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English, Slavic


Old Russian in origin, this punchy little name is in fact the Slavic version of the English name John (both mean 'grace'). Today an international name, it's still mainly popular in Eastern Europe, though is very much catching on in Italy and Spain, as Ivano and Iván. This is a bold name of leaders, including six Russian rulers and the first tsar, and no fewer than nine emperors of Bulgaria!

Rank in the year 2015

Ivan was ranked #237 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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