Ivan Name Meaning

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A Deep Dive

Ivan Overview

Meaning

God is gracious

Gender

Boy

Origin

Russian, Slavic, Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Slavic form of the name John, from the Hebrew name “Yochanan,” meaning “God is gracious.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈaɪ.vən/

Popularity

Ivan is a popular name in many Slavic countries and has a growing presence in other regions. Recently, Ivan has consistently ranked within the top 150 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

4 letters

Numerology

1 (Pioneering, Independent, Leading)

Name Styles

Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Short

Associated Traits

Bold, dependable, brilliant

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Ivan is associated with several saints in the Eastern Orthodox Church, including Saint Ivan of Rila, the patron saint of Bulgaria.

Name Day

January 7th (Saint Ivan’s Day)
A Deep Dive

Ivan Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Iwan, Iven, Ivano, Ivo, Ivanko, Ivane

Common Nicknames

Van, Vanya, Ivi, Vanko, Ivy

Diminutives

Ivi, Vanka, Iv, Vani, Ivko

Famous People

  • Ivan the Terrible
    (Russian Tsar)
  • Ivan Pavlov
    (Russian Physiologist)
  • Ivan Turgenev
    (Russian Author)
  • Ivan Lendl
    (Czech-American Tennis Player)
  • Ivan Reitman
    (Canadian Film Director)
  • Ivan Bunin
    (Russian Writer)
  • Ivan Milat
    (Australian Criminal)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Ivan Drago
    ("Rocky IV," Film)
  • "The Death of Ivan Ilyich"
    (Novel by Leo Tolstoy)
  • Ivan Vanko
    ("Iron Man 2," Film)
  • "The One and Only Ivan"
    (Novel by Katherine Applegate)
  • Ivan Karamazov
    ("The Brothers Karamazov," Novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Places

  • Ivan City
    (Arkansas, USA)
  • Ivan Park
    (Krasnodar Krai, Russia)
  • Ivan River
    (Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia)
  • Ivan Hill
    (California, USA)
  • Ivan Township
    (Minnesota, USA)
  • Ivan Mountain
    (British Columbia, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Ivan?

Ivan means “God is gracious.” People named Ivan are often viewed as kind-hearted and generous, with a natural tendency to care for and support others.

What Is the Origin of The Name Ivan?

The name Ivan has Slavic origins and is a variation of the name John, derived from the Hebrew name Yohanan. It has been widely used across Eastern Europe and Russia, becoming a classic name with deep historical roots and cultural significance.

Ivan Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Ivan in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#1682021#1592022#1532023
Top 3 Rankings#1132012#1172004#1262005

