AskDefine | Define Jane

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English

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Pronunciation

Proper noun

  1. A given name; the standard feminine form of John since the 17th century.
feminine form of John

Quotations

  • 1605 William Camden: Remains Concerning Britain. John Russell Smith, 1870. p.103-104:
    In latter years some of the better and nicer sort, misliking Joan, have mollified the name of Joan into Jane, as it may seem, for that Jane is never found in old Records; and as some will, never before the time of King Henry the eight.
  • 1912 Saki (H.H.Munro) : The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope:
    "What I mean is," said Mrs. Riversedge, "that when I get maids with unsuitable names I call them Jane; they soon get used to it."
    "An excellent plan," said the aunt of Clovis coldly; "unfortunately I have got used to being called Jane myself. It happens to be my name."

Danish

Proper noun

  1. A given name, a Danish diminutive of Christiane, Juliane and Mariane, today also associated with the English Jane.

Norwegian

Proper noun

  1. A given name derived from Johanne, or borrowed from English.

Swedish

Proper noun

  1. A given name borrowed from English, less often from Danish or Norwegian.

Extensive Definition

Jane is a female given name. It is one of the many feminine forms of John. For more information on the origin of the name, see Jane (given name)
It is also a Catalan last name, spelled as Jané or Janè.

General

Jane can be used to identify a generic public person. It is often used in conjunction with its male counterpart John. See the following:

Activism

  • "Jane," an underground Chicago abortion service in the late 1960's and early 1970's (before Roe vs. Wade).

Music

Albums

Bands

  • Jane (band), a German progressive rock band from the 1970s
  • Jane (Panda Bear band), an American duo consisting of Scott Mou and Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear of the Animal Collective)
  • Jane (Finnish band), a Finnish Pop Girl Band
  • Jane's Addiction, an American alternative rock band
  • Saving Jane is a band from Columbus Rock, alternative rock

Songs

Print media

Literature

Comics

Magazines

Business

  • Jane (cosmetics), a cosmetics company owned by the Estée Lauder Companies. The cosmetics are available at drugstores.
  • Jane Collective, an organization providing illegal abortions in the Chicago area in the 1960s and early 1970s
  • Jane's Information Group, often called Jane's, which publishes books and trade magazines that are considered the de facto public source of information on warfare and transportation systems

Species

Fictional characters named Jane

Animation

Comic books

Literature

TV, film, & theater

Video games

Real people with Jane as a given name

Arts

Entertainment

History

Literature

News media

Religion

Royalty

Science

Sport

Real people with Jane as a surname

Vehicles

  • Jane (ship), a ship that disappeared near Australia in 1816.

Places

See also

Jane in Danish: Jane
Jane in German: Jane
Jane in Dutch: Jane
Jane in Japanese: ジェーン
Jane in Swedish: Jane

Celebrities named Jane:

  • Jane Addams (Nobel Peace Prize 1931, social reformist)
  • Jane Asher(British actress)
  • Jane Goodall (Primatologist)
  • Jane Greer (American actress)
  • Jane Powell (American singer, dancer, actress)
  • Jane Seymour Fonda (American actress)
  • Jane Pratt (American Actress)
  • Jane Russell (American Actress, sex symbol)
  • Jane Wiedlin (Musician)
  • Jane Xie (Professional swimmer)
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