meaning of Janet is God is gracious. The name Janet is of English origin.

The Popularity of Janet

A common name in the Middle English era, it thrived into the 17th century and fell of in the 18th century until Janet became popular again in the 19th century. By the 1960s, the name Janet fell out of favour in Britain. As time went on, Janet continued to plummet. In 2013,only 15 baby girls were named Janet in England and Wales. It ranked at number 1,864
England and Wales.

Famous Janets

A Famous Janet - Janet Jackson
A Famous Janet – Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson – a famous American signer and song writer. HerĀ famous brother was Micheal Jackson.

Janet Paisley was born in llford, Essex, located northeast of London. She is a poet, writer, and playwright who has British television, radio, and film.

Actress Janet McTeer was born on May 8, 1961 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. This esteemed British actress has been hailed for her work in live theatre and film. Britain has several other actresses named Janet. These actresses include Janet Fielding and Janet Michelle Ellis. Janet and John is a favourite primary school reader.

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