What does Ian mean?
Ian /ian/ [2 sylls.] 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".
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]
How 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 popularity 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)
Davian (#753 a year ago), 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 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak in 2006 (usage of 0.4745%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3922%, down 17.3%), with versions like Ean, Jean, Jon, Jovan and Shaun becoming somewhat dated. The more fashionable baby names here are Davian (#753), Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Sean (#193) and Zane (#224), with Evan enjoying a revival in popularity. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ian and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Ian▲ is pronounced similarly to Ieuan, Wain, Wayn, Win, Wyn 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.