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Origin: Bulgaria
Region Origin: Eastern Europe

Ian is a name of Scottish Gaelic origin, derived from the Hebrew given name יוֹחָנָן (Yohanan, Yôḥānān) and corresponds to the English name John. It means "God is gracious" or "the Lord is gracious". The name is an Anglicization of the Scottish Gaelic forename Iain and is a popular name in Scotland, as well as other English-speaking countries. The name Ian became popular outside Scotland in the 20th century, first in England and then in the United States. It has enjoyed immense star power and popularity, with famous bearers such as English actors Ian McKellan and Ian McShane, and author Ian Fleming, who created the world's most famous fictional spy, James Bond.

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