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What does Ivan mean?

Ivan \i-van\ as a boys' 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.


Ivan has 4 variants: Ifan, Ivanhoe, Ivano and Iwan.

For more information, see also the related boy name Vanya.

Ivan has 28 more related variations via John: Ean, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Hans, Iain, Ian, Ivann, Jan, Jean, Jehan, Jian, Joao, Johan, Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean, Seann, Shane, Shaun, Shawn and Zane.

Ivan has 1 feminine form: Ivana.


Ivan is a very popular first name for males (#272 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#17660 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Ivan for boys. Ivan reached its apex position of #113 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #132 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ivan and associated names. Ean (#997 in 2014), Euan, Evan (#58), Ewan, Hans, Iain, Ian (#77), Jan, Jean, Johan (#579), John (#26), Jon (#675), Jovan, Juan (#98), Juwan, Sean (#193), Shane (#277), Shaun (#742), Shawn (#323) and Zane (#224) are the popular variation forms of Ivan (#132 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the top of their popularity during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.5238%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.4095%, down 21.8%), with forms like Ean, Jean, Jon, Jovan and Shaun becoming somewhat dated. The trendier birth names in this list are Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Sean (#193), Shane (#277) and Zane (#224), with Evan enjoying a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Johan, John, Sean, Shane, Shaun outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ivan is alike in pronunciation to Avon, Evann, Even, Evian, Evin, Evyn, Iven, Ivon and Yvon. Other recommended similar baby names are Idan, Iefan, Ilan, Iman and Ivar. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ivan.