Jean-Baptiste

Gender: Masculine
Origin: French

One of the most common French male composition names, it was originally bestowed in honour of St. John the Baptiste.

As of 2009, Jean-Baptiste was the 335th most popular male name in France.

Notable bearers include: American French-born Explorer, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau (1805-1866); this was also the given name of Molière, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Johann Baptist (German)
  • Giambattista (Italian)
  • Gianbattista (Italian)
  • Giovanbattista (Italian)

Baptiste

John the Baptiste, Titian

Gender: Masuline
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “to dip.”
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The name is derived from the Greek word βαπτω (bapto) meaning, “to dip.” The name was originally bestowed in honour of St. John the Baptiste and is often paired with John and its various cognates.

Currently, its Spanish form of Bautista, is the 19th most popular male name in Argentina, (2009). While Baptiste ranked in as the 30th most popular name in France and the 80th most popular in Belgium, (2009).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Battista (Corsican/Italian)
  • Battistu (Corsican)
  • Ghjuvan Battistu/Ghjuvan Battista (Corsican)
  • Jean-Baptiste (French)
  • Baptist (German)
  • Podromos πρόδρομοσ (Greek)
  • Giambattista (Italian)
  • Baptista (Occitanian)
  • Batista (Occitanian)
  • Bautista (Spanish)
  • Juan Bautista (Spanish)

A French feminine form is Baptistine.