Scottish version of John
"the Lord is gracious"

Ian Origin and Meaning

The name Ian is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "the Lord is gracious".

Ian is Scottish form of John, derived from the Hebrew name Yohanan. It is an Anglicization of the Scottish Gaelic Iain, which is also a viable spelling. Ian was introduced to Americans by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.

Ian was rather late making inroads on our shores—it was already the seventh most popular name in England in 1975. It’s been on a steady path in the Top 100 ever since the introduction of James Bond, 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.

# 72 in the US

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# 268 on Nameberry

Ian Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Ian

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  • Ian Anthony DaleAmerican actor
  • Ian Lancaster FlemingEnglish novelist
  • Ian Russell McEwanEnglish novelist
  • Ian McDiarmidScottish actor
  • Ian Murray McKellenEnglish actor
  • Ian HardingAmerican actor
  • Ian Andrew HecoxAmerican comedian of duo Smosh
  • Ian Edward WrightBritish footballer
  • Ian MurrayAmerican fashion designer
  • Ian Michael NelsonAmerican actor
  • Ian WilliamsAmerican football player
  • Ian Andrew ZieringAmerican actor (pronounces it eye,an)
  • Ian Michael SmithAmerican actor
  • Ian James RankinScottish novelist
  • Ian Michael KinslerAmerican baseball player
  • Ian Kevin CurtisEnglish lead singer of band Joy Division
  • Ian David LithgowAmerican actor; son of actor John Lithgow
  • Ian BrownEnglish musician
  • Ian McCormackChristian missionary and subject of film 'The Perfect Wave'
  • Thomas Ian NicholasAmerican actor
  • Ian Marcus Stapleton aka SSundeeAmerican YouTuber
  • Ian BohenAmerican actor
  • Ian Myles CrawfordAmerican musician and vocalist
  • Ian CarterAmerican comedian called idubbbz
  • Ian SimpsonAmerican singer,songwriter and member of boy,band "BROCKHAMPTON"

Ian in Pop Culture

  • Ian Doylecharacter on TV's "Criminal Minds"
  • Ian Malcolmcharacter in "Jurassic Park" series
  • Ianbrother pig in the "Olivia the Pig" series
  • Ian Clayton Gallaghercharacter on TV's "Shameless
  • Ian Bealecharacter in British soap “Eastenders”
  • Ian Thomascharacter on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Ian O'Sheacharacter in Stephenie Meyer's "The Host"
  • Ian Millercharacter in movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
  • Ian Duncancharacter on TV's "Community"
  • Ian Hawthornecharacter in "Star of Babylon" by Barbara Wood
  • Ian Dietrichcharacter in "Attack on Titan"
  • Ian Boothbycharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Ian Banksminor villain on "One Tree Hill"
  • Ian Kabracharacter in the 39 Clues book series
  • Ian Chestertoncompanion on TV's Doctor Who 1963,65

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