Mary Jane, Maryjane

Mary Jane (2)The name is a combination of Mary and Jane. As a full give-name, its earliest record can be traced to 17th-century England. By the 19th-century, the name became extremely widespread throughout the English-speaking world.

Maryjane appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 between 1914 and 2009, and it peaked in 1923, coming in as the 463rd most popular female name.

In the United States, Mary Jane is associated with a type of shoe that became popular in the 1940s. The shoe was named for the character in the 1940s comic strip Buster Brown. The name has also been used as a slang term for marijuana, being a mistranslation of the belief that marijuana comes from the Spanish female name, Maria Juana.

Maryjane is also the name of a type of molasses candy produced by Necco.

Over the past 50 years, the name has also been the subject of several pop, rock, soul and rap songs.

Other forms include:

  • Maria Juana (Spanish)
  • Marie-Jeanne (French)
  • Maria Johanna (German)
  • Mary Joan (English)

Potential diminutive forms include:

  • Madge
  • Maja/Mazha (MAH-jah, not MYE-yah)
  • Molly
  • Mojo




The name is a French compound name made up of Marie and Jeanne. It is the French cognate of Mary Jane.

It is currently the 337th most popular female name in Quebec, Canada (2010).

The name was borne by French poetess Marie-Jeanne L’Héritier de Villandon (1664-1734).

It was also borne by French novelist Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni (1714-1794).