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Joan may refer to:

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People, as last name:


  • Darby and Joan, happily married couple who led a placid, uneventful life
  • Joan teahouse, teahouse and National Treasure in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • "When big Joan sets up", a song by Captain Beefheart from the album Trout Mask Replica

See also

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

JOAN, a mythical female pope, who is usually placed between Leo IV. (8478 55) and Benedict III. (855-858). One account has it that she was born in England, another in Germany of English parents. After an education at Cologne, she fell in love with a Benedictine monk and fled with him to Athens disguised as a man. On his death she went to Rome under the alias of Joannes Anglicus (John of England), and entered the priesthood, eventually receiving a cardinal's hat. She was elected pope under the title of John VIII., and died in childbirth during a papal procession.

A French Dominican, Steven of Bourbon (d. c. 1261) gives the legend in his Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is believed to have derived it from an earlier writer. More than a hundred authors between the 13th and 17th centuries gave circulation to the myth. Its explosion was first seriously undertaken by David Blondel, a French Calvinist, in his Eclaircissement de la question si une femme a ete assise au siege papal de Rome (1647); and De Joanna Papissa (1657). The refutation was completed by Johann Dollinger in his Papstfabeln des Mittelalters (1863; Eng. trans. 1872).

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also joan



Proper noun




  1. A female given name, a feminine form of John, via Latin Johanna.

Usage notes

Joan was the usual feminine form of John in the Middle Ages. It was superseded by Jane in the 17th century, but was again very popular during the first half of the 20th century.



  • ~1595 William Shakespeare: King John: Act I, Scene I:
    Well, now I can make any Joan a lady.
  • 1979 Margaret Atwood: Lady Oracle, p.336:
    Maybe my mother didn't name me after Joan Crawford after all, I thought; she just told me that to cover up. She named me after Joan of Arc, didn't she know what happened to women like that?


  • Anagrams of ajno
  • ajon


Proper noun


  1. A male given name, cognate to John in English


Proper noun


  1. A female given name borrowed from English, popular in the 1950s and the 1960s


Proper noun


  1. A male given name, cognate to John in English

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