Of Greek and Hebrew origin.
From the Greek name Ιωάννα (Ioanna), which became Iohanna in Latin.
Feminine form of the Greek name Ιωάννης (Ioannes), which in English is John.
Joanna was used in the Middle Ages as a Latinized form of the name Joan.
Greek name Ιωάννα derives from Hebrew Yôhannah, meaning “graced by God”.
Joanna became common in the English speaking countries in the 19th century.
Famous bearers are Joanna Cassidy, Joanna Gleason, Joanna Lumley, Joanna Hayes, Joanna Kerns, Joanna Pettet, Joanna Liszowska, Joanna Shimkus, Joanna Brodzik, Joanna Klepko, Joanna Koroniewska.
Joanna Cassidy is an American film and tv actress.
She became widely known for her role in Ridley Scott’s film “Blade Runner”.
She won a Golden Globe award and has numerous nominations for several acting awards.
She also starred in films such as “Under Fire”, “The Package”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “The Fourth Protocol”, etc.
Joanna Lumley is an English actress, author and activist.
She is widely known for her role as Edina Monsoon in the British tv series “Absolutely Fabulous”.
She has also appeared in the U.K. tv series “Sensitive Skin”, “The New Avengers”, etc. and in films such as “Trail of the Pink Panther”, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, etc.