Ivan name meaning

Updated: May 30th, 2024
Gender: Boy
Origin: Hebrew and Germanic
Usage: Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, English, Slavic, Belorussian, Czech, Ukrainian, Faroese, Old Norse, Greenlandic, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu
Pronunciation: pronunciation of Ivan i-van
Meaning: Gift of God and God's Gracious Gift
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What does Ivan mean?

Celebrated and Perpetual Ivan came from Hebrew and Germanic is a gender insensitive name, meaning of Ivan is "Gift of God or God's Gracious Gift" is used in Kannada, Slavic, Ukrainian, Finnish, Swedish, Greenlandic, Gujarati, Danish, Norwegian, Faroese, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Old Norse, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Oriya, Belorussian, English and Czech.

Ivan is form of biblical and customary Iwan. Iwan is form of prominent Yves. Iwan is derived from Erwan. Iwan is equivalent of Johannes in Russian language. Also Iwan is equivalent of Belorussian Ivan in Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Iwan is also form of John in Ukrainian and Russian languages. Iwan is also equivalent of Ywain in Old Norse language. Iwan is also Welsh cognate of Ifan. Iwan means Yew, Shrub and God is Merciful is originated from Hebrew and Celtic.

Also Ivan is variation of JohnBelorussian. Ivan is also variation of biblical and renowned Iwan. Ivan is also variation of Germanic Names Containing the Name Element Yr. Ivan is Slavic equivalent of John.

Also Ivan is form of Johannes in Nordic and Russian languages. Ivan's meaning is Yahweh is Gracious and God is Merciful is of Hebrew and Germanic origin.. Also Ivan is Russian and Nordic form of Johannes.

It is celebrated on December 27th.

How do I pronounce Ivan?

The two syllabled name Ivan is commonly pronounced as i-van.

Variants of Ivan

Jehanne, Ieuan, Johanan, Eyvan, Iwan, John, Johannes, Yves, Ywain, Ifan, Dejohn, Gianni, Jackie, Yanis, Aaronjohn, John Paul, Jean, Hanko, Janek, Janica, Johansinnguaq

Nicknames for Ivan

Name Ivan is already a short name but there are some nicknames to go along with it:

Names that rhyme with Ivan

How popular is the name Ivan?

Ivan was a popular name in United States. Over 133854 babies have been named Ivan since 1880. At the peak of its usage in 2012, 3457 boys were bestowed the name and it was ranked at 114th position.

However the graph is now showing a downward trend after 211 years but still dominating the charts. In addition to that, the moniker has been in the top 500 baby names a staggering 139 times Also, Ivan is a popular name in Spain given to over 34367 babies in 15 years.

At its zenith in 2004, 3415 boys were bestowed the name and it was ranked at 11st position. Moreover, the first name has been to the top 50 baby names 15 times

In England and Wales, Ivan was once a common name since emerging in 1996 it has been given to over 2158 babies.

When at its peak in 2015,. However the graph is now showing a downward trend after 23 years but it is still going strong. Also, Ivan used to be a common name in France, first appeared in 1900 and over 9325 babies have been given the name in 111 years.

At the peak of its usage in 1969,. After 111 years, the name has past its prime but it is still going strong. Also, Ivan was a common name in Switzerland.

Over 1220 babies have been named Ivan since 2000. At its zenith in 2001,. However after 18 years, the name is currently sliding down on the charts.

Ivan is a familiar baby name in Ireland, it has been in use since 1964 and was able to reach the top 100 names.

In 1970, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 100 on boy names chart when 55 babies were given the name Ivan. Over 1221 people have been named Ivan in Ireland.

Also, in Netherlands, in just 5 years, it has made it to the top 200 names. Recently in 2017, 94 babies were given Ivan and it reached its peak ranking, 178 on boy names chart.

Over 377 babies in Netherlands have been named Ivan.

Ivan is an uncommon baby name in Belgium, although it has been in use since 1995 but could not make beyond the top 500.

Over 389 people have been named Ivan in Belgium. However things change on global perspective, Ivan is extremely popular in Russia where every 1 in 200 have the name as well as in, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico and Bulgaria.

Also the baby name is popular in Croatia, Uganda, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Serbia, Chile, Indonesia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Slovakia, Italy, Peru, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Philippines, England, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cuba, Bolivia, South Africa, Argentina, Germany, Turkmenistan, Rwanda, Dominican Republic, Tajikistan, Malaysia, Australia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Transnistria, Panama, Nicaragua and Denmark.

