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Gender: Male Origin of Sean: Irish variation of John Sean's Popularity in 2018: #269

The name Sean is a boy's name of Irish origin. Sean is ranked #269 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Variations of John and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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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Popularity

Sean is #441 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Sean

Pop Culture References for the name Sean

Shawn, Shane, Shain, Shaundre, Shandon, Shayne, Seane, Seanan, Shaan, Shon, Shann, Shaughan, Seaghan, Shaine, Shan, Shaun,

Comments

Anne98 Says:

2019-06-26T00:28:03

I loved this name. Loved. But i met a guy called sean and he was a larper. I cant use this name now because if i did i would cuckhold my husband. Sad to see a good name go.

Sean Cahill Says:

2017-04-13T06:16:45

Soft? Coming from an Omar?

RoddyThlayli Says:

2017-01-14T17:27:06

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:

2016-11-18T23:30:17

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

Lena_Aline Says:

2016-03-17T20:44:30

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

Omar Says:

2016-03-05T02:59:35

too soft

cabosanmucus Says:

2015-12-08T20:48:54

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:

2015-09-17T13:47:28

Much prefer this spelling to Shawn/Shaun.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-08-22T15:09:35

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:

2014-10-31T17:10:21

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