Iain Name Meaning & Origin

Iain

Pronunciation: EE-ən (key)

Origin of the name Ian:

The Scottish form of John (God is gracious).

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Related Names:

Ean, Eian, Eoin, Ian, John

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Iain is my older brothers name.
I always like it, especially as it is the correct way to spell the Gaelic form of John.
Ian is the English way to spell Iain.
Ieuan is one of the Welsh forms.
It's a leap from John to Iain, but you can see the name change across nationalities when you look at the names for John such as John > Johann > Ieaun > Iain.

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A common variant of Ian, the Scottish Gaelic form of John.

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