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What does Sean mean?

Sean Pronunciation of Sean as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Sean) is pronounced shon. It is of Irish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Sean is "God is gracious". Variant of John, from French Jean. Spread outside of Ireland only in the 20th century. Occasionally used in hyphenated names. Heavily influenced by actors Sean Connery and Sean Penn. Basketball player Shawn Kemp; actors Sean Hayes, Sean Astin, Sean Bean; musician and entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, gracious, 20th century (modern)


VARIANTS Seancarlo, Seanmark, Seanpatrick, Shane, Shaughn, Shaun, Shawn


OTHER FORMS VIA JEAN, JOHN, SHAWN Ean, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Hans, Heanno, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jan, Jean, Jehan, Jens, Jian, Joao, Johan, Jon, Jovan, Juan, Juwan, Seann, Shawnn, Shonn, Zane




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How popular is Sean?

Sean is a very popular first name for men (#94 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#31492 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Sean entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #37 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #269. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

John (#27 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Ian (#79), Evan (#86), Ivan (#133), Juan (#139), Zane (#200), Shane (#372), Shawn (#393), Johan (#579), Jon (#754), Shaun (#1016), Ean (#1101), Gian (#1221), Jean (#1240), Hans (#1446), Ewan (#1603), Jovan (#1628), Jan (#1844), Eian, Joao, Iain, Juwan, Euan, Eoin and Jens are the prominent varying forms of Sean (#269) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Heanno, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Sean reached its highest in the 1880s (USAGE OF 8.3%) and is now much less (USAGE 1.7%, 80%), with versions such as Shawn falling out of fashion. Zane, Ivan, Johan and Ian are four of the more chic names for newborns in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sean, Ean, Eian, Eoin, Evan in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ivan, Jan, Jean, Jens, Joao in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Johan, John, Jon, Jovan, Juan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Juwan, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sean, Eoin, Euan, Evan, Ewan outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Iain, Ian, Jens, Johan, John outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sean is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Chane, Chann, Shaan, Shaine, Shan, Shann, Shayan, Shayn, Shayne and Sion. Other recommended sound-alike names are Aedan, Aman, Aran, Ban, Cian, Dean, Doan, Edan, Egan, Eman, Felan, Fran, Frean, Gehan, Han, Heman, Idan, Jeran, Jevan, Kean, Kegan, Kelan, Kenan, Man, Nevan, Oran, Roan, Saad, Sagan, Sajan, Sal, Sam, Seal, Seaman, Seb, Sebo, Segar, Selah, Seton, Shad, Shae, Shani, Shaq, Shay, Shea, Sloan, Sohan, Stan, Steen, Stein, Stern, Stian, Suman, Swain, Swayn, Swen, Syon, Tan, Tegan, Teran, Twan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sean.

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