US Popularity:123
Other Origin(s):Hebrew, British
Meaning:God is gracious
Ian is a Scottish boy’s name, and a variation of the Hebrew moniker John. It became very popular outside Scotland in the 20th century, trending first in England before making its transatlantic journey to the US. Ian's strength lies in its sheer simplicity (two vowels and a sturdy N), and it has enjoyed immense star power and popularity. The English actors Ian McKellan and Ian McShane are two examples of famous and beloved Ians. And let’s not forget author Ian Fleming, who created the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond.

Famous People Named Ian

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  • Ian Harding
    TV Actor
  • Ian Kinsler
    Baseball Player
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Ian Ziering
    TV Actor

Ian Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Ian is currently #348 on The Bump
Boy:Ian is currently #91 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Ian is currently #123 in U.S. births
Boy:Ian is currently #49 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
+ 17
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
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