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I actually don’t really like this name because the spelling is not preferred by many. I also have this friend who is a real mean person named Sean. :3 Heehee.
Emilythecool  6/5/2019
1
This spelling is okay. I prefer the Shaun spelling a little more.
Luvbug86  3/18/2019
-5
All females with a boy’s first name like Shawn should feel unique. It’s actually better if you women have male names as first names which is unique while your middle names are feminine and ununique. Shawn Elizabeth! Isn’t that cute?
― Anonymous User  1/8/2019
1
Beautiful name, strong and warm, and I love the Irish spelling of it.
bevfromchitown  12/26/2018
1
In 2018, 20 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Sean who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 123rd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.

In 2018, 22 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Sean who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 4, 466th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2018
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A great strong masculine Irish name. If your kid isn't male or Irish I see no good reason to use this name.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2018
3
This is a pretty good name.
Enoch  8/16/2018
0
I have mixed feelings about this name. On the one hand, it makes me think of corrupt newscaster/conservative moron Sean Hannity. On the other hand, it makes me think of Sean, a.k.a. Jacksepticeye, and he's cool! I tend to think of the latter more, so I might consider this name.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2018
1
Sean Hannity, radio show host and Fox news host.
Prime Meridian  4/30/2018
1
British actor Sean Maguire, best known for his roles in soap EastEnders and as Robin Hood in Once Upon A Time, is a famous bearer of this name.
amanda82  4/17/2018
1
Seán William McLoughlin is a famous YouTuber.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2018
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I am a female Sean. I suspect that my name has often played in my favor when applying for jobs or school. On several job interviews I had the somewhat satisfying experience of being contacted via email after posting a resume, then getting to see my potential employer desperately scan the waiting room in which I am the sole occupant, reliably followed by “you’re not Sean, right?” Once I got the “you’re not what I expected.” Makes me wonder if they would have considered me if they had known I was a woman. When I was accepted to my graduate program, one of my professors said with dismay “Another girl? We thought you were a guy!” Gotcha!

Male patients give me guff about my name and it really ticks me off. In the same week I had a Gen Y hipster and a snooty baby boomer ask how I spell my name, whereupon they proceeded to mansplain: “well, that’s actually the male variant of that name.” Sue me.
― Anonymous User  4/4/2018
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As a Sean growing up in the USA, it was not always that common of a name - If a new Sean came around it was easy to rename them with a nickname, or Sean2, or simply _lastname_. After moving to NL, no one knows how to pronounce this, ever, but it's always a good craic when you have UK/IE friends, it's still not that common. After moving to IE... My head is either going to explode or fall off the swivel, or both (I'm betting on both). I'm gonna have to start teaching people my last name as this is not doable.
The_Other_Sean  3/30/2018
1
I like the name Sean.
jazmine.huffman  2/5/2018
1
Another way to spell this is Saon, pronounced the same way. (However, I believe this is another Welsh variant.)
AlmaSaon  9/20/2017
1
This is my half brother's name. His name is Sean Patrick. I like it, but I prefer his conformation name Robert. Sean Robert sounds powerful.
thezenithofnadir  8/16/2017
1
Sean Justin Penn is an American actor, filmmaker, and political activist. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River and the biopic Milk.
cutenose  5/23/2017
0
Sean seems to be a very ambiguous name. It can mean "ancient" or "happiness" or "god's gift".
gladdisiator  5/6/2017
1
Can someone add a history for the name Sean?
gladdisiator  5/6/2017
1
I pronunce this name "SHAHN" and not "SHAWN".
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  2/3/2017
3
I love being a Sean. I√e always loved my name and wouldn't change it for the world. All Sean's are leaders, whether they know it or not. By the way, our name is NOT pronounced "Seen". It is not funny, and we've heard it before. Everyone, have an awesome day!
Sean790  1/19/2017
3
I love the name- my brother is named this. It is such a nice name but we all hate when he is called seen.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2016
1
I really like this name. I just hate the meaning (God's gracious gift). I think the meaning "gracious gift" is nice, though.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2016
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I see a sturdy, yet welcoming young lady.
TruthFairy  4/12/2016
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Don't name your kid this.
JustBeingHonest  1/19/2016
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I hate that people pronounce this name as Shawn. It should be Sheen.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2015
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Sean Schemmel (born November 21, 1968) is an American voice actor. He is best known for voicing Goku in the Funimation dub for the 'Dragon Ball' series.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2015
4
Sean is a common name but I still think it sounds very unique, the only downside of this name is that it doesn't have any nickname alternatives.
― Anonymous User  9/16/2015
3
The name Sean is great. A picture of a tall kind boy comes to mind when I hear this name.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2015
3
Sean is Jacksepticeye and I love him.
Markiplier  9/3/2015
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Don't mind the name but can't stand this spelling. It bugs me. Looks nothing how it's supposed to be pronounced and I honestly don't care that "Sean" is in fact the traditional spelling. I'm not denying that. I just dislike the spelling. It really doesn't help the fact that EVERY "Sean" I have come across have been full throttle jerks or little boys soon to be jerks or spoiled brats. I've experienced that way too often. I get a whole different other vibe from "Shawn" and "Shaun".
