History and Origin. "Ian", "Iain"(/ˈiː.ən/; Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈɪʲən]) is a name of Gaelic origin, corresponding to English John. It is a very common name in much of the English-speaking world and especially in Scotland, where it originated.What does Ian mean?
What does Ian mean and stand for? The name Ian is of Scottish origin and means "the Lord is gracious". It is the Scottish version of John, which was derived from the Hebrew name Yohanan.What does Ian mean suffix?
a suffix with the same meaning and properties as -an; -ian is now the more productive of the two suffixes in recent coinages, especially when the base noun ends in a consonant: Orwellian; Washingtonian.