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JOHN Family HistoryThis in its various and sometimes confused forms, is probably the worlds most popular name. Recorded from the 12th century a.d. onwards in every European country, and in over fourteen hundred spellings, this is a Biblical and Crusader name. The spellings range from base forms such as Jon or John (England & Wales), Evan (Wales), Johan (Germany), Ian (Scotland), Sean and Shane (Ireland), Ivan (Russia) and Jean (France), to the Italian Giovanni, Zanni and Zoane, the Polish Janus, the Czeck Jan, Janak and Jansky, to the diminutives Jenkin, Jeannet, Nannini, Zanelli, Zanicchi, and Gianuzzi, the patronymics Johnson, Joynson, Jenson, Jocie, Ivanshintsev, and Ivashechkin.
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