― Anonymous User  5/18/2015
3
A famous bearer is Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Like his famous parents, he's a musician and plays music with his mother.
luxlisbon  3/17/2015
4
Audrey Hepburn has a son named Sean, born July 17, 1960.
Oohvintage  8/8/2013
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Probably the most widely understood and accepted Irish name used in the United States. I personally get really annoyed when non-Irish people use Irish names for their children, (ex:Liam, Niamh) but I don't really mind Sean.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2013
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According to my Gaelic dictionary the word Sean means: "old, aged, ancient" and is pronounced 'shen'
Another possibility is sèan, meaning: "a charm."
Or the early Irish sén meaning: prosperity.

My Irish dictionary tells me the meaning of Sean is: "ancestor, senior, old aged, ancient."
Séan meaning: "happiness, good luck" (1) or "deny, disown, renounce" (2).
PDT  9/3/2012
2
Sean Lennon (born 1975 in New York City) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2012
1
In Roman Greco Anglo Saxon linguistic terms Sean or Shauni or Shawn and the ALL the various other spellings are all DERIVATIVES and CORRUPTIONS of the source name SEAN also spelt SHAUN. The name tends to be gender specific by country but strangely unisex in terms of international borders.
The corruption is particularly common in "MEN" in the U.K. and in "WOMEN" in the U.S. There are some exceptions however. It sometimes works the opposite way round. You will sometimes find "MEN" in the U.S with the name Shauni. Similiarly, you will sometimes find "WOMEN" in the U.K. with the name Shauni - so don't be fooled into thinking there is any specific long term pertaining pattern to this quirk of linguistics.
The name Shauni is also present in other cultures as a corruption of Shaun.
Celtic Historians in Ireland have cited the name in manuscripts dating back to 850AD although the Roman Greco Anglo Saxon classical usage pre-dates this by 450 years according to Italian and Greek scholars.
Some White Americans have Native Indian ancestry and so prefer to go by the Native Indian interpretation of the name. European and American scholars have maintained that those White Americans who have NOT got Native Indian blood in them all genetically descend from Europe originally and that it is stupid for White Americans who have not got native Indian blood in them to try and assimilate themselves into a culture which is not theirs by following Native Indian likenesses or interpretations of any European names.
(Shauni and the various other spellings were just a tribal tag for a group of native Indians who had absolutely no connection with White Americans even to this day - although other tribes have intermarried with whites).
Scholars also maintain that since White Americans ALL descend from some part of Europe they should follow the European interpretation of European names relating to the part of Europe where the particular name originates from.
In the case of Shauni, its North America's former Master and Supreme ruler Britain which is comprised of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
(The name Shauni and the various other spellings are not part of the Spanish speaking world according to Spanish and South American scholars who have all cited the fact that there is no written evidence for any such name in the Spanish speaking world).
It is entirely a Roman Greco Anglo Saxon invention.
shaunigothic  10/27/2011
2
For me the name Sean completely depends on regional dialect in the US. In New York it's pronounced totally different than it is in Florida. I have a cousin named Sean and think it's a perfectly fine name.
JaciGia  8/4/2011
2
A famous bearer is Sean Parker, founder of the music-sharing website, Napster.
Dawson  3/19/2011
4
Actor Sean Murray, who plays Timothy McGee on NCIS.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2011
4
Sean is a really cool name, I think it suits all ages.
starz26  11/9/2010
2
Wait, I don't get it. SEAN is the Gaelic element meaning "old, wise." I would certainly think that the name meant "old" or "wise." I suppose it does sound like "John," but it would make more sense if it meant what the Gaelic element said it did.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2010
2
Actor Sean Maher, most famous for his role as Simon Tam on the space western show Firefly, is a famous bearer of this name. Not to mention that he's one of the cutest guys ever.
DestructoGirl  6/27/2009
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This is a weird spelling. When I was little, I used to think it was pronounced "Seen", and always thought it was a bit dumb. But when my older brother told me the right pronunciation, I grew to like it. It's a neat name.
_0TophasNails_1  11/24/2008
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Sean is a cool name for a guy or a girl. If you're a girl you should spell it Seanne.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2008
2
Sean is a good name. It I think should be spelled (Shawn) but I have a little brother with this name, he spells it (Sean) so that is how I think of it. I think it is nice because Sean's are always unpredictable people - in a good way.
Jeremiah2911  6/27/2008
2
Thank God I was born before Sean Connery played James Bond. Sean means "Old Man", Seán means "Gift from God" or the Irish form of John. My Mom wrote Sean & Shawn on a piece of paper and asked "How would you pronounce this?" People answered SEE-ann & SHAWN, so I'm Shawn. Seán pronounced Shawn is John; why would you call a girl John?
slainte4904  6/26/2008
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I'm not really sure where you're getting your information, but neither form means "Old Man" or "Gift of God." If one is just the other without an accent over one letter, how can they have to completely different meanings?
