Johannes (Yohannes)
PronunciationGerman: [joˈhanəs]
Dutch: [joːˈɦɑnəs]
Amharic: [johänɨs]
Finnish: [ˈjohɑnːes]
Word/nameHebrew, via Latin
Meaning"YHWH has been gracious"[1]
Other names
Related namesJohn, Jan, Yann, Ian, Evan, Juan, Johan, Juha, Juho, Juhani, Hannu, Jean, Giovanni, Hovhannes, Seán, Ants

Johannes is a Medieval Latin form of the personal name that usually appears as "John" in English language contexts. It is a variant of the Greek and Classical Latin variants (Ιωάννης, Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name Yehochanan, meaning "Yahweh is gracious". The name became popular in Northern Europe, especially in Germany. Common German variants for Johannes are Johann, Hannes, Hans (diminutized to Hänschen or Hänsel, as known from "Hansel and Gretel", a fairy tale by the Grimm brothers), Jens (from Danish) and Jan (from Dutch). In the Netherlands, Johannes was without interruption the most common masculine birth name until 1989.[2] Jan is known in Catalan, Czech, Slovenian, Polish, Dutch, Scandinavian, Cornish, German, Afrikaans and Northern Germanic. Polish has also its own variant Janusz as has Slovenian "Janez". Common English variants for Johannes are John or Johnny. There are also variants of the name in other languages:

People named Johannes


Fictional characters named Johannes

  • Johannes Cabal, the main character of a series of supernatural fiction novels and short stories by Jonathan L. Howard. Novels include: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (2009), Johannes Cabal the Detective (2010), Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (2011). Short stories: "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day" (2004), "Exeunt Demon King" (2006), "The Ereshklig Working" (2010), and "The House of Gears" (2011).
  • Johannes (The Traitor) is the main antagonist in the video game Rogue Legacy. He is revealed at the game's ending to have betrayed the king and his family, and have discovered the Fountain of Youth. He is the Player's ancestor.
  • Johannes "Jojo" Betzler, the title character of Jojo Rabbit




  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "John" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Johannes at the Meertens Institute database of given names in the Netherlands.
  3. ^ Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, 2013.
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