August 16, 2014 § 2 Comments
Diminutive of “Jean” / “Jeanne” or “Joan“.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Genette, Jana, Janina, Janine, Janna, Jeanette, Jeanine, Jeannine, Nettie, Netty, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Mademoselle Jeannette is what Adèle Varens sometimes calls her governess, Jane, since she can’t pronounce “Eyre” very well, in Jane Eyre, 1847, by Charlotte Bronte.
– Jeannette, one of the French servants in the Lamonte household in “The Story of Little Syl”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).