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Impression: powerful.
-- painsick5  2/9/2005
Frankly, I've never seen a girl spell it SHAWN. The only girls I've met spell it the traditional way: Sean. The spelling of the name with the AW instead of EA has gotten very popular over the years, I've noticed. Or, in America, at least. [noted -ed]
-- Saphira  10/28/2005
Personally, as someone who is named "Shawn" and who is female and who does spell it "Shawn" I'm not sure where the pervious comment comes from. In fact, "Shawn" is normally spelled "Shawn" for females. Mostly every female I have come across whoose name was Shawn, spelled it "Shawn".
-- ShawnElizabeth  1/4/2006
Shawn Harris is the lead singer of the Matches.
-- dani_08  3/6/2006
I'm married to a man who spells his name Shawn - now goodness knows everyone trys to spell it Sean, I guess because he's a guy. Go figure. ??
-- Anonymous User  4/23/2006
I have only known males using this spelling. The only female Shawn I have known spelled it Sian.
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2006
I also only know of boys with this name, the girls I know are Shaughnessy, Shawnnessy, Shaunessy and Shawnessy and one of the people I know with this name goes by the nickname Nessy.
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2006
Shawn McDonald is a Christian music artist.
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2006
I am starting to like this name. It isn't too common, but not that strange.
-- Emma McHnery  1/19/2007
Shawn is my favorite boy name ever! It’s hard to explain exactly why I love this name, I just do! If I ever have a boy, I plan on naming him Shawn Joaquin.
-- katiedid  2/27/2007
This is my husband's name and I think it's quite strong and masculine. A male name that's hasn't crossed over to the "unisex side" is worth its weight in gold these days. ;)
-- Kitten  4/6/2007
A famous bearer is wrestler Shawn Michaels from the WWE.
-- Stella_Hearts  4/8/2007
Hands down, Shawn is a name for a boy. Why would you name your little girl Shawn? That's cruel.
-- gracielou16  8/29/2007
The low rent and trashy spelling. I'd avoid it.
-- Anonymous User  9/27/2007
The singer for Cat Power's name is Chan Marshall (pronounced Shawn).
-- So Be It  12/5/2007
Being a female named Shawn, I personally like the name. It's so unique, and it doesn't sound overly feminine. It used to be a name you could use for both genders, but modernly it's now only considered appropriate for a male, which is a pity.
-- Shawn473  12/5/2007
Shawn Hunter was a main character on Boy Meets World. The actor was Rider Strong.
-- cmtlshem15  3/18/2008
Shawn is my mother's middle name, but she goes by it because she hates her first name. I think it's a great name for boys and girls.
-- alyssamorgan91  6/17/2008
Shawn Johnson is an American female gymnast (born January 19, 1992) on her way to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
-- Anonymous User  6/23/2008
I'm sorry, people, I think this is a boy's name. A very good boy's name.
-- welovejamesarness  6/29/2008
Shawn Johnson was in the 2008 Olympics. She took second place in all around, only behind Nastia Luikin, her teammate.
-- Anonymous User  12/14/2008
Shawn Hatosy is an American actor who started his career as a young adult in movies like Outside Providence and The Faculty.
-- Anonymous User  6/11/2009
I prefer this spelling much much more than the SEAN spelling, probably because it appears more youthful and modern. I really like this name, and although I have nothing against girls with this name, it will always be a boys name to me. It seems very masculine.
-- KillYourEgo  6/11/2009
The down market "American" spelling. I think it's one of the ugliest attempts at anglicizing I've ever seen.
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2009
I prefer this layout over "Sean" by far. The way "Shawn" is spelled and pronounced makes more sense to me than "Sean." Right off the bat, Shawn sounds exactly like it's spelled as opposed to Sean (which sounds like Seen or See ann when first pronounced).
-- BlueSalvation  9/22/2009
I like this. It took me a long time (as a kid) to get that "Sean" was pronounced the same way, I always read it as "See-Ann." I was an odd child.

Hey, to the person who said they wanted to name their future kid Shawn Joaquin. You realize that kind of rhymes and he'd end up being called Shawn "Wawn", right?
-- Anonymous User  10/13/2009
This is my son's first name. My name book said that Shawn means "god is gracious", and he truly is for blessing me with my sweetpea!
-- kelseydfields  10/14/2009
From Discworld, Shawn Ogg, Nanny Ogg's youngest son, and Lancre's Army. Yes, he IS the whole army.
-- Patria-Sue  4/15/2010
I already like the name (much better than John or Jack--they all have the same root), but I think Shawn is my favorite spelling. Sean I guess isn't bad, but since I'm not from Ireland, my mind reads it as "see-an" before I can remember, "Oh, right, *Shawn*!" And I find the variant Shaun to be pretentious.
-- erb816  4/22/2010
Shawn Carter is more commonly known as rapper Jay-Z.
-- madsta  7/31/2010
Shawn Spencer is the main character in the TV series "Psych." He is played by James Roday.
-- Anonymous User  12/7/2011
I am a female named Shawn. I have a love/hate relationship with my name. The love is that people don't see you coming at a job interview in some other social situations. They are surprised and it gives you some advantage. Also, much safer to have what is considered a "man's" name on your apartment. I don't dislike the sound of it and I consider it pleasant enough.
The hate side comes from a lifetime of people telling me "I have a boy's name" as if I am responsible for it and I chose it myself, just as they chose their names. I feel like some people have dislike the name Shawn for a girl to the point that they take it out on me.
This isn't a name for a weak personality or mind, and although I like the sound of it, I may have picked something unisex, yet less controversial to allow me to blend in with the crowd. If someone gives me a look that indicates " That's so wrong" when I tell them my name I usually add "You know, Shawn as in rhymes with Dawn". That gives them a new way to think about the "masculinity" of the name.
I wonder why people care less if a female is named "Jamie" or "Ryan" or nicknamed "Sam" or "Andy"?
I would appreciate it if those people who feel this name is for boys only would have a little consideration for people, especially children, who really don't control what their parents decided to call them and not berate the name holder who was a too young to comment when the name was chosen.
-- Anonymous User  3/26/2014
Shawn Mendes, a Canadian singer-songwriter.
-- Anonymous User  8/28/2014
I love this name. It's not trendy and will actually grow with your son unlike names such as Ethan, Jayden, Caden, Mason and so on.

Shawn is a much better spelling than Sean. Sean seems to be pronounced as "seen" while Shawn actually looks like it's pronounced as Shawn.
-- twlightblack11  12/19/2014
Shawn Frost (also known as Fubuki Shirou) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2015
It looks a little better than Sean I admit. But it's a shame anyone would give this name to a girl, this name just screams masculine to me. If you want a female name go for Shawna.
-- Anonymous User  7/19/2015
I am 100% female and have the spelling of the name Shawn not Sean. It can be a bit frustrating when people cannot get my name correct only because it's unheard of as a female's name, so they make up names for me. I just play along with it. Growing up was rough but it made me into one tough cookie, call me anything you want sweetie, 'cause I have heard it all.
-- Kuuipo  12/17/2015
I am a female named Shawn. I've gotten used to the name. Back in the early 70's, I got a draft notice when I turned 18. I still manage to find it humorous to see the nurse's or assistant's face when they yell into the waiting room, "Mr." so and so, and of course, I stand up. The rudest person I ever encountered with a reaction to my name came via a phone I answered while working as an administrative assistant. When the person on the other end of the line heard my name he said, "Well, I guess if you don't walk like a Shawn and talk like a Shawn, it's okay." Then he laughed loudly and hysterically in my ear. I promptly replied, "Well, actually I do walk like a Shawn and talk like a Shawn. I'm a Shawn." (I left out the word "idiot" because I'm politer than he was.) I've also had people tell me they love my name and think it's cool. I'm in my 60's now. It's okay. I wouldn't name a daughter Shawn, but it's okay. It's mine!
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2016
I have so enjoyed stumbling into this site and reading the comments. I can relate to the anonymous user above who has a love hate relationship with being a female Shawn. Although, most days I consider it a trial. The reality is that it's not the name but the general public who feels entitled to pass judgment. Come on people! We all have a basic understanding about how one receives their name. Names are gifted to us not chosen by an individual. If you don't like someone's name or think it's being used incorrectly, remain quiet and polite. I could literally maintain a blog and fill it with the inane statements that seemingly intelligent people make to me regarding my name. The real question is not "why are you a girl named Shawn?" But "why are people so rude?!". Love to ALL the Shawns out there, male or female.
-- Shawngirl  10/9/2016
I'm a girl Shawn! I've never heard of any girls spelling it Sean. Love my name because it's different. :)
-- Smirk789  3/30/2016
My name is Shawn and I never spell it Sean. That is how the boys spell it (Sean). I spell my name Shawn.
-- Shawn49  5/21/2016
I honestly love one of the alternate spellings, a very uncommon one, Shaughn. Although Shawn is a handsome, not-too-hard-to-pronounce name, it also happens to be the name of a Canadian singer/songwriter, Shawn Mendes, and he is quite an amazing young man. I personally have never met a girl named Shawn, I have only found it masculine, and I am friends with a boy whose name is spelled 'Sean', and because the spelling is unique, sometimes we pronounce it funny to differentiate from other Shawn's. I love the name, regardless.
-- KalinaLilly  11/19/2016

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