Meaning and name origin
Sean \sean\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 information, see also the related boy name Eoin.
There is 1 feminine form of Sean: Shawna.
Sean is a very popular first name for males (#94 out of 1220, Top 8%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#68063 out of 88799, Top 77%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sean for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Sean and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Sean (#193), Shane (#277), Shawn (#323), Shaun (#742), Eoin and Jean. (2014 statistics).
Sean is also pronounced similarly to Chan, Shaan, Shan, Shann, Shayn and Sion. Other suggested similar baby names are Dean, Kean, Sam, Seal, Seann, Shani, Sohan, Stan, Swain, Swayn, Swen and Syon. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sean.