Ivan: baby boy name meaning and popularity


The Slavic variation of John, meaning “the Lord is gracious.” Also usually synonymous with the gnarly czar Ivan the Terrible, so if you name your son Ivan, he’s either gonna live up to the nickname or prove it wrong. Let’s hope for the latter, shall we?


Van, Vanya.

Famous people named Ivan:

Musician Ivan (Nathan) Followill; Nobel Prize winners Ivan Pavlov and Ivan Bunin; YouTuber Ivan Martinez; tennis player Ivan Lendl; no fewer than six Russian and nine Bulgarian rulers.

Fun fact:

Leo Tolstoy favored the name Ivan in two of his published works: his novel The Death of Ivan Ilych and the short story “Ivan the Fool.”

More Inspiration:

155+ Boys Middle Names That Hit The Sweet Spot Of Unique And Traditional, Fab Four-Letter Names For Boys, 25 Variations Of John, Ingenious I Names For Baby Boys, Terrific Two-Syllable Boy Names, Names For Baby Boys With A Whole Lot Of Badassery,