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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Heavenly Generosity

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Sean

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Sean in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Sean:

  • Records indicate that 405,961 boys in the United States have been named Sean since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1990, when 12,016 people in the U.S. were given the name Sean. Those people are now 30 years old.

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      40 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Sean, that?s right, S-E-A-N! I?ve been called ?Seen?, ?Shane?, ?See-On? , ?Say-on? father is 2nd generation Irish (I live in Detroit,Michigan,USA). I believe I was named after Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon) and I was born in April of 1977. I rarely ever meet another man named Sean, but when I do, it?s always comical. ?You?re name is Sean too? ?How do YOU spell it?? If he spells it like me, he gets my respect. If he doesn?t, then I?ll end the convo and say ?ohh, ok, well? Only a select few are allowed to call me ?Seany?. Usually close family. To me, ?Seany?, is the junior version of Sean. I also get, ? Seany-Boy?, ?Shon-a-na-na-na? , and even ?Sean of the Dead? , like the movie. People have fun with it, and I don?t mind.." Feb. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Sean. It is a strong, masculine name... very sexy. He has always liked his name... but is very annoyed when people spell it incorrectly. In the U.S., it is very common to see, "Shawn."" Mar. 29, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE the name sean, everyone calls me seen but thats what makes me different to other people." Jul. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Sean, it's my only sons name. Some stupid people have called him "Seen" before, but they figure it out. who would name a kid Seen? His nicknames over the years have been: Sean Boy and Seanster!" Jun. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sean and im Irish and wish people who werent Irish would just leave it alone and come up with their own names. And as for naming girls Sean...? Why not just name them Robert or William. Or how about naming your sons Elizabeth or Mary." Oct. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name! I know a lot of Seans named after Sean Connery. A lot of people try to spell it as "Shawn" or "Shaun" though." Jul. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sean is not a girls name I dont understand people giving their daughters the name Sean... Sean is a variant of John, you might as well name your daughter John or William for that matter." Apr. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our daughter Sean after a family tradition. I was apprehensive when we found out she was a girl but since reading these comments I'm now comfortable with our decision. Thanks" Apr. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Sean. She has Irish in her & has auburn red curly hair." Dec. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "So interesting, I'm from Hungary, and I don't know why but we don't have problems with prnouncing this name. Even those who don't speak English... Probably because of the many actors..." Nov. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sean and this kid who was in my class last year called me sheen and im only 11 born in 1997 may 28th" May. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am born in 1988 and am Aussie. Can't believe it was the highest year on record!" Mar. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Sean as well. But I am Latino and I guess people are kind of taken aback to find out I have an Irish name. LOL. And to make things more complicated my full name is Sean Paul (named after Sean Lennon and Paul McCartney) so I guess for a Latino-American it IS a strange name but I love it just for that. :) And boy am I glad to see I'm not the only one to be called "Seen" - seriously is that even a name? some people are morons" Mar. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "OK. The usual problem in school with teachers never knowing how to pronouce me name properly. On the plus slide I was virtually the only Sean I knew growing up. Despite assumptions to the contrary, I was actually named after the John Wayne character in "The Quiet Man"." Jan. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shawn but I casually spell it Sean. I can not stand when a small percent of girls are named with a boys name and then everyone starts assuming that it's a girls name after that. Shawn is the anglicized version of Sean, because people couldn't pronounce it correctly. It is still a Guys name! People will call my house asking for Mrs. Shawn, it bugs the heck out of me when people assume things before finding out the facts! I love my Irish heritage and my name, but do not like ignorant people!" Dec. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Sean and I think it is just the perfect name. He just turned 2." Nov. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "SEAN IS A GREAT IRISH NAME LONG MAY IT REIGN, MY NAME IS "Sean O Dubhlainn" and i have Irish kings in my linage and proud of it- so those who dont like it- too bad my friends, but it is mostly a much loved name- God Bless- Sean" Oct. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I prefer this spelling. I recently elected to have my name legally changed to this from a variant spelling. I'm surprised so many of you have experienced incidents of people spelling the name incorrectly; when I was using the other spelling, people always assumed I spelled it "S-e-a-n". As I am about to launch a career that will require many professional connections, I chose to go with the "default" spelling to minimize any future confusion." Jul. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is sean and the other day someone pronounced my name seaen" May. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Sean. I have an Irish background and whenever people who've known me for a while find out, their shocked and I look at them like the light just clicked; since my first and second name together is Sean Patrick, then they piece it all together with my last name (also Irish) and feel real dumb. Another neat thing is that I have one grandfather named John and the other named Juan, as well their first sons share their names John and Juan too, all different varieties of the same name. This past month at work i had two incidents: one lad called me "Seen" and couldn't understand my name until i explained how to say it. Another did the same and insisted that it was in fact not "Sean" and my name was misspelled, nor was it and Irish... yeah she was from Kentucky so I figured she was a lost hope anyway. The worst anyone has spelled my name was "Shauwn"... i mean come on, 4 letters everyone S-E-A-N" Apr. