Irish variation of John
"God is gracious"

Sean Origin and Meaning

The name Sean is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "God is gracious".

Sean, after a long reign as one of the top Irish boys' names in the US, has now slipped as parents look to fresher Irish choices such as Liam and Aidan. In Ireland, Sean is still highly popular, but variation Senan, an Anglicized spelling of diminutive Seanan, is also stylish in Ireland. While Sean is the Irish form of John, Seanan and Senan may be thought of either as Sean diminutives or relatives of the Latin word "senator".

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Famous People Named Sean

  • Seán Mac DiarmadaIrish revolutionary leader and signatory
  • Sean Taro Ono LennonAmerican musician; son of musician John Lennon
  • Sean John Combs aka Puffy aka DiddyAmerican rapper and musician
  • Sean Paul (born Ryan Francis Henriques)Jamaican rapper
  • Sean ParkerAmerican cofounder of Napster and Facebook
  • Sean Patrick HayesAmerican actor
  • Sean Patrick FlaneryAmerican actor
  • Sean Patrick ThomasAmerican actor
  • (Thomas) Sean ConneryScottish actor
  • Sean Justin PennAmerican actor
  • Shaun Mark "Sean" BeanEnglish actor
  • Sean Michael Spicerformer US White House Press Secretary
  • Sean Kingston (born Kisean Anderson)Jamaican musician
  • (Patrick) Sean PaytonAmerican NFL football coach
  • Sean Christopher AveryCanadian ice hockey player
  • Sean Bonnettemember of the American folk,punk band AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad)
  • Sean Lance BerdyAmerican deaf actor & comedian
  • Sean Patrick AstinAmerican actor
  • Sean Divine JacobsAmerican rapper
  • Sean Anthony FryeAmerican actor; brother of actress Soleil Moon Frye
  • Sean MaltoAmerican pro skateboarder
  • Sean Rio FlynnAmerican actor
  • Sean Paul LockhartAmerican model and actor
  • Sean Harland MurrayAmerican actor
  • Sean FujiyoshiAmerican YouTuber of NigaHiga
  • Sean Patrick HannityAmerican TV commentator
  • Sean "Jack" William McLoughlinIrish YouTuber
  • Sean GunnAmerican actor
  • Sean "Slug" Michael DaleyAmerican Rapper
  • Sean Hepburn Ferrer (b. 1960)son of actress Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer
  • Sean Rashad (b. 1970)son of NFL player Ahmad Rashad
  • Sean Roderick Stewart (b. 1980)son of singer Rod Stewart
  • Sean Maxwell Douglas (b. 1983)son of actor Michael Keaton
  • Sean Christopher Ali Stone (b. 1984)son of film director Oliver Stone
  • Sean Thomas Harmon (b. 1988)son of actor Mark Harmon
  • Sean "SJ" TuohyJr. (b. 1993), son of Sean and Leigh Ann Tuohy of "The Blind Side"
  • Sean FaisonInce (b. 1997), son of actor Donald Faison
  • Sean Preston Federline (b. 2005)son of singer Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
  • Sean Fionn Murphy (b. 2015)son of Irish actor Timothy V. Murphy
  • Sean McConvilleEnglish professional footballer
  • Sean Dowdellowner of Club Tattoo, former band member of Grey Daze

Sean in Pop Culture

  • Sean Kendrickmain character in The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Sean 'Bat' Dinglingcharacter in video game 'Ace Attorney'
  • Sean McNamaramain character on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
  • Sean Cameroncharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Sean Cassidy aka Bansheecharacter in X,Men comics
  • Sean Pottercharacter on TV's "Judging Amy"
  • Sean Breslincharacter in movie "Horsemen"
  • Sean Boswellmain character in movie "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift"
  • Sean Kellycharacter on TV's "Scrubs"
  • Sean Ackardcharacter on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Seanmain character in two of the five Step Up dance movies

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