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Meaning of Sean

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The name Sean has the following meaning:

God is gracious. Of Irish origin, this name was popularized largely by the famous actor Sean Connery of the James Bond series fame.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Sean is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 61 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Sean fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 14 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 97 in the Top 1000 charts.

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


The name Sean is pronounced as shaw-wn


Sean originates from the Irish language.

See other suggested Irish boy baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Sean and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Sean: Boys - Harmon, Sullivan, Girls - Breana, Omie, Both genders - Riley


Popular Variants for the name Sean: Eoin, Seaghan, Seanan, Seane, Seann, Shaan, Shain, Shan, Shandon, Shauden, Shaughan, Shaughn, Shaun (Irish), Shaundre, Shawn (Irish), Shayne (Irish), Shon, Shonn


We think the name Sean 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 Sean to be: Adventurous and good looking chap

In one word, you might describe Sean as a(n) "adventurous" person.

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Faces of



Famous persons

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

Sean John Combs, born on 4 November, a famous musician. Sean John Combs's background: An American rapper, record producer, actor, clothing designer, and entrepreneur.

Sean Justin Penn, born on 17 August, a famous film director and producer. Sean Justin Penn's background: An Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense and unsympathetic characters. He was awarded an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Mystic River. Penn has also been nominated for three other Academy Awards in recognition of his roles in I Am Sam, Sweet and Lowdown and Dead Man Walking. In 2004, Penn was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also well-known for his political activism.

Thomas Sean Connery, born on 25 August, a famous actor. Thomas Sean Connery's background: An Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA Award-winning Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. In 1988 he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. Sir Sean Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2000.
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