Ian: baby boy name meaning and popularity


The Scottish Gaelic version of John, which means “God is gracious.” Most people know how to pronounce it, but if you really want to throw a wrench in things — er, make it stand out — you can spell it Iain or Eoin. Or spell it Ian but pronounce it eye-an, like Ian Ziering of 90210 fame. So many ways to mess with people’s heads (uh, distinguish your kid’s name from their peers).


No nicknames, but several spelling variants if Ian by itself isn’t awesome enough for you.

Famous people named Ian:

Actors Ian McKellen, Ian Somerhalder, Ian Ziering, Ian Harding, and Ian Dale; novelists Ian McEwan, Ian Fleming, and Ian Rankin; fashion designer Ian Murray.

Fun fact:

Ian reached #67 on the list in 1995 and then again ten years later in 2005; for the past few years it’s been holding steady in the 70s.

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