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Sean remains a top 1,000 baby name in the United States, but it's not as popular as it was in the 1960s through the 2000s. It's possible, Sean Connery, the hunky actor who played James Bond from 1962 to 1983 had some influence on that. American fascination with Irish culture could also play a role in the name's popularity over the years — it's one of the top 100 names for baby boys in Ireland after all.

Meaning and Origin of the name Sean:

Sean is an Irish name meaning “God is gracious.”

Sean is the Irish version of the English name John, the Scottish name Ian, and the French name Jean, which are all variations of the Hebrew name Yohanan (meaning “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious”). It came to Ireland after the Norman Conquest. The Irish most likely got the name from the French Jean. The Irish alphabet doesn't have the letter “j,” so the letter “s” was substituted to create the name Sean.

Symbolism of the name Sean:

Sean may have deep spiritual meaning to those of the Christian faith since it was derived from the name John. In the Bible, John was one of Jesus's disciples and is now known as “Saint John the Beloved.”

Nicknames for the name Sean:

There really isn't a way to shorten the name Sean because it is already such a short name. But that doesn't mean there aren't nicknames for Sean. We have put together the list below of fun and cute nicknames that you may want to consider for your baby boy or baby girl.

  • Seany
  • Seanie
  • Shawny
  • Shawnie
  • Sea
  • Bon
  • Bon Bon
  • Seanster
  • Seanmister

Style of the name Sean:


Gender of the name Sean:

Sean is a unisex name, but it's most often given to boys.

Pronunciation of the name Sean:


Number of syllables in the name Sean:


Emotion evoked from the name Sean:

Sean evokes the image of someone who is cool and handsome.

Alternative spellings for the name Sean:

Popularity of the name Sean:

Sean first made the list of the top 1,000 baby names in 1943. As of 2020, it ranks at number 336, according to the Social Security Administration.

Great middle names for Sean and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Sean:

  • Sean Connery (actor)
  • Sean Penn (actor)
  • Sean Astin (actor)
  • Sean Hannity (television host)
  • Sean Hayes (actor)
  • Sean McKeon (football player)
  • Sean William Scott (actor)
  • Sean Lennon (musician)
  • Sean McNamara (character from the TV show “Nip/Tuck”)
  • Sean Cassidy aka Banshee (character from the X-Men comics franchise)
  • Sean Kelly (character from the TV show “Scrubs”)
  • Sean Ackard (character from the TV show “Pretty Little Liars”)
  • Sean Potter (character from the TV show “Judging Amy”)
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