Gaelic variation of John
"God is gracious"

Iain Origin and Meaning

The name Iain is a boy's name of Gaelic origin meaning "God is gracious".

Iain, this authentic Gaelic form of John, has been well used in Scotland since the early twentieth century, used concurrently with the shortened Ian spelling, but is rarely seen in the US.

Iain Banks and Iain Sinclair are respected contemporary Scottish novelists.

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Famous People Named Iain

  • Iain GlenScottish actor
  • Iain LeeEnglish comedian, television and radio presenter
  • Iain De CaesteckerScottish actor
  • Iain ThomasSouth African author and blogger
  • Iain DowieNorthern Irish football manager
  • Iain Norman MacleodBritish Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Iain Edward HumeCanadian footballer
  • (Alexander) Iain Fordyce MunroScottish footballer
  • Iain ArmitageAmerican actor, plays the part of Sheldon Cooper on "Young Sheldon"
  • Aston Iain Merrygoldsinger of British boy band JLS