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Ivan

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
2023153
(+6 from 2022)
2384
(+22 from 2022)
0.13019
2022159
(+9 from 2021)
2362
(+71 from 2021)
0.12611
2021168
(-15 from 2020)
2291
(-149 from 2020)
0.12228
2020153
(-14 from 2019)
2440
(-250 from 2019)
0.13192
2019139
(-6 from 2018)
2690
(-218 from 2018)
0.13997
2018133
(+2 from 2017)
2908
(-140 from 2017)
0.14961
2017135
(-4 from 2016)
3048
(-112 from 2016)
0.15401
2016131
(+6 from 2015)
3160
(+114 from 2015)
0.15600
2015137
(-5 from 2014)
3046
(-33 from 2014)
0.14899
2014132
(+6 from 2013)
3079
(+220 from 2013)
0.15025
2013138
(-25 from 2012)
2859
(-374 from 2012)
0.14149
2012113
(+15 from 2011)
3233
(+121 from 2011)
0.15933
2011128
(+16 from 2010)
3112
(+343 from 2010)
0.15319
2010144
(-8 from 2009)
2769
(-222 from 2009)
0.13478
2009136
(-4 from 2008)
2991
(-123 from 2008)
0.14102
2008132
(-5 from 2007)
3114
(-159 from 2007)
0.14282
2007127
(-1 from 2006)
3273
(-43 from 2006)
0.14776
2006126
No change from 2005
3316
(+77 from 2005)
0.15125
2005126
(-9 from 2004)
3239
(-223 from 2004)
0.15226
2004117
(+10 from 2003)
3462
(+319 from 2003)
0.16382
2003127
(+9 from 2002)
3143
(+327 from 2002)
0.14958
2002136
(+5 from 2001)
2816
(-10 from 2001)
0.13626
2001141
(+12 from 2000)
2826
(+295 from 2000)
0.13663
2000153
(-5 from 1999)
2531
(+111 from 1999)
0.12120
1999148
(+5 from 1998)
2420
(+179 from 1998)
0.11869
1998153
(+7 from 1997)
2241
(+81 from 1997)
0.11052
1997160
(+6 from 1996)
2160
(+67 from 1996)
0.10812
1996166
(+1 from 1995)
2093
(+146 from 1995)
0.10446
1995167
(+5 from 1994)
1947
(+93 from 1994)
0.09680
1994172
(-15 from 1993)
1854
(-196 from 1993)
0.09096
1993157
(-6 from 1992)
2050
(-83 from 1992)
0.09925
1992151
(+20 from 1991)
2133
(+268 from 1991)
0.10161
1991171
(+6 from 1990)
1865
(+117 from 1990)
0.08798
1990177
(+12 from 1989)
1748
(+215 from 1989)
0.08123
1989189
(+14 from 1988)
1533
(+204 from 1988)
0.07314
1988203
(+14 from 1987)
1329
(+199 from 1987)
0.06637
1987217
(-13 from 1986)
1130
(-75 from 1986)
0.05794
1986204
(+19 from 1985)
1205
(+155 from 1985)
0.06271
1985223
No change from 1984
1050
(+43 from 1984)
0.05456
1984223
(-4 from 1983)
1007
(-35 from 1983)
0.05366
1983219
(-1 from 1982)
1042
(-46 from 1982)
0.05591
1982218
(+16 from 1981)
1088
(+86 from 1981)
0.05765
1981234
(+12 from 1980)
1002
(+95 from 1980)
0.05380
1980246
(+17 from 1979)
907
(+105 from 1979)
0.04890
1979263
(+5 from 1978)
802
(+65 from 1978)
0.04477
1978268
(-14 from 1977)
737
(-60 from 1977)
0.04313
1977254
(+31 from 1976)
797
(+135 from 1976)
0.04663
1976285
(-18 from 1975)
662
(-63 from 1975)
0.04055
1975267
(+16 from 1974)
725
(+63 from 1974)
0.04469
1974283
(+25 from 1973)
662
(+92 from 1973)
0.04061
1973308
(-31 from 1972)
570
(-124 from 1972)
0.03532
1972277
(+13 from 1971)
694
(-1 from 1971)
0.04146
1971290
(+8 from 1970)
695
(+19 from 1970)
0.03823
1970298
(+2 from 1969)
676
(+36 from 1969)
0.03549
1969300
(-5 from 1968)
640
(-2 from 1968)
0.03499
1968295
(+3 from 1967)
642
(+34 from 1967)
0.03616
1967298
(-2 from 1966)
608
(-13 from 1966)
0.03417
1966296
(+2 from 1965)
621
(-15 from 1965)
0.03417
1965298
(+16 from 1964)
636
(+29 from 1964)
0.03357
1964314
(-10 from 1963)
607
(-47 from 1963)
0.02995
1963304
(-5 from 1962)
654
(-19 from 1962)
0.03168
1962299
(-2 from 1961)
673
(+4 from 1961)
0.03202
1961297
(+22 from 1960)
669
(+71 from 1960)
0.03102
1960319
(-7 from 1959)
598
(-14 from 1959)
0.02762
1959312
(-7 from 1958)
612
(-4 from 1958)
0.02825
1958305
(+12 from 1957)
616
(+40 from 1957)
0.02859
1957317
(-22 from 1956)
576
(-50 from 1956)
0.02631
1956295
(+12 from 1955)
626
(+65 from 1955)
0.02917
1955307
(+18 from 1954)
561
(+62 from 1954)
0.02684
1954325
(+3 from 1953)
499
(+36 from 1953)
