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mavornia Fri 23-Sep-11 18:13:49

I'd be grateful for opinions on the name Ivan for ds3 who is due on Christmas Day.

Other sons are Daniel and Roman

I've had such a hard time finding names I like for this one. We had the following on our list but I don't love any of them:


Apparently Ivan is a variant of John and means "God is gracious" and it has been growing on me

Any ideas for other names I might like gratefully received too

anewmotivatedme Fri 23-Sep-11 18:21:21

Ivan the terrible - sorry.

How about:


lollystix Fri 23-Sep-11 19:58:37

I'm in Scotland so maybe I'm biased but I think Ivan is lovely -really strong and unique name. I know a nice Ivan.

thisisyesterday Fri 23-Sep-11 20:00:09

i really like Ivan and Ivor as well

LetThereBeRock Fri 23-Sep-11 20:14:03

It's a fantastic name.One of my favourites.

I also love Noah.

mavornia Fri 23-Sep-11 21:02:01

mmm, not too struck on Ieuan

but very happy to have some positive responses for Ivan!

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 23-Sep-11 21:05:09

I know a teenage Ivan, not remotely Russian. It really suits him and is pretty cool smile

Catsycat Fri 23-Sep-11 21:26:26

I think it sounds nice with your other DSs names, and like it more than your other choices.

DownyEmerald Fri 23-Sep-11 22:21:19

Used to live with (not in the biblical sense) an Ivan. I think its quite good actually.

Tho' looking at your other names, not sure it goes with Roman. Or is too similar in a "another country" kind of way. Which then leaves Daniel kind of hanging as a "normal" name.

Out of your list I really like Noah.

Ieuan - is that the Welsh name pronounced "yiyan" (approximately?).

RickGhastley Fri 23-Sep-11 22:27:29

Lovely strong and slightly unusual name. Goes brilliantly with your other boy's names too.

freerangeeggs Fri 23-Sep-11 23:24:53

Ivan is very cool. Ivor too.

tyler80 Sat 24-Sep-11 20:53:42

Vanya is a variant of Ivan. I have a Ukrainian friend who is known as Vanya.

I personally prefer Ieuan over Ivan but I have Welsh connections

Doilooklikeatourist Sat 24-Sep-11 20:56:55

A boy named Ivan punched me on the nose and made it bleed when I was 5 .
I think he's in prison now . So , sorry I don't like it .

Papyrus Mon 26-Sep-11 18:01:23

Love love Ivan. Was on our shortlist for week old DD3 (if she was a DS obviously grin)

CurwySwide Mon 26-Sep-11 18:19:10

I really like Ivan - it's not a name I have ever really thought about, but it is really nice, strong, not too popular. Go for it!

Also like Henry and Noah is okay, but Ivan is great.

meditrina Mon 26-Sep-11 18:21:13

It's not a name I particularly like (sorry), but it's a perfectly good choice.

Unless your surname is also a common noun beginning with a vowel.

jandymaccomesback Tue 27-Sep-11 15:40:42

My father's name- I always wanted him to be called by an ordinary English name.

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