Ian

Ian - A unique male name



  Feb 23,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Ian, meaning the Lord is gracious, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1915 on position #1612. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Ian and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Ian? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Ian. The baby boy name Ian was given to 5,637 baby boys in 2012, ranking #78 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 291 baby boys were given this name - making this a unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Ian peaked in popularity 14 years ago in 2003 on position 65.



Famous with this name

Ian Somerhalder
Ian McKellen
Ian McShane


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Ian is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Ian is currently topping the baby name charts in Texas at position #51 - and is the least popular in Maine at position #142.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Ian is where you live.


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Ian origin and meaning

Ian is a 3 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means the Lord is gracious. To see famous people named Ian, pop culture references for the name Ian and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Ian

We've found the following names that sound similar to Ian, sorted by popularity.

Iain / Imani / Iman / Iann / Inman / Ioane /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
201278
201172
201072
200973
200880
200774
200679
200567
200469
200365
200266
200170
200073
199971
199873
199770
199670
199567
199474
199370
199268
199172
199070
198968
198876
198781
198685
198578
198478
198376
198283
1981101
1980104
1979107
1978117
1977117
1976135
1975143
1974147
1973178
1972189
1971203
1970221
1969254
1968277
1967266
1966308
1965350
1964378
1963442
1962482
1961507
1960515
1959544
1958537
1957539
1956548
1955578
1954579
1953556
1952630
1951705
1950609
1949671
1948733
1947650
1946646
1945798
1944715
1943830
1942684
1941735
1940800
1939701
1938841
1937913
19361028
1935931
19341302
19331408
19321072
19311253
1930896
19291111
19281131
19271810
19261296
19251505
19241692
19231829
19151612

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Texas51
Idaho58
California59
New Mexico60
Colorado63
New Jersey67
Wisconsin67
Delaware69
New York71
Pennsylvania72
Virginia72
Washington72
Maryland73
Connecticut74
North Carolina75
Arizona76
Nebraska76
Ohio77
Illinois77
New Hampshire77
District of Columbia78
Georgia78
Minnesota80
Oklahoma81
Oregon82
South Carolina82
Utah82
Nevada83
Michigan83
Florida83
Tennessee83
Kentucky86
Massachusetts88
Kansas90
South Dakota90
Iowa90
Louisiana95
West Virginia96
Arkansas96
Indiana100
Alaska101
Missouri101
Mississippi102
Wyoming104
Rhode Island111
Alabama113
Hawaii113
North Dakota113
Montana140
Maine142

Even more about Ian


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Ian a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Ian?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
2003
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Ian
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 291
Letter count 3
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1915
2012 births +5,637

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