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oh man, all the same comments. I too know the torment of being called Seen. I always wondered, honestly, is anyone named "Seen?" To makes things even more interesting, my sister in law is named Shaun. Too wierd." Mar. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sean and i'm Brazilian. I've never met a person called Sean, even when i went to states and spent 6 months there going to high school as a foreign student. I've always been the only Sean at school and at work. Sometimes it really bothers me having to teach people how to pronounce my name.. This week a guy came to the company where I work to delivery some documents and no one could find out who the document was to cuz he was looking for "Seen". LOL... Despite all this, i love my name and really appreciate mom and dad's choice! Thanks Sean Connery and Sean Lennon for the help." Mar. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name is one of the top names i can tell you that, and people do prononce it like seen some times if its spelled sean.I dont met to many others withthe same name much. it is one great name!" Feb. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this spelling of Sean more than the others... it's more, I don't know, sophisticated." Jan. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sean. I love my name. I often meet fellow Irish and Irish Americans with the name which doesnt bother me. but when i meet people with the name Shaun or Shawn i feel bad for them and their parents. People sued to mispronounce my name but i just shrugged and knew that it was their problem not knowing how to say a name." Nov. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Born in 1969, I was given the name Sean for two reasons: (1) my family had many Johns and Sean was similar enough to evoke tradition without being boring and (2) my father was a big James Bond (Sean Connery) fan. But growing up, I didn't encounter many (any) other Seans, and most people had trouble pronouncing/spelling the name. They might try to spell it saying, "Okay, it's S, H, then what?"" Sep. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, I like it because it isn't too common, much less than John." Sep. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name constantly gets mispronounced as Say-an... Seen once in awhile, but usually Say-an... It seems mostly to be people of foreign descent that say Say-an, probably just because of the somewhat odd pronounciation. But you get used to correcting people lol, after all at least they try. When I have to tell someone official my name I instinctually say "Sean, S-E-A-N" all the time :P" Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Many people will call me Shane or John or Steven for some reason and often spell it the wrong way. I go with both Sean and Shawn but not Shaun. I would think the Gaelic version is pronounced with a touch of 'shay', as opposed to a harder 'awn' sound. Whaddya think? I'm officially Shawn, but the git who made up my birth certificate spelled it Shawn when it should have been Sean and my parents didn't bother to change it back. A double burn. I'm reclaiming the original version not only to right the mistake, but also as a tribute to my Irish/Celtic ancestry, to my Gaelic dna, for the Gael." Mar. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's pronounced "shawn" and rhymes with "dawn" as in Sean Penn and Sean Connery. Gaelic spelling = Seaghan, Irish generally Sea(')n. In the US, I have seen "Shaun" and "Shawn" as well." Feb. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "is it spelled Sean Michaels? Sean Livingston? Why was "Sean" ever created? youre gonna get confused..." Nov. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name! When someone mis-pronounces it, you can condescendingly say "Uh, that's pronounced SHON, like Sean Connery!". Over the years, I've perfected the proper amount of ridicule in my voice. It's great fun!" Sep. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Scottish; everyone here know's at least 2 SEAN'S. Very common name (still love it) and it's never mis-pronounced." Aug. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its a great name!!!, I wouldn't change it. Its a fairly rare version, not like the more common Shawn." Jun. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think my name is very unique! i love having it, because i like people saying, i've never met a sean before.. wow!" Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, its all good. When I was a baby i called myself "seen" because i couldn't pernounce the "sh." When people ask how to spell my name they go ahead and start to write "Shawn" and I'm like no, Sean. I dont know to many Sean's though. Only about 2 or 3." Mar. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and growing up it was always mis-spelled or mis-pronounced and I had never met another person with my name. That was up until college (1986-1990) when all of sudden it seemed to be everywhere and now it is very rare that it gets spelled wrong. It has been suggested that I have James Bond himself to thank for it." Aug. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "the way people will stop calling you "seen" or "saan" is to utilise the fada in the name over the "a". i spell my name Seżn, the fada on the "a" accents it. making the pronunciation "shawn" without the accent it is actually pronounced "seen" so those people are technically correct in calling you so." Jul. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name!! Even though I've been called "seen" "see-ann" and"saaan"lol, And I've been told it's supposed to be spelled every way that it's not. SEAN is the only true way to spell it. All the other spellings get thier roots from ignorance.:)" Jun. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name - but it is often misspelled (Shawn) - and some people call me "seen". Never bothered me though - there's no great way to make fun of "Sean". I like Sean was better than "Shawn" - but I'm biased. =)" Jun. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Man it is soooo anoying when people call you seen or shane or shauwn and even sane. Im proud of my irish name of sean patrick and my ancestry, but yet i have tons of friends named sean and thank you Sean connery for the awsome name" Jun. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

