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.
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 a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#68063 out of 88799, Top 77%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Sean and affiliated names. 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). Usage of this boy name reached its highest during the years 1980-1989 and is somewhat lower today, 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). There is also a revival in baby name usage for Evan. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
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.