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What does Shawn mean?

Shawn Pronunciation of Shawn [shawn] 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.

Associated with: irish, gracious.


Shawn has 7 variants: Shaughn, Shaun, Shaundre, Shawnel, Shawnell, Shawnn and Shonn.

Related boy names: Deshawn, Marshawn, Rashaun and Shawnee.

24 more different relations via Jean, John, Sean, Shane: Ean, Eian, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Gian, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jan, Jean, Jehan, Jian, Johan, Johann, Juan, Sean, Seann, Shaine, Shane, Shayn and Shayne.

1 feminine form: Seana.

Creative forms:
(male) Sawn, Shaon, ..

(female) Shale, Shalen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shawn Joziah (S.J.), ..

How popular is Shawn?

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)

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 #352. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shawn name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Deshawn (#995 the previous year), Ean (#977), 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), Marshawn (#1351), Rashaun, Sean (#211), Shane (#295), Shaun (#769) and Shayne (#1729) are the prominent variation forms of Shawn (#352 the previous year). Usage of these forms of Shawn was well-received 135 years ago (average #1626) and has become much diminished since (#970, 78%), with versions like Shaun becoming less trendy. Ean, Ian, Ivan and Johan are four of the more chic baby names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shawn, Deshawn, Ean, Eian, Evan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ewan, Gian, Iain, Ian, Ivan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jan, Jean, Johan, Johann, John in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Juan, Marshawn, Rashaun, Sean, Shane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shaun, Shayne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shawn, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Iain outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shawn is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Chane, Chann, Channe, Chayan, Chayne, Shaan, Shan, Shann, Shayan and Sion. Other suggested similar names are D'Shawn, Shad, Shadd, Shade, Shadi, Shae, Shai, Shaka, Shanan, Shanen, Shani, Shanon, Shaq, Shaul, Shavon, Shaw, Shawney, Shawnie, Shay, Shaye, Shays, Slawin (see Slavin), Sohan, Stan, Swain and Swayn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shawn.

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