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)