What does Iain mean?
Iain [iain] as a boys' name is of Hebrew derivation, and the meaning of the name Iain is "God is gracious". Iain is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -in, of Ian (Scottish, Gaelic): transcription of John.
Associated with: gracious.
(male) Iaing, Iais, ..
(female) Iail, Iania, .. Middle name pairings:
Iain Joel (I.J.), ..
How popular is Iain?
Iain is a rare given name for males. Iain is a unique surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name history of Iain for boys. Iain entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its top position of #1182 in the U.S. in 2003, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. John (#26 a year ago), Jack (#40), Evan (#67), Ian (#76), Juan (#114), Ivan (#138), Sean (#211), Zane (#233), Shawn (#352), Jon (#737), Shaun (#769), Ean (#977), Jean (#1190), Gian (#1221), Ewan (#1284), Hans (#1411), Jan (#1677), Eian and Euan are the prominent related forms of Iain. Other variants, like Seann, are seldom used. These forms of Iain were at the apex of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 8.59%) and are now much less widespread (adoption 2.23%, 74% less), with versions like Jon becoming somewhat dated. John is more universally found than the rest, though Ivan has gained in popularity over time.
Iain is pronounced similarly to Eoin, Euen, Ewin, Ieuan, Owain, Owen▲, Owin, Wain, Wayn, Wayne▼, Win, Winn, Wyn, Wynn and Yann. Other recommended names are Aarin, Alain, Amin, Arin, Bain, Blain, Cain▲, Crain, Dain, Darin▼, Davin, Dwain, Eadin, Edin, Evin, Fagin, Fain, Fin, Flin, Galin, Garin, Glin, Havin, Hazin, Iago, Idan, Ifan, Ikie, Ilie, Ilon, Iman, Irvin▼, Irwin▼, Isais, Itai, Ivair, Ivon, Izik, Jabin, Jalin, Jamin, Jarin, Jasin, Kadin▼, Kain, Lin, Olin▼, Orin, Pain, Patin, Rain, Sabin, Savin, Talin, Tarin, Tavin, Twain, Vin, Yamin and Zain▲. These names tend to be more commonly used than Iain.See names in meaning and etymology.