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Ian (M)>

Ian (male)

Synonym(s):Eoin (M) John (M)
Variants:Eoin (M) Iain (M) John (M) Seathan (M)
Feminine form:Jane (F) Sheena (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communication [IS]

Scottish form of John [q.v.],, from Hebrew "God has been gracious", now in use throughout the English-speaking world. The Gaelic variant Iain is popular in Scottish communities rather than in English ones.

A correspondent [IS] notes that in Skye, Scotland, Gaelic-speakers use John and Ian/Iain/Eoin interchangeably. In Gaelic areas with a reasonable influx of English speakers, the names might therefore be considered to be synonyms.