fem. proper name, from Fr. Jeanne, O.Fr. Jehane, from M.L. Johanna (see John
). As a generic name for "girl, girlfriend" it is attested from 1906 in U.S. slang. Never a top-10 list name for girls born in the U.S., it ranked in the top 50 from 1931 to 1956. It may owe its "everywoman"