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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God's Gracious Gift

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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 50 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

    87% Approval Rating
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      13 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Shawn Scott and I love love love my name! It is a name that means "gift of God" no better description of me." Jun. 26, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Feb. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I prefer it spelled like "Shaun" but Shawn is nice, too :)" May. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "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" Apr. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "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" Aug. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i like it spelt this way rather than Sean it seems like it would be easier for others to spell and pronounce it" May. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "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 :(" May. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Feb. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "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."" Apr. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name. my e-bf's name is shawn. but he's got a different girlfriend now. but i still love his name. it's so much fun 2 write" Feb. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "For me it's rare to find someone who spells their name 'Shawn' and often times everyone tried to spell my name 'Sean'. It's quite aggrivating!!" Jun. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "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" Sep. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "No one knows how to say it or spell it (Shawn, Shaun, Sean, etc)." Mar. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "A common nickname for guys named Shawn (Shizz, Shawneeboo)" May. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Shawn is the name of my favorite singer Shawn Mendes I think it?s a very beautiful name for women too" May. 3, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a boyfriend named Shawn, but he hasn't talked to me in a month. I'm extremely worried about him and all he gave me was his first name and his picture." Mar. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its the best name in the world. I am American so of course we spell it the American way Shawn. I hate it when people spell my name as Sean im not from Europe get it right sound it out Shhhhhhaaaaannnn. Now if its spelled Shaun that i except because it is sounded out the same just with half a W." Feb. 27, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Shawn in 1969 and I loved it and now I have a grandson named Shawn JR." Nov. 29, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name of my baby boy shawn im so blessed somyhing they call him shawan or shone" Mar. 25, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "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" Dec. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Oct. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." May. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i had a girlfriend named Shawn. I like Sean or Shaun better for a boy, and shawn for a girl" May. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." May. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "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." Mar. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "In spanish its sounds japanese as they pronounce it Chon" Nov. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name. People always ask how to spell it thogh because there is so many ways to spell it." Apr. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know someone named Shawn. And I also have another friend that spells his Sean." Mar. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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