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What does Chan mean?

Chan Pronunciation of Chan [chan] as a boys' name is pronounced chahn. It is of Spanish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Chan is "God is gracious". Nickname for John. Chan is also a Chinese family name. The Sanskrit name Chan means "shining".

Associated with: gracious, shining (bright).


33 alternative forms via John: Ean, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Hans, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jan, Jean, Jehan, Jian, Joao, Johan, Johann, Johnn, Johon, Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean, Seann, Shane, Shaun, Shawn and Zane.

Creative forms:
(male) Chaan, Channo, ..

(female) Channey, Channi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chan Menachem (C.M.), ..

How popular is Chan?

Chan is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#459 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Ean (#977 last year), Eian, Euan, Evan (#67), Ewan (#1284), Gian (#1221), Hans (#1411), Iain, Ian (#76), Ivan (#138), Jan (#1677), Jean (#1190), Joao, Johan (#553), Johann (#1292), John (#26), Jon (#737), Jovan (#1154), Juan (#114), Juwan, Sean (#211), Shane (#295), Shaun (#769), Shawn (#352) and Zane (#233) are the prominent varying forms of Chan (unlisted) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Chan was well-received among parents during 1880-1889 (median #1590) and is now significantly reduced (#951, 77.3%). John has been the most well-known version, though Ivan has grown popular as well, while forms such as Jean have become less popular. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ean, Eian, Evan, Ewan, Gian in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hans, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Jan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jean, Joao, Johan, Johann, John in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Euan, Evan, Ewan, Iain, Ian outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Johan, John, Sean, Shane, Shaun outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shawn, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Chan is alike in pronunciation to Chane, Chann, Channe, Chayan, Chayann, Chayne, Cheyne, Shaan, Shaine, Shan, Shann, Shawnn, Shayan, Shayn, Shayne, Shonn and Sion. Other suggested similar names are Ahran, Alan, Aran, Cahan, Cahane, Cai, Cain, Cam, Cap, Cavan, Caw, Chad, Chai, Chaim, Chance, Chand, Chaney, Chang, Chano, Chanok, Chantz, Chany, Chap, Chaps, Chas, Chaz, Chazz, Che, Cheny, Chik, Chino, Chip, Choni, Cian, Clay, Colan, Con, Conn, Cowan, Coyan, Crain, Dean, Eban, Ehsan, Elan, Eman, Eran, Etan, Fran, Han, Idan, Ihsan, Iman, Kahan, Khan, Stan, Van and Xan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Chan.

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