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Gender: Male Meaning of Iain: "God is gracious" Origin of Iain: Gaelic variation of John

The name Iain is a boy's name of Gaelic origin meaning "God is gracious". Iain and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your Least Favorite - B/G Twins with middles".

From the experts:

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 Glen, Scottish actor
Iain Lee, English comedian, television and radio presenter
Iain De Caestecker, Scottish actor
Iain Thomas, South African author and blogger
Iain Dowie, Northern Irish football manager
Iain Norman Macleod, British Chancellor of the Exchequer
Iain Edward Hume, Canadian footballer
(Alexander) Iain Fordyce Munro, Scottish footballer
Aston Iain Merrygold, singer of British boy band JLS
Iain Armitage, Child Actor/Youtuber

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