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Recorded in many forms including Jane, Jan, Jaine, Jenes, Jenn, Jenne, Jenney, Jeens and Genn, this interesting and unusual name is of medieval English origin. However spelt the derivation is from the Middle English given name Jan, a early variant of the European Johannes or the English John, both being from the Hebrew 'Yochan'. The name translates as "the Lord is gracious", and was one of many biblical names brought back to Europe by the returning 12th century Crusaders. All the many Crusades to 'free the Holy Land from the infidel Muslim' were unsuccessful, but this did not prevent the participants from giving their children such names in commemoration of the fathers efforts.

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