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Etymology of the name Juan:

According to anthroponymic studies, it is considered that the name Juan has Hebrew roots from the word Yohannan or Yehohanan and is directly related to Yahweh, the Christian god. Its translation into Greek Joannes gradually evolved to the current version that we know of the name. The surnames Yáñez or Ibáñez are considered patronymics of Juan. The name became popular from John the Baptist, a Jewish preacher of the first century, cousin of Jesus of Nazareth and who announced the coming of the Christ. John of Patmos known as John the Apokaleta, of leisure fisherman, was the author of one of the books of the Holy Bible. Juan de la Cruz was a 16th century mystical friar and poet, co-founder of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites. Juan de Juanes, a well-known Spanish Renaissance painter, is known. Juan is the variant of the name in Spanish.


Joan or Jan in Catalan, Xuan in Asturian, Manex or Juanes in Basque, Chuan in Aragonese, Huan in Extremadura, Gjon or Gjin in Albanian, Hans or Johannes in German, Johann in Amharic, Yahya in Arabic, Hovhanes in Armenian, Ivan in Bosnian, Yann in Breton, Yoan in Bulgarian, Jan in Czech, Yuehan in Chinese, Ghjuvanni in Corsican, Ivan or Inoin Croatian, Johan in Danish, Ian in Scots, Ján in Slovak, Janez in Slovenian, Johano in Esperanto, Jaan in Estonian, Jógvan in Faroese, Janne or Juhani in Finnish, Jean or Yvan in French, Ioan or Sion in Welsh, Xoán or Xan in Galician, Ioane in Georgian, Huã in Guarani, János in Hungarian, John or Jack in English,Seán or Iohán in Irish, Jóhann in Icelandic, Giovanni in Italian, Fuan in Japanese, Janis in Latvian, Jonas in Lithuanian, Giuàn in Lombard, Jovan in Macedonian, Yoohanon in Malay, Gwanni in Maltese, Juhaan in Dutch, Jon in Norwegian, Gioann in Piedmontese, Jan in Polish, João or Iva in Portuguese, Juwan in Quechua, Ionut or Ionicǎ in Romanian,Ioann in Russian, Juons in Samogitian, Juanne or Giuanni in Sardinian, Jovan in Serbian, Guivanni in Sicilian, Yahya or Gökhan in Turkish. His diminutive is usually Jan or Juani. The most common female variant is usually Juana. Another well-known variant of the name is Ivan.

Famous people named John:

  • John Gabriel

    • Mexican singer, songwriter, producer, musician and actor : born in Parácuaro, Michoacán in 1950. He is one of the most recognized artists in Spanish and one of the greatest in Latin America. He ventured into a large number of musical genres and his discography has obtained more than 1,500 gold, platinum, multiplatinum and diamond records, in addition to several Latin Grammy awards. He is cataloged by Billboard magazine as The Latin Legend, he also has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other recognitions. He began singing and playing guitar at the age of 13, helping his family financially.
  • Juan Esteban Aristizabal Vasquez

    • Colombian singer, songwriter, and musician : artistically known as Juanes, he was born in Medellín in 1972. He is a Spanish-language pop and rock artist who has explored different styles and fusions. For his recording work he has won 26 Latin Grammys. He began playing the guitar at a young age in the company of his older brothers and music being his favorite pastime. At the age of 15, he was part of the band Ekhymosis with which he became known nationally and with which he recorded 6 albums until he decided to embark on his solo career.
  • Juan Rulfo

    • Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer: his full name is Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Vizcaíno, he was born in San Gabriel in 1917. He is known as one of the most representative Latin American writers of the 20th century and one of the referents of Mexican literature. Belonging to the Latin American boom , his works are classified as revolutionary novels due to the context of their development characterized by rural settings and everyday characters. He worked for magazines and as a file classifier for the Mexican Ministry of the Interior. One of his favorite activities was attending different university lectures as a listener.

General characteristics of the most famous people named Juan:

People who bear this name are usually sincere, empathic, sociable and very good people. They quickly endear themselves in all social circles for their good attitude and charisma towards life. They are loyal and maintain lasting friendships with whom they feel they have intellectual, cultural or spiritual affinities. They are balanced and seek a balance in each plane of reality.