[ 1 syll. (s)haw(n), sh-a-wn ] The baby boy name Shawn is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced as -SHaaN †. Shawn is used predominantly in the English and Irish languages, and its origin is Hebrew. Biblical name: The name is Anglicized from Seán.
In addition, Shawn is a variant (English and Irish) of the name John (English and Hebrew).
Shawn is also a variant spelling (English) of the name Sean (English and Irish).
The name Shawna (English) is the female version of Shawn.
The name Shawn is widely used; it has 26 variants. Variants include Dashawn, Deshawn, Keshawn, Keyshawn, Kwashawn, Mashawn, Neshawn, Quashawn, Raeshawn, Rayshawn, Roshawn, Shawen, Shawne, Shawnee, Shawnel, Shawnn, Shawon, Shon, Shone, Tashawn, Tyshawn, Vayshawn, Wyshawn, and Yashawn. The variant spellings Chawn and Shaun are other English forms.
See also the related forms, Daeshawn, Dreshawn, Dushawn, Jashawn, Kashawn, Lashawn, Leshawn, Marshawn, Rashawn, Reshawn, Shawnta, Taishawn, Tayshawn, Teshawn, Tishawn, Trashawn, Treshawn, Yashon, Zeshon.
Shawn is a fairly popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1940s up to the 1970s; before that, it was of very modest use only. Its usage peaked in 1973 with 0.709% of baby boys being given the name Shawn. Its ranking then was #27. The baby name has since steeply declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.042% and its ranking #393, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after John and Sean, among all boy names in its group. In 2018, John's use outnumbered Shawn's by 11 times. In the past century Shawn has predominantly been a baby boy name. In 1988, 29 times as many baby boys than girls were given the name Shawn.
† Pronunciation for Shawn: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Shawn is Jay-Z, Rapper, born Shawn Carter, 4 December 1969, Brooklyn, New York.