They are both variants of John so they both mean "God is gracious."
As for your question about why anyone would want to call a girl John, I would like to point out two things. The first is that Sean is a predominantly male name and the second is that there are female versions of John like Jane, Joan and Joanne.
― Anonymous User  3/20/2009
0
I think the name Sean is very odd! I don't like it, it's one of the most ugly names I've ever heard sorry.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2008
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I'm aware that sometimes accents over letters make pronunciations confusing for some but Sean instead of Seán is unexceptable. The reason it's unexceptable is because Sean with no fáda in Irish, meaning old, is pronounced Shan (rhymes with Ann).
Clodagh  3/30/2008
2
Singer Sean Kingston is a famous bearer.
jasmineenimsaj  3/9/2008
2
Actor Michael Keaton & his ex-wife Caroline McWilliams have a son Sean Douglas.
Maggie_Simpson  10/4/2007
-2
I hate the name Sean. I think it is boring. There is nothing special about that name!
― Anonymous User  9/18/2007
-1
I used to really hate this name but thanks to Britney Spears' son Sean Preston, I've really started liking it.
Jassie  5/7/2007
2
I love it. Simple and strong.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2007
2
Sean Patrick Flanery is the hunky actor that, among other notable screen performances, portrayed the fun and street smart character 'Elvis Ford' in the shortlived, extremely entertaining but sadly underestimated TV-show "The Strip".
SweetSweetVindictive  4/7/2007
2
I like this name a lot. It's very sexy, strong and masculine.
sunbeam  3/4/2007
2
It can mean "old" in Irish without the fada over the E.
someone1  1/18/2007
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I've heard that Sean is pronounced Shawn, but isn't "Sean" a name too? If not it should be--pronounced SEEN.
flipflop1215  12/11/2006
2
Sean Astin has acted in movies such as The Goonies, Rudy, the Lord of the Rings movies, 50 First Dates, amongst many others.
― Anonymous User  11/10/2006
-3
I really dislike the spelling of this name. I know that it is an Irish name, but in English it just seems so wrong. It looks like: aaaahhhh I just sean a ghost! ha ha ha.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2006
2
Sean Finnerty is a character in the popular TV-series "Grounded for life".
audreyhubley  8/29/2006
2
Sean Paul is also a bearer of this name.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2006
4
I always thought the name Sean/Shawn was an Irish name.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2006
-1
Sean is the name of my cousin, and he is such a gentleman and so cool that I shall always like this name. However, I don't think this should be a girl's name. If you like the sound of this name and want to use it for a girl, spell it S-h-a-w-n.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2006
2
Famous bearer: Actor Sean Connery.
Tudor  6/14/2006
0
Without the fada, the name becomes the Irish (Gaelic) word for "old," which is pronounced "shan" (rhymes with "man"). (I am not suggesting that the name need be conformed to Irish orthography or phonetics when used in English.)
Kosta  5/31/2006
-1
When I was little I had a Cabbage Patch Kid with the name Sean. I didn't know any better and thought it was pronounced "seen" until someone told me the the "right" way. I kept calling him "seen". I still like my pronunciation. : )
― Anonymous User  5/1/2006
2
Sean Ferris is a bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
2
Sean William Scott is the American Pie funny man.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
2
I like this name! Sean sounds so unique and cool. It reminds me of a handsome, attractive guy who is always the center of attraction and has a great individuality, never influenced by the atmosphere.
Lily Anastasia  3/3/2006
2
Famous bearer is Sean (P Diddy) Coombs.
marissa_2005  1/14/2006
2
Actor Sean Penn is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2005
4
Sean O'Casey was an Irish playwright.
Elphi  12/13/2005
4
Some famous bearers of this name are Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Rudy, Balto 3, The Goonies), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, The Field, National Treasure, Troy), and Sean Connery (Dragonheart, Time Bandits, Indiana Jones).
Arowen Half-Elven  12/6/2005
5
The comments here are really nice about the name Sean. I'm a Sean but I've never really liked my name, but I guess it must just be me.
Namesy  12/4/2005
4
Britney Spears and Kevin Fenderline's child is named Sean Preston.
AndrewJKD  9/22/2005
4
A famous bearer of this name is Sean Biggerstaff, a Scottish actor.
Tbird  6/27/2005
2
Whenever I meet a Sean, he always seems to be a great, handsome guy. So I always think of a Sean as a nice, easy-going, sweet guy.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2005
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The name is NOT pronounced SHAWN, there is no w sound, rather it is pronounced SHON. Shawn is a different similiar-sounding name, not the same name.
fhrugby  5/3/2005
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The name Sean is an ancient Gaelic name with multiple menaings but is definitely not the Gaelic or Irish form of John. Considering that the Gaelic language is more than 5,000 years old and the English language is a little over 1500 years old.
fhrugby  5/3/2005
5
Two famous bearers of this name are Lord of the Rings actors Sean Bean and Sean Astin.
Sedalyn  4/28/2005

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