What does Shawn mean?
Shawn \sha-wn\ as a boys' name is pronounced shawn. It is of Irish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Shawn is "God is gracious". Variant of John, from Sean. Like others of the John, Jean, Sean group, Shawn is used in hyphenated names like Shawn-Lee, Shawn-Luke, Shawn-Michael. See also Shane. Basketball player Shawn Kemp.
Shawn has 43 more different forms via Jean, John, Sean, Shane: 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▼, Sean, Seann, Shaine, Shane, Shayn, Shayne▼, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.
Shawn has 1 feminine form: Seana.
Shawn is a very prominent first name for men (#92 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#23128 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Shawn for boys. Shawn was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #34 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #323. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Deshawn (#873 the previous year), Ean (#997), 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), Shaun (#742), Shayne and Zane (#224) are the prominent variation forms of Shawn (#323 the previous year). Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread in the year 1997 (usage of 0.4957%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3912%, down 21.1%), with versions like Deshawn, Ean, Jon, Jovan and Shaun becoming somewhat dated. The most trendy boy names among these are Evan (#58), Gianni (#515), Ian (#77), Sean (#193) and Zane (#224), and there is also a revival in baby name popularity for Evan. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Shawn and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shawn is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Chann, Shaan, Shan, Shann and Shayan. Other suggested similar baby names are Shani, Shaw, Shawney, Shawnie, Sohan, Swain and Swayn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shawn.