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John (; ') is a common
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in the
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of
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origin. The name is derived from the
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''Ioannes'' and ''Iohannes'', which are forms of the
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name ''Iōánnēs'' (), originally borne by
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transliterating the
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name ''
YohananYohanan, Yochanan and Johanan are various transliterations to the Latin alphabet of the Hebrew male given name ('), a shortened form of ('), meaning "YHWH :wikt:חנן, is gracious". The name is ancient, recorded as the name of Johanan (High Pries ...
'' (), " Graced by Yah", or (), "
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is Gracious". There are numerous forms of the name in different languages; these were formerly often simply translated as "John" in English but are increasingly left in their native forms (see sidebar). It is among the most common given names in Anglophone, Arabic,
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an,
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,
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and
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countries. Traditionally in the Anglosphere, it was the most common, although it has not been since the latter half of the 20th century. John owes its unique popularity to two highly revered
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saints
,
John the Baptist John the Baptist ''Yohanān HaMatbil''; la, Ioannes Baptista; grc-gre, Ἰωάννης ὁ βαπτιστής, ''Iōánnēs ho baptistḗs'' or , ''Iōánnēs ho baptízōn'', or , ''Iōánnēs ho pródromos'';Wetterau, Bruce. ''World history'' ...

John the Baptist
(forerunner of
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Jesus Christ
) and the
apostle John
apostle John
(traditionally considered the author of the
Gospel of John The Gospel according to John ( el, Εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Ἰωάννην, translit=Euangélion katà Iōánnēn, also known as the Gospel of John, or simply John) is the fourth of the four canonical gospels. It contains a highly sch ...
); the name has since been chosen as the regnal or
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of many
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,
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s,
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and
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patriarch
s. Initially, it was a favorite name among the
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but it flourished in all of Europe after the
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.


Origins

The name John is a
theophoric name A theophoric name (from Greek: , ''theophoros'', literally "bearing or carrying a god") embeds the name of a god, both invoking and displaying the protection of that deity. For example, names embedding Apollo Apollo, grc, Ἀπόλλω ...
originating from the
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name (), or in its longer form (), meaning "
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has been gracious". Several obscure figures in the
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bore this name, and it grew in popularity once borne by the high priest
JohananYohanan, Yochanan and Johanan are various transliteration Transliteration is a type of conversion of a text from one script to another that involves swapping Letter (alphabet), letters (thus ''wikt:trans-#Prefix, trans-'' + ''wikt:littera#Latin ...
and especially by King
John Hyrcanus John Hyrcanus (; ''Yōḥānān Hurqanōs''; grc, Ἰωάννης Ὑρκανός, Iōánnēs Hurkanós) was a Hasmonean ( Maccabean) leader and Jewish high priest of the 2nd century BCE (born 164 BCE, reigned from 134 BCE until his death in ...

John Hyrcanus
In the second temple period, it was the fifth most popular male name among Jews in Judaea and was borne by several important
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rabbi
s, such as Yochanan ben Zakai and Yochanan ben Nuri. The name has also long extended among Semitic women
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peoples such as the
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,
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Arameans The Arameans (Old Aramaic language, Old Aramaic: 𐤀𐤓𐤌𐤉𐤀; Greek language, Greek: Ἀραμαῖοι; Syriac language, Syriac: ܐܪ̈ܡܝܐ / Ārāmāyē) were an ancient Semitic languages, Semitic-speaking people in the Near East, fir ...
and
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, with various derivatives extant, such as, ''Youkhanna'' ''Youkhanan'' and "Youhanan". The name John in its Greek form () features prominently in the New Testament, being borne by
John the Baptist John the Baptist ''Yohanān HaMatbil''; la, Ioannes Baptista; grc-gre, Ἰωάννης ὁ βαπτιστής, ''Iōánnēs ho baptistḗs'' or , ''Iōánnēs ho baptízōn'', or , ''Iōánnēs ho pródromos'';Wetterau, Bruce. ''World history'' ...

John the Baptist
,
John the Apostle John the Apostle ( arc, ܝܘܚܢܢ ܫܠܝܚܐ, ; he, יוחנן בן זבדי, ; grc, Ἰωάννης; cop, ⲓⲱⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ or ; la, Ioannes; ) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Jesus; he, יֵשׁוּעַ, '' Yēšū́a ...
, and several others; the
Gospel of John The Gospel according to John ( el, Εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Ἰωάννην, translit=Euangélion katà Iōánnēn, also known as the Gospel of John, or simply John) is the fourth of the four canonical gospels. It contains a highly sch ...
, three
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, and
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are each attributed to a "John". As a result, the name became immensely popular in Christian societies. In the Latin-speaking regions of the Roman Empire, the name was
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as (pronounced like the Greek). The local populations in these areas of the Roman Empire soon changed Roman names to fit their own
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, which included dropping the
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es -us and -es from such names.


Romance derivatives

In the Roman sphere of influence, Johannes became the Italian Giovanni (also Gianni, Gian and other derivatives). In the
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Black Sea region
, the name became the
Romanian Romanian may refer to: *anything of, from, or related to the country and nation of Romania Romania ( ; ro, România ) is a country at the crossroads of Central Europe, Central, Eastern Europe, Eastern and Southeast Europe, Southeastern Euro ...
Ioan and Ion. In
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the name eventually changed to the Spanish Juan, feminine Juana; in the medieval
Portuguese Portuguese may refer to: * anything of, from, or related to the country and nation of Portugal Portugal (), officially the Portuguese Republic ( pt, República Portuguesa, links=no ), is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula, in Souther ...

Portuguese
it was Juo / Joane / Joan, now
João João is the Portuguese language, Portuguese form of the given name John (given name), John. The diminutive is Joãozinho and the Feminine (grammar), feminine is Joana. It is widespread in Portuguese-speaking countries. Notable people with the ...

João
(), feminine , and also Ivo; in
GalicianGalician may refer to: * Something of, from, or related to Galicia (Spain) ** Galician language ** Galician people ** Gallaeci, a large Celtic tribal federation who inhabited Gallaecia (currently Galicia (Spain) * Something of, from, or related to ...
, the orthography is Xan or Xoán, feminine Xoana. In
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Gaul
, it became the Old French Jehan (the 16th century
John Calvin John Calvin (; Middle French: Jean Cauvin; french: Jean Calvin ; 10 July 150927 May 1564) was a French Christian theology, theologian, pastor and Protestant Reformers, reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal f ...

John Calvin
still spelled his name ''Jehan Cauvin'') and later Jean (); the female form was Jehanne (the 15th century
Joan of Arc Joan of Arc (french: link=no, Jeanne d’Arc, translit= an daʁk; 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (french: link=no, La Pucelle d'Orléans) or "Maid of Lorraine prophecies, Maid of Lorraine" (french: link=no, ...

