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John

Origin: Kenya
gender-male
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

The name John is a masculine name of Hebrew origin, derived from "Yohannan," meaning "God is gracious". It is a theophoric name, originating from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yôḥānān) or in its longer form יְהוֹחָנָן (Yəhôḥānān), which translates to "Yahweh has been gracious". While originally a biblical name, it has become a popular choice for boys of all backgrounds throughout the world. The name John owes its unique popularity to two highly revered saints, John the Baptist (the forerunner of Jesus Christ) and the apostle John (traditionally considered the author of the fourth gospel and Revelation). Initially more common among Eastern Christians, the name flourished in Western Europe after the First Crusade and became extremely popular in England. Variants of the name John include Jack, Shane, and Eoin, and it has been chosen as the regnal or religious name of many emperors, kings, popes, and patriarchs.

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