Joanna Pronunciation / / Gender female Origin Word/name Hebrew > Greek Meaning God is gracious Other names Related names Jan, Jane, Jayne, Janet, Janette, Janice, Jean, Jeane, Jenny, Jeanny, Joan, Joann, Joanne, Johanna, Jenna, Jennah, Yoanna
Look up in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Joanna Joanna is a feminine given name deriving from Koine Greek Ἰωάννα Iōanna from Hebrew יוֹחָנָה meaning 'God is gracious'. Variants in English include Yôḥānnāh Joan, Joann, Joanne, and Johanna. Other forms of the name in English are Jan, Jane, Janet, Janice, Jean, and Jeanne.
The earliest recorded occurrence of the name Joanna, in
Luke 8:3, refers to the disciple " Joanna the wife of Chuza," who was an associate of Mary Magdalene. Her name as given is Greek in form, although it ultimately originated from the Hebrew masculine name יְהוֹחָנָן Yehôḥānān or יוֹחָנָן Yôḥānān meaning 'God is gracious'. In Greek this name became Ιωαννης Iōannēs, from which Iōanna was derived by giving it a feminine ending. The original Latin form Joanna was used in English to translate the equivalents in other languages; for example, Juana la Loca is known in English as Joanna the Mad. The variant form Johanna originated in Latin in the Middle Ages, by analogy with the Latin masculine name Johannes. The Greek form lacks a medial -h- because in Greek /h/ could only occur initially.
The Hebrew name יוֹחָנָה
was borne by men in earlier centuries, but in modern usage it has become feminine, to provide a Hebrew equivalent for the name Joanna and its variants. The Christian Arabic form of John is يوحنّا Yôḥānnāh , based on the Syriac form of the name. For Joanna, Arabic translations of the Bible use يونّا Yūḥannā Yuwannā based on Syriac ܝܘܚܢ Yoanna, which in turn is based on the Greek form Iōanna.
Sometimes in modern English
Joanna is reinterpreted as a compound of the two names Jo and Anna, and therefore given a spelling like JoAnna, Jo-Anna, or Jo Anna. However, the original name Joanna is a single unit, not a compound. The names Hannah, Anna, Anne, Ann are etymologically related to Joanna just the same: they are derived from Hebrew חַנָּה 'grace' from the same verbal root meaning 'to be gracious'. Ḥannāh In other languages [edit ] Amharic - ዮሐና Yohäna Albanian-Xhoana Arabic - يُوَنّا Yuwannā Armenian - Յովհաննա (Hovhanna), Օհաննա (Ōhanna), Ճիւաննա (Jouanna) Basque language - Jone, Joana, Joane Breton - Janed Bulgarian - Йоана (Yoana), Ивана (Ivana), Яна (Yana), diminutive: Яниџa (Yanizza, Yanitza, Yanitsa) Catalan - Joana Chinese - Modern 喬 安 娜 Qiáo ān nà (literally 'tall, peaceful, graceful'), Biblical 約 亞 拿 Yāo yà ná Croatian - Ivana, Jana, Janja Czech - Jana, Johana Danish - Johanne Dutch - Joanna, diminutive Joke Finnish - Johanna, Joanna French - Jeanne, diminutive Jeannette, Janine, Old French - Jehane Galician - Xoana Georgian - იოანნა Ioanna German - Johanna, diminutive Hanne Greek - Ἰωάννα (Ioanna), Modern Greek - Γιάννα (Giánna), diminutive Γιαννούλα Yannoula Hebrew - יוחנה Yoḥannah, יוהנה Yohannah Hungarian - Johanna, Jana, diminutive Hanna, Janka Icelandic - Jóhanna Irish - Siobhán (after French Jeanne), diminutive Sinéad (after French Jeannette) Italian - Giovanna, diminutive Gianna, Giannina, Vanna, Nina, Zana, Ivana Latin - Joanna, Johanna Lithuanian - Joana Malayalam - യോഹന്ന Yōhannā Polish - Joanna, diminutive Joasia, Asia, Asieńka, Aśka, Asiunia Portuguese - Joana Romanian - Ioana Russian - Яна (Yana), Жанна (Zhanna), Иoaннa (Ioanna, Greek form), Yana's diminutive: Янина (Yanina), Яника (Yanika) Serbian - Јована (Jovana), diminutive Јованка (Jovanka) Slovak - Jana Slovenian - Jana Spanish - Juana, diminutive Juanita Swedish - Johanna, diminutive Hanna Syriac - ܝܘܚܢ Yoanna Tamil - யோவன்னா Yōva nnā Vèneto