Joan of Arc
still spelled her name ''Jehanne'') and later Jeanne. In the
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area, it became Joan (feminine, Joana) and Jan in
Occitan Occitan (; oc, occitan, link=no ,), also known as ''lenga d'òc'' (; french: langue d'oc) by its native speakers, is a Romance languages, Romance language (or branch of numerous of these) spoken in Southern France, Monaco, Italy's Occitan Vall ...
and
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, from older Iouan and Iohan. In Ladin, it became Giuani. In
Moldavia Moldavia ( ro, Moldova, or , literally "The Moldavian Country"; in Romanian Cyrillic: or ; chu, Землѧ Молдавскаѧ; el, Ἡγεμονία τῆς Μολδαβίας) is a historical region and former principality in Central Eu ...

Moldavia
and
Wallachia Wallachia or Walachia (; ro, Țara Românească, lit=The Romanian Land' or 'The Romanian Country, ; Archaism, archaic: ', Romanian Cyrillic alphabet: ) is a Historical regions of Romania, historical and geographical region of Romania. It is situ ...
, the name became a title abbreviated as used mainly by the royalty.


Germanic derivatives

The
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Germanic languages
(including
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German
,
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English
and
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Scandinavian
) produced the masculine
Johann Johann, typically a male given name Image:FML names-2.png, Diagram of naming conventions, using John F. Kennedy as an example. "First names" can also be called given names; "last names" can also be called surnames or family names. This shows a s ...

Johann
(also Johan (Dutch)), Joan, Jan and Janke (Dutch), Jannis, Jens (
Danish Danish may refer to: * Something of, from, or related to the country of Denmark * A national or citizen of Denmark, also called a "Dane", see Demographics of Denmark * Danish people or Danes, people with a Danish ancestral or ethnic identity * Danis ...
and
Frisian Frisian usually refers to: *Frisia, a region on the western coasts of Germany and the Netherlands **Frisians, the medieval and modern ethnic group inhabiting Frisia ***Frisii, the ancient inhabitants of Frisia prior to 600 AD **Frisian languages, a ...
), Jóhannes, Jóhann, (
Icelandic Icelandic refers to anything of, from, or related to Iceland and may refer to: *Icelandic people *Icelandic language *Icelandic alphabet *Icelandic cuisine See also

* Icelander (disambiguation) * Icelandic Airlines, a predecessor of Icelandai ...
and
Faroese Faroese ( ) or Faroish ( ) may refer to anything pertaining to the Faroe Islands, e.g.: *the Faroese language * the Faroese people {{Disambiguation Language and nationality disambiguation pages ...
), Jön (
Swedish Swedish or ' may refer to: * Anything from or related to Sweden, a country in Northern Europe * Swedish language, a North Germanic language spoken primarily in Sweden and Finland * Swedish alphabet, the official alphabet used by the Swedish langua ...
), Hans (German, Dutch and Scandinavian) and the feminine
Johanna Johanna is a feminine name, a variant form of Joanna that originated in Latin in the Middle Ages, including an -h- by analogy with the Latin masculine name Johannes. The original Greek form ''Iōanna'' lacks a medial /h/ because in Greek Spiritus a ...

Johanna
(also the Dutch diminutives Johanneke, Hanneke, Janneke, and
Joke A joke is a display of humour Humour (English in the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth English) or humor (American English; American and British English spelling differences#-our, -or, see spelling differences) is the tendency of exp ...
). In England, the name John came from the
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language form Johan, itself from the
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form Jehan. Prior to the standardization in English of the letter 'J', the letter 'I' was used interchangeably; following this shift, forms beginning in J- such as John began to be pronounced in their modern fashion with rather than (y). Seventeenth-century English texts still spelled the name Iohn. Since then, it has been spelled in its current form, John. The feminine form changed from Jehanne to Joanne, Joan and Jo.


Celtic derivatives

In
Welsh Welsh may refer to: Related to Wales * Welsh, referring or related to Wales * Welsh language, a Brittonic Celtic language of the Indo-European language family, indigenous to the British Isles, spoken in Wales ** Patagonian Welsh, a dialect of Wels ...
, the name John is rendered as Ieuan (), Ifan (), Iwan (), Ioan () or, borrowed from English, Siôn (). A pet form is Ianto (). Ifan eventually became rendered into English as
Evan Evan is a Welsh language, Welsh masculine given name derived from "Iefan", a Welsh form for the name John (name), John. In other languages it could be compared to "Ivan (name), Ivan", "Ian", and "Juan"; the name John itself is derived from the an ...

Evan
. In
Irish Irish most commonly refers to: * Someone or something of, from, or related to: ** Ireland, an island situated off the north-western coast of continental Europe ** Northern Ireland, a constituent unit of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and North ...
, it is written as (), Eóin, () or Seán (). The last is a
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of the Norman–French 'Jean'. In some cases, the pronunciation of the original initial "Y"/"I" also changed to variants of "J". In
Scotland Scotland ( sco, Scotland, gd, Alba ) is a Countries of the United Kingdom, country that is part of the United Kingdom. Covering the northern third of the island of Great Britain, mainland Scotland has a 96-mile (154 km) Anglo-Scottish bo ...

Scotland
, it is Iain or Ian. In Cornish (archaically; ''Jowan/Iowan'') and Devon dialects, the form Jan gives rise to the nickname of Plymothians as '
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s' and the midsummer festival of ,
Golowan Golowan (sometimes also Goluan or Gol-Jowan) is the Cornish language word for the Midsummer celebrations in Cornwall, UK; widespread prior to the late 19th century and most popular in the Penwith area and in particular Penzance and Newlyn. The ...
. The
Breton Breton most often refers to: *anything associated with Brittany Brittany (; french: link=no, Bretagne ; br, Breizh, or ; Gallo language, Gallo: ''Bertaèyn'' ) is a peninsula and cultural region in the west of France, covering the western part ...
form of this name is Yann, the
Manx Manx (; formerly sometimes spelled Manks) is an adjective (and derived noun) describing things or people related to the Isle of Man: * Manx people **Manx surnames * Isle of Man It may also refer to: Languages * Manx language, also known as Manx ...
is Juan, and the
Cornish Cornish is the adjective and demonym associated with Cornwall, the most southwesterly part of the United Kingdom. It may refer to: * Cornish language, a Brittonic Southwestern Celtic language of the Indo-European language family, spoken in Cornwall ...
is Yowann.


Central and Eastern European derivatives

In
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, Johannes became János, and in the
Slavic languages The Slavic languages, also known as the Slavonic languages, are Indo-European languages The Indo-European languages are a language family native to western and southern Eurasia. It comprises most of the languages of Europe together with t ...

Slavic languages
Ivan, Jan, Ján, Honza, Janez and Jovan. In
Albanian Albanian may refer to: *Pertaining to Albania in Southeast Europe; in particular: **Albanians, an ethnic group native to the Balkans **Albanian language **Albanian culture **Demographics of Albania, includes other ethnic groups within the country ...
, Gjoni , Gjin, and Jovan is used for males.


