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Jean (F)>

Jean (female)

Synonym(s):Jane (F) Janet (F)
Variants:Jeanne (F) Siobhán (F) Siubhan (F)
Diminutive for:Sine (F)
Pet Name(s):Jan (F) Jeanie (F) Jeannie (F) Jennet (F) Jennie (F) Jessie (F)
Pet Name for:Jenny (F)
Derivative(s):Jeanetta (F) Jeanine (F)
Derivative of:Jehane (F) Jehanne (F)
Lesser Synonym(s):Joan (F)
Can be spelt:Jaen (F) Jeane (F)
Masculine form:Jean (M) John (M) Seán (M)
Source(s): FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English and Scottish, from the Old French Jehane/Jehanne, modern French Jeanne. Both are the feminine equivalent of John, from Hebrew "God has been gracious".

In Scotland Jean and Jane are fully interchangeable. Occasionally Jean &/or Jane have been used as a synonym for Janet, especially in early records, but this is by no means universally true [see notes for Jane] and is likely to be a localised family pet-name.

The 1841 Census for Aberdeenshire has a very significant number of occurrences of Jeane as a spelling variation for Jean [or Jane].