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Meaning and name origin

Shawn \sha-wn\ as a boy's 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 7 variant forms: Shaun, Shaughn, Shaundre, Shawnel, Shawnell, Shawnn and Shonn.

For more information, see also related boy names Deshawn, Marshawn, Rashaun and Shawnee.

There is 1 feminine form of Shawn: Seana.


Shawn is a very popular first name for males (#92 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#21891 out of 88799, Top 25%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Shawn for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shawn name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Shawn and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Sean (#193), Shane (#277), Shawn (#323), Shaun (#742), Deshawn (#873) and Jean. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of John, Sean, Shane, Shawn, Shaun, Deshawn, Jean in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of John, Sean, Shane, Shawn, Shaun outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shawn is also pronounced similarly to Chan, Chann, Shaan, Shaine, Shan, Shann, Shayan, Shayn and Shayne. Other suggested similar baby names are Seann, Shani, Shaw, Shawney, Shawnie, Sohan, Swain and Swayn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shawn.