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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : God is gracious; a feminine version of John

What Does Joanna Mean and Stand For? 

The name Joanna is a Hebrew name meaning "God is gracious." It is also a feminine version of the name John. Joanna has long been a popular name with biblical roots and a rich history as the name of many royal European monarchs. 


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How Popular Is The Name Joanna

What Does the Name Joanna Mean? 

Joanna is a girls' name of Hebrew origin, meaning "God is gracious." Joanna is a biblical name from the New Testament. The biblical Joanna was a saint who helped Jesus on his travels. 

Popular variations of Joanna include Johanna, Joan, Joanne, and Jana. 

How Popular is the Name Joanna? 

Joanna is the #291 most popular in the U.S., according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It was very popular name in the 1980s that has since been falling on the charts. However, Joanna ranks #6 on 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Joanna was at its peak popularity in December 2017. 

Popularity of the Name Joanna in the United States

Joanna was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • South Carolina 
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania 
  • Connecticut
  • Tennessee

Famous People Named Joanna and Joanna in Pop Culture 

Famous Joanna's include musician Joanna Newsom, model Joanna Krupa, and actresses Joanna García, Joanna Kerns, and Joanna Lumley. 

The name Joanna is popular for characters in TV, movies, and books. Joanna features in Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot, Supernatural, Star Trek, and the DC Universe. 

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