Ivaan is a baby boy’s name of Russian origin that means “God is gracious”. It is the Russian form of John. Ivaan is also a Sanskrit name that means “glorious gift, sun, royal”. Ivaan is a timeless classic name, although more commonly transcribed from Cyrillic as Ivan. Perhaps the most contentious thing about the name is how it should be pronounced as there are more than seven common pronunciations from around the world.

Meaning of the name Ivaan:

Russian: God is gracious
Sanskrit: glorious gift, sun, royal

Origin of the name Ivaan:

Ivaan is a Russian and Slavic baby boy’s name that means “God is gracious”. Ivaan is the Russian form of the Hebrew name John. Ivaan is also a Sanskrit name that means “glorious gift, sun, royal”.

Symbolism of the name Ivaan:

Ivaan as a name is probably most closely associated with the 16th century Russian tzar Ivan the Terrible. While the term “terrible” has negative connotations in modern language, at the time of Ivan’s rule it had a more neutral meaning. It meant “formidable, powerful, and awe-inspiring”.

Style of the name Ivaan:


Gender of the name Ivaan:

Ivaan is a boy name.

Pronunciation of the name Ivaan:

  • i-VAN (Russian)
  • ee-VAHN (Ukrainian)
  • EE-van (Slavic)
  • I-van (Czech)
  • IE-vən (English)
  • ee-VAN (Romanian)
  • EE-VAN (French)

Number of syllables in the name Ivaan:


Emotion evoked from the name Ivaan:

Ivaan evokes feelings of power and leadership.

Alternative spellings for the name Ivaan:

Ivan, Ivann

Nicknames for the name Ivaan:

  • Vanya
  • Ivo
  • Yanko
  • Ivica
  • Vančo
  • Van 

Popularity of the name Ivaan:

According to the Social Security Administration, Ivaan is an uncommon baby boy’s name. Ivaan has never appeared in the top 1000 baby names list. Variant spelling Ivan, however, has been in the top 1000 baby names every year since 1900 and has been in the top 200 names since 1989.

Related names for the name Ivaan:

Great middle names for the name Ivaan and their meanings:

  • Lev (lion, heart)
  • Sasha (defending men)
  • Aleksei (defending men)
  • Dmitri (god of fertility and farming)
  • Misha (who is like God?)
  • Viktor (victory)
  • Yuri (farmer)
  • Vasiliy (royal, kingly)

Famous people with the name Ivaan:

  • Ivaan Kotulsky (Canadian artist and photographer)
  • Ivaan Schell (British footballer)
  • Ivaan Hakimi Abdullah (Malaysian footballer)
  • Ivaan Diju (son of Indian badminton player Valiyaveetil Diju)

Ivaan in popular culture:

  • Ivaan Arkwright (video games, “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn”)
  • Ivaan Sani (media, “Umbrella Academy AU”)
  • Ivaan Bagiennik (video games, “Virtual Space Amino”)
  • Ivaan (video games, “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”)