Arabic derivatives

Henna ( ar, حنّا}) is a common Arabic translation of John as are Yūḥannā ( ar, يُوحَنّا}) and Yaḥyā ( ar, يحيى}). All are common Arabic male given names. And because Yahyā/
John the Baptist John the Baptist ''Yohanān HaMatbil''; la, Ioannes Baptista; grc-gre, Ἰωάννης ὁ βαπτιστής, ''Iōánnēs ho baptistḗs'' or , ''Iōánnēs ho baptízōn'', or , ''Iōánnēs ho pródromos'';Wetterau, Bruce. ''World history'' ...
is a prophet in
Islam Islam (;There are ten pronunciations of ''Islam'' in English, differing in whether the first or second syllable has the stress, whether the ''s'' is or , and whether the ''a'' is pronounced , or (when the stress is on the first syllable) ( ...
, Yahya is a very common name among Muslims.


Name statistics

John has been a common given name in English-speaking countries, and either it or
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was the number one name in
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England
and English-speaking
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North America
from around 1550 until the middle of the 20th century. John was the most popular name given to male infants in the
United States The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US), or America, is a country Contiguous United States, primarily located in North America. It consists of 50 U.S. state, states, a Washington, D.C., federal di ...

United States
until 1924, and though its use has fallen off gradually since then, John was still the 20th most common name for boys on the
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's list of names given in 2006. In modern times, John is the most common name in the United States, borne as a first or middle name by 39.93 people per thousand; of these, 72.86% have it as the first name. When the statistics of the name are compared to the population statistics of America, the approximate number of people named John in the US is 12,328,091 and the number of Johns in the country is increasing by 104,925 each year. ''John'' was also among the most common masculine names in the
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United Kingdom
, but by 2004 it had fallen out of the top 50 names for newborn boys in England and
Wales Wales ( cy, Cymru ) is a country that is Countries of the United Kingdom, part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the Wales–England border, east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It ...

Wales
. By contrast
Jack Jack may refer to: Places * Jack, Alabama Jack is an unincorporated community File:Entering Heinola, Minnesota.jpg, Sign at Heinola, Minnesota, Heinola, an unincorporated community in Otter Tail County, Minnesota An unincorporated area is a re ...
, which was a
nickname A nickname (also moniker) is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place or thing. Commonly used to express affection, a form of endearment, and sometimes amusement, it can also be used to express defamation of character, particu ...
for John but is now established as a name in its own right, was the most popular name given to newborn boys in England and Wales every year from 1995 to 2005. However, ''John'' has not been a popular one for members of the royal family. The memory of
King John of the King of the Romans (variant used in the early modern period) File:Nezahualpiltzintli.jpg, Aztec King Nezahualpiltzintli of Texcoco King is the title given to a male monarch in a variety of contexts. The female equivalent is queen re ...

King John
is tainted by and by his role as villain in the
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Robin Hood
stories; Prince Alexander John, the youngest son of
Edward VII Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910. The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ...
, died shortly after birth; and another Prince John, the sickly youngest son of
George V George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936. Born during the reign of his grandmother ...

George V
, died at age 13.


In other languages


People with name John


Royalty

*
John, King of England John (24 December 1166 – 19 October 1216) was King of England from 1199 until his death in 1216. He lost the Duchy of Normandy and most of his other French lands to King Philip II of France, resulting in the collapse of the Angevin Empi ...

John, King of England
(1166–1216) *
Prince John of the United Kingdom Prince John of the United Kingdom (John Charles Francis; 12 July 1905 – 18 January 1919) was the fifth son and youngest of the six children of King George V and Queen Mary. At the time of Prince John's birth, his father was the Prince of Wal ...
(1905–1919), youngest son of King George V *
John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall John of Eltham, 1st Earl of Cornwall (15 August 1316 – 13 September 1336) was the second son of Edward II of England Edward II (25 April 1284 – 21 September 1327), also called Edward of Caernarfon, was King of England from 1 ...

John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall
(1316–1336), second son of Edward II *
John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (6 March 1340 – 3 February 1399) was an English prince, military leader, and statesman. He was the third of the five sons of King Edward III of England who survived to adulthood. Due to his royal origin, adv ...
(1340–1399), third son of Edward III *
John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford KG (20 June 138914 September 1435) was a medieval English prince, general and statesman who commanded England's armies in France during a critical phase of the Hundred Years' War The Hundred Year ...
(1389–1435), second son of Henry IV *
Prince Alexander John of Wales Queen Victoria Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death in 1901. Known as the Victorian era, her reign of 63 years and s ...
(1871), third son and youngest child of Edward VII


Politicians

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John Adams John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Fathers of the United States, Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Before ...

John Adams
(1735–1826), American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the 2nd
President of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the Federal government of the United States#Executive branch, executive branch of the Federal govern ...

President of the United States
from 1797 to 1801 * John Adams (Virginia politician) (1773–1825), Mayor of Richmond, Virginia * John Adams (New York politician) (1778–1854), Congressman from New York *John Adams (Ohio politician) (born 1960), Ohio House of Representatives *John Adams (journalist) (1819–1???), American lawyer, politician and journalist in Maine *John Adams Sr. (1691–1761), father of John Adams and grandfather of John Quincy Adams *John Adams Sr. (Nebraska politician) (1876–1962), American minister, lawyer, and politician *John Adams Jr. (Nebraska politician) (1906–1999), American lawyer and politician *John Adams II (1803–1834), American government functionary and businessman, son of John Quincy Adams and grandson of John Adams *John Quincy Adams (1767–1848), American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist who served as the 6th
President of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the Federal government of the United States#Executive branch, executive branch of the Federal govern ...

