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What does Sean mean?

Sean \sean\ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Sean) is pronounced shon. It is of Irish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Sean is "God is gracious". Variant of John, from French Jean. Spread outside of Ireland only in the 20th century. Occasionally used in hyphenated names. Heavily influenced by actors Sean Connery and Sean Penn. Basketball player Shawn Kemp; actors Sean Hayes, Sean Astin, Sean Bean; musician and entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.


Sean has 7 variants: Seancarlo, Seanmark, Seanpatrick, Shane, Shaughn, Shaun and Shawn.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Eoin.

Sean has 30 more different forms via Jean, John, Shawn: Ean, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Hans, Heanno, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jan, Jean, Jehan, Jens, Jian, Joao, Johan, Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Seann, Shawnn, Shonn and Zane.

Sean has 1 feminine form: Shawna.


Sean is a very popular first name for men (#94 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#31492 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Sean for boys. Sean entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #37 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #193. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

John (#26 the previous year), Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Juan (#98), Ivan (#132), Zane (#224), Shane (#277), Shawn (#323), Johan (#579), Jon (#675), Shaun (#742), Ean (#997), Juwan, Jovan, Jens, Euan, Eoin, Ewan, Hans, Jan, Iain and Jean are the prominent varying forms of Sean (#193 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its highest during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.4783%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3739%, down 21.8%), with versions such as Shaun, Ean, Jon, Jovan and Jean falling out of fashion. The most fashionable baby names in this compilation are Zane (#224), Ian (#77), Evan (#58), Sean (#193) and Shane (#277), and there is also a revival in baby name usage for Evan. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Sean and affiliated names. (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 Eoin, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Iain outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ian, Jens, Johan, John, Sean outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sean is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Shaan, Shan, Shann, Shayn and Sion. Other recommended similar baby names are Dean, Kean, Sam, Seal, Shani, Sohan, Stan, Swain, Swayn, Swen and Syon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sean.