Ian – Scary Mommy

Ian

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).

Nicknames:

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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