Shawn

First Name
335k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
961
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Shawn mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Shawn

"Shawn" is a name of American origin, and it means "God is Gracious". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ruth Saint Denis (1891-1972)
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An anglicized spelling of Seán, the Irish equivalent of John, originally meaning "Jehovah has been gracious" in Hebrew.

  1. A male given name, popular in the US in the 1970s.
  2. A female given name, transferred from the male name.

Notable Persons Named Shawn

Jay Z is a rapper, entrepreneur, and investor. He has had major accomplishments since 1986. Jay was given the name Shawn Corey Carter on December 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Shawn Mendes is a pop music musician. He was most prominent from 2013 to present. Shawn was given the name Shawn Peter Raul Mendes on August 8th, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Shawn Michaels is a wrestler. Shawn was born on July 22nd, 1965 in Chandler, Arizona.

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Shawn Ashmore is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1989. Shawn was given the name Shawn Robert Ashmore on October 7th, 1979 in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

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Shawn was born on January 19th, 1992 in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.

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Shawn Roberts is an actor. He was most active from 1997 to present. Shawn was born on April 2nd, 1984 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shawn

Wallace Shawn is an actor, voice actor, playwright, and essayist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Wallace was given the name Wallace Michael Shawn by his parent William Shawn on November 12th, 1943 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Dick Shawn was an actor and comedian. He was most prominent from 1956 to 1987. Dick was given the name Richard Schulefand on December 1st, 1923 in Buffalo, New York. Dick is also known as Richy Shawn. He breathed his last breath on April 17th, 1987.

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William Shawn was an editing and magazine editor. William was given the name William Chon on August 31st, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 8th, 1992.

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Eric Shawn is a host of fox news live, reporter, fox news live, fox news channel, and (fox news channel). Eric was born on March 12th, 1957 in New York City.

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Allen Shawn is a composer. Allen was born as the child of William Shawn in 1948 in United States.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1931 6 0 6
1932 5 5 0
1936 12 7 5
1937 8 0 8
1938 15 5 10
1939 17 6 11
1940 22 9 13
1941 24 8 16
1942 28 9 19
1943 39 12 27
1944 23 10 13
1945 25 8 17
1946 43 21 22
1947 96 39 57
1948 226 83 143
1949 196 62 134
1950 293 117 176
1951 261 123 138
1952 309 120 189
1953 514 171 343
1954 738 310 428
1955 943 396 547
1956 1,115 548 567
1957 1,604 696 908
1958 1,937 750 1,187
1959 2,737 765 1,972
1960 2,807 758 2,049
1961 3,382 899 2,483
1962 3,774 902 2,872
1963 4,477 1,016 3,461
1964 5,802 1,404 4,398 #88 boy name
1965 6,371 1,448 4,923 #69 boy name
1966 7,218 1,492 5,726 #54 boy name
1967 7,736 1,597 6,139 #51 boy name
1968 9,230 1,751 7,479 #43 boy name
1969 10,094 1,823 8,271 #41 boy name
1970 12,921 1,971 10,950 #34 boy name
1971 14,697 1,863 12,834 #28 boy name
1972 12,861 1,575 11,286 #28 boy name
1973 12,733 1,285 11,448 #27 boy name
1974 12,716 1,271 11,445 #30 boy name
1975 11,652 963 10,689 #31 boy name
1976 10,880 773 10,107 #34 boy name
1977 10,533 667 9,866 #37 boy name
1978 9,822 534 9,288 #39 boy name
1979 8,373 462 7,911 #43 boy name
1980 8,083 388 7,695 #47 boy name
1981 7,415 338 7,077 #49 boy name
1982 7,157 311 6,846 #52 boy name
1983 6,639 279 6,360 #53 boy name
1984 6,315 268 6,047 #56 boy name
1985 7,301 321 6,980 #55 boy name
1986 7,265 252 7,013 #55 boy name
1987 6,403 200 6,203 #59 boy name
1988 6,084 194 5,890 #61 boy name
1989 5,628 152 5,476 #65 boy name
1990 5,890 171 5,719 #69 boy name
1991 5,584 168 5,416 #71 boy name
1992 5,295 143 5,152 #71 boy name
1993 4,930 116 4,814 #77 boy name
1994 4,349 106 4,243 #86 boy name
1995 3,917 96 3,821 #100 boy name
1996 3,579 74 3,505
1997 3,527 79 3,448
1998 3,320 64 3,256
1999 3,144 45 3,099
2000 2,955 64 2,891
2001 2,671 43 2,628
2002 2,643 28 2,615
2003 2,604 30 2,574
2004 2,447 39 2,408
2005 2,398 32 2,366
2006 2,488 18 2,470
2007 2,375 27 2,348
2008 2,095 33 2,062
2009 1,837 31 1,806
2010 1,490 19 1,471
2011 1,434 12 1,422
2012 1,316 21 1,295
2013 1,128 15 1,113
2014 1,072 14 1,058
2015 968 8 960
2016 955 13 942
2017 835 14 821

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Popularity of Shawn as a first name

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Popularity of Shawn as a last name

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Common last names for Shawn

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Murphy
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Robinson
  • Wilson
  • Harris
  • Taylor
  • Thomas

Common first names for Shawn

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shawn U.S.
  White 75.34% 64.26%
  African American 11.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.08% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.72% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shawn

People with the last name Shawn are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Shawn

  • What name lists does Shawn rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Shawn? Shawn is the 213th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shawn was the 25,659th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shawn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 334,851 babies born with the first name Shawn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shawn to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shawn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1931 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Shawn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shawn is Wednesday, March 5th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Shawn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shawn was in 1971 with a total of 12,834 babies. That's a lot of babies named Shawn!
  • Random Shawn Factoid: According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shawn ranks 81st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 91 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 1964.
  • Weird things about the name Shawn: Your name in reverse order is Nwahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nashw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shawn? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 961 people with the last name Shawn.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shawn? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shawn as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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