It is the Slavic relative of the Latin name Johannes, corresponding to English John. This Slavic version of the name originates from New Testament Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōánnēs) rather than from the Latin Io(h)annes. The Greek name is in turn derived from Hebrew יוֹחָנָן (Yôḥānān, meaning “‘Yahweh is gracious’”). The name is ultimately derived from the Biblical Hebrew name יוחנן (pronounced [joχanan]), short for יהוחנן (pronounced [jəhoχanan]), meaning "Yahweh is merciful". Common surnames derived from the name Ivan, are Ivanović commonly used in Montenegro and Serbia, and Ivanov, commonly used in Russia and Bulgaria. "Ivanovich" is a Russian patronymic/middle name meaning "son of Ivan/John" or "Ivanson/Johnson".
Ivan is the most common male name in Bulgaria and Croatia. In Serbia, it was the 9th most common male name in the period of 1971–1980; 6th in 1981–1990; 9th in 1991–2000.
Since the 20th century, it has also been used as a popular given name among Italian (both the original form and the italianized version, Ivano), Spanish (as Iván), and Portuguese (sometimes Ivã) speaking peoples.
Its female form is Ivana. Ivanka is a variation on Ivana.
Ivan Skoropads'kyj - hetman of Zaporozhian Army in 1709–1722 years
Ivan Velychko-Bosovs'kyj - kosh's otaman of Zaporozhian Army in 1662 year
Ivan Sirko - the most famous cossacks' leader; kosh's otaman of Zaporozhian Army in 1663—1664 and 1673–1680 years, wins in 65 fights, never defeated, is said to be kharakternyk (magician), was called by tartars and Turks as "urus shaitan" - the devil of Rus'-Ukraine; signed the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire in 1676 year
Ivan Shcherbyna - kosh's otaman of Zaporozhian Army in 1664 year
Ivan Zhdan - kosh's otaman of Zaporozhian Army in 1666–1667 years
Ivan B'elkovs'kyj - hetman of Zaporozhian Army in 1668 year
Ivan St'ahajlo - kosh's otaman of Zaporozhian Army in 1680–1681 years
Ivan Bilyc'kyj - kosh's otaman of Zaporozhian Army in 1733, 1735, 1738, 1760, 1765 years
Ivan Malashevych - kosh's otaman of Zaporozhian Army in 1716-1720, 1734–1735 years