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  1. #8,060,023 Joan Towns
  2. #8,060,024 Joan Townshend
  3. #8,060,025 Joan Tozer
  4. #8,060,026 Joan Trachtenberg
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  9. #8,060,031 Joan Traxler
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Meaning & Origins

Contracted form of Old French Jo(h)anne, from Latin Io(h)anna (see Joanna). In England this was the usual feminine form of John from the Middle English period onwards and was extremely popular, but in the 16th and 17th centuries it steadily lost ground to Jane. It was strongly revived in the first part of the 20th century, partly under the influence of George Bernard Shaw's play St Joan (1923), based on the life of Joan of Arc (1412–31). Claiming to be guided by the voices of the saints, she persuaded the French dauphin to defy the occupying English forces and have himself crowned, and she led the French army that raised the siege of Orleans in 1429. The following year she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English, and a year later she was burned at the stake for witchcraft at the age of 18 or 19. Her story has captured the imagination of many writers, and she is variously portrayed as a national and political hero, a model of apolitical straightforwardness and honesty, and a religious heroine. She was canonized in 1920. More recent influences have included the American film actress Joan Crawford (1908–77, born Lucille le Sueur), the British actress Joan Collins (b. 1933), the American comedienne Joan Rivers (b. 1933), and the West Indian pop singer Joan Armatrading (b. 1950).
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English: habitational name from any of various places so called. One in Northamptonshire is named with Old English træppe ‘(fish-)trap’ + ford ‘ford’. The places called Trafford in Cheshire have as their first element Old English trog ‘trough’, ‘valley’; while Trafford in Lancashire was originally called Stratford ‘ford on a Roman road’ (see Stratford). Nevertheless, most cases of the surname probably derive from the last of these places; a landowning family can be traced there to the 13th century.
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