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Origin & Meaning

The name Ian is of Scottish origin.

The meaning of Ian is "G-d is gracious".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 77 in baby name popularity for boys with 5422 occurrences.  It ranked 15208 in popular baby names for girls with 6 occurrences. 

View the Ian Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Ian has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Ian to other names.


The name John, its variants and various language forms are all ultimately of Hebrew origin.

The name John itself is the English form of the Latin name Iohannes which in turn is derived from the New Testament Greek name Ioannes. The name Ioannes was a form of the Hebrew name Yochanan (יוֹחָנָן).

The name John is derived from the Hebrew elements yo an abbreviated form for the Name of the Lord and chanan meaning "grace or favor".

Besides many Biblical references, the name John has been frequently used by the royal families of Europe.

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Ian is a form of the name John.

Variants of the name Ian include Eaen, Ean, Eayon, Eean.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Ian Fleming.

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Just for fun, see the name Ian in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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