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Russian standard pronunciation of the name Ivan is actually ee-VAHN. [noted -ed]
icarusmonkey  5/4/2005
Ivan has a nameday on 7th January according to the Orthodox calendar and on the 6th January according to the Catholic calendar. The celebration is in honour of St John the Baptist.
iva_toneva  1/12/2006
The name "Ivano" is the Italian variant of "Ivan".
iva_toneva  5/8/2006
In Further Tales of the City, writer Armistead Maupin creates an amusing situation utilizing the similarity of the Russian pronunciation of the name to that of the female name "Yvonne."
Kosta  5/15/2006
Also Serbian. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  10/4/2006
Ivan the Terrible was a Russian czar. I like this name however. I'd name my kid it if I got the chance.
spaz123  4/8/2007
Slovak director Ivan Reitman is bearer this name. He was born 27 October 1946, Komárno, Czechoslovakia.
Karcoolka  4/26/2007
Let's not forget off-road racer Ivan Stewart.
Midgard666  5/1/2007
Northern Irish singer George Ivan Morrison, better known as Van Morrison.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2007
Russians made their own version of the Nordic god's name IVANHO, to gain viking strength.
Jeremija Krstic  5/14/2007
Ivan Novak is a spokesperson for the Slovene musical group Laibach. He also does lighting and projector stuff for the group.
― Anonymous User  6/2/2007
It´s the Slavic form of the Hebrew name Jan. It meant "God is gracious".
Maggie_Simpson  6/12/2007
Pronounced as "ee-VAHN" (short -ee-).
Karcoolka  6/12/2007
A famous bearer is Czech tennis player Ivan Lendl, born 7th March 1960, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia.
Maggie_Simpson  9/24/2007
I think the name is great for any man of any age, one that never goes out of style. Someday, when I marry and have kids, I want to name my son Ivan. I wonder if it's because I have a crush on a guy I know named Ivan! Love the name.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2007
Ivan is also used in Spanish.
BornOnRoshHashanah  3/15/2008
Pronounced Ee-vahn in Spanish.
BornOnRoshHashanah  3/15/2008
I picture a handsome, mysterious and sexy guy, one who is also very strong and brave/manly. I love this name! I'm glad it's not overly used, so it's still unique without sounding strange. I also like the way it's pronounced in Spanish-speaking countries : ee-van, either way it's a great name.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2008
Mjr. Ivan Tomeček is a fictional character from the TV show "Mesto tieňov" (2008). He is played by Pavel Višňovský.
Emilie007  9/7/2008
Actor Ivan Franěk, born 17th June 1964 in Plzeň.
Emilie007  10/3/2008
Ivan Dixon, who played James Ivan "Kinch" Kinchloe on Hogan's Heroes. He died March 2008, leaving Richard Dawson and Robert Clary the only surviving regular cast members from the 60's TV sitcom.
Atarah Derek  11/28/2008
Pronounced EE-vahn in Croatia.
enchy  9/5/2009
I love this name only when it's pronounced in the Croatian way (EE-vahn). Unfortunately, English speakers ruined this name by pronouncing it EYE-vun or eye-VAHN.
enchy  9/5/2009
Ivan Milat is a notorious Australian serial killer, known for the so-called 'Backpacker Murders' that occurred in New South Wales during the 1990s.
The name Ivan is considered unusable by many due to this association.
vomiting  9/11/2009
Pronounced ee-VAHN in Czech, Slovak and Polish.
MaggieSimpson  12/6/2009
One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, anyone? A Russian novel (and later a Norwegian-British movie) about life in a gulag written by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.
VocabWord  10/18/2010
Reminds me too much of Yvonne, and thus girly. I don't care for it.
Chrila96  11/14/2010
This has always been one of my favorite Russian names, even though it's so common over there. It sounds so romantic, elegant, and dignified when pronounced Ee-VAHN; the Anglo pronunciation EYE-vin just throws it away and makes it sound ugly. It also doesn't hurt that there were a number of Tsars (mostly in the Ryurikovich Dynasty, the pre-Romanov ruling family) named Ivan, including Tsar Ivan III, known as Ivan the Great, one of Russia's greatest rulers ever.
Anyechka  5/5/2011
Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) was a Russian painter.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2011
Ivan Le Lorraine Albright (1897-1983) was an American painter. He did a painting for the film 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.
