Ivan has long since shaken off its Ivan the Terrible reputation to emerge as one of the few Russian crossover hits of its day. As the Russian version of John, Ivan offers a fresh alternative to parents considering the classic, but oft-overused name.


  • greek:
  • hebrew: God is gracious
  • russian: Version of John
  • slavic:
  • ukrainian:

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Hockey Hall of Famer Ivan Johnson, Tennis player Ivan Lendl, Actor Ivan Desny

Celebrity Babies:

Son of Aaron Neville