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Johannes is a male given name and a family name .

Origin and meaning

The Latinized name John goes back to the Greek form Ἰωάννης IOANNES the Hebrew name Yochanan ( יֹוחָנָן jôḥānān ) and means "God is gracious". Thus, the name can be understood as an expression of a birth seen as a gift.

In Christianity , two main characters have become namesake:

Other bearers of the name John are also equated with the apostle in the tradition. These are John the Presbyter , who is mentioned in Papias of Hierapolis and is considered by some interpreters as the author of the 2nd and 3rd  Epistles of John , as well as the author of the Revelation of John .

In the tradition, the evangelist Mark is finally identified with John Mark from the Acts of the Apostles ( Acts 12, 12  EU ).

The name Johannes has therefore been chosen very often by Christians as a first and surname in numerous variants (see below). In the form of Johannes , however, it is mainly to be found in five languages: Danish, German, Dutch, Hebrew and Amharic.

The names Jach and Jachmann are Slavic modifications of Johannes. So Jach a common including Poland short form for name John.

name day

The most important name days are:

Since there are around 200 saints and other blessed of the name, there are also numerous other name days , see Saint John .


Specially named after the Baptist
Johann Baptist
For the feminine form of the given name, see Johanna

Name bearer

First name and surname


Single names

First name

family name



  • For the popular medical notion that in a man the length of his nose is in relation to the length of his genitals , there is a German saying “like a man's nose, so also his Johannes”, which uses the name as a metaphor for the genitals.
  • The saying "Johannes, he can do it" became known through the chanson "Mein Johannes, oh he can do it" by the singer Vicky Werckmeister from the revue "Zieh 'dich aus" (1928).


See also

Web links

Wiktionary: Johannes  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Johanan. Retrieved October 10, 2017 .
  2. ^ Hans Bahlow : German name dictionary. Family and first names explained according to their origin. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1972, p. 261.
  3. ^ Fr. S. Huegel: The Viennese dialect. Lexicon of the Viennese vernacular , Hartleben, Vienna-Pest-Leipzig 1873, p. 134 "Schanettl", "Schani"
  4. see Kalle Blomquist
  5. Detlef Kremer: Literary Carnival: Grotesque motifs in ETA Hoffmann's "Princess Brambilla" , in: ETA Hoffmann-Jahrbuch 3 (1995), pp. 15-30, here p. 17