At least, 4570000 people around the globe have been given the name as per our evaluation.

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Ivan in Nordic countries

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Numerological aspects of Ivan

You are curious and driven by your wish to invent new things and solutions. You have trust issues and anger management problem that you seem to be handling pretty well. Back in time, you were too focused on your career until you realized there's something more important to live for. You test your limits not to amaze others and prove you are courageous but to satisfy the adrenaline hunger inside your heart.

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Famous people named Ivan

  • Ivan Vidav, Slovenian mathematician
  • Ivan Novikoff, ballet master
  • Ivan Stang, American writer, filmmaker and broadcaster
  • Ivan Chtcheglov, French political theorist, activist and poet
  • Ivan Goremykin, conservative Russian politician
  • Ivan Fyodorov, Russian navigator and commanding officer of the expedition to northern Alaska
  • Ivan Visin, naval captain and explorer
  • Ivan Generalić, Croatian painter in the naïve tradition
  • Ivan Ranger, Tyrolese baroque painter
  • Ivan Fyodorov, first known Russian printer
  • Ivan Chernyakhovsky, youngest ever Soviet general of the army
  • Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Russian composer primarily
  • Ivan Sollertinsky, Russian polymath of the Soviet period
  • Ivan Durnovo, Russian political figure
  • Ivan Mazepa, served as the Hetman of Zaporizhian Host
  • Ivan Susanin, Russian national hero and martyr of the early 17th century's Time of Troubles
  • Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician
  • Ivan Kupreyanov, head of the Russian-American Company
  • Ivan Petrof, Russian-born soldier, writer
  • Ivan Moody, British composer, was
  • Ivan Zarutsky, Cossack leader in Russia in the early 17th century
  • Ivan Sag, American linguist and cognitive scientist
  • Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator and stage designer
  • Ivan Smirnov, Communist Party activist
  • Ivan Allen, American ballet dancer
  • Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian Field Marshal, promoted in 1728
  • Ivan Fuqua, American athlete
  • Ivan Vyhovsky, hetman of the Ukrainian Cossacks during three years of the Russo-Polish War
  • Ivan Polzunov, Russian inventor
  • Ivan Lloyd-Phillips, British national
  • Ivan Kulibin, Russian mechanic and inventor
  • Ivan II of Bulgaria, reigned as emperor of Bulgaria from 1298 to 1299
  • Ivan Roitt, was educated at King Edward's School
  • Ivan Chodkiewicz, noble from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
  • Ivan Mikhailovich Viskovatyi, Russian diplomat and head of the 'Posolsky Prikaz'
  • Ivan Bolotnikov, leader of a popular uprising in Russia
  • Ivan Pervushin, Russian clergyman and mathematician of the second half of the 19th century
  • Ivan Gramotin, Russian diplomat and head of the 'Posolsky Prikaz'
  • Ivan the Young, eldest son and heir of Ivan III of Russia
  • Ivan Aksakov, Russian littérateur and notable Slavophile
  • Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist known primarily for his work
  • Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer
  • Ivan Illich, Croatian-Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest
  • Ivan Vinogradov, Soviet mathematician,
  • Ivan Bella, Slovak Air Force officer
  • Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Russian practitioner of selection to produce new types of crop plants
  • Ivan Magill, Irish born anaesthetist
  • Ivan Puluj, Ukrainian physicist and inventor
  • Ivan Seidenberg, former chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc
  • Ivan Dias, Indian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Ivan the Terrible, Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547
  • Ivan I of Moscow, was Grand Duke of Moscow from 1325 and Vladimir
  • Ivan V of Russia, joint Tsar of Russia
  • Ivan II of Moscow, Grand Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of Vladimir
  • Ivan III of Russia, Grand Prince of Moscow and "Grand Prince of all Rus'"
  • Ivan VI of Russia, was Emperor of Russia in 1740–41
  • Ivan Krylov, is Russia's best-known fabulist and probably the most epigrammatic of all Russian authors
  • Ivan Bunin, first Russian writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist, short story writer, poet
  • Ivan Meštrović, renowned Croatian sculptor


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  2. Office for National Statistics, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/livebirths
  3. Central Statistics Office - An Phríomh-Oifig Staidrimh, https://visual.cso.ie/?body=entity/babynames
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  8. Sociale Verzekeringsbank, https://www.svb.nl/nl/kindernamen/
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