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416k
in the U.S.
since 1880

Sean

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Celtic/Gaelic
  • Meaning: God is Gracious
  • #160 All Time
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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 6 0 6
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 107 6 101
1948 123 0 123
1949 134 6 128
1950 174 10 164
1951 158 6 152
1952 224 11 213
1953 393 10 383
1954 424 11 413
1955 510 12 498
1956 593 23 570
1957 801 18 783
1958 1,027 14 1,013
1959 1,307 22 1,285
1960 1,444 22 1,422
1961 1,750 30 1,720
1962 1,869 19 1,850
1963 2,223 23 2,200
1964 3,051 38 3,013
1965 4,638 38 4,600 #78 boy name
1966 6,562 64 6,498 #50 boy name
1967 7,574 63 7,511 #44 boy name
1968 9,279 88 9,191 #37 boy name
1969 9,437 78 9,359 #37 boy name
1970 10,435 76 10,359 #37 boy name
1971 10,594 77 10,517 #36 boy name
1972 9,512 58 9,454 #33 boy name
1973 8,627 57 8,570 #36 boy name
1974 8,355 60 8,295 #37 boy name
1975 7,663 62 7,601 #40 boy name
1976 7,627 51 7,576 #42 boy name
1977 7,690 47 7,643 #43 boy name
1978 7,115 46 7,069 #45 boy name
1979 6,916 55 6,861 #49 boy name
1980 7,647 51 7,596 #48 boy name
1981 8,957 60 8,897 #44 boy name
1982 9,426 63 9,363 #44 boy name
1983 9,705 92 9,613 #44 boy name
1984 10,088 72 10,016 #43 boy name
1985 11,545 98 11,447 #38 boy name
1986 11,870 95 11,775 #37 boy name
1987 11,539 88 11,451 #40 boy name
1988 11,884 102 11,782 #38 boy name
1989 11,976 88 11,888 #39 boy name
1990 12,066 52 12,014 #37 boy name
1991 11,251 76 11,175 #40 boy name
1992 11,161 96 11,065 #42 boy name
1993 10,249 73 10,176 #42 boy name
1994 8,897 62 8,835 #44 boy name
1995 8,219 54 8,165 #45 boy name
1996 7,943 48 7,895 #46 boy name
1997 7,796 53 7,743 #48 boy name
1998 7,747 35 7,712 #50 boy name
1999 7,242 38 7,204 #56 boy name
2000 7,366 50 7,316 #57 boy name
2001 7,256 35 7,221 #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 6,019 27 5,992 #75 boy name
2006 6,655 21 6,634 #68 boy name
2007 6,247 10 6,237 #76 boy name
2008 5,490 27 5,463 #83 boy name
2009 4,344 13 4,331 #97 boy name
2010 3,747 11 3,736
2011 3,191 9 3,182
2012 2,784 14 2,770
2013 2,205 14 2,191
2014 2,119 0 2,119
2015 1,876 6 1,870

Fun Facts about the name Sean

  • How many people with the first name Sean have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 416,275 babies born with the first name Sean in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sean to occupy the territory of Martinique (France) with an estimated population of 408,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • 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 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sean ranks 44th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Indiana. Imagine that, 221 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 1972.
  • 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 Sean. How do you pronounce that?
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Popularity of Sean as a first name

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Celtic / Gaelic

Origin and Meaning of Sean

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

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

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

  1. A male given name.

Sean Connery

Sean Connery is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1954 to 2012. Sean was born in 1930 as Thomas Sean Connery in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Sean Penn

Sean Penn is an actor and filmmaker. with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1974 to present. Sean was born in 1960 as Sean Justin Penn in Los Angeles County, California, United States.

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Sean Bean

Sean Bean is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1983 to present. Sean was born in 1959 as Shaun Mark Bean in Handsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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Sean Paul

Sean Paul is a rapper, toaster, musician, and singer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1997 to present. Sean was born in 1973 as Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor is a NFL player. Sean was born in 1983 in Miami, Florida.

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Sean Combs

Sean Combs is an actor, entrepreneur, rapper, and record producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1990 to present. Sean was born in 1969 as Sean John Combs in Harlem, New York City, U.S.

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Sean Astin

Sean Astin is an actor, director, producer, and voice artist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1981 to present. Sean was born in 1971 as Sean Patrick Duke in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Sean Faris

Sean Faris is an actor, model, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Sean was born in 1982 as Sean Hardy Faris in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon is a musician, composer, and voice actor specializing in rock and roll, experimental rock, folk rock, alternative rock, indie rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1991 to present. Sean was born in 1975 as Sean Taro Ono Lennon in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Sean

Sean Hannity
Sean O'pry
Sean Hayes
Sean Parker
Sean Price

Alternative Meanings

Sis for special, you are, you know!

Eis for encouraging, thanks for the motivation!

Ais for adaptable, whenever things change

Nis for noble, your regal bearing.

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