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Jan (F)>

Jan (female)

Variants:Joan (F)
Diminutive for:Janet (F) Janice (F) Janis (F)
Pet Name for:Jane (F) Janet (F) Jean (F) Joan (F)
Derivative(s):Jancis (F) Janna (F)
Masculine form:Jan (M) John (M)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English, one of a number of feminine forms of John [q.v.], from Hebrew "God has been gracious".  Also a diminutive or pet name for a number of forenames beginning Jan-.

In Scotland Jan used to be an alternative spelling of Joan which tended to be pronounced with two syllables. Jan is therefore sometimes used as a pet name for Joan.