What does Shaun mean?
Shaun \shaun\ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Shaun). Shaun's name origins are Hebrew and Irish, and the name Shaun means "God is gracious". Shaun is a variation 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 41 more alternative forms via John, Sean, Shawn: Ean▼, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Gianni, Hanno, Hans▼, Heanno, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jack, Jan▼, Janne, Jean▼, Jehan, Jian, Jianni, Joao, Johan, Johanan, Johann, Johnn, Johon, Jon▼, Jovan▼, Juan, Juwan▼, Seann, Shaundre, Shawnel, Shawnell, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.
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. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Shaun for boys. Shaun entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #121 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #742. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Prominent variation forms of Shaun (#742 in 2014) are Ean (#997 in 2014), Euan, Evan (#58), Ewan, Gianni (#515), Hans, Iain, Ian (#77), Ivan (#132), Jack (#41), Jan, Jean, Johan (#579), Johann, John (#26), Jon (#675), Jovan, Juan (#98), Juwan, Sean (#193), Shane (#277), Shawn (#323) and Zane (#224). Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread in 2004 (usage of 0.5%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.4185%, down 16.3%), with forms such as Ean, Jean, Jon, Jovan and Shaun becoming somewhat dated. The trendier names for newborns in this compilation are Evan (#58), Gianni (#515), Ian (#77), Sean (#193) and Zane (#224), and there is a rekindling in baby name usage for Evan. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Shaun and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shaun▼ is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Chann, Shaan, Shaine, Shan, Shann, Shayan, Shayn and Shayne▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Shani, Shaul, Sohan, Swain and Swayn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shaun.