Ian Gender Male Origin Word/Name Hebrew (via Scottish Gaelic) Meaning gift of god, god's gift Other names Related names John "Ian", "Iain"( ; / / Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: ) is a name of [ˈɪʲən] Gaelic origin, corresponding to English John. It is a very common name in much of the English-speaking world and especially in Scotland, where it originated. Ian was the 19th most common male name, taking account of the whole British population (over 300,000 Ians in total). [ ] citation needed
The name has now fallen out of the top 100 male baby names in the UK, having peaked in popularity as one of the top 10 names throughout the 1960s,
while remaining roughly constant in popularity in the USA. [1 ]
The original form of the name 'Eóin' originated in the
Irish language. Ian is an anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic version of the name 'Iain'.
Popularity of the name 'Ian' in the USA Year Rank 2012 78 2011 72 2010 72 2009 72 2008 80 2007 74 2006 80 2005 67 2004 69 2003 65 2002 67 2001 70 2000 73 Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth. Name data are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States. Source: Social Security Administration. See http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames
Other Gaelic forms of "John" include "Seonaidh" ("Johnny" from
Lowland Scots), "Seon" (from English), "Seathan", and "Seán" and " Eoin" (from Irish). In Greek 'Yannis'/Γιάννης' or 'Ioannis/Ιωάννης' is a particularly common name. Its Welsh counterpart is Ioan, the Breton equivalent is Yann, and Slavic is Ivan. Notable Ians [edit ] As a first name (alphabetical by family name) [edit ] Ian Anderson – lead of rock band Jethro Tull Ian Astbury – singer of rock band The Cult Ian Bairnson – guitarist of The Alan Parsons Project and Pilot Ian Baker-Finch – golfer and 1991 British Open winner Ian Bannen – British actor Ian Willoughby Bazalgette – recipient of the Victoria Cross Ian Bell – English cricketer Ian Berry (disambiguation) Sir Ian Blair – former Head of the Metropolitan Police Service Ian Black (disambiguation) Sir Ian Botham – cricketer Ian Bolton – English footballer Ian Brady – Moors murderer Ian Bremmer – political scientist, author, entrepreneur Ian Broudie – singer in The Lightning Seeds, and music producer Ian Brown – singer and lyricist in The Stone Roses Ian Callaghan – Liverpool footballer with the most appearances Ian Callum – Design director for Jaguar Ian Carmichael – OBE, actor Ian Cashmore – broadcaster/presenter and paranormal investigator Ian Chappell – Former Australian cricketer Ian Charleson – Scottish/British actor Ian Clark (disambiguation) Ian Clyde – boxer Ian Collier – singer and actor Ian Cooper (disambiguation) Ian James Corlett – cartoon writer and voice actor Ian Crocker – swimmer Ian Curtis – singer and lyricist in Joy Division Ian Davis (disambiguation) Ian Desmond – Major League Baseball shortstop Ian Dury – singer and songwriter Ian Eagle – American sports announcer Ian Edmond – swimmer Ian Ferguson (disambiguation) Ian Flanagan – tennis player Ian Fleming – Novelist, creator of James Bond Ian Froman – South African-born Israeli tennis player and tennis patron Ian Frazier – writer and humorist Ian Gibson (disambiguation) Ian Gillan – lead singer of hard rock band Deep Purple Ian Gold – former American football player Ian Gomm – British guitarist and singer Ian Grist – British politician Ian Hamilton (disambiguation) Ian Harding – actor Ian Hart – actor Ian Haugland – Drummer for the band Europe Ian Healy – Former Australian Wicket-Keeper Ian Hecox – comedian with Smosh Ian Henderson (Britain) – former head of secret police in Bahrain, accused of torture Ian Henderson (ABC) – Australian news presenter Ian Henderson (football) – current Norwich City F.C. player in the FA Premier League Ian Henderson (rugby league) – Scottish