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What does Ian mean?

Ian Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, gracious.

Variations

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.

Creative forms:
(male) Ioaan, Ioaian, ..

(female) Ianne, Ine, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ian Ciaran (I.C.), ..

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)

Ian was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its top position of #65 in the U.S. in 2003, and is presently at #76. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Davian (#872 via latest list), Ean (#977), Eian, Eoin, Euan, Evan (#67), Ewan (#1284), Gian (#1221), Hans (#1411), Iain, Ivan (#138), Jack (#40), Jan (#1677), Jean (#1190), Jens, Joao, Johan (#553), John (#26), Jon (#737), Jovan (#1154), Juan (#114), Juwan, Sean (#211), Shane (#295), Shaun (#769), Shawn (#352) and Zane (#233) are the prominent alternative forms of Ian (#76 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Ian was well-received among parents during 1880-1889 (average #1534) and is now significantly lower (#978, down 73%), with versions like Hans becoming less trendy. John has been the most popular choice, though Zane has grown trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ian, Davian, Ean, Eian, Eoin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evan, Ewan, Gian, Hans, Iain in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ivan, Jack, Jan, Jean, Jens in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joao, Johan, John, Jon, Jovan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Juan, Juwan, Sean, Shane, Shaun in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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.

Similar Names

Ian is pronounced similarly to Enne, Euen, Ewin, Ieuan, Owain, Owen, Owin, Wain, Wayn, Wayne, Win, Winn, Wyn, Wynn and Yann. Other recommended 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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