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Ian

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4k Iyana (Spanish)
3k Iain (Scottish)
< 1k Ianna (American)

How popular is the baby name Ian in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1912 6 0 6
1913 7 0 7
1914 10 0 10
1915 15 0 15
1916 15 0 15
1917 19 0 19
1918 11 0 11
1919 9 0 9
1920 10 0 10
1921 15 0 15
1922 9 0 9
1923 22 0 22
1924 28 0 28
1925 19 0 19
1926 24 0 24
1927 27 0 27
1928 40 0 40
1929 31 0 31
1930 45 0 45
1931 43 0 43
1932 40 0 40
1933 27 0 27
1934 41 0 41
1935 45 0 45
1936 44 0 44
1937 50 0 50
1938 49 0 49
1939 61 0 61
1940 61 5 56
1941 61 0 61
1942 80 0 80
1943 65 0 65
1944 69 0 69
1945 65 0 65
1946 85 0 85
1947 112 0 112
1948 87 0 87
1949 102 0 102
1950 123 0 123
1951 104 0 104
1952 120 0 120
1953 160 0 160
1954 170 0 170
1955 173 0 173
1956 193 0 193
1957 216 0 216
1958 206 0 206
1959 208 0 208
1960 246 0 246
1961 247 0 247
1962 282 0 282
1963 362 0 362
1964 434 0 434
1965 496 5 491
1966 621 0 621
1967 773 0 773
1968 726 8 718
1969 834 5 829
1970 1,127 5 1,122
1971 1,206 8 1,198
1972 1,260 12 1,248
1973 1,314 10 1,304
1974 1,677 17 1,660
1975 1,742 16 1,726
1976 1,961 21 1,940
1977 2,306 14 2,292
1978 2,188 17 2,171
1979 2,569 15 2,554
1980 2,923 19 2,904
1981 2,943 12 2,931
1982 3,611 29 3,582 #83 boy name
1983 3,694 24 3,670 #77 boy name
1984 3,821 30 3,791 #78 boy name
1985 4,028 31 3,997 #78 boy name
1986 3,747 35 3,712 #85 boy name
1987 3,941 20 3,921 #81 boy name
1988 4,346 33 4,313 #77 boy name
1989 4,974 29 4,945 #68 boy name
1990 5,490 30 5,460 #70 boy name
1991 5,344 26 5,318 #73 boy name
1992 5,544 10 5,534 #68 boy name
1993 5,417 19 5,398 #70 boy name
1994 5,271 7 5,264 #74 boy name
1995 5,603 7 5,596 #67 boy name
1996 5,426 16 5,410 #70 boy name
1997 5,214 7 5,207 #70 boy name
1998 5,363 12 5,351 #73 boy name
1999 5,463 12 5,451 #72 boy name
2000 5,892 6 5,886 #73 boy name
2001 6,098 16 6,082 #70 boy name
2002 6,368 8 6,360 #67 boy name
2003 6,478 14 6,464 #65 boy name
2004 6,528 24 6,504 #69 boy name
2005 6,698 16 6,682 #68 boy name
2006 6,163 12 6,151 #80 boy name
2007 6,259 12 6,247 #75 boy name
2008 5,728 8 5,720 #80 boy name
2009 5,806 5 5,801 #73 boy name
2010 5,553 0 5,553 #72 boy name
2011 5,630 14 5,616 #72 boy name
2012 5,690 9 5,681 #78 boy name
2013 5,411 0 5,411 #80 boy name
2014 5,444 6 5,438 #77 boy name
2015 5,301 13 5,288 #76 boy name

Want to know about the popularity of the Ian baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 212,803 babies born with the name Ian in the United States. That's more than enough Ians to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Ian" was in 2005 with a total of 6,682 babies. (That's a lot of baby Ians)

According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Ian" ranks #78 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 102 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 2007. Across the entire United States a total of 6,259 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ian" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ian as well as things modernly associated with the name Ian such as celebrities named Ian.

Origin and Meaning of Ian

The name "Ian" is of Scottish origin, and it means "God is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder is an actor and model with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1997 to present. Ian was born in 1978 as Ian Josef Somerhalder in Covington, Louisiana, U.S.

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Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1959 to present. Ian was born in 1939 as Ian Murray McKellen in Burnley, Lancashire, England, UK.

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Ian McShane

Ian McShane is an actor, voice actor, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1962 to present. Ian was born in 1942 as Ian David McShane in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK.

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Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering is an actor/voice actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1981 to present. Ian was born in 1964 as Ian Andrew Ziering in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

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Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe is a swimmer. Ian was born in 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales.

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Ian Wright

Ian Wright is a football biography. Ian was born in 1963 in Woolwich, London, England.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Ian

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Ian Poulter
Ian Harding

Alternative Meanings

I is for impress, for impress you will.

A is for accepting, your forgiving nature.

N is for noble, your regal bearing.

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Past life for Ian born Jul 30, 1935

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Alaska approximately on 1675. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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