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Origin of the name JANE.
Etymology of the name JANE.
Meaning of the baby name JANE.


JANE.  A pet form of Johanna (q.v.), a feminine form of John, meaning "Jehovah's gift (or grace)."  Usage:  America, Australia, Canada, Cornwall, England, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Isle of Man, New Zealand, Scotland.

... It was not till the Tudor period, as Camden states, that Jane came into use; when Jane Seymour at once rendered it so fashionable that it became the courtly title;... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).

The marriage of the Duke of Orleans with Jane of France was a union which was forced by her despotic father, Louis XI., whose orders none dared to disobey.  Jane was amiable, she feared to inspire the young prince with disgust.  She was only twelve years of age when the marriage was celebrated, in 1476, and the Duke of Orleans, who was then but fourteen, secretly protested against an alliance which he could not refuse, and was obliged to simulate an attachment which he did not feel, in order to avoid the resentment of the king.  At length Louis XI.'s death put an end to this odious slavery, but the prince did not openly separate from Jane, out of respect for her brother King Charles VIII. (Memoirs of the Queens of France, Bush, 1884)


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