― Anonymous User  7/7/2011
Ivan was the second son of the first Romanov Tsar Michael I and his wife Eudoxia.
CarolinW  6/10/2012
Ivan (1666-1696) was the son of Tsar Alexei I of Russia and his wife Maria. He later became Tsar Ivan V.
CarolinW  7/16/2012
Hurricane Ivan was a powerful hurricane that devastated the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States in September 2004. At the time, it was the second-costliest hurricane in the United States. By the time I posted this comment, it was the fifth-costliest hurricane (behind Wilma, Andrew, Ike, and Katrina).
― Anonymous User  9/5/2012
Despite the negative comments about its English pronunciation, however, I like both Russian and English pronunciations of Ivan. It is one of the many Russian names I can tolerate.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2012
I know one person with this name, people usually say eye-vin, which I prefer but since he's Spanish it's sometimes ee-vahn.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2013
Name of the Day: January 20, 2013.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2013
Ivan Braginsky, the personification of Russia in the manga/anime Axis Powers Hetalia.
Pattysama  6/16/2013
Ivan Ooze was the main villain in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie.
PinkJazzX  11/26/2014
Ivan is a really cute and classy name. :)
― Anonymous User  10/18/2015
I hate this name so much, it sounds horrible and seeing it written down makes me feel like puking. Awful name.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2015
I hate this name, it sounds too ugly and nasty and I picture a fat hairy old guy with greasy hair and a blubber mouth! I prefer Evan a lot better than this horrendous name!
― Anonymous User  12/21/2015
Ivan Vorpatril is the hero of the book "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" by Hugo and Nebula award winning author Lois McMaster Bujold.
Sunflowerjill  1/2/2016
Where I come from, it's pronounced "EE-vahn". But personally I like the "eye-vuhn" pronunciation better. It sounds more mysterious.
Oleg Karachi  1/10/2016
Ivan Drago, Russian boxer from Rocky IV.
Mayra  2/27/2016
I've seen this name used a lot in Italy too, mostly in parts of Italy that have been traditionally left-winged. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  4/7/2016
Ivan Rakitić is a Croatian footballer who plays for FC Barcelona. He formerly played for Sevilla FC.
cutenose  5/10/2016
Ivan is used in the Russian phonetic alphabet for radio communications. It represents the Cyrillic letter И. The name is also used for the letter Й, which is called "Иван краткий" (Ivan kratkiy), meaning "short Ivan".
Ambiversion  6/10/2016
Ivan Mikulić is a Herzegovinian singer, best known outside his country for having represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, singing "You Are The Only One".
cutenose  6/16/2016
Please include Colombia as it is quite common there as well.
IvanOlarte  10/17/2016
Used in Sweden (see the name day). [noted -ed]
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/16/2016
Vanka is also a Russian male diminutive of Ivan.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/30/2016
Ivan Tričkovski is a Macedonian footballer who plays for AEK Larnaca in the Cypriot First Division. He joined Red Star Belgrade in January 2008 for a fee around €0.8 million from football club FK Rabotnički. He actually faced his future team in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup while playing for Red Star, and ended up on the losing side in a dramatic 3-3 draw in Belgrade which saw APOEL progress on away goals with a late equalizer in the 116th minute.
cutenose  1/11/2017
Ivan E. Coyote is a nonbinary butch storyteller, writer and spoken word performer.
namewx  2/18/2017
People who are discouraged from using this name because of Ivan Milat, keep in mind that people still name their kids Jack, Theodore, and James, in spite of those also being the names of Jack the Ripper (though that isn't his real name), Ted (Theodore) Bundy, and Jim (James) Jones.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2017
This is a very nice and handsome name!
Tatumarore  6/2/2017
Ivan Doroschuk is the lead singer (and sometimes only member) of the Canadian band Men Without Hats.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2017
Tsar Ivan III the Great (22 January 1440 - 27 October 1505) was Grand Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of all Rus' from 5 April 1462 - 27 October 1505.

Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible (3 September 1530 - 28 March 1584) was Grand Prince of Moscow and Tsar of all Russias, the latter title was used by all his successors. He was dubbed 'The Terrible' posthumously, with a notable reason being his bashing of his son to death with his Sceptre. He died after suffering a heart attack whilst playing a game of chess with his close associate Bogdan Belsky.
Official Name Critic  11/20/2017
The human name of the character Russia in Axis Powers Hetalia is Ivan.
RadarKuma  1/11/2018

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