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Surname meaning for "John"
English, Welsh, German, etc.: ultimately from the Hebrew personal
name yo?hanan ‘Jehovah has favored (me with a son)’
or ‘may Jehovah favor (this child)’. This personal name was adopted
into Latin (via Greek) as Johannes, and has enjoyed enormous
popularity in Europe throughout the Christian era, being given in
honor of St. John the Baptist, precursor of Christ, and of St. John
the Evangelist, author of the fourth gospel, as well as others of the
nearly one thousand other Christian saints of the name. Some of the
principal forms of the personal name in other European languages are
Welsh Ieuan, Evan, Siôn, and Ioan;
Scottish Ia(i)n; Irish Séan; German Johann,
Johannes, Hans; Dutch Jan; French Jean;
Italian Giovanni, Gianni, Ianni; Spanish
Juan; Portuguese João; Greek Ioannes
(vernacular Yannis); Czech Jan; Russian
Ivan. Polish has surnames both from the western Slavic form
Jan and from the eastern Slavic form Iwan. There were a
number of different forms of the name in Middle English, including
Jan(e), a male name (see