Josette

Josette originated as a French diminutive of Joséphine, the French form of Josephine, the feminine form of Joseph which derives from Hebrew Yosef meaning “(God) will add” derived from a root word meaning “add, increase”. 

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “(God) will add”, essentially referring to prosperity and abundance

Usage: French, English

Variants:

  • Josetta (English, Italian)
  • Josiane (French diminutive of Joséphine)
  • Giosetta (Italian) 
  • Joséphine (French)
  • Josephine (French, English)
  • Josèphe (French)
  • Josée (French)

Male forms:

  • Joseph (English, French, German)
  • José (French, Spanish, Portuguese)

Jennifer

Jennifer is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere is the Norman French form of the name) meaning “white phantom” or “white spirit”, made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (white) and *sēbaris (demon, specter).

OriginProto-Indo-European

Meaning: “white phantom” or “white spirit”

Usage: Cornish, English

Nicknames: Jen, Jenny/Jennie, Jenna

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Variants:

  • Jenifer (English, Cornish)
  • Yenifer (Spanish)
  • Jenna (English)
  • Gwenifer (Cornish)
  • Guinevere (Norman French)
  • Guenevere (Arthurian Romance, French)
  • Guenevera (Latinate form of the name)
  • Gwenhwyfar (Welsh)
  • Gwenevere (English)
  • Xenebra (Galician)
  • Ginevra (Italian)
  • Genebra (Portuguese)
  • Ginebra (Spanish)

Johnna

Johnna is an English female name, the feminine form of John meaning “God is gracious” or “Yahweh is gracious”, Yahweh being the name of the Hebrew god.

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: “god is gracious”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Johna (English)
  • Jonna (English)

Male forms:

  • John (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch)
  • Jon (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Basque)