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Meaning of Janet

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The name Janet has the following meaning:

God is gracious. A form of Jane.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Janet is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 471 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Janet fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 94 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 811 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Janet in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Janet is pronounced as jan-et


Janet originates from the Scottish language.

See other suggested Scottish girl baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Janet and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Janet: Boys - Norval, Girls - Alana, Alison, Davina, Dree, Euna, Fiona, Iona, Jamya, Kenzie, Xenia, Zena, Both genders - Ainsley, Blair, Bonnie, Cameron, Campbell, Carson


Popular Variants for the name Janet: Janit, Janneth (Scottish), Jannetta, Janot, Jenetta, Jenette, Jennet, Jennette, Jinnet, Jinnett, Sioned (Welsh), Zaneta (Russian)


Common nicknames for the name Janet are: Jan


We think the name Janet should fall under the following style category: The 70's.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Janet to be: Bright, lively and sociable woman

In one word, you might describe Janet as a(n) "sociable" person.

See other "sociable" names for girls.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Janet (or its variants) are:

Janet Gaynor , born on 6 October, a famous actress. Janet Gaynor 's background: An American actress who, in 1928, became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her three most prominent films: Sunrise, Seventh Heaven, and Street Angel. Gaynor is best known today as the lead in the original 1937 version of A Star Is Born.

Janet Damita Jo Jackson , born on 16 May, a famous singer. Janet Damita Jo Jackson 's background: An American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress.

Janet Reno, born on 21 July, a famous attorney. Janet Reno's background: The first and to date only female Attorney General of the United States (19932001). She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11. She was the second longest serving Attorney General after William Wirt.
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