There are multiple origins and translations for the name Jan:
1. Persian name-giving component only (جان) interpretation - "soul; spirit; heart; breath; life; power, energy; vitality; darling; beloved; precious".
2. Germanic and West Slavic diminutive form of the Biblical name John/Iohannes/Yochanan means - "God (Ya/Jehovah) is merciful (Hanan)".
3. Hindi name (जन) means - "person; people".
May also refer to Jan (feminine name )