Quick Facts on Sean
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Sean
The name Sean is the Irish form of the English name John which is derived from the French form Jean. In Ireland, the name is traditionally spelled with an accent over the “a” as in Seán (and pronounced SHAWN). The original French form (Jean) was brought to Ireland by way of the Normans in the Middle Ages and quickly adopted in the form of Seán, but also Seón and Seaghán. In Scotland, the name was transformed into Ian. Interestingly, in the south of Ireland, the name is pronounced “shawn” but the Northern Irish elocution is more typically “Shane.” In Ireland, Sean is almost always in position #1 or #2 as the most heavily used boys’ name. It is also a popular name in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is no longer a Top 100 choice in England, Australia, Canada or the United States.
Popularity of the Name Sean
Americans adopted the name Sean in the early 1940’s and it swiftly entered the Top 100 list of most favored boys’ names in 1965. For over 30 years, Sean was a Top 50 pick during the latter half of the 20th century, but started to fall in popularity by 2000. The year 2010 marks the first time in 45 straight years that Sean hasn’t been on the Top 100 list. The more phonetic spellings of Shawn and Shaun are also in use in the United States, but since they are both used for girls occasionally, the more popular Sean is ranked higher for boys. American parents are still very enamored with names of Irish or Celtic origin, but boy’s names like Sean, Patrick and Kevin appear to be giving way to names like Aiden, Ryan, and Logan. Sean is a perennial Irish favorite, and given its current lack of trendiness in America, perhaps the name will attract parents who like Irish names but don’t care about following the masses.
Popularity of the Boy Name Sean
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sean
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sean
Sean We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Sean.
Popular Songs on Sean
Sean Flynn - a song by The Clash
Sean's in the Sky - a song by John Lennon
Sean's Theme - a song by Sean Lennon
Seany Boy (Drop Out) - a song by The Samples
Children's Books on the Baby Name Sean
Jack and the Leprechaun (Ivan Robertson) - It’s St. Patrick's Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined to catch one for himself! Children will delight in learning about Irish folk tales and traditions and the customs of St. Patrick's Day. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Journal of Sean Sullivan: A Transcontinental Railroad Worker: Nebraska and Point (William Durbin) - In 1867, 15-year-old Sean experiences both hardships and rewards when he joins his father in working on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Lucky O'Leprechaun (Jana Dillon) - Have you ever tried to catch a leprechaun? In this story Meghan and her brother Sean are staying at their Great-Aunt's home for St. Patrick's Day weekend and are determined to outwit and capture the leprechaun living in the backyard thorn bush. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Sean Griswold's Head (Lindsey Leavitt) - According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It's supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold's head. They've been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it's an alphabetical order thing), but she's never really known him. The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father's newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. He's cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own. In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance. Recommended for ages 13+
Shamrock Sean Goes Fishing (Brian Gogarty) - Shamrock Sean went fishing Down by the river's edge. His rod was just a little stick he'd found beside the hedge. When the rod begins to twitch and jump Sean thinks he's caught a big fish - but it's something much stranger than that! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Sean
Famous People Named Sean - Sean Connery (actor); Sean Penn (actor); Sean “P. Diddy” Combs (musician); Sean Astin (actor); Sean Hayes (actor); Sean Paul (reggae artist); Sean Kingston (singer); Sean Hannity (TV personality); Sean Lennon (musician)
Children of Famous People Named Sean
Famous People who Named their Son Sean - Audrey Hepburn (actress); Britney Spears (musician); Erroll Flynn (actor); Jane Seymour (actress); John Lennon (musician); John McEnroe (tennis player); Mark Harmon (actor); Michael Keaton (actor); Michael Landon (actor); Oliver Stone (director); Patty Duke (actress); Phil Hartman (comic); Pierce Brosnan (actor); Rod Stewart (musician); Tatum O'Neal (actress); Yoko Ono (musician/artist)
Sean - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Sean - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sean.
Personality of the Boy Name Sean
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Variations of the Baby Name - Sean