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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Ian
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Ian in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Ian:
Records indicate that 194,776 boys in the United States have been named Ian since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2005, when 6,644 people in the U.S. were given the name Ian. Those people are now 15 years old.
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Comments about the name Ian
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68 Positive Comments
"I'm a 68yo man named Ian. I grew up in the Midwestern part of the U.S.but my mom was British. It was (and still is)constantly mispronounced or misspelled. All my life friends and classmates called me "Inn". I was shy back then and didn't correct them until I was in my 20's. After my teen years, I found that girls liked the name,as it was different. I didn't meet another Ian until I was 30yo." Oct. 30, 2020:
"My name is Ian - pronounced EYE-yen - and I'm a woman born in 1971. Given the name from the author of James Bond novels Ian Fleming." Jan. 21, 2020:
"My Brothers name is Ian pronounced E-N. I am not sure why he was called that it is basically an Afrikaans version of John though with and I instead of a J." Apr. 17, 2015:
"My husband is French so it is really difficult to find a name that sounds good in both English and French. Apparently Ian fits the criteria for both languages, though it is pronounced more like "Yan" in French. I like that it sounds strong and not at all geeky." Apr. 6, 2011:
"Hi everyone!! When we discover I was pregnant we looked for names everywhere and we find a lot of names and finally decided for Ian cause we like the meaning. So baby Ian arrived on Dec 21 2010 a premee baby." Jan. 10, 2011:
my name is Mirco, I'm from Italy.
Silvia and I are going to become parents in something like ten days!!! He's a baby boy, so we have decided for "Fabio Ian". Ian will be then the second name. Here in Italy the name Ian is not used at all, but we like it very much. It is one of those very few English names that are pronounced as they are written (for Italians, I mean). Ian means "gift fom God" and will be also a tribute to one of our preferred artist: Ian Curtis, from Joy Division. Ian is short, direct, delicate and powerful at the same time. Very nice (second) name for our first beloved son. :-)
Mirco & Silvia
Ferrara - ITALY" Dec. 26, 2010:
"i am a 10 year old boy named Ian Blue, im scottish." Dec. 22, 2010:
"Our son was born today -October 5-, I am mexican but my last name Straffon came from England. Many british people arrived arround 1870 to Pachuca (Hidalgo State in Mexico) to work at silver mines. Now Straffon family is huge in Mexico. So, his name is Ian Straffon, we like the name, simple, short, cool...!" Oct. 6, 2010:
"Hi my name is Ian. Pronounced ee-in. Nobody ever really made fun of my name growing up. Peein Ian seemed a little too obvious and not quite clever enough, so I never really heard that. I got nicknamed Smian for awhile in college. It was a goog thing even it was a goofy name. Ian is a bit hard to pronounce for some, especially when telling it to someone in a noisy place. There is no hard consonant to start it with. Pretty cool name though. Very Scottish, which is my ancestry, so that's cool." May. 10, 2010:
"My son (2005) is named Ian Calin (I pronounce it Ian Allen - LONG story) I LOVE the name. I thought everyone would be able to pronounce it because it is so popular now, and for the most part they can - but I still get some WEIRD pronunciations - Ethan???? I love that it is only 3 letters but can be pronounced with 2 E-N -- In fact I'm naming his baby sister Ivy (I-V) because I love the name Ian so much - I want to name her Ivy Allen, but dad won't let me! His spanish -speaking grandma stumbles over the name and calls him E-N (with a gap)She was terribly confused when we told/showed her his name! I don't like how popular the name is -- there is another kid in his class named Ian -- I only met 2 Ian's in my 30 years, so its odd its SO popular now. I still LOVE it!" Apr. 18, 2010:
"My son's name is Ian Cole. (Born in 2003) Love it!" Jan. 9, 2010:
"Hey my names Ian Sean Fitzgerald. I was born with this name because my parents thought it was original at the time and I like it. I know 5 other Ians and have never been teased about it. Now though a lot of people call me fitz ( girls call me fitzy. A name I don't like)" Aug. 4, 2009:
"My first name is IAN too.
