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

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

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 (#21891 out of 88799, Top 25%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Shawn and associated names. 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) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of this boy name reached its most widespread in 1997 and is somewhat lower today, 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), with Evan undergoing a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Deshawn, Ean, Evan, Gianni, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Jack, Jan, Jean in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Johan, Johann, John, Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Sean, Shane, Shaun in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shawn, Shayne, Zane in U.S.

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

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shaun, Shawn, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.