Ian - boys name

Ian name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 88%

Ian name meaning:

The name Ian is a Scottish variant of the name John and has its roots in the Hebrew name Yochanan, meaning "God is gracious" or "gift of God." Ian is a popular name in Scotland and has gained popularity in other English-speaking countries as well. It is a simple and timeless name that carries a sense of strength and dignity.

Boys named Ian are often seen as intelligent, independent, and confident individuals. They possess a natural curiosity and a desire for knowledge, always seeking to expand their understanding of the world around them. Ian's tend to be kind-hearted and compassionate, often going out of their way to help others. They are also known for their strong moral compass and a sense of justice.

In summary, the name Ian carries the meaning of being a gift from God and signifies qualities such as intelligence, independence, curiosity, compassion, and a sense of justice. It is a name that reflects strength and dignity and is often associated with individuals who make a positive impact on the world around them.

Origin: Scottish

God is gracious.

Related names

Ian , Ianna

Other boys names beginning with I


Overall UK ranking: 551 out of 4789

70 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (372)

Historical popularity of Ian

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