Joan was born to Fergus and Marsali Fraser in the North Carolina backcountry. As an infant, she was baptized at the Gathering at Mount Helicon – clandestinely, for Catholicism was outlawed in the colony.
As she grew older, Joan and her younger sister became known affectionately by their grandfather as the "hell kittens".
Events of the NovelsEdit
Joan is baptized during the Gathering on Mount Helicon in late October 1770.
In 1774, Joan moves with her parents and siblings from Fraser's Ridge to New Bern.
In 1777, Fergus and his family move to Philadelphia.
Joan is good at spelling, having played with discarded lead type since she was a toddler, and has in interest in learning the meaning of new words.
Joan is described as a "brown wren of a child".
- Joan is a Medieval English form of Johanne, an Old French form of Iohanna (Joanna), an English and Polish form of Latin Iohanna, which was derived from Greek Ιωαννα (Ioanna), the feminine form of Ioannes (JOHN)  the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".
- Laoghaire (LEER ee, LAIR ee, L'Heery) may come from the Old Irish name Laegaire, which may mean "calf-herder". Name of two saints and a king of Tara.
- Claire is the French form of Clara, which itself is the feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous".
- Fraser may be derived from Fredarius, Fresel or Freseau. Another suggestion is that the Frasers were a tribe in Roman Gaul, whose badge was a strawberry plant.
- ↑ Age as of the end of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
- ↑ An Echo in the Bone, chapter 18. Claire mentally notes Jamie refers to his granddaughters Joan and Félicité as the "hell-kittens".
- ↑ A Breath of Snow and Ashes, chapter 27
- ↑ Behind the Name: Joan - accessed 27 May 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: Joanna - accessed 27 May 2016
- ↑ Behind the Name: John - accessed 27 May 2016
- ↑ Celtic Female Names of Ireland – accessed 11 May 2015.
- ↑ Behind the Name: Claire – Accessed 19 April 2015
- ↑ Behind the Name: Clara – Accessed 19 April 2015
- ↑ Way, George and Squire, Romily. Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia. (Foreword by The Rt Hon. The Earl of Elgin KT, Convenor, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs). Published in 1994. Pages 142 - 143.