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Ian

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218k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ian

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

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An anglicisation of Scottish Gaelic Eóin, the Gaelic equivalent of the name John. The name originated in Ireland, and was taken from there to Scotland, where the modern form Iain co-exists with it. In Ireland it was largely supplanted by the later forms Seaan, Seón, and Seóan, of which the modern form is Seán (anglicised as Sean).

  1. A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Ian

Ian McKellen is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to present. Ian was given the name Ian Murray McKellen on May 25th, 1939 in Burnley.

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Ian McShane is an actor and voice actor. He was most prominent from 1962 to present. Ian was born on September 29th, 1942 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

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Ian Somerhalder is an actor and model. His ongoing career started in 1997. Ian was given the name Ian Joseph Somerhalder on December 8th, 1978 in Covington, Louisiana, U.S.

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Lemmy was a heavy metal music, rock, roll, hard rock, and speed metal musician. He plays Rickenbacker 4001. He was most active from 1965 to 2015. Lemmy was given the name Ian Fraser Kilmister on December 24th, 1945 in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, England. Lemmy is also known as Lemmy Kilmister and Ian Fraser Willis. He passed away on December 28th, 2015.

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Ian was given the name Ian David Karslake Watkins on July 30th, 1977 in Merthyr Tydfil.

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Ian Curtis was a post-punk musician. He plays Electric guitar, Melodica, Synthesizer, Vox Phantom, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1976. Ian was given the name Ian Kevin Curtis on July 15th, 1956 in Stretford, Lancashire, England. He breathed his last breath on May 18th, 1980.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ian

Janis Ian is a folk music musician. She was most active from 1965 to present. Janis was given the name Janis Eddy Fink on April 7th, 1951 in New York City.

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Scott Ian is a thrash metal and crossover thrash musician. He plays Jackson Guitars and Washburn Guitars. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Scott was given the name Scott Ian Rosenfeld on December 31st, 1963 in Queens, New York City, United States.

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Kim Ian is an actor, singing, model (people), singer, and model. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Kim was given the name Kim Bo-ryung on March 28th, 1987.

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David was born in 1961.

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Ian is a soccer player for the Getafe CF B, Atlético Madrid, Atlético Madrid C, Atlético Madrid B, and Getafe CF. Ian was born on February 11th, 1993 in Madrid, Spain.

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Lai Kin Ian is a Director of Public Prosecutions. Lai was born in Macau.

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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 158 0 158
1954 172 0 172
1955 173 0 173
1956 194 0 194
1957 216 0 216
1958 205 0 205
1959 208 0 208
1960 246 0 246
1961 246 0 246
1962 282 0 282
1963 362 0 362
1964 435 0 435
1965 497 5 492
1966 620 0 620
1967 773 0 773
1968 726 8 718
1969 834 5 829
1970 1,125 5 1,120
1971 1,206 8 1,198
1972 1,260 12 1,248
1973 1,313 10 1,303
1974 1,676 17 1,659
1975 1,741 16 1,725
1976 1,960 21 1,939
1977 2,306 14 2,292
1978 2,191 17 2,174
1979 2,568 15 2,553
1980 2,925 19 2,906
1981 2,946 12 2,934
1982 3,610 29 3,581 #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 3,748 35 3,713 #85 boy name
1987 3,942 20 3,922 #81 boy name
1988 4,347 33 4,314 #77 boy name
1989 4,977 29 4,948 #68 boy name
1990 5,489 30 5,459 #70 boy name
1991 5,345 26 5,319 #73 boy name
1992 5,543 10 5,533 #68 boy name
1993 5,417 19 5,398 #70 boy name
1994 5,273 7 5,266 #74 boy name
1995 5,601 7 5,594 #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 6,370 8 6,362 #67 boy name
2003 6,480 14 6,466 #65 boy name
2004 6,528 24 6,504 #69 boy name
2005 6,700 16 6,684 #67 boy name
2006 6,164 12 6,152 #80 boy name
2007 6,260 12 6,248 #75 boy name
2008 5,729 8 5,721 #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 5,696 9 5,687 #77 boy name
2013 5,414 0 5,414 #80 boy name
2014 5,452 6 5,446 #77 boy name
2015 5,323 13 5,310 #76 boy name
2016 5,057 9 5,048 #78 boy name

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Popularity of Ian as a first name

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Common last names for Ian

  • Smith
  • Macdonald
  • Campbell
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Scott
  • Davis
  • Mackenzie
  • Macleod
  • Graham

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ian U.S.
  White 54.63% 64.26%
  African American 6.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 35.12% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ian

People with the last name Ian are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Ian

  • How Popular is the name Ian? Ian is the 341st most popular name of all time. In 2016 Ian was the 78th most popular name. As a last name Ian was the 90,113th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 217,913 babies born with the first name Ian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ian to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Ian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ian is Thursday, January 4th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Ian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ian was in 2005 with a total of 6,684 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ian!
  • Random Ian Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ian ranks 48th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 24 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1987.
  • Weird things about the name Ian: Your name in reverse order is Nai. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nai. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 205 people with the last name Ian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ian? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ian as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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