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John is a
surname In some cultures, a surname, family name, or last name is the portion of one's personal name that indicates their family, tribe or community. Practices vary by culture. The family name may be placed at either the start of a person's full nam ...
which, like the given name
John John is a common English name and surname: * John (given name) John is a common English name and surname: * John (given name) * John (surname), including a list of people who have the name John John may also refer to: New Testament Works ...
, is derived from the
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name , ', meaning "Graced by
Yahweh Yahweh was the national god of ancient Kingdom of Israel (Samaria), Israel and Kingdom of Judah, Judah. His origins reach at least to the early Iron Age, and likely to the Late Bronze Age. In the oldest biblical literature, he is a Weather ...
". People with this surname include: * Anaparambil Joseph John (1893–1957), Travancorean freedom fighter and statesman, Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin and Governor of Madras *
Augustus John Augustus Edwin John (4 January 1878 – 31 October 1961) was a Welsh people, Welsh painter, drawing, draughtsman, and etcher. For a time he was considered the most important artist at work in Britain: Virginia Woolf would remark that by 1908 the ...
(1878–1961), Welsh artist * Avery John (born 1975), Trinidadian footballer *
Barry John Barry John (born 6 January 1945) is a former Welsh rugby union Rugby union, commonly known simply as rugby, is a Contact sport#Terminology, full-contact team sport that originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of t ...

Barry John
(born 1945), Welsh former rugby union player * Barry John (artist) MBE, Welsh artist *
Caroline John Caroline Frances John (19 September 1940 – 5 June 2012) was an English actress. She played classical roles on the stage and also portrayed Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw in the BBC The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a public service ...
(1940–2012), British actress *
Collins John Collins John (born 17 October 1985 in Zwedru) is a Liberian-born Dutch Association football, footballer who last played as a forward (association football), forward for Pittsburgh Riverhounds. John notably played in the Premier League for Fulha ...

Collins John
(born 1985), Liberia-born Dutch footballer * Dilwyn John (born 1944), former Welsh footballer *
Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin Bernard John Taupin (born 22 May 1950) is an English lyricist, poet, s ...

Elton John
(born 1947), birth name Reginald Dwight, British pop singer * Elton John (footballer) (born 1987), Trinidadian footballer *
Fritz John Fritz John (14 June 1910 – 10 February 1994) was a German-born mathematician A mathematician is someone who uses an extensive knowledge of mathematics Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quant ...

Fritz John
(1910–1994), German-American mathematician *
Gottfried John Gottfried John (; 29 August 1942 – 1 September 2014) was a German stage, screen, and voice actor. A long-time collaborator of Rainer Werner Fassbinder Rainer Werner Fassbinder (; 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982), sometimes credite ...
(1942–2015), German actor * Gus John (born 1945), Grenadian-born writer, consultant, lecturer and researcher *
Gwen John Gwendolen Mary John (22 June 1876 – 18 September 1939) was a Welsh artist who worked in France for most of her career. Her paintings, mainly portraits of anonymous female sitters, are rendered in a range of closely related tones. Although she w ...
(1876–1939), Welsh artist, sister of Augustus John *
Isaac John
Isaac John
(born 1988), New Zealand Rugby League player * Jory John, American children's book author * Mable John (born 1930), American blues singer *
Olivia Newton-John Dame Olivia Newton-John (born 26 September 1948) is a British-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and activist. She is a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career includes five US number-one hits and another ten top-ten h ...

Olivia Newton-John
(born 1948), English-Australian singer * Otto John (1909–1997), German who plotted against Hitler, convicted of treason during the Cold War * Peter John (disambiguation) * Radek John (born 1954), Czech politician * Rosamund John (1913–1998), English actress * Roy John (footballer) (1911–1973), Wales international footballer * Roy John (rugby union) (1925–1981), Welsh rugby union player * Rysen John (born 1997), American football player * Stern John (born 1976), Trinidadian footballer * Tommy John (born 1943), American baseball player *Walter John (1879–1940), German chess player * Little Willie John (1937–1968), American R&B singer


See also

* John (disambiguation) * Johns (surname) * Alternate forms for the name John


References

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