President of the United States
from 1825 to 1829, son of John Adams *John Quincy Adams II (1833–1894), American lawyer, politician, and member of the Adams political family, grandson of John Quincy Adams II, great-grandson of John Adams *John Attygalle (1906–1981, Inspector General of Police (Sri Lanka), Inspector-General of Sri Lanka Police from 1966 to 1967 *John Bacon (Massachusetts politician) (1738–1820), US Representative from Massachusetts *John F. Bacon (1789–1860), Clerk of the New York State Senate, and U.S. Consul at Nassau, Bahamas *John L. Bacon (1878–1961), mayor of San Diego, California *John Bailey (MP) (died 1436), MP for Cricklade and Calne *John Bailey (Australian politician) (born 1954), former Australian politician *John Bailey (Massachusetts politician) (1786–1835), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts *John Edgar Bailey (1897–1958), Northern Irish politician *John H. Bailey (1864–1940), American politician, senator and representative in Texas *John Moran Bailey (1904–1975), United States politician, chair of the Democratic National Committee *John Mosher Bailey (1838–1916), U.S. Representative from New York *John Bailey (Irish politician) (1945–2019), member of Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council *John Bailey (Victorian politician) (1826–1871), Australian politician *John D. Bailey (1928–2018), American mayor of St. Augustine, Florida *John Baker (fl.1388), English Member of Parliament (MP) for Horsham (UK Parliament constituency), Horsham, 1388 *John Baker (died 1406), English MP for Southwark (UK Parliament constituency), Southwark, 1406 *John Baker (fl. 1407), English MP for Lyme Regis, 1407 *John Baker (MP for Lewes), see Lewes (UK Parliament constituency), Lewes *John Baker (died c.1421), English MP for Helston (UK Parliament constituency), Helston, 1414 *John Baker (fl. 1421), English MP for Devizes, 1421 *John Baker (died 1544) (by 1503–44), English MP for Radnorshire *Sir John Baker (died 1558) (1488–1558), English speaker of the House of Commons *John Baker (MP for Bedford) (by 1501–1538 or later), English mayor and MP of Bedford *John Baker (by 1531–1604/6), English MP for Horsham and Bramber *John Baker (MP for East Grinstead), English MP for East Grinstead (UK Parliament constituency), East Grinstead in 1648 *John Baker (MP for Canterbury) ( – 1831), British MP for Canterbury *John Baker (representative) (1769–1823), United States congressman from Virginia *John Baker (Baker Brook) (1796–1868), Canadian political activist in Baker Brook, New Brunswick *John Baker (Australian politician) (1813–1872), briefly the Premier of South Australia *Sir John Baker (Portsmouth MP) (1828–1909), British MP for Portsmouth *John Tamatoa Baker (1852–1921), Hawaiian rancher, sheriff and governor *John Baker (Labour politician) (1867–1939), British Labour MP for Bilston *John Baker (Wisconsin politician) (1869–1???), American politician from Wisconsin *John Baker (defensive lineman, born 1935) (1935–2007), American football player and then sheriff of Wake County, North Carolina *John Baker (Indiana politician) (1832–1915), United States congressman from Indiana *John S. Baker (1861–1955), American politician from Washington *Sir John Baker, 2nd Baronet (1608–1653), English politician *John A. Baker Jr. (1927–1994), U.S. diplomat *John Arnold Baker (1925–2016), British judge and politician *John Baker II (1780–1843), sheriff of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 1834–1843 *Jeb Bush (John Ellis Bush, born 1953), American politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 *John Calvin Coolidge Sr. (1845–1926), American politician and businessman from Vermont, father of Calvin Coolidge *Calvin Coolidge (John Calvin Coolidge Jr., 1872–1933), American politician and lawyer, 30th President of the United States from 1923 to 1929 *John Davies (British businessman) (1916–1979), British businessman (former director-general of the CBI) and Conservative MP and cabinet minister *John Edgar (politician) (1750–1832), Irish-American pioneer and politician *John Edwards *John De Saram (born 1929), Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations from 1998 to 2002 *John F. Fitzgerald *John Church Hamilton *John Willie Kofi Harlley (1919-1980s), Ghanaian senior police officer and politician *John Harrison (diplomat), 17th century English diplomat *John Harrison (died 1669) (1590–1669), English politician who sat in the House of Commons as MP for Lancaster variously between 1640 and 1669 *John Harrison (Canadian politician) (1908–1964), member of Parliament for Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan *John Harrison (mayor), former mayor of North Tyneside, England *John Scott Harrison (1804–1878), American Congressman for Ohio, 1853–1857; son of President William Henry Harrison and the father of President Benjamin Harrison * John Jay, American politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, and the first Chief Justice of the United States * John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), American politician, served as the 35th
President of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the Federal government of the United States#Executive branch, executive branch of the Federal govern ...

President of the United States
form 1961 to 1963 *John Johnson (Ohio congressman) (1805–1867), politician *John A. Johnson (Minnesota politician) (1883–1962), Minnesota politician *John A. Johnson (Wisconsin), Wisconsin state assemblyman from Madison *John Albert Johnson (1861–1909), 16th governor of Minnesota *John Anders Johnson (1832–1901), Wisconsin state senator *John E. Johnson (Brandon) (1873–1951), Wisconsin state assemblyman from Brandon, Wisconsin *John E. Johnson (Utica) (''fl. circa'' 1868), Wisconsin state assemblyman from Utica, Wisconsin *John J. Johnson (1926–2016), former Missouri state senator *John Warren Johnson (born 1929), Minnesota state legislator *John Telemachus Johnson (1788–1856), U.S. Representative from Kentucky *John Johnson (Kansas City mayor) (1816–1903), mayor of Kansas City, Missouri *J. Neely Johnson (1825–1872), California politician and politician *John Johnson (b. 1833) (1833–1892), Wisconsin State Assemblyman *John Johnson (Ohio state representative) (born 1937), former member of the Ohio House of Representatives *John Johnson (New Jersey), mayor of Paterson, New Jersey *John Johnson Sr. (1770–1824), Chancellor of Maryland *John Johnson Jr. (1798–1856), Chancellor of Maryland *John Johnson (Indiana judge) (1776–1817), associate justice of the Indiana Supreme Court *John T. Johnson (Oklahoma judge) (1856–1???), associate justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court *John B. Johnson (politician) (1885–1985), American politician in the South Dakota State Senate *John Ramsey Johnson, associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia *J. B. Johnson (Florida politician) (1868–1940), 23rd Florida Attorney General *John S. Johnson (North Dakota politician) (1854–1941), member of the North Dakota House of Representatives *John H. Trumbull (1873–1961), American politician who served as the 70th Governor of Connecticut from 1925 to 1931 *John Kerry (born 1943), American politician and diplomat who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017 *John Kotelawala, John Lionel Kotelawala (1895–1980), Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 1953 to 1956 *John B. Macy (1799–1856), U.S. Representative from Wisconsin *John Mahama (born 1958), Ghanaian politician and former president of Ghana *John McCain (1936–2018), American statesman and US Navy officer, United States Senator for Arizona from 1987 to 2018 *John Verdun Newton (1916–1944), Australian politician *John Nkadimeng (1927–2020), South African politician and anti-apartheid activist *John Reagan (New Hampshire politician) (born 1946), New Hampshire politician *John Henninger Reagan (1818–1905), American politician *John Roberts (born 1955), American lawyer and jurist who serves as Chief Justice of the United States *John Tyler (1790–1862), 10th President of the United States *John Tyler Sr., 15th Governor of Virginia, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Virginia, father of John Tyler *John Van Buren, United States lawyer, official, politician, son of Martin Van Buren *John Walker (Arkansas politician) (1937–2019), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives *John Walker (Missouri politician) (1770–1838), State Treasurer of Missouri *John Walker (Virginia politician) (1744–1809), U.S. Senator, public official, and soldier *John A. Walker (Iowa politician) (1912–2012), American politician *John M. Walker Jr. (born 1940), former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit *John M. Walker (Pennsylvania politician) (1905–1976), Pennsylvania State Senator and lieutenant-gubernatorial nominee *John Randall Walker (1874–1942), U.S. Representative from Georgia *John Smith Walker (1826–1893), Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Hawaii *John Williams Walker (1783–1823), U.S. Senator from Alabama *John Young (died 1589) (by 1519–1589), of Bristol, MP for Devizes, West Looe, etc. *John Young (MP for Marlborough), in 1559, MP for Marlborough *John Young (MP for New Shoreham) (fl. 1586–1597), MP for New Shoreham, Sussex *John Allan Young (1895–1961), politician in Saskatchewan, Canada *John Andrew Young (1916–2002), American politician from Texas *John Duncan Young (1823–1910), US congressman from Kentucky *John Young, 1st Baron Lisgar (1807–1876), UK MP, NSW Governor, Canadian Governor General *John Young (Canadian politician) (1811–1878), former member of the Canadian House of Commons *John Young (governor) (1802–1852), Governor of New York *John Young (advisor) ( – 1835), British-born government advisor of Kamehameha I *John Young (Australian politician) (1842–1893), New South Wales politician *John Young (judge), former Federal Court of Australia judge *John Young (jurist) (1919–2008), Australian jurist *John Young (Scottish politician) (1930–2011), Conservative and Unionist Member of the Scottish Parliament *John Young (seigneur) ( – 1819), Scottish-born Canadian land entrepreneur, jurist, and politician *John Darling Young (1910–1988), Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, 1969–1984 *John M. Young (1926–2010), American politician from Wisconsin *John Young (New Brunswick politician, born 1841) (1841–1907), Canadian politician *John Young (New Brunswick politician, born 1854) (1854–1934), Canadian politician


