Ivan
Origin/Usage
Hebrew
Pronunciation
IE-vən
Meaning
God is merciful
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Ivan is a Slavic 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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Ivan Bunin - author
Ivan Petrovich Pavlov - Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine
Ivan Rodriguez - baseball player
Ivan Bella - astronaut
Ivan Calderon - baseball player
Ivan Dixon - actor
Ivan Kral - musician

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