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What does Iain mean?

Iain Pronunciation of 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 of Ian (Scottish, Gaelic): transcription of John.

Associated with: gracious.


Iain has 11 variants: Ean, Eann, Eian, Eion, Eon, Euan, Ewan, Ewen, Ion, Iwan and Juan.

19 more alternative forms via Ian, John: Evan, Gian, Hanno, Hans, Ivan, Ivann, Jack, Jan, Janne, Jean, Jian, Jon, Sean, Seann, Shaun, Shawn, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.

Creative forms:
(male) Iaing, Iais, ..

(female) Iail, Iania, ..

Middle name pairings:
Iain Marko (I.M.), ..

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)

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Iain name in U.S.

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

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.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gian, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Jack in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jan, Jean, John, Jon, Juan in U.S.

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

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jack, John, Sean, Shaun, Shawn, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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