      22 Neutral Comments

  • "It?s actually Se?n, the spelling without the fada over the a is wrong and anglosised." Feb. 24, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a friend named Sean, but I mostly call him Shawn. I've wondered where his name came from." Nov. 26, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Seaneen...I am 64... Lots of mispronunciation...een making male names female...Ireen...Colleen..." May. 9, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name is SEAN but pronounced 'SEEN'. i think its a cool and unique name. Makes more sense the ways its spelt rather then the name SHAWN." Oct. 31, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sean, and I'm a 15 year old girl. I was named after my grandfather. I hate the name Sean, I wish I could have a normal girls name but its fun to be unique aswell. So many people call me "seen" it's ridiculous. I went to camp and it's like no one there even knew the name Sean existed. Do everyone a favor. Don't give your girl an intense boys name. It pisses them off." Dec. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I do not know. At this point .. I remember Lucy Bell, Honky talk, Crook , Shank ,Shaw. I think it is a proberb/ metaphor out of the bible. Crap.. if I new it then I have the power to explain it. BTW, When a child is born into a Brethern Church and hears his mentor singing 99 beers on the wall on a religious bus trip.. Does he not have a right to question this trip? Just an honest question regarding faith. If it not there, then everything is irrelevant." Mar. 25, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "i just hate being called "seen". Wish i was given an american name due to the fact i live in america. But i am a little irish, so i guess an irish name makes sense..." Sep. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my first son Sean Patrick, because it is a fine Irish name and the doctor who delivered him was Irish. He is now 18 and to my knowledge has never had another Sean in any of his classes nor had a friend named Sean (unlike Michaels, Christophers, etc). I'm still surprised whenever someone doesn't know how to pronouce it, though. It's so easy, only four letters!" Jun. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sean too. I have an Irish mom and she and my dad named me. pepole call me 'seen' all the time...morons." Dec. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Sean this name has been around for many years. What's with people calling you SEA n ??? I hate that." May. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Sean as well, I'm from trinidad and Tobago.. which is caribbean..I work in an Italian Restaurant, and I take oriental martial arts lol. I'm a mutt." Mar. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just wanted to say that i laughed when i read some ones comment in hear because it is exactly like me. My name is Sean Patrick too, with an irish last name. So ignorant people always assume Sean isn't an Irish name, so when there like your Irish? Im like yea, my name is Sean... and my middle name is Patrick and look at my last name..." Dec. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother (born in 1960) is named Sean. Our father was of Celtic Irish heritage, which is the reason why he chose that name. I never heard of anyone else named Sean/Shawn/Shaun until 1966, when my mother and I saw a young woman named Sean on a TV game show, and I couldn't help but antagonize my brother about it. I was very mean to my brother, but I'm autistic, though that is not an excuse. He had a much greater problem with people pronouncing his name as "seen" than with being mistaken for being a girl. (I don't know how he feels about Shawn Colvin or Shawn Johnson or Mary Sean Young, but I won't bug him about them.)" Dec. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother's name is "Sean". I think it is a great Irish name, but I think it would be even cooler if was not so popular." May. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We waitd until the last hr @ lbour room 2 dcide on the name Sean,this merely bcos the name sounded cute n was a bonus 2 find out tht it means gift frm God. Frm Motb n Kb" Jan. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "born in 1975, i've encountered all sorts of people who had trouble pronouncing it. from habit, i go ahead and spell it. i'm quite pleased with my name." Oct. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ok my brothers name is Sean and people are always pronouncing it seen. It is reaslly anoying but an awesome name!!" May. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm the only sean i know that spells it "Seżn" All in all its a pretty decent name" Feb. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I want to know what is the correct pronunciation of Sean, or the differnt ways to spell it. I'm from Argentina and my mum and I have this doubt..she always pronounces "Seen" refering to Sean Connery or Sean Penn...their pronunciation is the same? I would be plased if someone can answer my question. My e-mail adress is: [email protected] Thanks! Renata." Jan. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sean is just the perfect name for me. It's fits anyone who will be a perfect person some day. Like me!" Nov. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Sean and i live in South Africa. The name here is very rare and it feels good. a gift from God." Sep. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is way to weak, and NOT my type at all, i prefer other irish names to this one." Nov. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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