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Shaun (boy)

What does Shaun mean?

Shaun Pronunciation of Shaun [shaun] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Shaun) is a Hebrew name, and the name Shaun means "God is gracious". Shaun is an alternate spelling of John (Hebrew). Shaun is also a form of Sean (Irish, Hebrew). Shaun is also used as a variant of Shawn (Irish, Hebrew).

Associated with: gracious.


Shaun has 4 variants: Shane, Shaughn, Shawnn and Shonn.

21 more alternative forms via John, Sean, Shawn: Ean, Eian, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Gian, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jan, Jean, Jehan, Jian, Johan, Johann, Juan, Seann, Shaundre and Shawnel.

Creative forms:
(male) Shaunn, Shuaun, ..

(female) Shauni, Shonne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shaun Braedyn (S.B.), ..

How popular is Shaun?

Shaun is a very popular first name for males (#327 out of 1220, Top 27%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shaun entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #121 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #769. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shaun name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Shaun (#769 in recent rankings) are Ean (#977 in recent rankings), Eian, Euan, Evan (#67), Ewan (#1284), Gian (#1221), Iain, Ian (#76), Ivan (#138), Jan (#1677), Jean (#1190), Johan (#553), Johann (#1292), John (#26), Juan (#114), Sean (#211), Shane (#295) and Shawn (#352). Adoption of these forms of Shaun reached its most widespread 135 years ago (usage of 8.3%) and is now much diminished (usage 1.8%, down 78.6%), with forms such as Jean becoming less trendy. John is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Ivan seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shaun, Ean, Eian, Evan, Ewan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gian, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Jan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jean, Johan, Johann, John, Juan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sean, Shane, Shawn in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Shaun is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Chane, Chann, Channe, Chayan, Chayne, Shaan, Shaine, Shan, Shann, Shayan, Shayn, Shayne and Sion. Other suggested similar names are Saul, Shad, Shadd, Shade, Shadi, Shae, Shai, Shaka, Shamus, Shanan, Shanen, Shani, Shanon, Shaq, Shaque, Shaul, Shavon, Shaw, Shay, Shaye, Shays, Shivaun, Shug, Sohan, Stan, Swain and Swayn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shaun.

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