rugby hooker who plays in Australia Ian Hicks (disambiguation) Ian Hill – Bassist for metal band Judas Priest Ian Hislop – Satirist and editor of Private Eye Ian Holm (born 1931) – British actor Ian Hornak – painter Ian Hunter – singer of Mott the Hoople Ian Huntley – double murderer Ian James – Olympic athlete Ian Joyce – American soccer player Ian Kennedy – Major League Baseball pitcher Ian Kershaw – historian Ian Kinsler – Major League Baseball all star second baseman ( Texas Rangers) Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister – singer/bass player in Motörhead Ian Krankie – entertainer Ian Lambert – educator Ian Laperrière – hockey player Ian Lavender – actor Ian Law – Australian footballer Ian Oswald Liddell – recipient of the Victoria Cross Ian Livingstone – author Ian Lorimer – television director Ian Lucas – politician Ian MacArthur – politician Ian MacKaye – musician Ian Mahinmi – basketball player Ian Martin (disambiguation) Ian Matthews – member of Fairport Convention and notable solo musician, reverted in 1989 to Iain Matthews Ian Matthews – drummer for Kasabian Ian Maxtone-Graham – television writer and producer Ian McCaskill – weather forecaster Ian McConville – webcomic artist of and Mac Hall Three Panel Soul Ian McCulloch – actor Ian McCulloch – singer in the band Echo & the Bunnymen Ian McCulloch – snooker player Ian McDiarmid – actor Ian McDonald – British musician, best known for being a member of both King Crimson and Foreigner Ian McEwan – novelist Ian John McKay – recipient of the Victoria Cross Ian McKellen – actor Ian McMillan – poet Ian McMillan – Scottish footballer Ian McShane – actor Ian Messiter – creator of Just a Minute Ian Moran – hockey player Ian Morris – Irish professional footballer Ian Morrison (disambiguation) Ian Morton - English cricketer Ian Mosley – drummer for Marillion Ian Murdock – computer professional, creator of the Debian project Ian O'Brien – swimmer Ian Paice – drummer of Deep Purple Ian Paisley – Protestant politician Ian Patterson – English footballer Ian Peck – English cricketer Ian Pooley – German DJ Ian Poulter – English professional golfer Ian Punnett - American radio broadcaster and priest Ian Rankin – Scottish novelist Ian Reed – Australian discus thrower Ian Reid (disambiguation) Ian Richards – British race walker Ian Richardson – Scottish actor Ian Robinson (disambiguation) Ian Ross (disambiguation) Ian Rush – Welsh international footballer Ian Sanders - cricketer for Edinburgh, Scotland Ian Scheckter – former South African F1 driver. He is brother of Jody Scheckter and uncle of Tomas Scheckter. Ian Scott (disambiguation) Ian Smith (disambiguation) Ian Smith – ex Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Snell – Major League Baseball pitcher Ian Somerhalder – actor Ian Stanley – British musician Ian Stewart (disambiguation) Ian Stone – comedian Ian Stuart Donaldson – vocalist and frontman of controversial British band Skrewdriver Ian Svenonius – American musician Ian Thornley – Canadian musician Ian Thorpe – Australian swimmer Ian Thomson (disambiguation) Ian "Sam" Totman – British guitarist Ian Van Dahl – Belgian artist Ian Waltz – American discus thrower Ian Watkins (born 1977), former lead singer of the alternative metal band Lostprophets, and convicted pedophile. Ian H Watkins (born 1976), British pop singer and actor, former member of Steps Ian Weatherhead – English watercolor artist Ian West (disambiguation) Ian Wilmut – English embryologist, best known for cloning Dolly the sheep Ian Wilson (disambiguation) Ian Wood (disambiguation) Ian Woosnam – Welsh golfer Ian Wright – footballer Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa – Birth name of musician Dweezil Zappa Ian Ziering – actor As a middle name [edit ] As a surname [edit ] Notable Iains [edit ] Fictional Ians [edit ] References [edit ] ^  See also [edit ]