Joana (pronounced / jo'ana/ and / dʒo'ana/) Welsh - Siân Women named Joanna [edit ] Religion [edit ] Royals and noblewomen [edit ] Joanna of Constantinople, Countess of Flanders Joanna of Flanders, Duchess of Brittany Joanna, Duchess of Brabant Joanna I of Naples Joanna of Bourbon Joanna II of Naples Joanna of Navarre, consort of King Henry IV of England Saint Joana, Crown Princess of Portugal Joanna of Castile, queen regnant of Castile, known as Joanna the Mad Joanna of Austria, Princess of Portugal Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany Joanna Nobilis Sombre, Begum Samru of Sardhana Other [edit ] Joanna Ampil, Filipina musical theater actress and singer Joanna Angel, American porn actress Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright Joanna Barnes, American actress Joanna Bolme, American indie rock musician Joanna Briscoe, English novelist Joanna Bruzdowicz, Polish composer Joanna Cameron, American actress who played Isis on The Secrets of Isis Joanna Cassidy, American actress Joanna Clark, American nun, naval officer, and activist Joanna E. Cole, American politician from Vermont Joanna Eden, British jazz singer Joanna Garcia, American actress Joanna Gleason, Canadian actress Joanna Gosling, British journalist Joanna Hayes, American gold medalist in the 2004 Olympics Joanna Hiffernan, artist's model and muse from Ireland Joanna Jet, British trans woman, pornographic actress, model, and director Joanna Kerns, American actress who played Maggie Seaver on Growing Pains Joanna Klepko, Polish singer Joanna Krupa, Polish-American model and actress Joanna Levesque, an American singer; credited as Joanna "JoJo" Levesque in her acting career Joanna Lumley, English actress and former model JoAnna M. Lund, American author and cook Joanna MacGregor, classical jazz and contemporary pianist Joanna Macy, American Buddhist scholar, author, and environmental activist Joanna Merlin (born Joann Ratner), American actress and casting director Joanna Moore, American actress Joanna Newsom, American harpist, singer, and songwriter Joanna Norris, New Zealand journalist Joanna Pacitti, American singer, known simply as Joanna Joanna Page, Welsh actress Joanna Pacuła, Polish actress Joanna Parrish, English student murdered in France in 1990 Joanna Russ, American science fiction author known for her writing on radical feminist themes, author of The Female Man Joanna Scanlan, English actress and television writer Joanna Shimkus, Canadian actress Joanna Simon, American opera singer Joanna Simon, British author and wine journalist Joanna Smolarek, Polish track and field sprinter Joanna Stone, Australian javelin thrower Joanna Sutton, Australian netball player Joanna Townsend, Australian TV journalist Joanna Thomas, British IFBB professional bodybuilder Joanna Wang (Wáng Ruòlín), Taiwanese singer and songwriter Joanna Yeates, an English landscape architect and victim in a high-profile 2010 murder case Fictional characters [edit ] Joanna Beauchamp, the lead character in Melissa de la Cruz's novel and the Witches of East End TV show made from it The protagonist of the 1968 British film Joanna Joanna Chambers, a scientist from the Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz series Joanna Dark, the main character in Perfect Dark Joanna Eberhart, protagonist of by Ira Levin The Stepford Wives The title character in the 1973 Brazilian film , played by Joanna Francesa Jeanne Moreau. Joanna Beth "Jo" Harvelle, a hunter on Supernatural Joanna McCoy, daughter of Leonard McCoy of Star Trek Joanna May, title character in , a science fiction novel by Fay Weldon The Cloning of Joanna May Jo Parrish, a police constable on , 1999–2004 Blue Heelers Jo Polniaczek on The Facts of Life External links [edit ]