Urdu: meaning of suffix jaan in umrao jaan

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Looking up wikipedia entry for umrao jaan ada I came across the following sentence:

"She [umrao] eventually gains her first client, (earning her the suffix of jaan) but prefers the impoverished Gauhar Mirza, her friend."

What does the suffix jaan mean? In shahabnamah also there is a famous dancer by name jhumka jaan.

Would appreciate help.:)
  • Qureshpor

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    Panjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    In the Subcontinent, generally, Muslim courtesans's names were followed by the name "Jaan" whilst Hindu ones had the title "Baa'ii" appended to their names.
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