Origin: Hebrew
48213 famous people named John found on Wikipedia.
5124439 male, 21690 female in US.
Most recent ranking: 27-th in year 2018
Best ranking: 1st in year 1923
Used in: Biblical, English


John is a common masculine given name in the English language of originally Semitic origin. The name is derived from the Latin Ioannes and Iohannes, which are forms of the Greek name Iōannēs (Ἰωάννης), originally borne by Hellenized Jews transliterating the Hebrew name Yohanan (יוֹחָנָן‎), "Graced by Yah", or Yehohanan (יְהוֹחָנָן‎), "Yahweh is Gracious". There are numerous forms of the name in different languages; these were formerly often simply translated as "John" in English but are increasingly left in their native forms (see sidebar).
It is among the most common given names in Anglophone, Persian, Turkic and European countries; traditionally, it was the most common, although it has not been since the latter half of the 20th century. John owes its unique popularity to two highly revered saints, John the Baptist (forerunner of Jesus Christ) and the apostle John (traditionally considered the author of the Gospel of John); the name has since been chosen as the regnal or religious name of a vast number of emperors, kings, popes and patriarchs. Initially, it was a favorite name among the Greeks but it flourished in all of Europe after the First Crusade.

Masc. proper name, Middle English Jon, Jan (mid-12c.), from Old French Jan, Jean, Jehan (Modern French Jean), from Medieval Latin Johannes, an alteration of Late Latin Joannes, from Greek Ioannes, from Hebrew Yohanan (longer form y'hohanan), said to mean literally "Jehovah has favored" or "Jah is gracious," from hanan "he was gracious." Greek conformed the Hebrew ending to its own customs. The -h- in English was inserted in imitation of the Medieval Latin form. Old English had the Biblical name as Iohannes. As the name of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, it was one of the most frequent Christian given names, and in England by early 14c. it rivaled William in popularity and was used generically (in Middle English especially of priests) and as an appellative (as in John Barleycorn, John Bull, John Q. Public). Somehow it also became the characteristic name of a Chinaman (1818). The Latin name also is the source of French Jean, Spanish Juan, Italian Giovanni, Portuguese João, also Dutch Jan, Hans, German Johann, Russian Ivan. Welsh form was Ieuan, Efan (see Evan), but Ioan was adopted for the Welsh Authorized Version of the Bible, hence frequency of Jones as a Welsh surname.

God is gracious, God's gracious gift. English form of Iohannes, Latin form of the Greek name Ioannes, derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan.

Famous People: 48213 found on Wikipedia.
