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ScriptsИван RussianBulgarianSerbianMacedonian Іван UkrainianBelarusian
PronouncedPron.i-VAN Russian
ee-VAHN Ukrainian
EE-van SerbianCroatianSlovene
IE-vən English
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Meaning & History

Newer form of the old Slavic name Іѡаннъ (Ioannu), which was derived from Greek Ioannes (see JOHN). This was the name of six Russian rulers, including the 15th-century Ivan III the Great and 16th-century Ivan IV the Terrible, the first tsar of Russia. It was also borne by nine emperors of Bulgaria. Other notable bearers include the Russian author Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883), who wrote 'Fathers and Sons', and the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), who is best known for his discovery of the conditioned reflex.
VariantsIoann Russian Ioan, Yoan Bulgarian Yan Belarusian Jovan Serbian Jovan Macedonian Ivano Italian
DiminutivesVanya Russian Ivo, Yanko, Vancho Bulgarian Ivica, Ivo Serbian Ivica, Ivo Croatian Ivo, Vancho, Vančo Macedonian Van English
Feminine FormsYana, Zhanna Russian Ioana, Ivana, Yana, Yanka, Yoana, Ivanka Bulgarian Ivanna, Yana Ukrainian Ivana, Jovana, Ivanka Serbian Ivana, Ivanka Croatian Ivana, Jana, Johana, Iva, Ivanka Czech Ivana, Jana, Iva, Ivanka Slovak Ivana, Jovana, Vana Macedonian Ivana, Jana, Iva, Ivanka Slovene Jane, Janessa, Janice, Janis, Jayne, Jean, Jeana, Jeane, Jeanna, Jeanne, Joan, Joann, Joanna, Joanne, Johanna, Johnna, Shauna, Shavonne, Shawna, Sheena, Shena English Giovanna Italian Johanna, Johanne Danish Janina, Janna, Johanna Swedish Johanna, Johanne Norwegian
Other Languages & CulturesDeshaun, Deshawn, Keshaun, Keshawn, Rashawn African American Gjon Albanian Yohannes Amharic Yahya, Yuhanna Arabic Hovhannes, Hovik, Hovo, Ohannes Armenian Xuan Asturian Ganix, Ion, Jon, Iban Basque Jehohanan, Johanan, John Biblical Ioannes Biblical Greek Yehochanan, Yochanan Biblical Hebrew Iohannes Biblical Latin Yann, Yanick, Yannic, Yannick Breton Joan, Jan Catalan Jowan Cornish Ghjuvan, Ghjuvanni Corsican Jan, Johan, Johannes, Hanke, Hanne, Hannes, Hans, Jo, Joop Dutch Johano, Joĉjo Esperanto Jaan, Johannes, Juhan Estonian Jóannes, Jóhannes, Jón Faroese Jani, Janne, Johannes, Joni, Jouni, Juhana, Juhani, Hannes, Hannu, Juha, Juho, Jukka, Jussi Finnish Jean, Yann, Yoan, Yoann, Jeannot, Yanick, Yannic, Yannick French Xoán Galician Ioane, Ivane, Vano Georgian Jan, Johann, Johannes, Hannes, Hans, Jo German Giannis, Ioannis, Yannis, Yiannis, Gianni, Yanni, Yianni Greek Keoni Hawaiian Yochanan Hebrew Iván, János, Jancsi, Jani Hungarian Jóhann, Jóhannes, Jón Icelandic Yohanes Indonesian Eoin, Seán, Sean, Shane Irish Johannes, Joannes Late Roman Jānis Latvian Sjang, Sjeng Limburgish Jonas Lithuanian Ean, Juan Manx Hann, Jan, Jon, Hankin, Jankin Medieval English Jehan Medieval French Zuan Medieval Italian Joan Occitan Yahya Persian Iwan, Jan, Janusz, Janek Polish João, Joãozinho Portuguese Ioan, Ion, Iancu, Ionel, Ionuț, Nelu Romanian Juhán Sami Giuanne, Juanne Sardinian Eoin, Iain, Ian Scottish Jan Sorbian Iván, Juan, Ibán, Juanito Spanish Yahya Turkish Evan, Iefan, Ieuan, Ifan, Ioan, Iwan, Siôn, Ianto Welsh
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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute