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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 Fleming, author of the James Bond series
Ian Harding, American actor
Ian Hecox, half of comedy duo Smosh
Ian McEwan, British Author
Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, British actor
Ian Murray, co-founder of Vineyard Vines
Ian Nelson, American actor
Ian Somerhalder, American actor
Ian Williams, American football player
Ian Ziering, American actor (pronounces it eye-an)
Ian Michael Smith, short-statured actor who starred in the film "Simon Birch"
Ian Rankin, Scottish crime writer

Pop Culture References for the Name Ian

Ian Doyle, character on Criminal Minds
Ian, brother of Olivia the Pig (cartoon)
Ian Gallagher, character on Shameless
Ian Thomas, character in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
Ian O'Shea, character in the Host
Ian Miller, character in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Ian Duncan, character on "Community"
Sir Ian Hawthorne, character from Star of Babylon, by Barbara Wood

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