Popularity Name Birth Year Description
1 John Cena 1977 American professional wrestler, bodybuilder, rapper, and actor
2 John F. Kennedy 1917 35th president of the United States of America
3 John Lennon 1940 English singer and songwriter
4 John Travolta 1954 American actor, dancer and singer
5 John Wayne 1907 American film actor
6 John McCain 1936 Politician from the United States
7 John Krasinski 1979 American actor, film director, and writer
8 John Legend 1978 Singer–songwriter, pianist
9 Elton John 1947 English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist
10 John Wayne Gacy 1942 American serial killer and rapist
11 John Adams 1735 2nd President of the United States
12 John Stamos 1963 American musician
13 John Kasich 1952 American politician and former television host
14 John Glenn 1921 American astronaut and politician
15 John Goodman 1952 American actor, voice artist, and comedian
16 John D. Rockefeller 1839 American business magnate and philanthropist
17 John Boyega 1992 British-Nigerian actor
18 John Hurt 1940 British actor
19 John Cusack 1966 American actor, producer, and screenwriter
20 John Ritter 1948 Actor
21 John F. Kennedy, Jr. 1960 American magazine publisher and lawyer, son of President John F. Kennedy, Sr.
22 John Candy 1950 Canadian actor and comedian
23 John Mayer 1977 Guitarist and singer/songwriter
24 John Belushi 1949 American comedian, actor, and musician
25 John Kerry 1943 Politician from the United States
26 John Williams 1932 American composer, conductor and pianist
27 John Abraham 1972 Indian film actor, producer and model
28 John Denver 1943 American singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian
29 John Locke 1632 English philosopher and physician
30 John Quincy Adams 1767 American politician, 6th president of the United States (in office from 1825 to 1829)
31 John Gotti, Sr. 1940 American crime boss
32 John Malkovich 1953 US-american actor, film producer and film director
33 John Cleese 1939 Actor from England
34 John McEnroe 1959 US tennis player
35 John Dillinger 1903 American bank robber
36 John Cazale 1935 American actor
37 John Wilkes Booth 1838 Stage actor and assassin of Abraham Lincoln
38 John Christie 1899 English serial killer
39 John Green 1977 American author and vlogger
40 John Frusciante 1970 American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer
41 John Leguizamo 1964 Colombian and American actor, film producer, voice artist, and comedian
42 John Lithgow 1945 American character actor, musician, and author
43 John Terry 1980 English footballer
44 John Elway 1960 All-American college football player, professional football player, quarterback, College Football Hall of Fame member, Pro Football Hall of Fame member
45 John Bennett Ramsey 1943 Father of murder victim
46 John McAfee 1945 American computer programmer and businessman
47 John Connolly 1940 Former FBI agent
48 John Turturro 1957 Born 1957; American actor, writer and director
49 John C. Reilly 1965 American actor
50 John Forbes Nash 1928 American mathematician and Nobel Prize laureate
51 John Boehner 1949 Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
52 John Steinbeck 1902 American writer
53 Daymond John 1969 American entrepreneur, investor, television personality, author and motivational speaker
54 John Brown 1800 American abolitionist
55 John Rhys-Davies 1944 Welsh actor
56 John Bonham 1948 English musician and drummer for Led Zeppelin
57 John Laurens 1754 American soldier of the Revolutionary War
58 John Hughes 1950 American filmmaker
59 John Tyler 1790 American politician, 10th president of the United States (in office from 1841 to 1845)
60 John Constantine
61 John Mellencamp 1951 American rock singer-songwriter, musician and painter
62 John Roberts 1955 Chief Justice of the United States
63 John Holmes 1944 Male porn star
64 John Barrowman 1967 Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, musical theatre performer, writer and television personality
65 John the Baptist Major religious figure
66 John Corbett 1961 Born 1961; American actor and country music singer
67 John Madden 1936 U.S. American football player and coach
68 John Oliver 1977 English comedian
69 John David Washington 1984 American football player
70 John von Neumann 1903 Hungarian-American mathematician and polymath okos
71 John Cho 1972 Korean-American actor
72 John Aniston 1933 Greek-American actor
73 Jihadi John 1988 Nickname given by news media to an unidentified member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)
74 John Wall 1990 American professional basketball player
75 John Slattery 1962 American actor
76 John Maynard Keynes 1883 British economist
77 John Morrison 1979 American professional wrestler
78 John Heard 1945 Born 1945; American actor
79 John Titor Alleged time traveler urban legend
80 John Fogerty 1945 Born 1945; American musician, songwriter, and guitarist
81 John Francis Daley 1985 American actor, film director and screenwriter
82 John Major 1943 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1990-1997)
83 John Amos 1939 Actor, athlete
84 John Calvin 1509 French Protestant reformer
85 John C. Calhoun 1782 7th Vice President of the United States
86 John Keats 1795 English Romantic poet
87 John le Carré 1931 British novelist and spy
88 John Astin 1930 Born 1930; American actor
89 John Coltrane 1926 American jazz saxophonist
90 John Podesta 1949 Former White House Chief of Staff
91 John Cassavetes 1929 Actor, director, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor
92 John Stuart Mill 1806 British philosopher and political economist
93 John Daly 1966 Professional golfer
94 John Edwards 1953 American politician
95 John Mahoney 1940 British-born American actor
96 John Henry Folklore character
97 John J. Pershing 1860 United States Army general in World War I
98 John Stockton 1962 American retired professional basketball player
99 John Milton 1608 English epic poet
100 John Phillips 1935 American musician
