The meaning of the name “Ian” is: “God is forgiving; Gift of God”.
Additional information: Ian is a masculine name of Scottish origin, meaning ‘God is Gracious,’ or ‘Gift of God,’ and is the name of Actor and Civil Rights Activist Sir Ian McKellen, famous for roles such as Gandolf in The Lord of the Rings film franchise, and Magneto in the X-Men film franchise. It was not used in Scotland until the late nineteenth century, though it has since become quite popular throughout the English-speaking world.
Eoin and Iain are popular alternative spellings of the name, and ‘Johnna’ (Johna) are popular feminine forms of the name. ‘E’ is a popular diminutive of the name. The name is typically pronounced and spelled the same in different languages, however, some pronounce the name ‘EYE-AN' as is the case with Actor Ian Ziering.
The name Ian has not fallen out of the top hundred names for boys since 1982, but it saw particular popularity during 2003, peaking at 65th position. The name saw heights in popularity in the United Kingdom during 1996, 1997, and 1998. The name remained in the top 500 names in the United Kingdom until 2011. Ian has seen high popularity in Canada since 1915 where it was listed in the top hundred names and still remains in the top hundred names for boys today.
Famous people named Ian include Ian Somerhalder (American TV Actor), Ian Bell (English Athlete), Ian Harding (German TV Actor), Sir Ian McKellen (Actor and Civil Rights Activist), Ian McEwan (English Author), who wrote the popular novel Atonement, which was later adapted into a film of the same name. Ian Flemming is a famous English Author, and was the creator of the James Bond spy novel series and the popular children’s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Famous fictional characters named Ian are Ian Hawke the main antagonist in Alvin and the Chipmunks films, Ian Kelly of the TV series Being Ian, Ian the Deer from the children’s film Open Season, and Ian Murray of the Outlander novels and the adapted television show.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Ian for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Ian is a boy name.
The name Ian is of Celtic - Gaelic origin, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Ian we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Ian Name Meaning
The meaning of Ian is “God is forgiving; Gift of God”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Ian and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Ian and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Ian is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Ian Categories
The name Ian is in the following categories: Celtic Names, Scottish Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Ian. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Ian, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Ian
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Ian displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Ian Boy Name Popularity Chart
Ian Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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