A Boy Named John!
I am John, but in American I am Jack!
In the 1940s John was the third most popular boy's name.
Of 15,155,689 male births in that decade, 711,533 boys
were named John
behind: James 795,680 boys and Robert 758,037 boys.
What are the origins and translations of your name?
In my post to start Discussion #1, I introduced myself as John.
When I was six, my dad gave me a book ( I still have this book, it was my first book that I can remember):
"A Boy Named John"
published in 1947.
A Boy Named John : Traveling Around the World
A picture story book for Children about a boy named John who visits various other countries where he is known by "Jean", "Giovanni","Jon", etc.,
and learns that children everywhere are interested in much the same things - sports, food, clothes and homes.
Charming Color illustrations throughout of homes, maps, costumes, past times, sports, and flags of each country by the Authors.
Hardcover January 1, 1948
Ruth Tiemann (Author), Roland Tiemann (Author), Tiemann (Illustrator)
1. If this college was in England, you would address me as John.
2. Students call professors by their first name, not Dr. Quinney (but Doug)(A good friend of mine who teachers at Keel University);
3. When I talked to his class over the Internet I was Not Professor Taylor! but John! hmm!
4. but this is America, but I will keep my English name, John.
5.Actually I like my Italian Name: Giovanni and my Hawaiian Name: Keoni
6. Right now I have been watching Netflix and several TV series made either in England or Australia
and see how the English have different words from what we use:
a. A pharmacy in American is call the Chemist in England.
(Now I am not really a chemist any more, I am a chemistry teacher)
b. In American we call it a doctor's office, in England you go to the Doctor's "Surgery".
(Now my father was a M.D. from John Hopkin s University. I use to go to his Doctor's Office as a kid.)
Maybe for an off the subject discussion, why not tell us about your name,
So here is our first post in the "Cyber Cafe`"Is there a child's book out there for your name?
especially its origin and what is the translation in other languages.
However, the Social Security Administration has a great web site, where they list the most used first name given to new children born in a decade.
Here is the top 100 current most used boy first name used in the last decade (2010-2019):
But you can Goggle your name and see the history of your name:
From Goggle: John is a common masculine given name in the English language of originally Semitic origin..
The name is derived from the Latin Ioannes and Iohannes, which are forms of the Greek name Ioannes (???????),
originally borne by Hellenized Jews transliterating the Hebrew name Yohanan (?????????), "Graced by Yah", or Yehohanan (???????????),
"Yahweh is Gracious".
There are numerous forms of the name in different languages; these were formerly often simply translated as "John" in English
but are increasingly left in their native forms (see below).It is among the most common given names in Anglophone, Persian, Turkic and European countries;
traditionally, it was the most common, although it has not been since the latter half of the 20th century.
John owes its unique popularity to two highly revered saints, John the Baptist (forerunner of Jesus Christ) and the apostle John
(traditionally considered the author of the Gospel of John); the name has since been chosen as the regnal or religious name
of a vast number of emperors, kings, popes and patriarchs. Initially, it was a favorite name among the Greeks but it flourished
in all of Europe after the First Crusade.
Some of my names in other languages:
Italian: Giovanni, Gianni, Giannino,
Research the Top 100 Boy Names for 2018 (2020) via SSA data:
Research the Top 100 Girl Names for 2018 (2020) via SSA data: