Origin:Scottish
Popularity:140
Meaning:God is gracious
Ian is a boy’s name and the Scottish form of 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
    Actor
  • Ian Ziering
    TV Actor

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Source: Social Security Administration

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