Irish: [ˈʃɔːnʸ] or [ˈʃeːnʸ] or [ˈʃeɪn]
|Region of origin||Irish cognate of John (Hebrew origin)|
|Variant form(s)||Seaghán, Seón, Shaun, Shawn, Seann, Seaghán, Eóin, Shaine, Shayne, Shane, Shon, Shauen Shawnel, Shawnell|
|Look up Seán in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
Seán or Seaghán (in its pre-1950s Irish form) is an Irish language masculine given name. It is an Irish borrowing of the Norman French Jehan (see Jean). Anglicisations of the name include Séan, Sean, Shane, Shayne, Shaine, Shon (Japanese), Shaun, Shawn and Seann. The name Shane comes from the Ulster English pronunciation of the name, whereas the names Shaun, Shawn, or Sean come from the way it is pronounced in Munster, Leinster, and Connacht.
The name originated in the Irish language. It is an adaption of the Anglo-Norman name Johan/John. In 1066, the Norman duke, William the Conqueror conquered England, where the Norman French name Jahan / Johan (pronounced [dʒɛˈan]) came to be pronounced Jean[clarification needed], and spelled John. The Norman from the Welsh Marches, with the Norman King of England's mandate invaded parts of Leinster and Munster in the 1170s. The Irish nobility in these areas were replaced by Norman nobles, some of whom bore the Norman French name Johan or the Anglicised name John. The Irish adapted the name to their own pronunciation and spelling, producing the name Seán. Sean is commonly pronounced Shawn (Seán), but in the northern parts of Ireland (owing to a northern dialect), it is pronounced "Shan", "Shen" or "Shayn" (Séan, with the accent on the e instead of the a), thus leading to the variant Shane.
In other languages
- English: Séan, Sean, Shane, Shayne, Shaine, Shon, Shaun, Shaugn, Shawn, Seann.
- Chinese: Xiào ēn (commonly used).