Gender: Female Meaning of Shawn: "God is gracious" Origin of Shawn: Spelling variation of Sean

Shawn Origin and Meaning

The name Shawn is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "God is gracious".

Shawn is a spelling variation of Sean, cool forty years ago for girls and now not even in the Top 1000. If you want to use this name for a girl now, try Sean or even Sian.

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Shawn Roy Says:


I'm an male shawn. and some of the most beautiful women I've ever known. we're named shawn. i love the name for males and females.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Sian is actually a Welsh form of Jane, not Irish, according to both Nameberry and Behind the Name sites.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Sian isn't a different spelling of Sean. It is pronounced "sharn". It is an Irish form of Jane, and could be seen as a feminine equivalent of Sean, since that is the Irish form of John. Shauna would usually be regarded as the feminine version of Sean or Shaun, though. I agree that Shawn is better for girls. Sean and Shaun both seem masculine.

shawnee7590 Says:


I am a girl and my name is Shawn. I love my name and find it to be very unique and feminine for a female to have. I have met many people who tell me they think the namr is cute for a girl. However, I find Shawna is a terrible name. To comment on the other spellings of the name, personally, I don't like the spelling 'Sean' for a girl. To me it makes it more masculine. I've never even heard of it being spelled, Sian, and find that spelling odd. If you're going to choose this name for a baby boy or girl stick with the traditional spellings of either Shawn, Sean, or Shaun to add less confusion for your child later on in life. No one is going to understand the spelling of Sian. I've spent my entire life correcting people on the spelling since there are enough variations already.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This spelling of Shawn is definitely my favourite for girls, and least favourite for boys. I like Sean for boys. I prefer Shauna on girls, but I'm not a huge fan of the name, because of my personal tastes, more so than any specific issues with the name. I have mixed associations with Shaun for boys, because I think Shaun Hutson is an awesome horror writer, but I did go out with a Shaun, and he isn't the best advertisement for the name - which is my personal issue, and not the name's fault. I can't quite agree with the comment that calling a girl Shawn is equivalent to calling her Steven. I don't feel that Shawn is as clearly masculine as Steven, although it's more of a feeling thing, and not easy to specifically substantiate. I don't think there is as much reason to consider Steven for a girl, given that Stephanie is such an attractive name, much more so than Shauna (just my personal feelings again), and also, Stevie can be used for girls, in any case. Calling a daughter Steven is like calling her Michael, James, Kevin, etc - and I give my views on those names as "girls' names", elsewhere on this site.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I vastly prefer this spelling for a girl-- Sean/Seán/Shaun are all really masculine to me. I'm surprised how appealing a find Shawn for a girl, but I prefer it as a nickname for Shawna.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I know a girl Shawn, but even on her it sounds too boyish. I prefer Shawna (though not a name I really like, it's more girly.)

Guest Says:


This is the spelling that gets used for girls. I see it on girls more than boys. I've never liked it to be honest.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Honestly I find this name too male to work for a girl. It's like naming your daughter Steven.