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Gender: M Meaning of Ian: "the Lord is gracious" Origin of Ian: Scottish version of John Ian's Popularity in 2013: #80

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This Scottish form of John was rather late making inroads on our shores--it was already the seventh most popular name in England in 1975. But then after being introduced to Americans by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, it's been on a steady path in the Top 100 ever since, thanks to its jaunty charm. Today, Ian flies in formation with fellow classic British RAF pilot names, like Derek and Miles and Colin, all now certified U.S. citizens, packing considerable punch and panache into its three short letters. So though it may not be the newest name on the block, it's still a recommended choice.

Notable namesakes include actor Ian McKellan and novelist Ian McEwan. Actor Ian Ziering pronounces his name EYE-an, rather than the traditional EE-an.

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Famous People Named Ian

Ian Anthony Dale, American actor
Ian Lancaster Fleming, English novelist
Ian Russell McEwan, English novelist
Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
Ian Murray McKellen, English actor
Ian Joseph Somerhalder, American actor
Ian Harding, American actor
Ian Andrew Hecox, American comedian of duo Smosh
Ian Murray, American fashion designer
Ian Michael Nelson, American actor
Ian Williams, American football player
Ian Andrew Ziering, American actor (pronounces it eye-an)
Ian Michael Smith, American actor
Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist

Pop Culture References for the Name Ian

Ian Doyle, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Ian, brother pig in the Olivia the Pig series
Ian Gallagher, character on TV's "Shameless"
Ian Thomas, character in the Pretty Little Liars series
Ian O'Shea, character on TV's "The Host"
Ian Miller, character in movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Ian Duncan, character on TV's "Community"
Ian Hawthorne, character in "Star of Babylon" by Barbara Wood

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