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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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Ian was introduced to Americans by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, and its been on a steady path in the Top 100 ever since, due 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.

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Famous People Named Ian

Ian Somerhalder, American actor
Ian Harding, American actor
Ian Anthony Dale, American actor
Ian Ziering, American actor (who pronounces his name Eye-an)
Ian Williams, American football player
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond
Ian Hecox, half of comedy duo Smosh
Ian McEwan, British Author
Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, British actor
Ian Nelson, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Ian

Ian Hecox, one half of California-based Internet comedy-duo Smosh
Ian Doyle, character from the television show Criminal Minds
Olivia the Pig (cartoon) has a brother called Ian
Ian Gallagher, character on the Showtime series Shameless
Ian Thomas, character from Pretty Little Liars
Ian O'Shea character in the Host
Ian Miller, character from movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Ian Duncan, character from TV series "Community"

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