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Boy Name: Sean

Name: Sean
Pronunciation: \sean\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Sean's also a girl name)
Meaning: God is gracious
Origin: Irish
Sounds Like: Seann, Cian, Xan, Sion, Swen, Swain, Swayn, Syon, Zan
Variant forms: Sean-Carlo, Sean-Mark, Sean-Patrick, Shane, Shaughn, Shaun, Shawn
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 94
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 68063


Sean \sean\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Sean), is pronounced shon. It is of Irish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Sean is "God is gracious". Variant of John, from French Jean. Spread outside of Ireland only in the 20th century. Occasionally used in hyphenated names. Heavily influenced by actors Sean Connery and Sean Penn. Basketball player Shawn Kemp; actors Sean Hayes, Sean Astin, Sean Bean; musician and entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

Sean has 7 variant forms: Sean-Carlo, Sean-Mark, Sean-Patrick, Shane, Shaughn, Shaun and Shawn.

Baby names that sound like Sean are Seann, Cian, Xan, Sion, Swen, Swain, Swayn, Syon and Zan.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Sean.


Sean is a very popular first name for men (#94 out of 1220) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for both men and women (#68063 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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