Type Surname (from given name)

Meaning & History

Created by Victor Hugo for Jean Valjean, the hero of his novel Les Misérables (1862). The novel explains that his father, also named Jean, received the nickname Valjean or Vlajean from a contraction of French voilá Jean meaning "here's Jean" [1].

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesHovanesian, Hovhannisyan(Armenian) Ivanoŭ, Ivanow, Kazloŭ, Kazlow(Belarusian) Ivanov(Bulgarian) Ivanović(Croatian) Janda, Janíček, Jandáček(Czech) Jensen, Jenson, Johannessen, Johansen, Johnsen(Danish) Jans, Jansen, Jansens, Jansing, Jansingh, Jansink, Janson, Janssen, Janssens, Janzen, Yancy(Dutch) Evanson, Hanson, I'Anson, Janson, Jeanes, John, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Hancock, Jenkins, Jennings, Jinks(English) Janssens(Flemish) Jean(French) Jans, Janson, Janz, Gensch, Jahn(German) Giannopoulos, Ioannidis(Greek) Jankovics(Hungarian) Jensson, Jóhannsson(Icelandic) Nana, Nani, Nanni, Nannini, Zanetti, Zunino(Italian) Jansons(Latvian) Jonaitis(Lithuanian) Ivanov, Ivanovski, Jovanovski(Macedonian) Jansen, Jensen, Jenssen, Johannessen, Johansen, Johnsen(Norwegian) Janda(Polish) Ionescu(Romanian) Ivanov(Russian) Ivanović, Jovanović(Serbian) Jankovic(Slovak) Jankovič(Slovene) Ibáñez(Spanish) Janson, Jansson, Johansson, Jonsson, Johnsson, Jönsson(Swedish) Ivanov(Ukrainian) Bevan, Evans, Jones(Welsh)

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Entry added April 25, 2021