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Ian can also be short for names ending in -ian (like Damian or Elian).
-- Anonymous User  3/2/2005
Ian is an English version of John, which is the masculine version of Jane, which is Hebrew for Siobhan - my name. So my dad and I have linked names! I like the name Ian, because it cannot really be shortened!
-- bubblybabe518  7/2/2005
I know that it's been over four years, but I have to correct the bubblybabe's information. Ian is not the English form of John. As the page states, it is the Scottish form. The English form of John is John. While John and Jane can be interchanged according to gender, it is more proper to sat that Jane is the feminine of John rather than John being the masculine form of Jane. Finally, Jane is not the Hebrew form of Siobhan. Yes, Ian and Siobhan are related, but not like that.
-- Anonymous User  9/14/2009
The vocalist from The Lost Prophets bears the name Ian and he is from south Wales!
-- XxLeah04xX  8/10/2005
Some famous Ians include Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, and Ian McKellan, who played Gandalf in "Lord of the Rings."
-- Anonymous User  8/11/2005
A famous bearer of this name is Ian Brown, the lead singer of the Stone Roses.
-- Anonymous User  8/12/2005
Famous bearer: Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division.
-- alexshmalex  8/13/2005
The actor Ian Somerhalder bears this name.
-- Belus  9/17/2005
Actor Ian Ziering (Steve on Beverly Hills 90210) bears this name.
-- Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Scott Ian is the rhythm guitarist of a band called Anthrax and I honestly know a kid named after him. Ian is one of the most adorable kids I've ever met.
-- dani_08  3/6/2006
Ian is the ending of an imperfect er and ir Spanish word in the third person plural form.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2006
Ian Anderson: The singer/flutist of Jethro Tull.
-- Mithos514  3/11/2006
Ian is a great name for a boy, it sounds handsome and strong and isn't a fad name which is nice.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2006
I heard a story of a boy with this name in a school in New York, where some of the other students thought he had a girl's name (Ann) because that name can be pronounced "Ian" in a really thick New York accent.
-- Kosta  5/10/2006
I'm a little biased here but I can add some insight - I legally had my name changed to Ian from "Ivan" to avoid confusion with my dad who had the same name.

Best thing about the name is that I don't get any "Ivan the terrible comments" anymore. Still, my wife and I won't be naming our son after me. I don't want the confusion between jr and sr.
-- Ian  6/21/2006
Cute name! Love it!
-- Anonymous User  6/22/2006
Two famous bearers are Ian McKellen and Ian Holm, both in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. Ian McKellen plays Gandalf and Ian Holm plays Bilbo.
-- Anonymous User  11/15/2006
When I was little I thought the name 'Ian' was spelled 'En' for some strange reason.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2006
I like Ian, it's not as widely used as John and it's at least as nice. It's more unique and has more character.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2007
I thought for a long time that Ian was pronounced JAN, and I didn't like it. Now I know the real pronunciation, but I still don't like it.
-- Yippal  4/8/2007
Yes, I'm a girl and Ian is my middle name, I honestly feel it's a unsex name but that's my humble opinion. I love my middle and first name and nothing could make me feel otherwise, even if guys do have it! haha.
-- foxylilmimi  4/26/2007
My best friend Stephanie loves this name. For a girl. She likes to be called this instead of her real name (Roxana Stephanie). Personally, I don't like it on a girl.
-- Rockos_Modern_Life_1  5/3/2007
Ian Hecox is from Smosh. Hehe, I love this name.
-- laurennicole  6/2/2007
A famous bearer:
One of the most influential artists Ian Brown, 20 February 1963, Warrington, Cheshire, England, UK.
-- Karcoolka  6/27/2007
Ian McEwan - author of 'Enduring Love, ' 'Atonement' etc. Very talented.
-- Surreal  6/30/2007
Also a boys name in Slovenia, probably a variant on the much more popular Jan. (J is pronounced like Y)
-- earthnut  7/3/2007
Ian Fleming is the author of the James Bond series of books that the movies are based on.
-- honeybee3406  10/12/2007
Take former England cricketer Ian "Beefy" Botham.
-- Anonymous User  12/10/2007
The very handsome John Corbett plays the character Ian Miller in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
-- onemorenickeldime  1/6/2008
Ian Chesterton, a companion of the First Doctor on "Doctor Who".
-- FMRadio  2/2/2008
I dislike this name. It sounds too Anglo-phile, too fey and prissy. Sounds like a name for a poindexter with glasses.
-- Anonymous User  2/2/2008
This is my favorite name for a boy! It's strong and has a nice ring to it. I've only met one Ian my whole life, which is nice, considering I've met sooooo many Johns.
-- Anonymous User  2/8/2008
I like names that end in -ian (Adrian, Caspian, Damian, Octavian, etc.), but I hate Ian all by itself.
-- jasmineenimsaj  3/13/2008
This is my name and I love it! I've yet to meet another Ian before. It has a nice ring to it and is way better than the worn-out name John.

