Ian is the Scottish version of the classic John and has become a mainstay name of its own. The name debuted in 1935 and has been in the Top 100 since 1982. It’s a strong yet sensitive sounding name that goes over well with parents and girls alike.


  • scottish: God is gracious

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Actor Ian McKellen, Actor Ian Ziering, James Bond creator Ian Fleming

Celebrity Babies:

Son of John Lithgow, Son of Kate Mulgrew