Joanna is a name of English origins, primarily used by parents for their daughters. The name Joanna was taken from the original Latin form of the name, Ioanna. The meaning of Joanna is ‘God is gracious’. Joanna is a name that is seen throughout the Holy Bible. It is first mentioned in the Gospel of Luke with Saint Joanna. She was the wife of Chuza and is said to have followed Jesus and his disciples after Jesus miraculously healed her injury. It is from this story that the name Joanna takes its meaning, as she was healed through God's grace. Some of the notable public figures who have been known to bear this name are Queen Joanna of Castile and Leon and the American writer and feminist Joanna Russ, among many others.