Ian
Origin/Usage
Hebrew
Pronunciation
EE-ən
Meaning
God is merciful
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Ian is a Scottish variant of John. John originates in Hebrew language and means "God is merciful". It has been one of the most popular masculine given names over centuries, and in different spellings all over the world. Throughout history it was borne by numerous kings, princes, emperors, popes and saints, the most famous being John the Baptist and John the Apostle. More recently, the famous bearers include John F. Kennedy and John Lennon.

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Famous Ians

Ian Allen - football player
Ian Astbury - musician
Ian Bannen - actor
Ian Brown - musician
Ian Carmichael - actor
Ian Curtis - musician
Ian Fleming - author
Ian Hart - actor
Ian Joy - soccer player
Ian Somerhalder - actor, model
Ian Bohen - actor

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