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Meaning and name origin

Ian \ian\ as a boy's 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.


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

For more information, see also related boy names Davian, Eoin and Evian.


Ian is a very popular first name for males (#263 out of 1220, Top 21%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ian for boys. Ian reached its highest rank of #65 in the U.S. in 2003. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Ian (#77), Davian (#753), Ean (#997), Eoin and Iain. (2014 statistics).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eoin, Iain, Ian, John outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ian is also pronounced similarly to Eian, Euan, Ewan, Ieuan, Iwan, Juan, Wain, Wayn, Win, Wyn and Yann. Other suggested similar baby names are Ban, Dan, Han, Idan, Ifan, Ilan, Iman, Ivan, Jan, Man, Tan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ian.