101 John Grisham 1955 American lawyer, politician, and author
102 John Layfield 1966 American wrestler, commentator and host
103 John DiMaggio 1968 American voice actor and comedian
104 John Dewey 1859 American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer
105 John Carroll Lynch 1963 American actor
106 John Hinckley 1955 Attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan
107 John Lydon 1956 English singer, songwriter, and musician
108 John Hancock 1737 American Patriot and statesman during the American Revolution (1737–1793)
109 John Mulaney 1982 American actor and comedian
110 John Jacob Astor IV 1864 American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel
111 John Ratzenberger 1947 Actor
112 John Dalton 1766 English chemist, meteorologist and physicist
113 John Muir 1838 Scottish-born American naturalist and author
114 John Logie Baird 1888 Scottish scientist, engineer, innovator and inventor of the world's first television
115 John C. McGinley 1959 Born 1959; American actor
116 John Calipari 1959 American college basketball coach
117 John Hannah 1962 Scottish actor
118 John O. Brennan 1955 7th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
119 John Walsh 1945 Television host and criminal investigator from the United States
120 John Deacon 1951 Musician
121 John Laurinaitis 1962 Professional wrestler, manager, road agent, executive
122 John Sculley 1939 American businessman
123 John Hanson 1721 American merchant and public official from Maryland
124 Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan 1934 British peer and missing murder suspect
125 John Huston 1906 American film director, screenwriter and actor
126 John Lasseter 1957 American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer
127 Jill St. John 1940 American actress
128 John Wesley 1703 Christian theologian
129 John Obi Mikel 1987 Nigerian footballer
130 John Stones 1994 English footballer
131 John Landis 1950 American film director, screenwriter and producer
132 John Munch
133 John Waters 1946 American filmmaker, actor, comedian and writer
134 John Isner 1985 American tennis player
135 John Carradine 1906 American actor
136 John Matuszak 1950 Player of American football
137 John L. Nelson 1916 American jazz musician
138 John Cabot 1450 Italian navigator and explorer (c. 1450 – c. 1499)
139 John Scott 1982 Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman / winger
140 John Geoghan 1935 Catholic priest from Massachusetts
141 John Basilone 1916 American Medal of Honor recipient
142 John Entwistle 1944 English musician, singer-songwriter and record producer
143 John Derek 1926 American actor, director and photographer
144 John Spencer 1946 American actor
145 John Marshall 1755 Fourth Chief Justice of the United States
146 John Cage 1912 American avant-garde composer
147 John Carter Cash 1970 American singer, author, songwriter and producer
148 John Jay 1745 American politician and a founding father of the United States
149 John List 1925 American mass murderer
150 John Thaw 1942 Actor from England
151 John Paul Jones 1747 American naval officer
152 John Schneider 1960 Born 1960; American actor and singer
153 John Schnatter 1961 American entrepreneur, founder of Papa John's
154 John the Apostle 0006 Apostle of Jesus
155 John Carpenter 1967 American millionaire on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
156 Austin St. John 1974 American actor
157 John Donne 1572 English poet
158 John Barrymore 1882 1882–1942; American actor of stage, screen and radio
159 John Wooden 1910 American basketball coach
160 John Newman 1990 British singer-songwriter
161 John Nettles 1943 English actor and writer
162 John Ruskin 1819 English writer and art critic
163 John Larroquette 1947 Born 1947; American film, television and stage actor
164 John G. Trump 1907 American engineer and physicist
165 John Gielgud 1904 1904–2000; English actor and theatre director
166 John Saunders 1955 Canadian sports journalist
167 John Higgins 1975 Scottish snooker player
168 John Ford 1894 (1894-1973) film director of more than 140 films
169 John André 1750 British Army officer during the American Revolutionary War
170 John Bercow 1963 British politician
171 John French, 1st Earl of Ypres 1852 Anglo-Irish officer in the British Army
172 John O'Hurley 1954 American actor
173 John Allen Muhammad 1960 Serial killer, co-perpetrator in the "DC Sniper Case"
174 John DeLorean 1925 American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry
175 John R. Bolton 1948 American lawyer and diplomat
176 John Hawkes 1959 American actor
177 John Singleton 1968 (b. 1968) American film director, screenwriter, and producer
178 John Wesley Shipp 1955 American actor
179 John Paul Stevens 1920 Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
180 John Pinette 1964 American comedian and actor
181 John Knox 1514 Scottish clergyman, writer and historian
182 John Noble 1948 Australian actor and director
183 John Drew Barrymore 1932 1932–2004; American actor
184 Red John
185 John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1874 American financier and philanthropist
186 John Harbaugh 1962 American football player and coach
187 John Lynch 1971 Former American football strong safety
188 John Cale 1942 Welsh composer, singer-songwriter and record producer
189 John Prine 1946 American country singer/songwriter
190 John Oates 1949 American musician and member of Hall & Oates
191 John Rolfe 1585 English explorer
192 John Paul DeJoria 1944 American businessman
193 John A. Macdonald 1815 1st Prime Minister of Canada
194 John Clem 1851 Army soldier
195 John Ross Bowie 1971 Actor
196 John Guidetti 1992 Swedish footballer
197 John Michael Higgins 1963 American actor and comedian
198 Dr. John 1940 Born 1940; American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist
199 John Bel Edwards 1966 American politician and lawyer
200 John Woo 1946 Hong Kong film director, screenwriter and film producer