Origin: Old French, Hebrew
Meaning: the English form of Old French Jehanne, the feminine form of Johannes or Ioannes, ultimately coming from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious”.
Interesing fact: before I saw the tv show Firefly, Jane has always been a girl’s name for me but after Firefly and Alec Baldwin’s character Jayne, it’s become a unisex name in my eyes. I can actually meet a male Jane/Jayne and not bat an eyelash, especially after watching The Mentalist in which the main male character is often referred to by his surname, Jane. Interesting how perceptions of names change with the media, no?