It wasn't picked out in the manner that others seem to have done. It was handed down through ancestry. In my family the names are passed on through the centuries and Ian will continue to be passed on down through the family. All my families names are passed on in this manner. I kinda like this family tradition and I think it is unfortunate names have lost their national and family origins as people just pick names they like the sound of with no reference, no regard to the ethnic origins of names or family traditions." Jul. 21, 2009:
"My name is Ian. Growing up I was called Ian-peein'. Especially bad in the bathroom. "I see Ian peein'!!!" Not as funny. I heard of one guy who was laughing everytime someone said my name because "it is a stupid name". You'll be glad to know he is a piece of turd who has 3 kids at 19 and sells vacuum cleaners. He is unsuccessful. I have a degree, great job, and own a home. Who's laughing now?! Seriously folks, Ian is a great name for a boy, especially if you have a wierd or comical last name. I have only ever been known as "Ian". Not guys named Paul who are called Paulie, Paul B., Fat Paul, Paul from the Hood, etc..." Jul. 21, 2009:
"My names Ian. My parents named me after a British friend of my parents. He was climbing a mountain in New Zealand when an avalanche took his life. He was preparing for a mountain climb on K2. And so my parents honored him by naming me ian. I feel very lucky to have this name and im proud to carry this name." May. 13, 2009:
"My son's name is Ian, and he is 2.5 years old. He says it so funny with his full middle and last name -- Ian Alistair McAnally.
I LOVE the name. My husband picked it out. His ancestors are Scottish. I did not know it was a version of John. Good to know.
Yes, some people mispronounce the name, but some people always mispronounce something.
I dislike common names -- when you call a common name 5-6 kids look at ya at school! :)" Feb. 12, 2009:
"It's a name with Irish Galeic origin, from Eoin, and in meaning 'God Is Gracious'. Iain and Ian formed from Gaelic Scottish spelling, also translated as John in Hebrew). Could 3 letters form a better name?" Dec. 5, 2008:
"My names Ian I love life , god is forgiving and my only nickname has been peein ian
Be prepared for something amazing." Nov. 29, 2008:
"My name is Ian so yes I like it but the only problem I have is it is hard for some pepole to say.Ive been called Dan Ann Dean but my favorit was yang. A co worker could not say Ian to save his life so yang came out and it stuck.So as a joke alot of my friends still call me yang to this day." Sep. 25, 2008:
"I absolutely love this name! I'm expecting a son this Fall and we are naming him Ian Michael... Ian means "God is gracious", and Michael is my husband's name, so it's just perfect. It's a strong, simple name... and since my hubby and I are both blonde with blue eyes, I am sure our little fella will fit the part perfectly! :)" Aug. 28, 2008:
"My son's first name is Ian. He is 3-months old and when we were expecting him, we sat down and thought of the perfect name for him. My hubby is so picky and he rejected most (if not all) of the names I came up with but when I suggested Ian he did not hesitate and said "yeah, lets go with that one!".
I also like it because my hubby's first initial is "I" and the letters I-A-N are part of my name: vIANey.
