Joanna is a feminine given name deriving from Koine Greek polytonic| "Iōanna". Variants in English include Joan, Joann, Joanne, and Johanna. Other forms of the name in English are Jan, Jane, Janet, Janice, Jean, and Jeanne.

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related names = Joanne, Joan, Jean
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In other languages

*Amharic - ዮሐና Yohäna
*Arabic - يُوَنّا Yuwannā
*Armenian - Յովհաննա Hovhanna, Օհաննա Ōhanna
*Bulgarian - Йоана, Ioana, Yoana, Ивана, Ivana
*Catalan - Joana
*Croatian - Ivana, Jana
*Czech - Jana
*Danish - Johanne
*Finnish - Joanna, Johanna
*French - Johanna, Jeanne
**diminutive Jeannette, Janine
**Old French - Jehane
*Georgian - იოანნა Ioanna
*German - Johanna
**diminutive Hanne
*Greek - Ιωάννα Ioanna
**Modern Greek - Γιάννα Yanna
***diminutive Γιαννούλα Yannoula
*Hebrew - יוחנה Unicode|Yoḥannah, יוכבָד Yocheved
*Hungarian - Johanna
**diminutive Hanna, Janka
*Irish - Siobhán
**diminutive Sinéad
*Italian - Giovanna
**diminutive Gianna, Vanna
*Latin - Joanna, Johanna
*Lithuanian - Joana
*Malayalam േയാഹന്നാ Yōhannā
*Polish - Joanna
**diminutive Joasia, Asia, Asienka, Aśka
*Portuguese - Joana
*Romanian - Ioana
**diminutive Oana
*Russian - Ивана Ivana
*Serbian - Jovana Јована
*Slovak - Jana
*Spanish - Juana
**diminutive Juanita
*Swedish - Johanna
**diminutive Jannike
*Syriac - ܝܘܚܢ Yoanna
*Tamil - யோவன்னா Yōvannā
*Welsh - Siân

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 "Unicode|Yôḥānnāh" 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 "Unicode|Yūḥannā", based on the Syriac form of the name. For Joanna, Arabic translations of the Bible use يونّا "Yuwannā" based on Syriac ܝܘܚܢ "Yoanna", which in turn is based on the Greek form "Iōanna".

Sometimes in modern English "Joanne" is reinterpreted as a compound of the two names Jo and Anne, and therefore given a spelling like JoAnne, Jo-Anne, or Jo Anne. 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 "Unicode|Ḥannāh" 'grace' from the same verbal root meaning 'to be gracious'.

Women named Joanna

*Saint Joanna, one of the women associated with the ministry of Mary Magdalene. She brought myrrh to Christ's sepulchre and discovered the empty tomb (Luke 24:10).
*Joanna of Flanders, Duchess of Brittany
*Joanna, Duchess of Brabant
*Joanna I of Naples
*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
*Jeanne, Countess of Flanders
*Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright
*Joanna Cameron, an American actress who played Isis on "The Secrets of Isis"
*Joanna Cassidy, American actress
*Joanna Gleason, Canadian actress
*Joanna Kerns, an American actress who played Maggie Seaver on "Growing Pains".
*Joanna Krupa, a Polish model and actress
*Joanna Lumley, English actress and former model
*Joanna Newsom, an American harpist, singer, and songwriter
*Joanna Pacitti, a singer, known simply as Joanna
*Joanna Pacuła, a Polish actress
*Joanna Russ, an American science fiction author known for her writing on radical feminist themes, author of "The Female Man"
*Joanna Stone, an Australian javelin thrower
*JoJo, an American singer; credited as Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque in her acting career
*Joanna "Jojo" Hernandez, starred in the first season of The Oxygen Network's hit reality show The Bad Girls Club.

Joanna in popular culture

*"Joanna" is the title of a 1925 American silent movie and a 1968 British musical movie.
*"Joanna" is the name of a goanna, a reptile, in The Rescuers Down Under.
*"Joanna" is the name of the main character in Erich Maria Remarque's novel Arch of Triumph.

ongs containing references to 'Joanna'

*"Joanna" by Cris Williamson.
*"Joanna" by Rod McKuen.
*"Joanna" by Kool & the Gang.
*"Joanna" by Scott Walker, later recorded by Peter Grant.
*"I Don't Feel Like Dancing" by The Scissor Sisters.
*"Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis
*"Gimme Hope Jo'anna" by Eddie Grant, about the city of Johannesburg, capital of the Republic of South Africa.
*"Little Joanna" by Mcfly.
*"When Joanna Loved Me" by Tony Bennett.
*"Get Busy" by Sean Paul.
*"Visions of Johanna" by Bob Dylan.
*"God Told Me To" by Paul Kelly.
*"A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend.
*"God Bless Joanna" by Neil Sedaka.
*"Jo-anna Says" by Per Gessle.
*"Johanna (Parts 1 & 2)", "Johanna (Act II)" by Stephen Sondheim in the musical

In literature

*"The Cloning of Joanna May", a science fiction novel by Fay Weldon.
*"Two Women of Galilee", a novel by Mary Rourke about the friendship of Joanna and Mary, retelling events from the Gospel from the women's point of view.

Other uses

*"Joanna (butterfly)", a genus of butterflies in the grass skipper family.
*Joanna (typeface), a serif typeface designed by Eric Gill.
* "The Joanna" or "the old Joanna" are nicknames given to the piano.

External links

* [ "Joanna" at Edgar's Name Pages] - with history, naming frequency statistics, related names, and famous namebearers
* Icons of St. Joanna the Myrrh-Bearer [ here] and [ here]
* [ Joanna Artiste peinture sculpture]

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