What does Shaun mean?
Shaun \shaun\ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Shaun) means "God is gracious". Shaun is a variation of John (Hebrew). Shaun is also a form of Sean (Irish, Hebrew): variant of John, from French Jean. 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Shaun and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Shaun (#742 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 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 this boy name reached its most widespread in 2004 and is somewhat lower today, 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), with Evan enjoying a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.