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Gender: M Origin of Ivan: Russian variation of John Ivan's Popularity in 2013: #137

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One of the few Russian boys' names to become fully accepted into the American naming pool, though some might find it a bit harsh and heavy-booted. Inevitable: Ivan the Terrible teasing.

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Famous People Named Ivan

Ivan Lendl, professional tennis player
Ivan Basso, Italian professional road bicycle racer
Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter
(Ivan) Nathan Followill, musician from band "Kings of Leon"
Ivan Todorovic, Serbian footballer (plays for Portugal)
Ivan "Kuki" Kukolj, Serbian singer
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
Ivan Sanchez, Spanish actor
Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, renowned Russian physiologist and Nobel Prize winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Ivan

Ivan Braginsky, personification of Russia in the manga/anime Axis Powers: Hetalia
"The One and Only Ivan", a Newbery Award-winning book by Katherine Applegate
Ivan Alexeev, from movie "Tapeheads" played by John Cusack


Ivan's International Variations

Yvan (Breton) Vána, Vánuska, Ivánek (Czech) Eyvind, Eyvan (Irish Gaelic) Vanusha, Vanya, Ioann (Russian) Iwan (Welsh)