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What 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.


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

For more on this name, see also related boy names Davian, Eoin and Evian.

Ian has 41 more different forms 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.


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)

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

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Davian, Ean, Evan, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Jack, Jan, Jean, Johan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of John, Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Zane in U.S.

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

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

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

Similar Names

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.