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Shaun (boy)

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What does Shaun mean?

Shaun /shaun/ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Shaun). Shaun's name origin is Hebrew, 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).


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

Shaun has 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.

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

(female) Shauni, Shonne, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Shaun for boys. 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 #742. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent variation forms of Shaun (#742 in recent rankings) are Ean (#997 in recent rankings), Eian (#1680), Euan, Evan (#58), Ewan (#1174), Gian (#1383), Iain, Ian (#77), Ivan (#132), Jan (#1787), Jean (#1063), Johan (#579), Johann (#1330), John (#26), Juan (#98), Sean (#193), Shane (#277) and Shawn (#323). Adoption of these forms of Shaun reached its most widespread 134 years ago (usage of 8.3%) and is now much diminished (usage 1.9%, down 77.3%), with forms such as Jean becoming less trendy. John is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Evan 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.