0.02412
1953328
(-9 from 1952)
463
(-32 from 1952)
0.02312
1952319
(+15 from 1951)
495
(+80 from 1951)
0.02509
1951334
(-18 from 1950)
415
(-57 from 1950)
0.02171
1950316
(+3 from 1949)
472
(+14 from 1949)
0.02595
1949319
(-7 from 1948)
458
(-9 from 1948)
0.02542
1948312
(-9 from 1947)
467
(-50 from 1947)
0.02620
1947303
(-7 from 1946)
517
(+40 from 1946)
0.02783
1946296
(-9 from 1945)
477
(+40 from 1945)
0.02890
1945287
(-6 from 1944)
437
(-17 from 1944)
0.03186
1944281
(-23 from 1943)
454
(-93 from 1943)
0.03268
1943258
(+14 from 1942)
547
(+61 from 1942)
0.03760
1942272
(-22 from 1941)
486
(-10 from 1941)
0.03451
1941250
(-20 from 1940)
496
(-45 from 1940)
0.03953
1940230
(-1 from 1939)
541
(+23 from 1939)
0.04561
1939229
(-2 from 1938)
518
(-8 from 1938)
0.04571
1938227
(-9 from 1937)
526
(-20 from 1937)
0.04628
1937218
(+5 from 1936)
546
(+33 from 1936)
0.04992
1936223
(-18 from 1935)
513
(-74 from 1935)
0.04820
1935205
(-4 from 1934)
587
(-25 from 1934)
0.05488
1934201
(+16 from 1933)
612
(+78 from 1933)
0.05763
1933217
(-12 from 1932)
534
(-93 from 1932)
0.05234
1932205
(-3 from 1931)
627
(-19 from 1931)
0.05836
1931202
(+1 from 1930)
646
(-22 from 1930)
0.06039
1930203
(-1 from 1929)
668
(+17 from 1929)
0.05914
1929202
(-13 from 1928)
651
(-104 from 1928)
0.05878
1928189
(-1 from 1927)
755
(-9 from 1927)
0.06616
1927188
(+1 from 1926)
764
(-2 from 1926)
0.06575
1926189
(-4 from 1925)
766
(+10 from 1925)
0.06687
1925185
(-2 from 1924)
756
(-29 from 1924)
0.06566
1924183
(-7 from 1923)
785
(-6 from 1923)
0.06715
1923176
(+10 from 1922)
791
(+43 from 1922)
0.06986
1922186
(-10 from 1921)
748
(-72 from 1921)
0.06648
1921176
(+3 from 1920)
820
(+29 from 1920)
0.07206
1920179
(+4 from 1919)
791
(+89 from 1919)
0.07186
1919183
(-6 from 1918)
702
(-47 from 1918)
0.06914
1918177
(-9 from 1917)
749
(-7 from 1917)
0.07143
1917168
(-3 from 1916)
756
(+33 from 1916)
0.07881
1916165
(+8 from 1915)
723
(+61 from 1915)
0.07831
1915173
(+20 from 1914)
662
(+223 from 1914)
0.07515
1914193
(+15 from 1913)
439
(+123 from 1913)
0.06425
1913208
(-35 from 1912)
316
(-23 from 1912)
0.05893
1912173
(+41 from 1911)
339
(+202 from 1911)
0.07509
1911214
(+10 from 1910)
137
(+28 from 1910)
0.05675
1910224
(-28 from 1909)
109
(-2 from 1909)
0.05227
1909196
(+18 from 1908)
111
(+16 from 1908)
0.06276
1908214
(-13 from 1907)
95
(-1 from 1907)
0.05710
1907201
(+18 from 1906)
96
(+16 from 1906)
0.06054
1906219
(-10 from 1905)
80
(-3 from 1905)
0.05553
1905209
(+7 from 1904)
83
(+10 from 1904)
0.05795
1904216
(-4 from 1903)
73
(+3 from 1903)
0.05271
1903212
(-1 from 1902)
70
(-1 from 1902)
0.05413
1902211
(+12 from 1901)
71
(+11 from 1901)
0.05348
1901223
(-17 from 1900)
60
(-30 from 1900)
0.05191
1900206
(+13 from 1899)
90
(+31 from 1899)
0.05551
1899219
(-30 from 1898)
59
(-21 from 1898)
0.05122
1898189
(+12 from 1897)
80
(+10 from 1897)
0.06056
1897201
(+8 from 1896)
70
(-2 from 1896)
0.05740
1896209
(+48 from 1895)
72
(+23 from 1895)
0.05578
1895257
(-30 from 1894)
49
(-8 from 1894)
0.03869
1894227
(+19 from 1893)
57
(+7 from 1893)
0.04564
1893246
(-4 from 1892)
50
(-4 from 1892)
0.04131
1892242
(+3 from 1891)
54
(+12 from 1891)
0.04108
1891245
(+34 from 1890)
42
(+4 from 1890)
0.03844
1890279
(-42 from 1889)
38
(-9 from 1889)
0.03175
1889237
(+77 from 1888)
47
(+15 from 1888)
0.03949
1888314
(+11 from 1887)
32
(+6 from 1887)
0.02463
1887325
(-31 from 1886)
26
(-8 from 1886)
0.02379
1886294
(+38 from 1885)
34
(+8 from 1885)
0.02856
1885332
(+4 from 1884)
26
(-1 from 1884)
0.02242
1884336
(-30 from 1883)
27
(-2 from 1883)
0.02200
1883306
(+49 from 1882)
29
(+4 from 1882)
0.02578
1882355
(+40 from 1881)
25
(+7 from 1881)
0.02049
1881395
(-75 from 1880)
18
(-10 from 1880)
0.01662
1880320
First SSA data recorded
28
First SSA data recorded
0.02365

