Sean

First Name
419k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
515
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sean

"Sean" is a name of Celtic / Gaelic origin, and it means "God is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sean
A seine. See Seine.
Wiktionary

Anglicised form of the Irish name Seán (“John”).

  1. A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Sean

Sir Sean Connery is an actor. His career lasted from 1954 to 2012. Sean was given the name Thomas Sean Connery on August 25th, 1930 in Fountainbridge.

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Sean Penn is an Ambassador-at-large for Haiti. Sean was born on August 17th, 1960 in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.

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Sean Bean is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1983. Sean was given the name Shaun Mark Bean on April 17th, 1959 in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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Sean Combs is an actor, entrepreneur, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Sean was given the name Sean John Combs on November 4th, 1969 in Harlem, New York City, U.S.

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Sean Paul is a rapper, musician, singer, producer, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Sean was given the name Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques on January 9th, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Big Sean is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Big was given the name Sean Michael Leonard Anderson on March 25th, 1988 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sean

Big Sean is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Big was given the name Sean Michael Leonard Anderson on March 25th, 1988 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Jay Sean is a pop music, contemporary r&b, hip hop music, bhangra (music), synthpop, and british soul musician. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Jay was given the name Kamaljit Singh Jhooti on March 26th, 1979 in London, England, UK. Jay is also known as Jay Sean.

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Caleb was born in 1986.

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Oliver was born on October 11th, 1979. Oliver is also known as Alvarez and Oliver.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1925 7 0 7
1926 6 0 6
1927 5 0 5
1930 7 0 7
1932 5 0 5
1933 7 0 7
1934 8 0 8
1935 12 0 12
1936 12 0 12
1937 13 0 13
1938 18 0 18
1939 24 5 19
1940 35 0 35
1941 33 0 33
1942 50 5 45
1943 48 0 48
1944 47 0 47
1945 50 0 50
1946 55 0 55
1947 104 6 98
1948 121 0 121
1949 135 6 129
1950 172 10 162
1951 160 6 154
1952 223 11 212
1953 392 10 382
1954 424 11 413
1955 506 12 494
1956 595 23 572
1957 797 18 779
1958 1,026 14 1,012
1959 1,303 22 1,281
1960 1,445 22 1,423
1961 1,750 30 1,720
1962 1,868 19 1,849
1963 2,223 23 2,200
1964 3,050 38 3,012
1965 4,636 38 4,598 #78 boy name
1966 6,558 64 6,494 #50 boy name
1967 7,566 62 7,504 #44 boy name
1968 9,272 88 9,184 #37 boy name
1969 9,434 79 9,355 #37 boy name
1970 10,430 76 10,354 #37 boy name
1971 10,589 77 10,512 #36 boy name
1972 9,517 58 9,459 #33 boy name
1973 8,618 57 8,561 #36 boy name
1974 8,353 60 8,293 #37 boy name
1975 7,655 62 7,593 #40 boy name
1976 7,629 51 7,578 #42 boy name
1977 7,687 47 7,640 #43 boy name
1978 7,116 46 7,070 #45 boy name
1979 6,917 54 6,863 #49 boy name
1980 7,651 51 7,600 #48 boy name
1981 8,954 60 8,894 #44 boy name
1982 9,432 63 9,369 #44 boy name
1983 9,710 92 9,618 #44 boy name
1984 10,091 72 10,019 #43 boy name
1985 11,546 98 11,448 #38 boy name
1986 11,872 95 11,777 #37 boy name
1987 11,537 88 11,449 #40 boy name
1988 11,886 103 11,783 #38 boy name
1989 11,980 88 11,892 #39 boy name
1990 12,066 52 12,014 #37 boy name
1991 11,252 76 11,176 #40 boy name
1992 11,162 96 11,066 #42 boy name
1993 10,250 73 10,177 #42 boy name
1994 8,899 62 8,837 #44 boy name
1995 8,218 54 8,164 #45 boy name
1996 7,943 48 7,895 #46 boy name
1997 7,796 53 7,743 #48 boy name
1998 7,748 35 7,713 #50 boy name
1999 7,243 38 7,205 #56 boy name
2000 7,366 50 7,316 #57 boy name
2001 7,258 35 7,223 #57 boy name
2002 7,054 25 7,029 #59 boy name
2003 7,136 35 7,101 #61 boy name
2004 6,799 30 6,769 #64 boy name
2005 6,020 27 5,993 #75 boy name
2006 6,658 21 6,637 #68 boy name
2007 6,248 10 6,238 #76 boy name
2008 5,493 27 5,466 #83 boy name
2009 4,348 13 4,335 #97 boy name
2010 3,752 11 3,741
2011 3,191 9 3,182
2012 2,786 14 2,772
2013 2,213 14 2,199
2014 2,121 0 2,121
2015 1,890 6 1,884
2016 1,667 6 1,661
2017 1,469 0 1,469

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Popularity of Sean as a first name

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Popularity of Sean as a last name

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Common last names for Sean

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Murphy
  • Obrien
  • Johnson
  • Sullivan
  • Davis
  • Kelly
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Miller
  • Kelley

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sean U.S.
  White 36.31% 64.26%
  African American 12.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 40.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sean

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sean

  • What name lists does Sean rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Sean? Sean is the 161st most popular name of all time. As a last name Sean was the 42,163rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sean have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 419,418 babies born with the first name Sean in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sean to occupy the country of Malta with an estimated population of 417,617 (as of December 31, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sean? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1925 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Sean first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sean is Thursday, February 23rd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Sean born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sean was in 1990 with a total of 12,014 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sean!
  • Random Sean Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sean ranks 27th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 54 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Sean: Your name in reverse order is Naes. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Saen. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sean? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 515 people with the last name Sean.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sean? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sean as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.