Ivan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ivan | Boys
Origin of the name Ivan:
A Russian name, Ivan is a cognate of John (God is gracious), which is from the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Joannes and the Ecclesiastic Greek Iōannes, derivatives of the Hebrew yōhānān, a contraction of yehōhānān, (Yahweh is gracious).
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One likely reason that Ivan is still popular in the "Spanish Southwest" while not in the rest of the country, is because older relatives with limited English can easily pronounce it in Spanish. Also, parents who want to honor a "Juan" in the family will sometimes use this cognate. Alan and Edgar also fall into this category.
The original, Russian pronunciation is more like, "Yvonne," a source of tension in some cases, if the name-holder is actually Russian.
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This name has stronger ethnic/Russian connotations than almost any other, to the point of being used as an epithet during the Cold War. Having the name, even as a middle name, seems to automatically lead to a presumption of Russian ancestry, correctly or no.
- Nicknames for Ivan: | Edit
Van, Vanya, Ivanie, Vannie
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Slavic name, derived from Ioannis, being the Greek transcription of the Jewish name Yochanan. Thus, Ivan is the Slavic version of the common European Christian names such as John in English, Johannes in German, Jean in French, Jonas in Lithuanian, etc.
Meaning in original Hebrew: God's grace.
Iván is a Spanish form of Ivan.
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Throughout history, numerous Bulgarian and Russian Tsars were named Ivan, including Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible.
Ivan Reitman, Slovakian-Canadian movie director.
Ivan Lendl, Czech tennis player
Ivan Boesky, American stock trader and key figure in the insider trading scandals of the 1980s.
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Ivan is the Russian "Jack," occuring in many fairy tales.
Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, a fictional character of "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" a novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Ivan Ilych, the title character of Leo Tolstoy's novel, "The Death of Ivan Ilych."
Ivan Karamazov, character in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, "The Brothers Karamazov."
Ivan Stark, supervillain and antagonist of the "Captain Midnight" radio series
Global Popularity of the Name Ivan
- #3 in Russia (Moscow)
- #12 in Spain
- #132 in United States
- #224 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #235 in Norway
- #259 in Canada (Alberta)