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National Janet Day – June 5, 2023

National Janet Day is celebrated on June 5 every year. Janet has an intriguing history in the U.S. First and foremost, the name dates back to the 19th century. However, the name entered the 20th century at number 326 on the charts. Janet soon rose to the top of the charts, eventually landing a spot on the top 100 list by 1928. Not happy with that, charming little Janet remained among the top 25 names for most of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The name declined in popularity gradually after its days at the top. It wasn’t until the turn of the century that American parents began to avoid using this name significantly. Since 2000, the name’s popularity has dropped significantly. Janet, like Patricia, Linda, and Susan, is another example of a baby boomer favorite who has been forgotten and allowed to grow cobwebs.

History of National Janet Day

Janet is an English diminutive of Jane, which is the female equivalent of John. John’s etymological roots are eventually found in the Hebrew ‘Yochanan,’ which means “Yahweh (God) is kind.” John has always been and continues to be one of history’s most popular English names. The name owes much of its popularity to the New Testament heroes John the Baptist and John the Apostle, and it has been a significant name since early Christianity. John the Baptist was born remarkably. The angel Gabriel appeared to his father, declaring that God would give his barren wife a son to aid in the preparations for the Messiah.

The main feature of the life of John the Baptist is that he baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. The other John, John the Apostle, was a fisherman, James’ brother, and a Christian. He is well recognized as one of the four New Testament gospel writers. John’s gospel is significantly more theological and philosophical than the other three gospels, focusing on Jesus as the “Eternal One from Heaven.” Sean (Irish), Ian (Scottish), Giovanni (Italian), Jean (French), Juan (Spanish), Johann (German), Jan (Dutch), and Ivan are all variations of the name John (Russian).

Eastern Christians from the Byzantine Empire reintroduced the term to Western Europeans following the First Crusade (11th century). From then on, John became a widespread name among the English, with one in every five males bearing the name by the late Middle Ages. Since the 16th century, the feminine variant of this name, Jane, has been one of the most popular and widely used of all girls’ names. Sweet Janet began as a pet version of Jane before becoming a distinct moniker in her own right.

National Janet Day timeline

1906
Janet Gaynor is Born

On October 6, Gaynor, an American actress who began her career in silent films, is born.

1961
Janet Gunn is Born

On November 2, Gunn is born in the Texas city of Fort Worth, an American actress best known for playing Kelly Cochran in the CBS series “Dark Justice.”

1979
Janet Kay’s Single is Released

Kay’s single, ‘Silly Games,’ appears on the first hit chart in the U.K.

1990s
Janet Jackson’s Success is Soaring High

“Billboard” magazine names Jackson the second most successful music artist of the decade.

National Janet Day FAQs

Is Janet a common name?

Janet was a favorite in old Scotland, and it is still a prevalent name today. However, it has been on the decline in the U.S.

How old is the name Janet?

This name was initially used in England, and it was taken from the Old French Jehanne, which was also derived from the biblical name Johannes.

What country does the name Janet come from?

Janet is a British baby girl name that means “God is gracious” or “God’s lovely gift.” It’s a popular name in Scotland, and it’s said to have started as a nickname for Jane, a more common girl’s name.

National Janet Day Activities

  1. Listen to Jackson's songs

    You can play Jackson’s albums all day to celebrate National Janet Day. Take note of some quotes from the lyrics that inspire you.

  2. Throw a movie marathon

    Watch a movie or series starring Gunn and Gaynor. You can have a movie marathon with your family or friends today.

  3. Congratulate a Janet

    Look for a person named Janet and share with her the history behind her wonderful name. To make it even more challenging, find a Janet you don't know in your life!

5 Cool Facts About The Name Janet

  1. It was a royal favorite

    Janet was a royal favorite in Scotland 500 years ago, and it is still a prevalent name today.

  2. The first time it is used

    This name was first used in England during the 15th century.

  3. It’s a powerful name

    When people hear Janet's name, they think of a strong and powerful woman.

  4. Only 92 in 2020

    Only 92 baby girls born in 2021 were named Janet.

  5. It’s popular in the Christian religion

    In the Christian religion, Janet is a very popular name for a baby girl.

Why We Love National Janet Day

  1. Janets are adventurous

    Janets are adventurous people who usually have a lot of confidence and an unquenchable thirst for adventure. They are always up for trying something new and different, and they often find ways to make life more exciting and fun. This type of person is also not afraid to take risks, which can come in handy when looking for something new.

  2. Janets are intellectual

    Janets have great intellectual characteristics, are always curious, and want to know the world around them. They love learning new things and are always open to new experiences. They enjoy reading, writing, and discussing current events with others. When it comes to making decisions, they will consider all aspects of an issue before deciding. They can analyze situations logically and come up with solutions that are usually effective.

  3. Janets are sensual

    Janets have desirable characteristics and a strong feeling of desire and pleasure, which they use to guide their lives. They are curious about the world around them, and they enjoy exploring new places and people. They are also comfortable in their skin and not afraid to show their feelings.

National Janet Day dates

YearDateDay
2023June 5Monday
2024June 5Wednesday
2025June 5Thursday
2026June 5Friday
2027June 5Saturday

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