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Quick Facts on Shawn

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 308
Simple meaning:
God is gracious

Characteristics of Shawn

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Shawn

Shawn is an anglicized spelling of the Irish male name Seán which in turn comes from the English name John. The original French form (Jean) was brought to Ireland by way of the Norman Invasion in the 11th century 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 enunciation is more typically “Shane.” In Ireland, Sean is almost always in position #1 or #2 as the most commonly used boy’s name. It is also a popular name in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Shawn has been more typically used as an alternative to Sean in England, Canada and the United States. Primarily a male name, Shawn is sometimes used for females.

Popularity of the Name Shawn

The name Shawn has been on the U.S. naming charts for boys since 1947. The following year (in 1948) Shawn also appeared on the female naming charts. For little boys, Shawn quickly ascended the charts and by 1964 became a Top 100 favorite. The 1970s showed the greatest success for the male Shawn when it was a Top 50 favorite name. For girls, the name also performed well in the 1970s but would only go as high as #168 on the charts (1971). The female Shawn would eventually fall off the charts altogether in 1988 not yet to return. Therefore, Shawn has become more of a male name versus unisex at this point. After spending over 30 years on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names, Shawn ended his run in 1996 and has been showing backwards momentum ever since. Having experienced some gender confusion in its history, Shawn would definitely be considered a more feminine spelling of the traditional Sean. But this also gives it a kinder, gentler quality some parents would prefer for their little boys. Having been ultimately derived from the Greek name Iōannēs (which gave us John), Shawn means ‘God is gracious’ and we think this is one gracious name. African-Americans were likewise inspired, as Shawn produced a slew of names within their culture: Deshawn, Dashawn, Keshawn, Tyshawn and Zeshawn to name a few.
Popularity of the Boy Name Shawn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Shawn

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Shawn

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Shawn

    Shawn We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Shawn.

  • Popular Songs on Shawn

    Popular Songs on Shawn

    Shawn - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Shawn.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Shawn

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Shawn

    A Boy Named Shawn (Robert W. Beard) - After Shawn Barton's parents die in a plane crash, he makes his way to Tallahassee, Florida, to meet a man, Chad Langston, whom his mother dated when she was a student at Florida State University. Chad agrees to become Shawn's guardian. The home-schooled Shawn inherited his remarkable intelligence from his mother, and his ability to run fast from racing pet sled dogs near his former home in a remote area of Alaska. At the age of 13, he applies for admission to Florida State University and is accepted for the only available opening-an unfilled slot for a football player who failed to qualify. By mistake, Shawn plays in the game against FSU's rival, the University of Miami, and becomes an overnight sensation, both as an athlete and teenage idol. Shawn develops an idea for a new source of electrical power that will make gasoline-powered engines obsolete. The author writes, "Although the Shawn Barton character is fictional, he is based on a real person, a student in one of the honors courses I taught while a professor at Florida State." Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Shawn and Keeper and the Birthday Party (Jonathan London) - Cheerful pen-and-watercolor art presents Shawn and his dog, Keeper, as they prepare for the birthday they share. The vibrant, lighthearted illustrations embellish the humor inherent in the simple but imaginatively delivered text, which repeats key phonics principles. Shawn's sixth birthday party is a huge success, with Keeper participating in all the games and even joining the revelers at the table for lunch. But when the time finally comes to eat Shawn's longed-for cake, the pan is empty and there are incriminating muddy paw prints across the kitchen floor. All ends happily, however, when Dad brings in the cake he has secretly decorated with birthday wishes for Keeper as well as Shawn. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Shawn and Keeper: Show and Tell (Jonathan London) - The best friends from Shawn and Keeper and the Birthday Party are back in another Easy Reader misadventure. Shawn and his dog, Keeper, do everything together, even show-and-tell in the classroom! Keeper performs each trick perfectly at home--but not so perfectly at school. He scratches his ear when he should sit and trips the teacher when he tries to fetch. Kids will enjoy Keeper's topsy-turvy show-and-tell! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Shawn O'Hisser, The Last Snake in Ireland (Peter Welling) - In this fast-paced new twist on an old tale, whimsical snake Shawn O'Hisser returns to his native Ireland from a visit to England and Wales to find that all of his snake friends have vanished, as has all the leprechauns’ gold. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Shawn Sheep the Soccer Star (Erin Mirabella) - Shawn Sheep is the best soccer player around, but will his boastful ways cost his team the game? Lively prose and vibrant illustrations bring the characters to life as they run, flip, and cheer through the pages. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Shawn

    Famous People Named Shawn

    Famous People Named Shawn - Shawn Wayans (actor/producer); Shawn Ashmore (actor); Shawn Drover (drummer); Shawn Springs (football player); Shawn Colvin (singer/songwriter); Shawn Johnson (gymnast); Shawn Mullins (singer/songwriter); Shawn Green (baseball player); Shawn Marion (basketball player); Shawn Hernandez (wrestler); Shawn Kemp (basketball player); Shawn Lane (guitarist); Shawn Bradley (basketball player); Shawn Estes (baseball player); Shawn Horcoff (hockey player); Shawn Camp (baseball player); Shawn Andrews (football player); Shawn Stockman (R&B singer); Shawn Hill (baseball player); Shawn Antaya (environmentalist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Shawn

    Children of Famous People Named Shawn

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Shawn - Dale Murphy (baseball player); Marlon Wayans (actor/producer)

  • Historic Figures

    Shawn - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Shawn - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Shawn.

Personality of the Boy Name Shawn

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Shawn

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