Businessman

*John Aspinall (zoo owner) (1926–2000), British casino and zoo owner *John Aspinwall Roosevelt (1916–1981), American businessman, sixth and youngest son of Franklin D. Roosevelt *John Vernou Bouvier Jr. *John Vernou Bouvier III *John Coolidge *John Davis (British businessman) (1906–1993), English managing director of the Rank Organisation, later Chairman *John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), American business tycoon *John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874–1960), American financier, philanthropist, son of John D. Rockefeller *John D. Rockefeller III (1906–1978), American philanthropist, son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. *John Ellis Roosevelt, Roosevelt family member *John David McAfee, (1945–2021), British-American computer programmer, businessman and prisoner


Military

*John Joseph Abercrombie (1798–1877), American brigadier general *John Worthington Adams (1764–1837), British general in India *John Giles Adams (1792–1832), U.S. commander at the Battle of Stillman's Run during the 1832 Black Hawk War *John Adams (Confederate Army officer) (1825–1864), US Army officer *John G. B. Adams (1841–1900), Civil War Medal of Honor recipient *John Mapes Adams (1871–1921), Boxer Rebellion Medal of Honor recipient *John Adams (Royal Navy officer) (1918–2008), British rear admiral *John G. Adams (1932–2003), Army counsel in the Army-McCarthy hearings *John Adams (Canadian general) (born 1942), Canadian military leader *John Babcock (1900–2010), last known surviving veteran of the Canadian military to have served in the First World War *John M. Bacon (1844–1913), American general *John Bacon (Loyalist) (died 1783), Loyalist guerilla fighter during the American Revolutionary War *John Baker (American Revolutionary War) (1731–1787), American Revolutionary War hero, for whom Baker County, Georgia was named *John Baker (RAF officer) (1897–1978), British air marshal *John Drayton Baker (1915–1942), United States Navy officer *John Baker (general) (1936–2007), Australian Chief of the Defence Force *John F. Baker Jr. (1945–2012), American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient *John Baker (Royal Navy officer) (1660–1716), English naval officer, MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis *John Baker (Medal of Honor, 1876) (1853–1???), American soldier *John Bush (Royal Navy officer) (1914–2013), British Royal Navy officer *John Eisenhower, United States Army officer, diplomat, and military historian, second and youngest son of Dwight D. Eisenhower *John Harrison (VC 1857) (1832–1865), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross *John Martin Howard (1917-1942), United States Navy officer *John Johnson, 8th Seigneur of Sark (died 1723), Seigneur of Sark, 1720–1723 *Sir John Johnson, 2nd Baronet (1741–1830), loyalist leader during the American Revolution *Liver-Eating Johnson, John "Liver-Eating" Johnson (1824–1900), American frontier figure *John Johnson (Medal of Honor, 1839) (1839–1???), United States Navy sailor *John Johnson (Medal of Honor, 1842) (1842–1907), Norwegian-American Medal of Honor recipient *John D. Johnson, U.S. Army general *John Kennedy (Medal of Honor) (1834–1910), American soldier *John Doby Kennedy (1840–1896), general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War *John J. Kennedy (Republic of Texas politician) (1814–1880), soldier, lawyer and sheriff *Sir John Kennedy (British Army officer, born 1878) (1878–1948), British general *Sir John Kennedy (British Army officer, born 1893) (1893–1970), British general *John Pitt Kennedy (1796–1879), British military engineer *John Thomas Kennedy (1885–1969), American soldier *John S. McCain Jr. (1911–1981), United States Navy admiral who served in conflicts from the 1940s through the 1970s, including as the Commander, United States Pacific Command, father of John McCain *John S. McCain Sr. (1884–1945), U.S. Navy admiral and the patriarch of the McCain military family, grandfather of John McCain *John Hamilton Roberts (1881–1962), Canadian Army two-star general *John Q. Roberts (1914–1942), United States Navy officer, pilot, and Navy Cross recipient *John W. Roberts (1921–1999), United States Air Force four-star general *John Roberts (Royal Navy officer) (born 1924), British admiral *John Alexander Tyler, son of John Tyler *John P. Van Leer (1825-1862), Union Army officer *John Walker (RAF officer) (born 1936), former Chief of Defence Intelligence *John Walker (Medal of Honor) (1845–1???), American Indian Wars soldier and Medal of Honor recipient *John Walker (officer of arms) (1913–1984), English officer of arms *John Anthony Walker (1937–2014), American communications specialist convicted in 1985 of spying for the Soviet Union *John C. Walker, Indiana physician and officer during the American Civil War *John George Walker (1821–1893), general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War *John Grimes Walker (1835–1907), United States Navy admiral *John T. Walker (USMC) (1893–1955), United States Marine Corp general