It can also be spelled Ein, Ean, or Iann. Can also be pronounced I-an instead of EE-an.
-- Lait du Chocolat  4/6/2008
Ian Crawford, guitarist for The Cab, is a not-so-famous bearer of this name.
-- Moon  5/1/2008
The name Ian always confused me when I was younger. I always pronounced it eye-an. But now I know it's pronounced E(long e)-an.
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2008
Ian is the name of one of the character's in Stephenie Meyer's new book, The Host.
-- Akito  5/25/2008
There is also Ian Hunter, famous for writing "Cleveland Rocks" (no, Drew Carey DID NOT write it!)
-- snake_eater_fan  5/30/2008
Same name as Ian Brady and Ian Huntley, who were both child murderers.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2008
Ian McCulloch, the singer of Echo & the Bunnymen is another famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  6/25/2008
I personally love this name. It's simple, short and good-sounding.
-- Anonymous User  7/12/2008
Love this name. It's my little brother's so I might be a bit biased but it's not overused like so many other names.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2009
Ian Laperriere is a French-Canadian hockey player in the NHL.
-- Anonymous User  4/2/2009
This name is simple, but not too simple, and has a nice ring to it.
-- -Julia-  7/23/2009
Ian Stanley was the keyboardist for the popular '80s band, Tears for Fears. He also co-wrote several of the songs.
-- Anonymous User  12/21/2009
A very cool name. Unfortunately, it's becoming a tad too popular in the U.S.
-- Anonymous User  12/27/2009
Ian Axel, a singer/pianist who plays ukelele, bears this name.
-- deja-entendu  4/25/2011
Ian Somerhalder is the brilliantly talented actor who plays Damon Salvatore each week on "Vampire Diaries," and believe me, he does a most excellent job of playing that character!
-- Martha Gold  7/4/2011
I love the name Ian. I'm not really sure how they got Ian out of John. But either way, while it remains one of my favorite names, I doubt I would use it because I feel like it's becoming far too popular in the USA.
-- GibsonGirl  8/18/2011
This name is a bit simple and boring.
-- Hushpuppy  8/29/2011
Ian is a common suffix in Armenian surnames.
-- Anonymous User  9/14/2011
I like this version better than John, because it's slightly less common. My dad's name is Jonathan, he often shortens it to Jon, and even though he's a great guy I prefer the form Ian. It's short, yet has two syllables, which means if my future husband has a one syllable surname it won't matter (I have a one syllable name that does NOT flow at all with my short surname, and I can't stand it).
-- the_awesome_elf  10/31/2011
Ian Anthony Dale is an American actor.
-- Anonymous User  1/3/2012
Corey Haim's middle name is Ian, it's cute.
-- Missy125  2/17/2012
Ian Harding is an American actor.
-- Anonymous User  3/19/2012
Big Brother 14 winner Ian Terry.
-- Anonymous User  11/16/2012
The I can be pronounced as Ee or Eye. I have met an EE-n and an Eye-n.
-- blueeyesparkle  2/24/2013
Ian means precisely nothing and is a bastardized and corrupted version of the Scots Gaelic name Iain which translates directly as John. Incidentally, the owners of this site might like to know that Scotland is not and never has been a part of England! SAOR ALBA!
-- Iain Macmillan  10/3/2013
A famous bearer is folk singer Ian Tyson.
-- shadow1999  10/23/2013
My name is IAIN the true spelling of IAN. The name Ian is an embarrassment for any proud Scot who bears it as it almost immediately shows a lack of knowledge of Scottish Names. Many Ians become Iains when they become aware. Like many truly Scottish names they have been bastardised bad English misspellings and this is evident in names which are used for both forename and surname in Calum and Alison. One l is the correct forename and two ls are the surname however English produced name plates and other souvenirs spell IAIN as IAN and CALUM as CALLUM this makes me particularly annoyed as my son is the correctly named CALUM.
-- iain not ian 1958  1/20/2014
Ian Thorpe, nicknamed the Thorpedo and Thorpey, is an Australian swimmer who specialises in freestyle, but also competes in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian, and with three gold and two silver medals, was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
-- Anonymous User  5/2/2014
I love this name. It is one of my favourite names for a boy.
I love it because of the character Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park. He is my favourite character from the Jurassic Park movies.
-- abster  7/13/2014
Two fictional bearers:
1) Ian from the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful". Evil character.
2) Ian from Gordon Korman's "Island" trilogy. A nerd, but that's not a bad thing and he saves the group on at least 1 occasion in the series.
-- raevynstar  8/21/2014
Ian Falconer (1959-) is the author of the Olivia children's books.
-- hkols  9/30/2014

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