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On the European continent and in all French-speaking countries, Jean, pronounced [ʒɑ̃], is a male name derived from the Old French Jehan. The name ultimately derives from the Hebrew name Yohanan. The female equivalent is Jeanne, pronounced [ʒan], and derives from the Old French Jehanne. Both the masculine and feminine versions mean "Yhwh has graced," or a similar variant. In the works of Harry Turtledove, Jean may refer to:
Characters with the first name Jean:
- Jean Abrgall, a Breton salt merchant and minor character in Opening Atlantis.
- John James Audubon, historical explorer appearing in "Audubon in Atlantis", is known in French-speaking countries by his birth name Jean-Jacques Audubon.
- Jean Darlan, French policeman in "Before the Beginning".
- Jean Desroches, a French soldier and minor character in The Man With the Iron Heart.
- Jean-Marie Gantois, historical priest and pamphleteer referenced in "Uncle Alf".
- Jean-Henri Jusserand, a French diplomat and minor character appearing in The Victorious Opposition.
- Jean-Paul Sartre, historical French author referenced in "The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging".