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meaning:Army Ruler
origin: English


Origin: Scottish

Meaning: God is Gracious

Though it seems a simple, stand-alone name, Ian is actually the English version of a few Scottish names, including John, Seon and Seathan. It came to the US in the ’30s and has been rising steadily ever since, with a boost in the ’50s thanks to James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Though it’s dropped a little from its peak in’03 at 65, it remains a strong, fun name for a little guy.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 80

Famous ian

  • Ian McEwan - author
  • Ian McKellen - actor
  • Ian Miller - character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Ian Somerhalder - actor
  • Ian Fleming - author

Infamous ian

  • Ian Hawke - character in Alvin and the Chipmunks

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