Ian

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Ian
GenderMale
Origin
Word/NameHebrew (via Scottish Gaelic)
Meaninggift of god, god's gift
Other names
Related namesJohn
 
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Ian
GenderMale
Origin
Word/NameHebrew (via Scottish Gaelic)
Meaninggift of god, god's gift
Other names
Related namesJohn

"Ian", "Iain"(/ˈ.ən/; Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈɪʲən]) is a name of 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,[1] while remaining roughly constant in popularity in the USA.

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
YearRank
201278
201172
201072
200972
200880
200774
200680
200567
200469
200365
200267
200170
200073
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]

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Notable Iains[edit]

Fictional Ians[edit]

References[edit]

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