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Gender: Male Origin of Sean: Irish variation of John Sean's Popularity in 2017: #251

The name Sean is a boy's name of Irish origin. Sean is ranked #251 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Variations of John and discussed in our forums with posts like "CAF Elimination Style".

From the experts:

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. 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

Sean Taro Ono Lennon, American musician; son of musician John Lennon
Sean John Combs aka Puffy aka Diddy, American rapper and musician
Sean Paul (born Ryan Francis Henriques), Jamaican rapper
Sean Parker, American cofounder of Napster and Facebook
Sean Patrick Hayes, American actor
Sean Patrick Flanery, American actor
Sean Patrick Thomas, American actor
(Thomas) Sean Connery, Scottish actor
Sean Justin Penn, American actor
Shaun Mark "Sean" Bean, English actor
Sean Michael Spicer, former US White House Press Secretary
Sean Kingston (born Kisean Anderson), Jamaican musician
(Patrick) Sean Payton, American NFL football coach
Sean Christopher Avery, Canadian ice hockey player
Sean Bonnette, member of the American folk-punk band AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad)
Sean Lance Berdy, American deaf actor & comedian
Sean Patrick Astin, American actor
Sean Divine Jacobs, American rapper
Sean Anthony Frye, American actor; brother of actress Soleil Moon Frye
Sean Malto, American pro skateboarder
Sean Rio Flynn, American actor
Sean Paul Lockhart, American model and actor
Sean Harland Murray, American actor
Sean Fujiyoshi, American YouTuber of NigaHiga
Sean Patrick Hannity, American TV commentator
Sean "Jack" William McLoughlin, Irish YouTuber
Sean Gunn, American actor
Sean "Slug" Michael Daley, American 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" Tuohy, Jr. (b. 1993), son of Sean and Leigh Ann Tuohy of "The Blind Side"
Sean Faison-Ince (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 McConville, English professional footballer
Sean Dowdell, owner of Club Tattoo, former band member of Grey Daze

Pop Culture References for the name Sean

Sean 'Bat' Dingling, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Sean Kendrick, main character in The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Sean McNamara, main character on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
Sean Cameron, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Sean Cassidy aka Banshee, character in X-Men comics
Sean Potter, character on TV's "Judging Amy"
Sean Breslin, character in movie "Horsemen"
Sean Boswell, main character in movie "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift"
Sean Kelly, character on TV's "Scrubs"
Sean Ackard, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Sean, main character in two of the five Step Up dance movies


Sean Cahill Says:


Soft? Coming from an Omar?

RoddyThlayli Says:


Recently learned (correct me if I'm wrong) that the Irish spelling is actually Seán and "sean" (without the fada) is pronounced "shan" and means "old".

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like this. I prefer this spelling to any alternatives, including Shaun.

Lena_Aline Says:


I used to hate it, but it grew on me.

Omar Says:


too soft

cabosanmucus Says:


For about half my life I thought his rhymed with Dean. That's why I like the phonetic spellings better. The exception to my authenticity rule.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Much prefer this spelling to Shawn/Shaun.

headintheclouds Says:


Growing up outside an English-speaking country, I remember being very confused when I first met a Sean and saw his name spelled out. In my mind: wasn't it supposed to be pronounced Seen, like Seal but with an -n instead of -l ending? xD Sean's an all right name, I have no particular feelings for it, neither like nor dislike it. I do prefer Sean though, to phonetic spellings such as Shawn and others.

Guest Says:


Even though this is one of the most common names I'm growing to think of it as quite handsome.