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What does Shan mean?

Shan Pronunciation of Shan [shan] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Shan) is of English and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Shan is "God's grace". Variant of Sian.

Associated with: grace.


Shan has 8 variants: Shanae, Shandi, Shaneka, Shanika, Shaniqua, Shanita, Shante and Shayne.

Affiliated girl name: Shana.

2 more relations via Sian: Siana and Sianna.

Creative forms:
(female) Chaan, Seean, ..

(male) Sheno, Shin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shan Paizley (S.P.), ..

How popular is Shan?

Shan is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3852 out of 4276, Top 90%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#13994 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Shanita, Shante, Shayne, Sian, Shaniqua, Shanika, Shanae, Shandi, Shaneka and Shana are the prominent variation forms of Shan (unlisted). Adoption of these forms of Shan was at its highest 3 decades ago (adoption of 0.1%), but now, forms such as Shanae have fallen out of fashion. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shana, Shanae, Shandi, Shaneka, Shanika in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shaniqua, Shanita, Shante, Shayne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sian outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shan is pronounced similarly to Chayan, Sean, Shaine, Shan-, Shane, Shaun, Shayan, Shene, Shone, Shyann and Shyanne. Other suggested similar names are Sam, San, Sana, Seana, Sha-, Shae, Shaena, Shaina, Shanah, Shanay, Shanea, Shanee, Shaney, Shani, Shania, Shanie, Shanna, Shauna, Shawna, Shawni, Shay, Shayna, Shena, Shona and Shuna. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shan.

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