|Word/name||Slavic (Old Church Slavonic Їωан), from Greek; from Hebrew|
|Meaning||"God is gracious"|
|Related names||See Ifan & "John" in other languages|
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Ivan (Cyrillic: Иван or Iван) is a Slavic male given name, a variant of the Greek name Iōánnēs (English: John) from Hebrew יוֹחָנָן Yôḥānnāh meaning 'God is gracious'. It is popular in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, North Macedonia, and Montenegro and has also become more popular in Romance-speaking countries since the 20th century.
Ivan is the common Slavic Latin spelling, while Cyrillic spelling is two-fold: in Bulgarian, Russian, Macedonian, Serbian and Montenegrin it is Иван, while in Belarusian and Ukrainian it is Iван. The Old Church Slavonic (or Old Cyrillic) spelling is Їωан.
It is the Slavic relative of the Latin name Johannes, corresponding to English John. This Slavic version of the name originates from New Testament Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōánnēs) rather than from the Latin Io(h)annes. The Greek name is in turn derived from Hebrew יוֹחָנָן (Yôḥānān), meaning "YHWH (God) is gracious". The name is ultimately derived from the Biblical Hebrew name יוחנן (pronounced [joχanan]), short for יהוחנן (pronounced [jəhoχanan]), meaning "God is merciful". Common patronymics derived from the name are Ivanović (Serbo-Croatian), Ivanov (Russian and Bulgarian), and Ivanovich (Russian, used as middle name), corresponding to "Ivan's son".
Ivan is the most common male name in Bulgaria (as of 2013) and Croatia (as of 2013). In Serbia, it was the 9th most common male name in the period of 1971–1980; 6th in 1981–1990; 9th in 1991–2000.
It is one of the most common names (among the top hundred) in Croatia, with over thirty thousand namesakes living there. The name Ivan was the most popular from years 1930 to 1940. The peak year was 1930. It was the least popular from years 2003 to 2013.
Since the 20th century, it is becoming more popular in the Romance-speaking world; Italian (both the original form and the italianized version, Ivano), Spanish (as Iván), and Portuguese (sometimes Ivã).
Its female forms are Ivana (West- and South Slavic) and Ivanna (East Slavic), while Ivanka and Iva are diminutives by origin. South Slavic male diminutives (including historical) are Ivaniš, Ivanko, Ivanča, Ivanče, etc.
- Ivan Vladislav, Bulgarian emperor (1015–18)
- Ivan Asen I, Bulgarian emperor (1189–96)
- Ivan II or Kaloyan, Bulgarian emperor (1197–1207)
- Ivan Asen II, Bulgarian emperor (1218–41)
- Ivan Stephen, Bulgarian emperor (1330–31)
- Ivan Alexander, Bulgarian emperor (1331–71)
- Ivan Shishman, Bulgarian emperor in Tarnovo (1371–95)
- Ivan Stratsimir, Bulgarian emperor in Vidin (1356–96)
- Ivan I, "The Moneybag", Grand Duke of Moscow (1325–40)
- Ivan II, "The Fair", Grand Duke of Moscow (1353–59)
- Ivan III, "The Great", Grand Prince of Moscow (1462–1505)
- Ivan IV, "The Terrible", Russian emperor (1547–84)
- Ivan V, Russian emperor (1682–96)
- Ivan VI, Russian emperor (1740–41)
- John Horvat (Ivan Horvat, d. 1394), Hungarian-Croatian nobleman, Ban of Macsó (1376–81, and 1385–86)
- John of Palisna (Ivan od Paližne, d. 1391), Hungarian-Croatian nobleman, Ban of Croatia (1385–86)
- Ivan Bot, Hungarian-Croatian nobleman, Ban of Croatia (1493)
- Ivan Mažuranić, Austro-Hungarian nobleman, Ban of Croatia (1873–80), and poet
- Ivan Pidkova, Cossack leader
- Ivan Sulyma, Cossack leader
- Ivan Bohun, Cossack leader
- Ivan Mazepa, Cossack leader
- Ivan Sirko, Cossack leader
- John of Rila (Ivan Rilski), Orthodox hermit, Bulgarian patron saint
- Ivan Almeida, Cape Verdean basketball player
- Iván Campo, Spanish footballer
- Ivan Cleary, Australian Rugby League player and coach
- Iván Córdoba, Colombian footballer
- Iván Emmanuel González, Paraguayan footballer
- Ivan Fedotov (born 1996), Russian ice hockey goaltender
- Iván Helguera, Spanish footballer
- Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer
- Ivan Lendl, Czech-American tennis player
- Ivan Ljubičić, Croatian tennis player
- Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
- Ivan Osiier (1888–1965), Danish épée, foil, and sabre fencer, 25x Danish champion
- Ivan Perišić, Croatian footballer
- Ivan Rakitić (born 1988), Croatian soccer player
- Iván Rodríguez, Major League Baseball player
- Ivan Rudez (born 1979), Croatian basketball coach
- Ivan Runje (born 1990), Croatian footballer
- Ivan Sproule, Northern Irish footballer
- Ivan Wilfred Johnson, Canadian hockey player
- Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer
- Iván Zarandona, naturalized Equatoguinean footballer
- Ivan Zaytsev (disambiguation), several sportsmen
- George Ivan Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician
- Ivan Brunetti, cartoonist
- Ivan Bunin, Russian writer and Nobel laureate in literature
- Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter
- Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and producer