Musicians

*John Adams (composer), John Adams (born 1947), American composer *John Luther Adams (born 1953), American composer *John Addison (1920–1998), English composer *John Bailey (luthier) (1931–2011), maker of fine guitars in England *John Bailey (producer), Canadian recording engineer, producer *John Barry (composer), John Barry (1933-2011), English film composer *John Blow (1649–1708), English composer *John Bonham (1948-1980), drummer/percussionist for Led Zeppelin *John Bull (composer), John Bull (1562-1628), English composer *John Bush (musician) (born 1963), American metal vocalist for Armored Saint and Anthrax *John Cage (1912-1992), American composer *John Casken (born 1949), English composer *John Cooper (musician) (born 1975), American bassist and vocalist for Skillet (band) *John Corigliano (born 1938), American composer *John Dankworth (1927–2010), English jazz musician *John David Davis (1867-1942), English composer *John Denver (1943–1997), American folk and country singer *John Deacon (born 1951), British bass player for Queen (band), Queen *John Dowland (1563-1626), English composer *John W. Duarte (1919–2004), English composer and guitarist *John Dunstaple (1390-1453), English composer *John Farmer (composer), John Farmer (c.1570–c.1601), English madrigal composer *John Field (composer), John Field (1782-1837), Irish composer *John Frusciante (born 1970), guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers *John Fogerty (born 1945), lead singer and guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival *John Foulds (1880–1939), English composer *John Gardner (composer), John Gardner (1917–2011), English composer *John Maxwell Geddes (1941–2017), Scottish composer and academic *John D. H. Greenwood (1889-1975), English composer *John Harbison (born 1938), American composer *John Ireland (composer), John Ireland (1879-1962), English composer *John Jenkins (composer), John Jenkins (1592–1678), English composer *John Joubert (composer), John Joubert (1927–2019), English composer *John Kander (born 1927), American musical theatre composer *John Kinsella (composer), John Kinsella (1932-2021), Irish composer *John Lanchbery (1923–2003), English-Australian composer *John Lennon (1940–1980), English singer-songwriter and founding member of the Beatles *John Charles Julian Lennon (born 1963), English singer, son of John Lennon *John Henry Maunder (1858–1920), English composer and organist *John McCabe (composer), John McCabe (1939–2015), British composer and classical pianist *John Blackwood McEwen (1868–1948), Scottish composer *John Newman (singer) (born 1990), English singer, musician, songwriter and record producer *John Knowles Paine (1839-1906), American composer *John Pickard (composer), John Pickard (born 1963), British composer *John Rutter (born 1945), English composer, conductor and choral arranger *John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), American composer *John Stainer (1840–1901), British composer *John Stanley (composer), John Stanley (1712-1786), English composer *John Sykes (composer), John Sykes (1909-1962), English composer *John Sykes (born 1959), guitarist for Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake *John Tavener (1944-2013), 20th century English composer *John Taverner (1490-1545), 16th century English composer *John Veale (1922-2006), English composer *John White (composer), John White (born 1936), English experimental composer *John Wilbye (1574–1638), English composer *John Woolrich (born 1954), English composer *John Zorn (born 1953), American composer, saxophonist and bandleader


Scientists

*John Adams (physicist) (1920–1984), British accelerator physicist *John Couch Adams (1819–1892), British mathematician and astronomer *John Franklin Adams (1843–1912), British amateur astronomer and author of stellar maps *John Stacey Adams, behavioral psychologist known for equity theory *John Till Adams (1748–1786), English Quaker physician *John Baker (biologist) (1900–1984), British biologist and anthropologist *John Baker, Baron Baker (1901–1985), British engineer *John Gilbert Baker (1834–1920), British botanist *J. N. L. Baker, John Norman Leonard Baker (1893–1971), British geographer *John Holland Baker (1841–1930), New Zealand surveyor and public servant *John Roosevelt Boettiger, grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt *John G. Trump, uncle of Donald Trump *John Wood (surgeon) (1825–1891), British surgeon at King's College Hospital *John Henry Wood (1841–1914), English entomologist *John L. Wood (born 1964), American chemist *John Medley Wood (1827–1915), South African botanist *John Nicholas Wood, British neurobiologist *John Turtle Wood (1821–1890), British architect, engineer, and archaeologist


Writers

*John Baker (author) (born 1942), British novelist *John Baker (legal historian) (born 1944), English legal historian and academic *John Roman Baker (born 1944), British playwright and activist *John Banville (born 1945), Irish writer *John Barth (born 1930), American writer *John Betjeman (1906-1984), English poet, writer and broadcaster *John Braine (1922-1986), English writer *John Bunyan (1628-1688), English writer and preacher *John Bryant (journalist) (1944–2020), British journalist *John Buchan (1875-1940), British author and politician *John Cheever (1912-1982), American novelist and short story writer *John Clare (1793-1964), English poet *J. M. Coetzee, John Maxwell Coetzee (born 1940), South African-Australian novelist and essayist *John Donne (1572-1631), English poet and cleric *John Dryden (1631-1700), English poet and playwright *John Fowles (1926-2005), English novelist *John Galsworthy (1867-1933), English novelist and playwright *John Gardner (American writer), John Gardner (1933–1982), American novelist and educator *John Gardner (British writer), John Gardner (1926-2007), English spy and thriller novelist *John Gray (poet), John Gray (1866-1934), English poet *John Grisham (born 1955), American writer *M. John Harrison (born 1945), author *John Hersey (1914-1993), American journalist and novelist *John Irving (born 1942), American novelist and screenwriter *John Keats (1795-1821), English romantic poet *John le Carré (1931-2020), British-Irish author *John McPhee (born 1931), American writer *John Masefield (1878-1967), English poet and writer *John Milton (1608-1674, English poet and intellectual *John Muir (1838-1914), Scottish-born American naturalist and author *John Mulaney (born 1982), American comedian known for his work on ''Saturday Night Live'' *John Dos Passos (1896-1970), American novelist *John Pudney (1909-1977), British poet, journalist and author *John Romita Sr., father of John Romita Jr. *John Romita Jr., son of John Romita Sr. *John Steinbeck (1902-1968), American writer *J. R. R. Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973), English writer and philologist *John Updike (1932-2009), American novelist *John Whittington (screenwriter), John Whittington, American screenwriter *John Wyndham (1903-1969), English writer


