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Origin and popularity of the name JAN


Jan : 1: North German Danish Polish Sorbian and Croatian; Czech (also Ján); Slovak (Ján): from the personal name Jan (Slovak Ján) a shortened vernacular form of Latin Johannes (see John). The Sorbian surname is found mainly in Germanized forms Jahn and Jähn. See also Yan.2: Slovenian: from the personal name Jan a variant or a short form of Janez an equivalent of John.3: Breton (rarely Le Jan): from a Frenchified form of the personal name Ian (modern spelling Yann) a Breton equivalent of John.4: French: from a regional variant of the personal name Jean ‘John’.5: Muslim (mainly Pakistan and India): from a personal name based on the Persian word ḡān ‘soul life’.6: Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 冉 see Ran.7: Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 詹 占 湛 展 戰 and 粘 see Zhan 1-6.8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 甄 see Zhen.9: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 鄭 see Zheng 1.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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