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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Shawn
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Shawn in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Shawn:
Records indicate that 296,312 boys in the United States have been named Shawn since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1971, when 12,815 people in the U.S. were given the name Shawn. Those people are now 42 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Shawn
Comment left Dec 06, 2010: "Name: Shawn Gender: Male I don't bother telling people how to spell it. As an effect of that people can't look me up in databases with any accuracy. I had a cop give me a ticket once which "didn't belong to this sean/shawn/shaun/etc" ;) saved $50 becuase someone didn't ask how to spell my LEGAL name. Hee Hee" (Report as inappropriate)
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Comment left Oct 12, 2010: "My name is Shawn and i am a female, the first thing people say when they hear my name is, that a boy's name!!, but i tell them hey, im a girl!, i will also get letters addressing me as Mr. instead of Miss, i have gotten used to the raised eyes brows and smirk when people hear that my name is Shawn, frankly i find it amusing and i am ever so happy to educate them about my name. over the years ive grown to appreciate my name. its my identity and i love it." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 28, 2010: "I am a female and my name is spelled Shawn. I have had many problems with identity. Many times they think I am using someone elses credit card. The final blow was when I went for my 1st mammogram and they cleared the room of all women before I arrived thinking I was a man. You would think since my GYN sent me they would have a clue. All you can do is laugh and be glad you have an interesting name. I have grown to appreciate my name over the years and now think it is suitable for both genders. Love who you are and be proud of your given name." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 27, 2010: "i had a girlfriend named Shawn. I like Sean or Shaun better for a boy, and shawn for a girl" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 16, 2010: "My name Shawn and I always have trouble with people spelling my name RIGHT. Thatıs right SHAWN is the only way to spell it as far as Iım concerned, the best way." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Feb 01, 2010: "shawn is an amazing name, its unique, and it belongs to a guy i know who is amazing. Parents should definitely bless their baby boy (OR GIRL, we live in modern times now people.) with the name Shawn. It is original, fun, and creative, and belongs to people that you should keep close to your heart." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 14, 2009: "I prefer it spelled like "Shaun" but Shawn is nice, too :)" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Apr 12, 2009: "i love the name shawn
when i have a baby boy
like 10 years from now
thats gunna be his name :]
shawn shawn shawn shawn" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Mar 14, 2009: "My fiancıes name is Shawn and it will be our future baby's middle name if I'm having a boy. I've always loved the name and think this is the best and most unique way to spell it. For a long time when I was younger I thought "Sean" was pronounced as it was spelled, like the word "seen". Shawn looks so much nicer." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Dec 31, 2008: "I named my son Shawn in 2006 after my husband's best friend. I had never heard of Shawn spelled that way before. Growing up all I ever knew was Sean's. I like all the spellings, but obviously prefer Shawn now. I will say that I have known several female Shawn's, so I was a bit confused at first." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Dec 30, 2008: "MiH BoIFRIEND NAME IS SHAWN THE NAME ROCK SI LOVE MIH SWEETCAKES SHAWN" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Sep 22, 2008: "Dere R 2 many name like my name that is Shawn too howevs da name is kool and great 2 spell in different but dey all sound tha same and tha way dey say Shawn THANK U" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Aug 06, 2008: "A friend of my mother's named me Shawn, in the 60's I did not know that it was considered a male name till much later. I am a female and I get all kinds of flack from prejuciced people. Grow and and get a life. I am who I am Shawn" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 26, 2008: "i like it spelt this way rather than Sean it seems like it would be easier for others to spell and pronounce it" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left May 25, 2008: "Hello my name is Shawn and i have to say it is a great name!!! Oh ya and thumbs up to the guy who wrote the comment April 23, 08 i when refering to people with the name Shawn but spelled as Sean i pronounce it "See-in" also!!! Sadly though everyone always spells my name as Sean and very rarely will some one spell it right without me telling them how to spell it :(" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Apr 23, 2008: "My name is Shawn. I'm proud to be Irish, yet like my Anglicized name. When people wonder how to spell it, I tell them the simple rule: spelled like it sounds. I always derogitorily refer to "Sean" as "See-in"." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Feb 23, 2008: "I love the name Shawn and I am also in love with a Shawn. I think the name is strictly for boys. I also prefer it spelled this way. My next son will be named Shawn even though it's very common, it sounds awesome." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Nov 20, 2007: "In spanish its sounds japanese as they pronounce it Chon" (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Apr 29, 2007: "I like this name. People always ask how to spell it thogh because there is so many ways to spell it." (Report as inappropriate)
Comment left Apr 17, 2007: "I'm a Shawn, and the only problem is that it can be a uni-sex name, and always misspelled. I've given up trying to correct people who write it as Sean or Shaun. Also, my father's name was John, so it fits, "son of John."" (Report as inappropriate)
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