- Ivan Doroschuk, lead vocalist for Men Without Hats
- Ivan Dorschner, Filipino-American actor, host and model
- Ivan Franko, Ukrainian writer
- Ivan (gorilla), Painter
- Ivan Graziani, Italian singer-songwriter
- Ivan Jones, British Writer and poet
- Ivan Kral, musician
- Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect
- Ivan L. Moody, singer of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch
- Ivan Turgenev, Novelist in 19th century
- Ivan Urgant, Russian television personality, presenter, actor and musician
- Ivan Šijak, Serbian visual artist, professor at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, director and cinematographer
Science, academia, business and other
- Ivan Aboimov, Russian diplomat and an ambassador
- Ivan Agayants, Soviet intelligence officer of Armenian origin
- Ivan Ahčin, Slovene sociologist, publicist, journalist, author and politician
- Ivan Aksakov, Russian littérateur and notable Slavophile
- Ivan Boesky, Wall Street trader, inspired the character of Gordon Gekko
- Ivan Chermayeff, Graphic Designer
- Ivan Corea, Sri Lankan Anglican priest
- Ivan Gazidis, CEO of CTVglobemedia and the CTV Television Network
- Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of the Arsenal Football Club
- Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, director of Xstrata and Minara Resources
- Ivan Greenberg (1896-1966), English journalist
- Ivan Ilyin, Russian religious and political philosopher
- Ivan Kaufman, President of Arbor Realty Trust
- Ivan Massow, chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts
- Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo, non-executive director at Coach, Inc.
- Ivan Misner, chairman of BNI
- Ivan Milat, Croatian Australian serial killer famous for the backpacker killings
- Ivan Vsevolodovich Meshcherskiy, Russian mathematician
- Ivan J. Parron, Entertainment attorney and entrepreneur
- Ivan Pavlov, Nobel laureate in Medicine & Physiology
- Ivan Reitman, Order of Canada, film producer and director, known for the Ghostbusters film series
- Ivan Rogers, British civil servant, former Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union
- Ivan Samoylovych, Hetman of Left-bank Ukraine
- Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman & CEO at Verizon Communications
- Ivan Selin, former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Fulbright scholar
- Ivan Tsybaev, Co-founder and CEO at Trucker Path
- Ivan Warner (1919–1994), New York politician and judge
- Ivan Wettengel, Naval Governor of Guam
- Ivan Braginsky, the given name for the national personification of Russia from the anime series Hetalia: Axis Powers
- Ivan, a secondary character of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- Ivan the Fool, a character of Ivan the Fool (story)
- Ivan Vanko, an antagonist from the Marvel Comics franchise The Invincible Iron Man and appears as the primary antagonist in the sequel to the film adaptation.
- Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, a character of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
- Ivan, a Nintendo character in the Golden Sun series
- Ivan, a Nintendo character in Devil's Third and Pokémon series.
- Ivan, a Nintendo character in New game Action in 2019.
- Ivan Vassilevich Lomov, a character in Anton Chekhov's one-act play, A Marriage Proposal
- Ivan Raidenovich Raikov, a character who appears in Hideo Kojima's video game, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
- Ivan Ilych, the title character of Leo Tolstoy's book, The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
- Ivan Karamazov, brother of protagonist Alyosha Karamazov, in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, The Brothers Karamazov
- Ivan is the doorman in the 2006 film Curious George.
- Ivan Veen is the main character of Vladimir Nabokov's Ada or Ardor.
- Ivan Drago is the popular Soviet boxer and nemesis of Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV.
- Ivan Nikolayevich Ponyryov (Bezdomny), a character in Mikhail Bulgakov's novel, The Master and Margarita
- Ivan Shawbly, a character from the television series Mona the Vampire
- Ivan Ooze, the villain in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
- Ivan Kintobor, comic book and game character from the Sonic universe, Dr. Eggman's greater ancestor and possible existence in dimensions as an unknown lifeform or object
- MFnames.com - Origin and Meaning of Ivan
- "Jméno: 'Ivan', počet výskytů 23197 v celé ČR" (in Czech). Kdejsme.cz. 2016.
- "Имената в България през 2014 година (Предварителни данни)" (PDF). nsi.bg (in Bulgarian). 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "ŽENE U HRVATSKOJ PO PRVI PUT BOLJE OBRAZOVANE OD MUŠKARACA Koliko Hrvata ima e-mail, a koliko ne zna ni čitati?". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Најчешћа имена и презимена" (in Serbian). Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. 2011.
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