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Shawn is a first name for boys, occasionally also given to girls.

Shawn – popular and common in the US!

The name Shawn isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Shawn ranks 335. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 5 were named Shawn. In the entire USA, approximately 333,906 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Shawn. That is 0.10 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Shawn mean?

An anglicized form of Irish Seán, Shawn also derived from the name John. The first name John has a Semitic origin and comes from the Hebrew names “Yôḥānān” or “Yəhôḥānān”, which mean “Yahweh has been gracious” or “Yahweh is merciful”.

Did you know... that musician Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter?

Shawn -
at home all over the USA, especially popular in Vermont

Wherever you go, wherever you live – there’s a good chance to meet Shawn. Because: There are men and boys named Shawn in every state in the USA. This may sound quite unspectacular at first, but in fact, of the nearly 50,000 different male first names that occur in the USA, just 386 are recorded in each individual state, so the name Shawn is definitely something very special. In some regions it even makes it into the top 100 of the most popular male first names, for example in Montana, where Shawn ranks on position 64. The greatest chance of meeting Shawn, however, is in Vermont, where one in 266 boys and men bears this beautiful name – that is far above average – in the entire USA it is only one in 547 men and boys and in Mississippi, where the name is least represented in relation to the population, you even have to ask an average of 1,166 men and boys for their name before you once get Shawn as an answer.

Shawn has 5 letters 
and begins with an S

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter S is a quite popular first letter for boys’ names. Because: 5.9% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. By the way, the most common first letters for boys’ names are J, A and D.

With five letters, the name Shawn is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

This means that with 5.9% of all boys' names that begin with an S, this first letter is much more common than all 26 letters on average - and the most popular one of all the boys’ names starting with S is Steven.

Other names with 
S, h, a, w and n

If you take all the letters in the name Shawn – S, h, a, w and n – and put them together again, you can form another name, such as Sahwn.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Shawn

If your name is Shawn and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Shawn

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Shawn, you can simply say:






This is how the name Shawn is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Shawn in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Shawn

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Shawn is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Shawn

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Shawn sounds like this: