Name a girl Shawna instead!
Definitely better for a boy! I could never see this as a girl's name.
Shawn King, Larry King's wife.
This is actually the legit female spelling for Sean. It seems to be unisex now. I do prefer the spelling Sean or Shaun for a male. All women I've met, including myself, are spelled this way. Hope it helps.
I prefer this name for boys, not girls. Same with Dylan and Alex.
Shawn is a good name, giving you the strength to do the hard things in life. Shaun makes more sense then Sean, I admit. But spelling doesn't make a dent in the meaning: Strength.
I like this name. I don't like the spelling Sean because it looks like it should be pronounced "seen". Shawn is a cool name. One nice combination is Shawn Matthew.
Shawn Johnson is a gymnast.
Shawn is a nice name, but I much prefer the spelling Sean!
It's a decent name. I much prefer Sean.
Listen, I am a female, my name is “Shawn” and I’ve lived with the name my entire life. It’s grown on me through the years, I must say...LOL.
Well, there's a character that I think should be added. Shawn Spencer from the USA TV show, Psych.
In my opinion, this makes a lot more sense than spelling it as Sean. The name is decent at most.
As a Shawn in this changing time, I have to say the name and its tree tells a lot about the truth of life. I am also a Driscoll. Which means I am a messenger. And as the messages are revealed I stand in awe.
God is gracious what a wonderful thing! As a Shawn I'm proud and welcome all females to use it as well!
It's nice, but it's rather common where I live. I like it more than Shaun. Hate it on a girl, though.
A notable FEMININE name bearer is a gymnast: Shawn Johnson East.Shawn Johnson East is an American former artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist.Her ACTUAL birth name is Shawn Machel Johnson.
In the USA, this name can also be FEMININE, making it UNISEX -- as SEEN on the USA chart.
It's a good name and way better than Shane.
I have a Shawn in my family. By the way, it's pronounced "shahn".
I love this name. I think of Shawn from Psych but also because of a teacher in elementary school her name was Shawne Cassidy she told me to believe in myself and that I could be whatever I wanted. However I think it's more for a boy.
Shawn Mendes is a Canadian singer who is perhaps best known for his song "Stitches".
Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for her 1997 Grammy-winning single “Sunny Came Home”.
This is the spelling that I see the most, but I prefer the Shaun spelling.
I think of Shawn from Psych.
I love the name Shawn mostly for a boy. It’s more masculine than feminine to me. For a girl, it’s kinda cute too. I don’t mind boy names on girls. If I was a girl named Shawn, I would still feel happy, especially if I still act in the traditional feminine way, especially if I had a feminine middle name that’s NOT unique, like Shawn Olivia.
A famous female bearer of this name is the American female gymnast Shawn Johnson East.
Irish name. Sean (variant of John) begat the variant Shaun (Gaelic masculine spelling) and Shawn (Gaelic feminine spelling.)
I'm a guy, and I have known a few female Shawn's... a ton of male Shawn's and a few male Sean's. I know of only 3 (spanning living in three different states all in the south) guys ever spelled the traditionally masculine form of Shaun.
Hey I am Shawn Patrich Aloysius and the names just roll off your tongue. If you want perfection in a name I bear it and wouldn’t change it for the world.
In 2018, 39 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Shawn who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 183rd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens. In 2018, 40 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Shawn who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 066th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
The name Shawn is a Unisex and Jewish/Hebrew name.
Not a fan of the name Sean, but the "Shawn" spelling of the name just looks so ugly.
This makes way more sense than the spelling "Sean".
Shawn Machel Johnson is an American retired artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson is also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist, winning the team titles in 2007 and 2011, as well as titles in the all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam in 2007.
As a child I had a male friend named Shawn. I never considered it a feminine name at the time. Later I became aware of the spelling Sean but didn't know the pronunciation was the same before I was informed that it was the masculine way to spell the name... maybe also that it was the Irish spelling related to Gaelic origins. (never verified this). I have seen it spelled as Shaun, which I would definitely consider as a male spelling. I now have a female friend named Shawn and it seems natural to me... so to recap, Shawn seems comfortable as either gender, Shaun seems masculine and Sean definitely masculine... although I'm sure there are women who spell it Sean or even Seanne. Definitely better than "Moesha" that always makes me cringe as I consider it to be Mo-sha... not Mo-ee-sha as is the accepted pronunciation.
Shawn Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the video sharing application Vine. The following year, he caught the attention of artist managers Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton, which led to him signing a deal with the record label. Mendes went on to release an EP and his debut studio album Handwritten, whose single "Stitches" reached the top 10 in the US and Canada, and number one in the UK. His sophomore album, Illuminate (2016), was preceded by the single "Treat You Better". Both albums debuted atop the US Billboard 200.
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.
My name is Shawn and I never spell it Sean. That is how the boys spell it (Sean). I spell my name Shawn.
I'm a girl Shawn! I've never heard of any girls spelling it Sean. Love my name because it's different. :)
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!
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.
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.
You go girl! My (female) cousin is Shawn Annabeth.
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.
Shawn Frost (also known as Fubuki Shirou) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
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.
Shawn Mendes, a Canadian singer-songwriter.
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.
Shawn Spencer is the main character in the TV series "Psych." He is played by James Roday.
Shawn Carter is more commonly known as rapper Jay-Z.
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.
From Discworld, Shawn Ogg, Nanny Ogg's youngest son, and Lancre's Army. Yes, he IS the whole army.
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!
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?
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).
The down market "American" spelling. I think it's one of the ugliest attempts at anglicizing I've ever seen.
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.
Shawn Hatosy is an American actor who started his career as a young adult in movies like Outside Providence and The Faculty.
Shawn Johnson was in the 2008 Olympics. She took second place in all around, only behind Nastia Luikin, her teammate.
I'm sorry, people, I think this is a boy's name. A very good boy's name.
Shawn Johnson is an American female gymnast (born January 19, 1992) on her way to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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.
Shawn Hunter was a main character on Boy Meets World. The actor was Rider Strong.
The singer for Cat Power's name is Chan Marshall (pronounced Shawn).
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.
The low rent and trashy spelling. I'd avoid it.
Hands down, Shawn is a name for a boy. Why would you name your little girl Shawn? That's cruel.
A famous bearer is wrestler Shawn Michaels from the WWE.
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. ;)
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.
I am starting to like this name. It isn't too common, but not that strange.
Shawn McDonald is a Christian music artist.
I have only known males using this spelling. The only female Shawn I have known spelled it Sian.
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.
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. ??
Shawn Harris is the lead singer of the Matches.
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]
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".
Impression: powerful.

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