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The name Ian has the following meaning:

God is gracious.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Ian is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 66 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Ian rose in popularity, moving up the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 7 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 73 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Ian in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Ian is pronounced as ee-un


Ian originates from the Gaelic language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Ian and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Ian: Boys - Connor, Kendrick, Larkin, Girls - Ena, Mckayla, Shaylee, Both genders - Kennedy, Kevin


Popular Variants for the name Ian: Ean (Gaelic)


We think the name Ian should fall under the following style category: Celtic.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Ian to be: Good looking, outgoing and funny chap

In one word, you might describe Ian as a(n) "outgoing" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Ian (or its variants) are:

Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, born on 6 April, a famous politician. Ian Richard Kyle Paisley's background: The First Minister of Northern Ireland. Paisley is a veteran politician and church leader in Northern Ireland.

Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye, born on 16 April, a famous singer. Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye's background: An American singer and guitarist. Active since 1979, MacKaye is best known as the frontman of the influential hardcore punk and alternative rock bands Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, and The Evens. He is a founder and owner of Dischord Records, a Washington, D.C.-based independent record label.

Sir Ian Terence Botham, born on 24 November, a famous athlete. Sir Ian Terence Botham's background: A former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. He was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well known by his nicknames 'Beefy' and 'Guy the Gorilla'.
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