It's simple, strong, and fits his personality. He is so handsome! :-)" Aug. 10, 2008:
"I named my son, who is now 8 years old, Ian. I love this name & had it picked out for years before he was born. It is a simple, strong & classic name. Ian is the scottish form of John so it was a perfect way for us to name him after my husband without too much confusion, since my husband's name is John, my brother's name is John & my father-in-law is also John." Jul. 28, 2008:
"My name is Ian. I didn't like it when I was younger, but now I love the fact that my name is not John, or Mike, or Bill. It took me a while to grow into it, and for a long time noone could get it. I was E-On, I-in, I-an. But now it fits and I love my name." Jun. 27, 2008:
"I agree this is a strong yet simple name. Very classic name. I have twins and I named one of my twins Ian, and his sister twin Sofia. Ian sounds great in English and Spanish too." May. 22, 2008:
"Love it! I also named my son this. My husband and I chose this name immediately and never even considered another. So he is Ian Patrick Lancaster, my blonde haired, blue eyed, 4 year old!" May. 7, 2008:
"We are going to name our son Ian Michael. We can't wait for him to arrive this fall." May. 7, 2008:
"Our 22-month-old son is named Iain, which is the Scots Gaelic version of Ian. We anticipate that he'll have to spell it out now and then, but we know a few Iains who love their name and don't mind the odd confusion over the extra "i". This spelling isn't uncommon in Scotland or in the Canadian Maritimes, nor is it particularly trendy; it's actually just as traditional a spelling as Ian." May. 3, 2008:
"i love the name ian thats what i want my sons name to be" Mar. 29, 2008:
"My son's name is Ian Jeffrey. He is 21 months old. I fell in live with this strong, solid name." Mar. 25, 2008:
"My friend's parents named him Ian specifically to avoid nicknames. Its a great name - very solid. He has one friend that calls him "E" so it is in theory possible to shorten it further, but the parents' gambit was overall a success." Mar. 20, 2008:
"My husband's name and I just love it. He was born in 1942 and I can see "Ian" has become extremely popular over the years." Dec. 19, 2007:
"My little brother's name is Ian. I've called him Inkers since he was a baby!! Our parents would call us, "In and Out." He's a red head, so he totally looks the part of an Ian. There have been a couple people who pronounced it with a hard I instead of an E sound, but I think that bothers me more than it does him!" Nov. 20, 2007:
"My husband and I wanted a unique name for our son due in February. We didn't want a name that was in the top 10 or too different. We saw Ian in the baby name book and fell in love with it. We fell more in love with the name Ian when we found out it was Scottish for John which was my husbands grandfather name and great grandfathers name so we knew it was the perfect name." Oct. 25, 2007:
"My wife & I plan to name our first son, due early next year, Ian. We feel it defines an intelligent, proud, insightful, clever, and friendly person; we've met only a few Ian's, not a surprise, but each have impressed us tremendously, been generally positive & spirited guys, and GREAT soccer players - surely a wonderful fit for the next generation ;)" Sep. 26, 2007:
"Ian sounds like a bit of a nerdy, dorky name, but I love it. It sounds rather quirky and distinctive" Sep. 25, 2007:
"My husband is Australian and it is a common name over there. We named our son Ian and thought we were being quite unique. In the past few years, we've really seen the name popping up." Sep. 14, 2007:
"This is my son's name and I love it! Simple and classic, but not over used." Sep. 13, 2007:
"Ian is my father-in law's name and the name of our first born son!
In case anyone was wondering...it is completely Scottish :) My in-laws are from Scotland and will proudly tell you all about it! Ian is the Scottish variation of the name John" Jun. 29, 2007:
"I like it a lot! But in Texas it is way too popular." Jun. 27, 2007:
"This is my son's name. I gave him this name because I was looking for something with a Scottish origin, that had an original flare." Jun. 21, 2007:
"Ian is my son's name. Here in Spain it is becoming very popular." Jun. 6, 2007:
"Ian is my son's name. It is basic and simple without being too mundane." May. 24, 2007:
"Ian is the name of my, 1 month old, baby. I like the name because it is short and you will pronounce it the same way in English and Spanish, which is really helpful (I live in Mexico)" Apr. 4, 2007:
"My name is Ian. Growing up in a mainly French community (I am from Quebec but my parents are English) I have found that the only ones who can pronounce and spell the name correctly on the first try are native Anglophones. People of all other languages struggle with it (French or other European languages, etc). However, with the name being so short, it is quick to explain and spell so it is not a long drawn-out agnozing process to acclimatize someone to the name." Oct. 4, 2006:
"I'm the only guy named Ian in my school. Everone mispronounces it." Sep. 30, 2006:
"my name is ian and to me any one with the name ian is wealthy its a rich name in my country trinidad and tobago i know about 10 people name ian and only one of them have know no wealth and thats just for now cause he is 2 years lol the son of a dentist Doc Ian Cedeno . dont worry my wealth is near" Sep. 23, 2006:
"I named my son Ian. The major reason is that its pronounciation is close to his Chinese name. Also, I know some great guy of this name. No matter this name is great or bad, I will cherish this name since now my dearest son has this name." Sep. 9, 2006:
"Ian is an awesome Scottish name. My husband has wanted to use this name for years but has never been able to because we've had three daughters! Maybe one day." Aug. 11, 2006:
"I named my son Ian in 2000 because of all the names we looked at, this one seemed to fit our English and Irish heritage the best. Not only this but it reminded me of a more common person's name, rather than someone who would be snobby or up tight, something my son as no chance of being :)" Aug. 2, 2006:
"My name is ian. its greek after iwannys or yanni... duh.
