Meaning and name origin
Ivan \i-van\ as a boy's name is pronounced ee-VAHN, EYE-van. It is of Russian, Slavic and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ivan is "God is gracious". Variant of Hebrew John. Ivanhoe is a medieval variant Sir Walter Scott used for the Saxon hero of his novel "Ivanhoe". Tennis celebrity Ivan Lendl.
For more information, see also the related boy name Vanya.
There is 1 feminine form of Ivan: Ivana.
Ivan is a very popular first name for males (#272 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#33578 out of 88799, Top 38%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ivan for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ivan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26) and Ivan (#132). (2014 statistics).
Ivan is also pronounced similarly to Avon, Evan, Evann, Even, Evian, Evin, Evyn, Ivann, Iven, Ivon and Yvon. Other suggested similar baby names are Ian, Idan, Iefan, Ilan, Iman and Ivar. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ivan.