[ 2 syll. i-van, iv-an ] The baby boy name Ivan is pronounced as AYVahN (English) or iyVAAN (Russian) †. Ivan is used chiefly in the Belorussian, Czech, English, Russian, Slavic, and Ukrainian languages, and it is derived from Hebrew origins. The name developed from Ioan (Old Slavic), which was a derivative of Ioannes (Old Greek). It was borne by six rulers of Russia, notably Ivan III (Ivan the Great, 1440-1505) and Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible, 1530-1584).
In addition, Ivan is a variant spelling of the name Iwan (Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Welsh) in the Belorussian, Czech, English, Russian, Slavic, and Ukrainian languages as well as a variant of the name John (English and Hebrew) in the Belorussian, Czech, English, Russian, Slavic, and Ukrainian languages.
The name Ivana (Czech, Russian, Slavic, and Italian) is the female form of Ivan.
The name Ivan is used to a great extent; it has 30 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Eyvan, Eyvind, Iban, Ibano, Ioann, Ivanhoe, Ivann, Ivano, Ivant, Ivante, Ivantea, Ivantee, Ivantey, Ivanti, Ivantie, Ivanty, Ivas, Ive, Iven, Ivin, Ivon, Yvan, and Yvann. The contraction Van is another English variant. Ieuan (Welsh), Iván (Spanish), and Vania (Russian) are foreign variants of Ivan. Specific foreign variants include the pet forms Ivica (Slavic) and Vanya (Russian). Variant forms share the origin and thus the meaning of Ivan.
Ivan is popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1950s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2004, 0.164% of baby boys were given the name Ivan. Its ranking then was #117. In 2012, its usage was 0.160% and its ranking #113, and it was the 2nd most popular after John, out of all boy names in its group. In 2012, the name was thrice as popular as Ivan.
† Pronunciation for Ivan: AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Ivan:
Author Ivan Turgenev, born October 28, 1818 - September 3, 1883, Oryol, Russian Empire.
Physiologist Ivan Pavlov, born 14 September 1849 - 1936, Ryazan, Russia.