KJ is a stone head." Jul. 26, 2006:
"My name is ian. its greek after iwannys or yanni... duh" Jul. 26, 2006:
"My son is named Ian after my husband John. Ian is a form of John. I like names that can not be shorten to a nickname. My inlaws had some problems pronouning it Eon, but they are getting better. As far as popular, we know no other Ian's of any age." Jul. 16, 2006:
"I chose the name for my son in 1984 amid a deluge of Jasons, Justins and Scotts. It wasn't overused in the USA, complemented his last name and was familiar to me as in Ian Fleming, the author, Ian Tyson, the singer and Ian McKellen, the actor. Back then people did insist on pronouncing it long "I" as in "ion", but he doesn't seem to have a problem now.(Long "E" stressed, then the letter "n")." Jul. 12, 2006:
"i love the name ian! is short and cute and is good for a young baby and an adult! over all, its a really cute name." Jul. 10, 2006:
"short and simple, difficult to bastardise - a great SCOTTISH name." Jun. 22, 2006:
"I was born "Ivan" but have been known as "Ian" since highschool (it was getting confusing having the same name as my dad).
They say the name "Ian" conjurs up an image of a laid-back, relaxed, friendly guy! I think they are right!" Jun. 21, 2006:
"i know lots of people called ian and they are all very kind and funny.i think ian's a great name." Jun. 13, 2006:
"My two month old son's name is Ian. My husband and I liked the name, simple, easy to pronounce, nickname-proof. Our choice for the name had nothing to do with being 'English' or sophisticated' it just seemed like the right name for our little boy." May. 28, 2006:
"My son's name is Ian. Since his heritage is Scottish and Ian cannot be shortened we chose it." Apr. 10, 2006:
"I like my name. Not many people have it, particularly in the US, and it helps people remember my name." Apr. 6, 2006:
"I named my son Ian as my wife and I decided long before pregnancy that this was the boy's name we wanted. When he was born, with fair reddish blonde hair and green eyes, we know we had made the right choice." Mar. 17, 2006:
"That 1st comment is very offensive to me. My name is Ian and I'm proud of my name. And if 1st comment person has something to me or any other Ian then say it. So, its like this You think you know me, well the name Ian is like a pinwheel so you can go ahead and blow me." Mar. 10, 2006:
"I am 32 and was named Ian because my Mom liked the name Shawn, but had already used it for my older brother. It means "God is Gracious". There was a little teasing when I was in grade school, but have received countless compliments on the name since. Although it is not unique in the U.K., it is more so here in the U.S. I wonder if it has caught on here in the U.S. due to the popularity of "James Bond" written by Ian Fleming. I am proud to have this name and wouldn't change it for anything." Jan. 10, 2006:
"Love the name Ian. If I have another boy I may name him Ian." Dec. 27, 2005:
"My name is Ian! and I live in Canada...its popular kinda here but I like my name...its original and not like any others. My name is short and easy for all to say...Ive never had a bad comment on it!" Dec. 25, 2005:
"It is commonly spelled "Ean" when I give it to people here in the US, I won't even get into details about my last name and how that is spelled." Dec. 14, 2005:
"I highly doubt anyone would choose a name like Ian simply because they believe it to be "English" and therefore believe it to be "sophisticated". Sounds like this Englishman is snobby and uptight, definitely not sophisticated." Dec. 12, 2005:
"My son is named Ian. I think it's beautiful and strong." Dec. 12, 2005:
8 Negative Comments
