Origin : Russian variation of John

God is gracious

The name Ivan is a boy's name of Russian origin meaning "God is gracious". Though some might find it a bit heavy-booted, Ivan is one of the few Russian boys' names to become fully accepted into the American naming pool. Ivan is, of course, ubiquitous in Russian culture. There is one of the brothers in The Brothers Karamazov, the protagonists of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and the title character in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Real life Ivans include writer Turgnenev, biologist Pavlov, tennis player Lendl, and rulers Ivan the Great and --oops--Ivan the Terrible. Vanya is his warm and appealing nickname.

Popularity of name Ivan over time

There are 133906 people in the U.S. with the first name Ivan, this name was mostly popular in 2004 with popularity 3458 .

Ivan is used for both genders.

99.52 percent of people with the first name Ivan are man

0.48 percent of people with the first name Ivan are woman

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Most Famous People Named Ivan

Prince of Moscow
Italian road bicycle racer
Prince of Moscow
Russian WWII commander
Tsar of Bulgaria
Tsar of Russia
character in film "Tapeheads"
character in video game "Golden Sun"
Prince of Moscow
character in animated series "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends"
Tsars of Bulgaria
character in video game "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater"
character in Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov"
villain in "The Invincible Iron" comics
" novel by Leo Tolstoy
title character in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"
Russian ice dancer
" short story by Leo Tolstoy
musician from band "Kings of Leon"
novel by Katherine Applegate
character in Anton Chekhov's "A Marriage Proposal"
personification of Russia in the manga/anime Axis Powers: Hetalia
Russian painter
tennis player

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Names Created Using the Letters in Ivan