Actors

*John Barrowman (born 1967), British-American actor *John Belushi (1949–1982), American actor and comedian *John Boyega (born 1992), English actor *John Candy (1950–1994), Canadian actor *John Challis (1942–2021), English actor *John Estrada (born 1973), Filipino film and TV actor *John DiMaggio (born 1968), American actor and voice actor *John Gielgud (1904–2000), English actor *John Goodman (born 1952), American actor *John Gordon Sinclair (born 1962), British voice actor *John Hannah (actor), John Hannah (born 1962), Scottish actor *John Hasler (born 1974), English actor and voice actor *John Hurt (1940–2017), English actor *John Kassir (born 1957), American actor, voice actor and stand-up comedian *John Krasinski (born 1979), American actor, director and producer *John M. Jackson (born 1950), American actor *John Lone (born 1952), Hong Kong-born American actor *John Lithgow (born 1945), American actor, author, musician, poet and singer *John Malkovich (born 1953), American actor, voice actor, producer, director and fashion designer *John C. McGinley (born 1959), American actor *Xander Mobus, John Alexander Luft Mobus, American voice actor *John O'Hurley (born 1954), American actor, comedian, author, game show host and television personality *John Ratzenberger (born 1947), American actor, voice actor, director and entrepreneur *John C. Reilly (born 1965), American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and musician *John Schwab (born 1972), American actor, voice actor, musician and producer *John Stephenson (actor), John Stephenson (1923/1924–2015), American actor *John Travolta (born 1954), American actor and singer *John Wayne (1907–1979), American actor and filmmaker


Sportsmen

*John (footballer) (born 1996), Brazilian footballer *John H. Adams (1914–1995), American Hall of Fame jockey *John Adams (basketball) (1917–1979), All-American basketball player from Arkansas *John Adams (drummer) (born 1951), perennial attendee of Cleveland Indians baseball home games *John Adams (golfer) (born 1954), American professional golfer *John Adams (judoka) (born 1960), Dominican Republic judoka *John Adams (ice hockey, born 1920) (1920–1996), Canadian ice hockey winger in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens *John Adams (ice hockey, born 1946), Canadian ice hockey goaltender *John Andrews (American football) (born 1948), American football player *John Babcock (wrestler) (fl. 1904), American Olympic wrestler *John Bacon (footballer) (born 1973), Irish footballer *John Bacon (cricketer) (1871–1942), English cricketer *John Bailey (footballer, born 1950), English footballer and chairman *John Bailey (footballer, born 1957), English footballer *John Bailey (footballer, born 1969), English footballer *John Bailey (rugby league) (born 1954), Australian rugby league footballer and coach *John Bailey (English cricketer) (born 1940), English cricketer *John Bailey (New Zealand cricketer) (born 1941), New Zealand cricketer *John Bates (American football) (born 1997), American football player *John Brannon (American football) (born 1998), American football player *John Cena (born 1977), American professional wrestler, actor, television presenter and former rapper *John Edgar (English footballer) (1930–2006), English footballer *John Edgar (Scottish footballer), Scottish footballer *John Hawley Edwards (1850–1893), footballer; a founder of Welsh Football Association *John Dunlop Edwards (1860–1911), Jack Edwards, Australian cricketer *John Edwards (footballer, born 1875) (1875–1???), English footballer *John Edwards (Canadian football) (1912–2005), Canadian football player *John Edwards (cricketer, born 1928) (1928–2002), Australian cricketer *John Edwards (Barbadian cricketer) (1909–1976), Barbadian cricketer *John Edwards (Australian footballer) (born 1942), Australian rules footballer *John Edwards (canoeist) (born 1954), Canadian sprint canoer *John Edwards (basketball) (born 1981), American basketball player *John Edwards (racing driver) (born 1991), American racing driver *Johnny Gargano, John "Johnny" Gargano (born 1987), American professional wrestler *John Henderson (darts player) (born 1973), Scottish darts player *John McMullin (1849–1881), American baseball player *John McMullin (golfer), American golfer *John McSeveney (1931–2020), Scottish footballer and manager *John Morrison (wrestler), John Morrison (born 1979), American professional wrestler *John Selwyn Moll, John Moll (1913-1942), English rugby union player *John Morkel (1928–2010), South African born Rhodesian international rugby union player *John Nogowski (born 1993), American baseball player *Johnny Reagan (1926–2018), baseball coach *John Roberts (Australian rules footballer) (born 1956), Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne/Sydney Swans and in South Australia *John Roberts (footballer, born 1881) (1881–1956), Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne *John Roberts Jr. (billiards player) (1847–1919), professional player of English billiards *John Roberts (Shropshire cricketer) (born 1948), Shropshire cricketer *John Roberts (Lancashire cricketer) (1933–2019), former English cricketer *John Roberts (Somerset cricketer) (born 1949), Somerset cricketer *John Roberts (footballer, born 1857) (1857–1???), Welsh (from Llangollen) international footballer *John Roberts (footballer, born 1858) (1858–1???), Welsh international footballer *John Roberts (footballer, born 1885) (1885–19??), English footballer who played for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bristol Rovers *John Roberts (footballer, born 1887) (1887–19??), English-born footballer active in Italy for Milan and Modena *John Roberts (footballer, born 1891) (1891–19??), Scottish footballer *John Roberts (footballer, born 1944), Australian soccer player *John Roberts (footballer, born 1946) (1946–2016), Welsh international footballer who played for Wrexham and Arsenal *John Roberts (hurler) (1895–1987), Irish hurler *John Roberts (rower) (born 1953), British Olympic rower *John Roberts (rugby player) (1906–1965), Welsh rugby player *John Roberts (American football) (1920–2012), American football, wrestling and track coach *John Stones (born 1994), English footballer *John Wood (baseball) (1872–1929), baseball player *John Wood (canoeist) (1950–2013), Canadian Olympic flatwater canoer *John Wood (racing driver) (born 1952), CART driver *John Wood (rugby league) (born 1956), Great Britain, and Leigh *Jon Wood (born 1981), NASCAR driver *John Young (first baseman) (1949–2016), American baseball first baseman *John Young (cricketer, born 1863) (1863–1933), English cricketer *John Young (cricketer, born 1876) (1876–1913), English cricketer *John Young (cricketer, born 1884) (1884–1960), English cricketer *John Young (cyclist) (1936–2013), Australian cyclist *John Young (field hockey) (born 1934), Canadian Olympic hockey player *John Young (footballer, born 1888) (1888–1915), Scottish footballer *John Young (footballer, born 1889) (1889–1???), Scottish footballer *John Young (footballer, born 1891) (1891–1947), Scottish footballer *John Young (footballer, born 1951), Scottish footballer and manager *John Young (footballer, born 1957), Scottish footballer (Denver Avalanche) *John Young (ice hockey), American ice hockey and roller hockey player *John Young (rugby union) (1937–2020), English rugby union player *John Young (swimmer) (1917–2006), Bermudian swimmer


