Meaning of the Irish name Sean. Listen and learn how to pronounce Sean so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: Irish form of John meaning “”God’s gracious gift.”” Shane is a very popular variant of the name in Northern Ireland in memory of Shane O’Neill whose forces won notable victories over the armies of Queen Elizabeth 1st in the sixteenth century.

GENDER: Boy | Male



ENGLISH: Shaun, Shawn, Shane

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