Ian Name Meaning & Origin

Ian

Pronunciation: EE-ən (key)

Origin of the name Ian:

The Scottish form of John (God is gracious).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Ean, Eian, Eoin, Iain, John

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Comments and insights on the name Ian: | Edit

We used a Gaelic variation for our son's name: Iain. I love how it looks, and it enforces the 2-syllable pronunciation. We've been happy with the choice. Although we do have to spell it out for people, I think these days you have to spell out almost every name anyway.

He get "eye-on" a lot.

I've heard "eye-in" or "in" more times than I can count.
If not understood properly the first time, I've had people call him "Eden."

Ian, Ina and Nia are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

I knew I wanted to name my son Ian since I was 12. At the time I didn't realize how celtic I was, I just loved the name. My daughter was born first and I named her Ashton (waaay before Mr. Kutcher). My Grandmother finally met an Ian in the family from Ireland. She confessed hating the name and he convinced her that it was a good and proper celtic/british name.

Personal experiences with the name Ian: | Edit

It sounds great with Scottish / Irish surnames.

I named my son Ian after my uncle, who used "Ian" as his pseudo name in his written work. I have issues with my hispanic, non-english speaking family pronouncing it. They OVERpronounce the name. It almost sounds like "EEEEEE-ANG"!

This is my brother's name, but we pronounce it like the word "Inn"
My first name is Ina. If you like these names, I think they'd be good for twins.

Nicknames for Ian: | Edit

"E", E-E, Big-E, Ham*

*When attempting to text "Ian" with a number pad on a cell phone, auto complete systems regularly suggest "Ham."

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Meanings and history of the name Ian: | Edit

Ian is a modern Scottish form of the name John. It was not used in Scotland until the late nineteenth century, though it has since become quite popular throughout the English-speaking world.

Many Armenian surnames end in -ian (such as Kardashian), as "ian" (or "yan") means "son of" in Armenian.

Famous real-life people named Ian: | Edit

Ian Bohen - American actor (Plays Peter Hale on MTV's Teen Wolf.)
Ian Somerhalder - American actor (Plays Damon Salvatore on CW's The Vampire Diaries.)
Ian Harding - American actor
Ian Anthony Dale - American actor
Ian Ziering - American actor (but he pronounces it "Eye-an")
Ian Pierson
Ian Curtis - Late frontman of the band Joy Division
Ian McKellen - Movie Actor (plays Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X-Men)
Ian Kinsler - MLB baseball player (Texas Rangers (2006-2013, Detroit Tigers (2014 - present))

Ian in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ian Bedlow- Main Character in Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe
Ian Malcolm- mathematician in the "Jurassic Park" films and novels
Ian Miller- Toula's non-Greek fiance in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Ian Campbell - The Onion's Fields by Joseph Wambaugh
Ian - from 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks
Ian Howe - an antagonist in National Treasure
Ian McKinley - from the movie Final Destination 3
Ian Raymond - Laura's boyfriend in the novel and film, High Fidelity
Ian - from Shane Jiraiya Cummings' short story, "Ian". (Every male character who the protagonist meets is called Ian.)
Ian Gallagher - One of the six Gallagher children on Showtime's hit TV series "Shameless"
Ian Kabra - the 39 Clues series
Ian Hecox- from the youtube channel Smosh
Ian O'Shea- From Meyer's "The Host"
Ian Thomas TV series Pretty Little Liars

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