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

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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LeiAriel Says:

2016-09-17T22:32:23

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

ziggywiggy Says:

2016-05-02T02:52:32

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

athenamay24 Says:

2016-05-02T02:24:06

I'm wondering this too.

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-11-01T21:49:38

Is this pronounced the same as Ian?

dewdropsandroses Says:

2014-08-25T18:56:45

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