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Famous People Named Johan or Johann

Updated November 5, 2019 5.3k views98 items
Have you ever realized how many famous people named Johan there are? We put together this list of celebrities named Johan to show that Johans have a lot of good representation for their names. Some of the famous Johans on this list might go by Johann, so this list also includes famous people named Johann. From actors named Johan to athletes named Johan, this list should include the most notable people whose name is Johan. This list includes well-known Johans like German classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Dutch football player Johan Cruijff, and Venezuelan baseball player Johan Santana.
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  • Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

    BirthplaceEisenach, Germany

    Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Art of Fugue, the...  more

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  • BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    Hendrik Johannes Cruijff OON (Dutch: [ˈjoːɦɑn ˈkrœyf] (listen), internationally spelled Cruyff; 25 April 1947 – 24 March 2016) was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won...  more

    #64 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#10 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#83 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • BirthplaceMérida, Venezuela, Venezuela

    Johan Alexander Santana Araque (; born March 13, 1979) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball starting pitcher. Santana pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins from 2000...  more
  • Dec. at 82 (1749-1832)

    BirthplaceFree City of Frankfurt

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also US: GURT-ə, GAYT-ə, -⁠ee; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] (listen); 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include:...  more

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  • Dec. at 73 (1825-1899)

    BirthplaceNeubau, Vienna, Austria

    Johann Strauss II (born Johann Baptist Strauss; 25 October 1825 – 3 June 1899), also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger, the Son (German: Sohn), son of Johann Strauss I, was an Austrian...  more

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  • BirthplaceHeemstede, Netherlands

    Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjoːɦɑn ˈneːskə(n)s]; born 15 September 1951) is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of...  more
  • Dec. at 58 (1778-1837)

    BirthplaceBratislava, Slovakia

    Johann Nepomuk Hummel (14 November 1778 – 17 October 1837) was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era....  more
  • Dec. at 53 (1653-1706)

    BirthplaceNuremberg, Germany

    Johann Pachelbel (baptised 1 September 1653 – buried 9 March 1706) was a German composer, organist, and teacher who brought the south German organ schools to their peak. He composed a large body of...  more

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  • BirthplaceDrammen, Norway

    Johann Olav Koss, (born 29 October 1968) is a former speed skater from Norway. He won four Olympic gold medals, including three at the 1994 Winter Olympics in his home country. He resides in...  more
  • Dec. at 51 (1762-1814)

    BirthplaceRammenau, Germany

    Johann Gottlieb Fichte (; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈɡɔtliːp ˈfɪçtə]; 19 May 1762 – 27 January 1814) was a German philosopher who became a founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German...  more
  • BirthplaceAlingsås, Sweden

    Johan Erik Calvin Elmander ([²juːan ɛlˈmandɛr]; born 27 May 1981 in Alingsås) is a retired Swedish professional footballer who last played as a striker for Swedish team Örgryte IS. Elmander scored 20...  more
  • BirthplaceLandsbro, Sweden

    Johan Franzén (pronounced [²juːan franˈseːn] (listen); born 23 December 1979) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey winger under contract to the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League...  more
  • Dec. at 46 (1735-1782)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Johann Christian Bach (September 5, 1735 – January 1, 1782) was a German composer of the Classical era, the eighteenth child of Johann Sebastian Bach, and the youngest of his eleven sons. After a...  more
  • BirthplaceBorås, Sweden

    Johan Wiland (born 24 January 1981) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Allsvenskan club Hammarby IF....  more
  • BirthplaceVriezenveen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Johan Kenkhuis (born 7 May 1980 in Vriezenveen, Overijssel) is an Olympic medal winning Dutch swimmer. From a young age, Kenkhuis had a strong interest in swimming. In 1998, he won gold medals in...  more
  • Dec. at 59 (1744-1803)

    BirthplaceEast Prussia

    Johann Gottfried (after 1802, von) Herder (; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈɡɔtfʁiːt ˈhɛɐ̯dɐ]; 25 August 1744 – 18 December 1803) was a German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic. He is associated...  more
  • Dec. at 50 (1717-1768)

    BirthplaceStendal, Germany

    Johann Joachim Winckelmann (; German: [ˈvɪŋkl̩man]; 9 December 1717 – 8 June 1768) was a German art historian and archaeologist. He was a pioneering Hellenist who first articulated the difference...  more
  • BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    Johann Eduard Hari (born 21 January 1979) is a Swiss-British writer and journalist. Hari has written for publications including The Independent and The Huffington Post and has written books on the...  more
  • Dec. at 66 (1928-1994)
    Johan Adam Heyns (27 May 1928 – 5 November 1994) was an Afrikaner Calvinist theologian and moderator of the general synod of the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) in South Africa. He was...  more
  • BirthplaceNacka, Stockholm, Sweden

    Johan "Moose" Hedberg (born 5 May 1973) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently the goaltending coach and the assistant coach of the San Jose Sharks....  more
  • Dec. at 40 (1834-1874)

    BirthplaceGelnhausen, Germany

    Johann Philipp Reis (German: [ʁaɪs]; January 7, 1834 – January 14, 1874) was a self-taught German scientist and inventor. In 1861, he constructed the first make-and-break telephone, today called the...  more

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  • Dec. at 46 (1625-1672)

    BirthplaceDordrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Johan de Witt (24 September 1625 – 20 August 1672) was a Dutch statesman and a major political figure in the Dutch Republic in the mid-17th century, when its flourishing sea trade in a period of...  more
  • Age: 48

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Johan Hegg is the lead singer of the melodic death metal band Amon Amarth....  more
  • Dec. at 74 (1814-1888)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Johann Zacherl (1814 – 30 June 1888) was an Austrian inventor, industrialist and manufacturer. Johann Zacherl made a fortune in the late 19th century by selling dried flower heads of Chrysanthemum...  more
  • BirthplaceMalmesbury, Western Cape, South Africa

    Johann Sadie (born 23 January 1989 in Malmesbury, South Africa) is a professional South African rugby union player. He usually plays as a centre and currently plays for French Top 14 side Agen....  more
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