What does Shaun mean?
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.
(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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.