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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 "Baby a Day".

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
Iain Armitage, American actor
Aston Iain Merrygold, singer of British boy band JLS

Pop Culture References for the name Iain



LeiAriel Says:


I like this name a lot and prefer this spelling over Ian.

ziggywiggy Says:


surprisingly enough, I know 2 people who spell their name like this and both pronounce it exactly the same as Ian

athenamay24 Says:


I'm wondering this too.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Is this pronounced the same as Ian?

dewdropsandroses Says:


Handsome name and it has a bit of history. I like the author connections.