God is gracious
This biblical name has been borne by a multitude of saints and at least 23 popes. Kings of Hungary, Portugal, France and Poland and eight Byzantine emperors have been named John, making it a royal name as well. It was the most popular name for boys from 1880 to 1923 and remained in the top 10 until 1972, according to Social Security Administration data. Parents have also opted for less common variants, including Jonathan and Jack.
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Known as John of Gaunt, this English nobleman was the son of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainut. Born on March 30, 1340, he was the first Duke of Lancaster, a commander in the Hundred Years’ War (which pitted Britain against France) and a great influence in all royal matters during the reign of his nephew Richard II. As a landowner, John was one of the wealthiest men of his time. He had four wives and 14 children.
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