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 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 Jared (I.J.), ..
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 history of Ian for boys. 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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.