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pinWhat does Ian mean?

Ian /ian/ as a boys' name is pronounced EE-an, EYE-an. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ian is "God is gracious".

Variant of John. Iain is the normal Scottish Gaelic spelling. Author Ian Fleming; actor Ian McKellen.


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Ian has 6 variants: Ean, Eann, Eion, Eon, Iain and Ion.

Related boy names: Davian, Eoin and Evian.

Ian has 41 more different relations via Iain, John: Anno, Eian, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Hanno, Hans, Hansl, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jack, Jan, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jean, Jehan, Jens, Jian, Joao, Johan, Jon, Jona, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean, Seann, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Vanek, Vanko, Vanya, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.

Kreatif forms: Iania, Ianioa, Ioaian. [more]

pinHow popular is Ian?

Ian is a very popular first name for men (#263 out of 1220, Top 21%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#121780 out of 150436, Top 81%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name history of Ian for boys. Ian was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top position of #65 in the U.S. in 2003, and is presently at #77. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ian name in U.S.

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

Davian (#753 via latest list), Ean (#997), Eoin, Euan, Evan (#58), Ewan, Hans, Iain, Ivan (#132), Jack (#41), Jan, Jean, Jens, Johan (#579), John (#26), Jon (#675), Jovan, Juan (#98), Juwan, Sean (#193), Shane (#277), Shaun (#742), Shawn (#323) and Zane (#224) are the prominent alternative forms of Ian (#77 via latest list) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these relations of Ian was well-received among parents in 2006 (average #525) and is almost as widespread today (#607, down 17%), but with versions like Ean, Jean, Jon, Jovan and Shaun becoming somewhat dated. John has been the most popular choice, though Zane has grown trendy as well.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ian, Davian, Ean, Evan, Hans in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ivan, Jack, Jan, Jean, Johan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of John, Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sean, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Zane in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Iain, Jack, Jens, Johan, John outside U.S.

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


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Ian is pronounced similarly to Enne, Euen, Ewin, Ieuan, Owain, Owen, Owin, Wain, Wayn, Wayne, Win, Winn, Wyn, Wynn and Yann. Other recommended similar baby names are Ban, Dan, Han, Idan, Ifan, Ilan, Iman, Man, Tan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ian.

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