Criminal

*John Arthur Ackroyd (died 2016), American murderer *John Bodkin Adams (1899–1983), British criminal *John Allen (murderer), John Allen (1934–2015), British criminal *John Ashley (bandit), John Ashley (1888 or 1895–1924), American outlaw *John Baughman (1941–2000), American murderer *John Battaglia (1955–2018), American murderer *John William Bean (1824–1882), British criminal who attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria *John Billee (1873–1890), American outlaw and Creek Indian *John Bittrolff (born 1966), American murderer *John Wilkes Booth (1838–1865), American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865 *John Paul Chase (1901–1973), American robber *John William Clouser (born 1932), American robber *John Cooper (serial killer), John Cooper (born 1944), Welsh serial killer *John Martin Crawford (1962–2020), Canadian serial killer *John Brennan Crutchley (1946 –2002), American convicted kidnapper, rapist, and suspected serial killer *John Darwin disappearance case, John Darwin (born 1950), British criminal *John Dillinger (1903–1934), American gangster of the Great Depression *John Factor (1892–1984), American prohibition-era gangster and con artist *John Wayne Gacy (1942–1994), American serial killer and sex offender *John Geoghan (1935–2003), American serial child rapist *John K. Giles (1895–1979), American inmate at Alcatraz prison *John Gotti (1940–2002), American gangster *John Hamilton (gangster) (1899–1934), Canadian fugitive *John Wesley Hardin (1853–1895), American Old West outlaw *John Hinckley Jr. (born 1955), American criminal *John Hirst (criminal), John Hirst (born 1950), British convicted murderer *John Kinney (outlaw) (1847–1919), American outlaw of the Old West, who formed the John Kinney Gang *John M. Larn (1849–1878), American lawman and later outlaw *John List (1925–2008), American mass murderer and fugitive *John Ingvar Lövgren (1930–2002), Swedish serial killer *John Mason (outlaw) (18??–April 1866), American fugitive and one of the leaders of the Mason Henry Gang *John McAfee (1945–2021), British-American computer programmer and businessman who committed suicide in prison *John Middleton (cowboy), John Middleton (1854–1885), American outlaw and friend of Billy the Kid *John Paul Sr. (racing driver) (born 1939), American racing driver, convicted felon and fugitive whose whereabouts are unknown *John Parsons (criminal), John Parsons (born 1971), American fugitive *John M. Pyle (born 1956), American fugitive *John Roselli (1905–1976), American influential mobster for the Chicago Outfit *John Ruffo (born 1954), American fugitive whose whereabouts are unknown *John Selman (1839–1896), American fugitive *John Sontag (1861–1893), American outlaw *John Svahlstedt (born 1947), Swedish serial rapist *John Anthony Walker (1937–2014), American Navy chief warrant officer and Soviet spy *John Wojtowicz (1945–2006), American bank robber *John Younger (1851–1874), American outlaw


Colonial peoples

*John Custis (1678–1749) *John Parke Custis (1754–1781), son of Martha Washington *John Wayles (1715–1773)


Others

*John Price Durbin (1800–1876), Chaplain of the Sentae, president of Dickinson College *John Gray (nightwatchman), John Gray (died 1858), owner of Greyfriars Bobby *J. Hartwell Harrison, John Hartwell Harrison, M.D. (1909–1984), urologic surgeon *John Harrison (director) (born 1948), writer, director, producer, and music composer *John Harrison (Leeds) (1579–1656), 16th century benefactor of the Yorkshire town *John C. Harrison, American law professor *John Kent Harrison, television producer, director and writer *John Leonard Harrison (1917–1972), British zoologist *John Harrison (historian) (1847–1922), Scottish merchant, master tailor and historical author *John Harrison (engraver) (1872–1954), British stamp engraver *John Harrison (ice cream taster) (born 1942), American ice cream taster *John B. Harrison (1861–1947), justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court *John Vernon Harrison (1892–1972), British structural geologist, explorer and cartographer *John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960–1999), American political-family member and journalist, son of John F. Kennedy *John M. Lloyd (1835–1892), American police officer, tavern owner, and bricklayer, known for testifying in the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln assassination conspiracy trials *John McMullin (silversmith) (1765–1843), American silversmith *John G. Palfrey (1796–1881), American clergyman and historian *John Palfrey (born 1972), American educator, scholar, and law professor *Neil Reagan, John Neil Reagan (1908–1996), American radio station manager, elder brother of Ronald Reagan *John Payne Todd (1792–1852), first son of Dolley Madison, adopted son of James Madison *John Traill (1835–1897), Scottish coffee house owner *John Anderson Truman (1851–1914), father of Harry S. Truman *John M. Wallace (1815–1880), granduncle of Bess Truman *John B. Wood (1827–1884), American journalist *John H. Wood Jr. (1916–1979), U.S. federal judge *John Wood (millowner) (1758–????), created the Howard Town Mills complex in Glossop, England *John Wood (Bradford manufacturer) (1793–1871), English industrialist and factory reformer *John Wood (explorer) (1812–1871), Scottish explorer of central Asia *John Wood (photographer), Civil War photographer for Union Army *John Doe, pseudonym for dead people


Fictional characters

* John, a character in the 1994 American black-comedy movie ''The Ref#Cast, The Ref'' * John, a character in the American TV miniseries V (1983 miniseries)#Cast, V (1983 miniseries) and ''V The Final Battle#Cast, V The Final Battle'' * John "Jack" Arnold, a character in the American coming-of-age, comedy-drama television series ''List of The Wonder Years characters#Main characters, The Wonder Years'' * John Clark (Tom Clancy character), character in Tom Clancy's Ryanverse * John Darling (Peter Pan), John Darling, is one of the The Darling Family, Darling children and a character in the 1953 Walt Disney's animated film ''Peter Pan (1953 film), Peter Pan'' * John Diggle (Arrowverse), a character from the ''Arrowerse'' franchise * John Ellis, a character in the Netflix series ''Grand Army (TV series), Grand Army'' * John Jonah Jameson, a newspaper publisher in Marvel Comics * Det. John Kimble, the main character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 American action comedy movie ''Kindergarten Cop#Cast, Kindergarten Cop'' * John Connor, character in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, Terminator (franchise), Terminator *Master Chief (Halo), John-117, central character in the Halo (franchise), ''Halo'' franchise * John Locke (Lost), John Locke, one of the central characters in the American TV series ''Lost (TV series), Lost'' * Soap MacTavish, John "Soap" MacTavish, a character in the ''Call of Duty'' franchise * John McClane, the main protagonist of the Die Hard (film series), ''Die Hard'' film series * John Murphy, in the TV series ''The 100 (TV series), The 100'' * John Nana, the main character played by Roddy Piper in the 1988 American science-fiction action thriller movie ''They Live#Cast, They Live'' * John Rainbird, a character in the 1984 American science fiction horror movie ''Firestarter (1984 film)#Cast, Firestarter'' *Long John Silver, antagonist of Robert Louis Stevenson, Stevenson's Treasure Island *John "Hannibal" Smith, a character in the 1980s action-adventure television series ''List of The A-Team characters#Main characters, The A-Team'' * John Walker (comics), a superhero in Marvel Comics ** John Walker (Marvel Cinematic Universe), the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe adaptation of the character *Dr. Watson, John H. Watson, associate of Sherlock Holmes * John, King of England, Prince John, a main villain in the
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See also

* * *Hanan (disambiguation)


References

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