Name: Ian

Origin and Meaning of the Name Ian

  • Meaning:
    God is forgiving
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    God is forgiving
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (EE an)
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Miscellaneous Info for Ian

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Ian is a modern Scottish form of the name John. It was not used in Scotland until the late nineteenth century, though it has since become quite popular throughout the English-speaking world.

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Popularity Rank of Ian (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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