Originally a Scottish variant of John, Ian was a popular choice from 1940 onwards giving the world plenty of high achievers


Ian spread from Scotland where it was an alternative spelling of John and was a popular choice through the 1940s-60s


Ian Botham almost beat Australia single handed with cricket heroics, Iain Duncan Smith spent years working out a plan to reform welfare, Ian Dury led the punk era and campaigned for disabled people, Ian Fleming worked in intelligence and created James Bond, Ian Hislop took over at Private Eye and broadened into broadcasting, Ian McEwan took creative writing course and rose to eminence, Ian McKellen played Shakespeare’s heroes and Tolkien’s Gandalf, Ian Rankin started writing crime stories as a boy and never stopped, Ian Wilmut led research that produced the cloning of Dolly the sheep

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