"Just boom no k in kian and rubbish name! Kian is good Ian is an big no" Nov. 28, 2019:
"I am called Ian, my colegues just goggled "famous people called Ian" the to two were Ian Huntley and Ian Brady (both child killers) so I think I will change it to sally or something nice" Jan. 29, 2013:
"this is a boring name
by douglas get ride of it dingdong" Mar. 10, 2006:
"this is douglas and this name should have never existed." Mar. 10, 2006:
"this is douglas and this name should have never existed. I think that weird people have wierd names" Mar. 10, 2006:
"My name is Ian and I find it to be a very uncoomon name here in the states. It comes across as a good name to others because it is easily remembered, and not as common. It gives a very large distinction to people who have it as thier name because normally you dont know but maybe one or two Ians." Feb. 27, 2006:
"Oh, I have to comment or get directed back to this page, but the question clearly states an "if" that I don't meet." Nov. 21, 2005:
"It's a very common name in the UK, but mainly for middle-aged men, a bit like Brian or Alan. You would never meet a child with this name. I am somewhat confused about its current popularity in the US, where perhaps it sounds 'English' and 'sophisticated', whereas in the UK it's just a boring old name." Sep. 4, 2005:
28 Neutral Comments
"My name is Ian I have never liked it, to me it sounds weak. My mother used to call me Benjamin because I was the youngest. She should have stuck with it. I believe in 2019 there were no Ian's registered at birth in the UK." Jun. 12, 2020:
"I'm Ian from Canada. Ian is a form of the name John. I believe it's a re-anglicized version of the name Eoin... similar to a lot of other versions of the name John in countless parts of the world.
I have found that my name, though unusual, is pretty common, at least where I'm from. I once had three Ian's (including myself) in one class... we all sat at the same table which was very confusing.
Although I like my name, and identify with it, there are times when I feel like it doesn't make the best first impression on people. To me Ian sounds like a goofy, nice guy. I suppose that's not the worst first impression imaginable but still.
I can't say I was ever teased for my name, though as I said it's also not very intimidating.
Notable people with the name Ian include Ian Curtis, and Ian McKellen.
Alternate spellings include: Eoin, Iain" Apr. 2, 2017:
"It's my first name, the second being Paul. As far as I've seen, people easily get used to saying Ian except for some friends I have from China who call me Yan but that's cool. They have a good laugh when they try to teach me Cantonese. My pronunciation is apparently hilarious. Paul however just sounds wrong even when I say it. So...yeah, Ian it is..." Aug. 14, 2015:
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"Can't add any IGC file to flight book 2.0 beta 4. I tried drag&drop and did not worekd. I can't find a button for adding a IGC file. Also The KML convertor doesn't work, I hit the convert button after loading an IGC and select the output folder, but nothing happened.VA:F [1.9.20_1166]" Mar. 15, 2013:
"My name is Ian deeds, i'm fifteen years of age and is in a circus I think me name fits me because it is a very uniqe name and not many people have it" Jan. 3, 2011:
"In a Power Rangers-like show called Kousoku Sentai (i.e. High-Speed Squadron) Turboranger in 1989 (and this has NOTHING to do with Power Rangers Turbo which is based on the 1996 Super Sentai program entitled 'Gekisou Sentai Carranger' which means 'Violent Speed Squadron Carranger'), the character of Youhei Hama, a.k.a. Blue Turbo, was renamed Ian when the show was aired in the Philippines."