Meaning:God is gracious
For parents seeking a simple and spectacular name, look no further than Jane. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard about plain Jane, Jane Doe and other Jane references that put it in a less-than-bright light. But what about novelist Jane Austen, anthropologist Jane Goodall and actress Jane Lynch—just a few real-life Janes who’ve achieved great success and made the name one of the most recognizable since the 16th century. Fluff-free and feisty, Jane, meaning “God is gracious,” is as classic as name can get.

Famous Janes

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Jane Austen
  • Jane Fonda
  • Jane Wyman

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