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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Ivan

Ivan is a common Slavic masculine name that derives from the Biblical name John, which is the equivalent of the Latin-Greek name Ioannis. The name loannis owes its roots to the Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is kind/gracious.” Despite its Hebrew origin, the popularity of the name arises prominently from John the Baptist and the apostle John.

John the Baptist is a preacher who lived in the first century A.D. and is revered by all three Abrahamic religions. He is also known as Prophet Yahya in Islam and John the Immerser in various Baptist Christian traditions, in addition to these identities. He looks forward to the coming of a great messiah (Jesus), who he later baptized, according to the Bible.

Another historical personality with this title includes John the Apostle from the New Testament, who along with his brother James were the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is also credited with writing the Gospel of John in the New Testament.

Vanya, Ivo, Yanko, Jovica, Van and Ivica are the diminutives of the name Ivan, while Ivana, Yanka, Ivanka, Jovana, Vana and Iva are their feminine forms. Some popular names in other languages and cultures include Yohannes, Hans, Johannes, Evan, Jan, Joan, Yannick, Yahya and John.

In fiction, the Russian folklore character Ivan the Fool, also known as Ivan the Ninny, is a wayward simpleton and a fortunate young man. Ivan is regarded as a pleasant young man with fair hair and blue eyes.

Another notable fictional character bearing the moniker is Ivan Drago, a Soviet-Russian character from the “Rocky” movie series. He makes his debut in the 1985 movie “Rocky IV,” which features Rocky Balboa as his main competitor and nemesis.

Sir Walter Scott wrote the historical novel “Ivanhoe,” which was first released in 1819. It narrates the tale of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight who struggles to win back the affection of his father and the hand of Lady Rowena. The story is set in 12th century England and it is praised for its accurate depiction of medieval society and its examination of subjects like chivalry, honor, and prejudice.


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Famous People With The Name Ivan

  • Ivan DixonAmerican actor, director, and producer best known for “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Nothing But a Man” and “The Final War of Olly Winter”
  • Ivan PerišićProfessional soccer player for the Croatian National Team and Tottenham Hotspur
  • Ivan AlbrightAmerican painter, sculptor and print-maker popularly known as the “master of the macabre”
  • Ivan LendlCzech–American former professional tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time

Ivan On The Popularity Chart

Let us study this chart provided by the Social Security Administration to analyze the performance of IVan over the years.

Popularity Over Time

Going by the data provided on this chart, the name Ivan has seen sudden and varying shifts in its popularity. As of 2021, 2273 babies per million shared the name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The ranking of the name Ivan has gradually dropped from the 1980s. It reached its lowest-ever ank of 20,699 in 2007 after which it showed improvement.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Ivan

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Names With Similar Meaning As Ivan

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Name Numerology For Ivan

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