[ 1 syll. sea(n), se-an ] The baby boy name Sean is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is -SHao-N †. Sean is used chiefly in the English and Irish languages, and it is derived from Hebrew origins. The name is Anglicized from Seán.
In addition, Sean is a variant of the name John (English and Hebrew) in the English and Irish languages.
The name Seanna (English) is the female form of Sean.
The name Sean is widely used; it has 32 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Eoin, Seaghan, Seain, Seaine, Seanan, Seane, Séan, Shain, Shaine, Shan, Shandon, Shane, Shauden, Shaugh, Shaughan, Shaunden, Shaundre, Shawnel, Shawnell, Shawnn, Shohn, Shonn, and Siôn. The variant spellings Shaughn, Shaun, Shawn (used in Irish as well), and Shon are other English forms.
See also the related form, Quasean.
Sean is a popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1940s up to the 1980s; before that, it was of very modest use only. At the height of its usage in 1986, 0.614% of baby boys were given the name Sean. It ranked at #37 then. The baby name has since fallen in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.068% and its ranking #269, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after John, within all boy names in its group. In 2018, it was used 7 times more than Sean. In the past century Sean has mostly been a baby boy name.
† Pronunciation for Sean: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Sean: More about famous people named Sean:
Actor Sean Connery, born 25 August 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Actor Sean Penn, born 17 August 1960, Burbank, California.
Actor Sean Bean, born Shaun Mark Bean, 17 April 1959, Handsworth, Sheffield, England.
Pop Musician P. Diddy, born Sean John Combs, 4 November 1969, New York, New York.
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