August 25, 2014 § 6 Comments
Medieval diminutive of “Jane“.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Jan, Jana, Janae, Janelle, Janetta, Janette, Janey, Janie, Janice, Janis, Janith, Janna, Jannah, Jannetta, Jannette, Jayna, Jayne, Jaynie, Jean, Jeanette, Jeanne, Jenae, Jenna, Jennet, Jenni, Jenny, Joan, Joanie, Joanne, Joanna, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Janet, the pet name Mr. Rochester occasionally gives to Jane, in Jane Eyre, 1847, by Charlotte Bronte.
– Janet, a maidservant in Aunt Mary’s household, in “The Library Window” (1896), from Stories of the Seen and Unseen by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant.
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