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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Shaun

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

A few facts about the boy's name Shaun:

  • Records indicate that 67,349 boys in the United States have been named Shaun since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1978, when 6,099 people in the U.S. were given the name Shaun. Those people are now 42 years old.

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    Comments about the name Shaun

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      22 Positive Comments

  • "I am a Trans man and I picked the name Shaun Because of its meaning. I like this particular spelling of it because it feels warm and is phonetically spelled." Sep. 10, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shaun also, so far I have not run into anyone else with this name. It is awesome! Even if people mispell it, I love it." Dec. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son's name is Shaun, and he is the most intelligent boy !" Jul. 11, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "In kindergarden my teacher corrected me and said I was spelling my name wrong. My mother corrected her and told her I knew how to spell my name. Since then I have been very attached to the SHAUN spelling and kindly correct anyone who gets it wrong. That use to happen all the time when I was younger, but people are more aware of the different spellings now and usually ask me how I spell it." Apr. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name... It's the most phonetic way to spell it and I wouldn't change my name or spelling for anything." Feb. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Shaun also but everyone spells it wrong its ridiculous but ohh well!" Dec. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "shaun is the best name ever, if u spell it sean, i feel bad for you." Dec. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my little boy Shaun. He's awesome and so is the spelling of his name. It's a little different, but the Sean...just couldn't do it! SEEN!" Jul. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is ShaWn, No one ever gets the spelling right, but that's cool, as long as the get my surname right!" Feb. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names shaun (: but all me teachers spell it as sean :L love my name though :D as of course ther is a sheep named after us :D" Oct. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names shaun (: but all me teachers spell it as sean :L love my name though :D as of course ther is a sheep named after us :D" Oct. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thats how I spell it. It is better looking beause the u and n are just upside down versions of each other. :)" Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my names SHAWN so its spelt a lil different...but I havnt minded it so far through life haha" Jan. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm due in 40 days...I am naming my baby boy Shaun. I went back in forth between Shawn and Shaun and now after reading this website I'm sticking to my first choice, Shaun. thanks everyone!" Feb. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Shaun. People say it and spell it wrong all the time. I hate it when I hear other women calls him Shawn. They say it with the 'W' which is not spell with the 'W'. i agree with the guy above. Sean is said to be Seen." Oct. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "They always spelt it Sean because most people I know with the same name as me spell their name that way" Sep. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I want to murder everyone that spells my name sean. its like, hey have you seen sean? its like a double negative. its retarted. SHAUN" Jul. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my brothers name is shaun and people mis spell it often, but i love the name, and i like how it is so different from other spellings, becuase i dont know not one other person who spells their names like that. its really unique. great name." Jun. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name is Shaun. EVERYONE spells it wrong. But, I love it because it is different. All the SHAUN's ive meet are really awesome people!" Mar. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "People never spell my name right. They say, "Is it S-H-A-W-N or S-E-A-N?" SHAWN...maybe!! but SEAN?? what does that spell? SEEN?" Aug. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yeah, people almost always spell my name wrong..Because,it is spelled shaun instead of the more common way (shawn)..I love it that it is a little different and I think it looks prettier too haha!! by the way, a cool site...thanks Shaun" Jul. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name. Shame it cannot be directly translated into many other languages. Im guessing you would have to use the root of John. Also people so spell the name wrong depending on where you are. It's also my name. I love the name Anthony and Josh for some reason" May. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Shaun is completely incorrect, as is Shawn. The only legitimate spelling is Sean (or Se?n, if you are actually Irish)." Jul. 3, 2014: Report as inappropriate

      8 Neutral Comments

  • "I've never been partial to the name Shawn either way it is spelled. However I think it is more fitting a spelling for a boy to be spelled Shawn or Sean as those forms seem far more masculine to me. The Shaun version always makes me think of Shauna or Shaunie (Shaq's former wife). And typically I always felt if there is one or more vowels in a unisex name to soften it up. Then naturally that makes it the more feminine version of the name. Such as Alexa for Alex. Toni for Tony and so on and so forth." Apr. 22, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree with the last commentator. A bit like spelling "education" "edukayshun", really. However, of all the perverse renderings of the irish name Seżn I think "Shorn" is better than "Shaun" or "Shawn"." May. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I reckon that the only reason Shaun has been used as an alternative to Sean is that they could not spell it Sean correctly." Mar. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate those ignorant parents who always ask me how do you spell your name? when I tell them It is Shaun they say "I'm sorry" No I'm sorry you're a freaking idiot and think the right way to spell it is Sean!" Mar. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name is Shaun and again it is often misspelled. But the the variant "Sean" is pronounced as Shawn because of its Irish/Gaelic origin" May. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My current boyfriends name is shaun. i must say i fell inlove with his name before his i have 3 other guy pals named either shaun, or sean. weird how it has different spelling. very popular name in s.a. just like roxanne. yup thats me" May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriends name is shaun everyone thinks its spelt the other ways the name suits him so well i couldnt think of any other name for him." Feb. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Shaun in Pakistani mean's Glory. I think it is a beautiful name and defines the person!" Sep. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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