Jean \jean\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Jean), is pronounced jeen. It is of French and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jean is "God is gracious". Variant of John. Jean is sometimes hyphenated with another name, and the French pronunciation (zhahn) may be used. Author and artist Jean Cocteau; playwright Jean Moli?; author Jean-Paul Sartre; actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.