🔼The name Joanna: Summary
- Yah Has Been Gracious
- From (1) יה (yah), the shortened name of the Lord, and (2) the verb חנן (hanan), to be gracious.
🔼The name Joanna in the Bible
Joanna was the wife of Chuza, a steward of king Herod, and she, Mary the Magdalene, Susanna and many others were either healed of evil spirits and sickness, or were funding Jesus' mission, or both. She was probably present when Jesus was laid in the tomb (Luke 23:55) but she was certainly there when he had risen (24:10).
🔼Etymology of the name Joanna
The name Joanna is the feminine version of the Hebrew name Johanan, from whence comes the English name John. In Hebrew the name Joanna would look like this: יוחנה.
All these names consist of two parts. The first part is יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which is the shortened form of the appellative יהוה, which is YHWH, the Name of the Lord.
The final part of the name comes from the verb חנן (hanan), meaning to be gracious:
The verb חנן (hanan) means to be gracious or to favor. Nouns חן (hen), חנינה (hanina), תחנה (tehinna) and תחנון (tahanun) mean favor or grace. Adverb חנם (hinnam) means freely or gratis, and adjective חנון (hannun) means gracious.
The name Joanna means Yah Has Been Gracious.