August 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Diminutive of “Jane“, meaning “Jehovah has been gracious”.

Jan, Janae, Janelle, Janet, Janey, Janie, Janice, Janis, Janith, Jayne, Jean, Jeanette, Jeanne, Jenny, Joan, Joanie, Joanne, Joanna, etc.

Janey Dobbin, William Dobbin’s doted-upon daughter, named after her godmother, Lady Jane Crawley (née Sheepshanks), in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Janey Evans, a little girl who lives in Mrs. Bell’s boarding house, and who insists Hope hang up a stocking for Christmas, in “What Hope Bell Found in Her Stocking”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
Janey Miller, a pretty, well-dressed girl who could use a pinch more understanding and patience, in “A Little Boarding-School Samaritan”, from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).

Janey King (b. 1947), Welsh journalist and romance author who publishes under the pen name “Rosie Thomas”.


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