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Ian 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 names Davian, Eoin and Evian.

Baby names that sound like Ian are Iwan and Jan.

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Popularity of Ian

Ian is a very popular first name for men (#263 out of 1220) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (1990 U.S. Census).

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Popularity of name Ian
Popularity of Ian