American States Popularity Rankings for Ivan

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#932021#1082022#1012023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#2102021#2772022#2422023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#1742021#1202022#1372023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#2222021#1962022#2042023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#2262021#1772022#1752023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#882021#952022#692023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#2842021#2222022#2332023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1762021#2042022#2322023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#2092021#2382022#1422023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#1442021#1392022#1242023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#2992021#1952022#1892023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#2812021#2882022#2752023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#1652021#1562022#1722023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#2272021#2192022#1662023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#2982021#2702022#2672023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1262021#2062022#1142023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1532021#1272022#2102023

Oregon (OR)

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Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#2322021#2502022#3692023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1892021#1722022#1942023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#1402021#1502022#1472023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1612021#1842022#2052023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1692021#2372022#2452023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#1502021#1442022#1792023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#652021#962022#1382023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1232021#1112022#922023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#2392021#3382022#3432023

Utah (UT)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Maryland (MD)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Alabama (AL)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#1762021#1472022#2342023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#2972021#2832022#3212023

Connecticut (CT)

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Hawaii (HI)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#2022018#2002021#2202023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#3082020#3512022#2322023

Maine (ME)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Montana (MT)

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Alaska (AK)

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Delaware (DE)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Vermont (VT)

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Popularity Rankings for Ivan in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Croatia

Croatia flagCroatia#42021#52022#102023

Popularity in Russia (Moscow)

Russia (Moscow) flagRussia (Moscow)#72022#82023#62024

Popularity in Estonia

Estonia flagEstonia#81935 and earlier

Popularity in Bulgaria

Bulgaria flagBulgaria#92020#92021#102022

Popularity in Ukraine (Lviv)

Ukraine (Lviv) flagUkraine (Lviv)#112022

Popularity in Galicia, Spain

Galicia, Spain flagGalicia, Spain#192012#332013#332014

Popularity in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan flagKazakhstan#272001#192003#362004

Popularity in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina flagBosnia and Herzegovina#262020#272021#392022

Popularity in Greenland

Greenland flagGreenland#362019#462020#662021

Popularity in Slovakia

Slovakia flagSlovakia#502005#502008#492011

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
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Popularity in Spain

Spain flagSpain#552020#652021#672022

Popularity in Portugal

Portugal flagPortugal#602012

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#672020#692021

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#692013#752014#792015

Popularity in Basque Country, Spain

Basque Country, Spain flagBasque Country, Spain#962016

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#1112021#1502022#1252023

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#1862019#1942021#1432022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#1572022#2472023

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1631969#1701970#1871971

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#1642021#1752022#1692023

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1692017#1732018#1952019

Popularity in Czechia

Czechia flagCzechia#1972006#1742007#1772008

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#1822020#1782021#2582022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#2532021#1852022#1982023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#2102021#2592022#2372023

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#3292021#2132022#2442023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#2732021#2172022#3412023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#2542021#2872022#2402023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#3172019#2752020#2842021

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#2832018#2852022#3482023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#2962021#3292022#3622023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#3102021#3512022#4242023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#5872020#5592021#5392022

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Ivan a Name for Boys or Girls?

Ivan is most often a boy’s name, reflecting its deep roots in Slavic and Eastern European traditions. The name’s robust and timeless appeal makes it a favored choice for parents seeking a strong and meaningful name for their sons.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Ivan