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#1 Baby Name Genie

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 02:37 PM

Name: Johnny
Location: Iowa

My wife wants to name our soon-to-be baby boy "Ivan." I think it is too unusual for someone with no Russian ancestry.

#2 Jay.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:13 PM

I don't think so at all :) I really like Ivan, and don't connect it to Russia at all :)

#3 Ateam

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:10 PM

Ivan is a great name, I don't think most people in US associate it with Russia, anyway.

#4 Morgan Marie

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:03 AM

Love the name Ivan! It's popularity is on the rise in the U.S. so no need to worry about it sounding too Russian.

Congrats, XOXO.

#5 Joiya

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:00 PM

I have a cousin named Ivan and he is Italian, lives in a small town on the Sicilian coast. Safe to say he is not Russian and the name suits him just fine.


It also really depends on how you want to pronounce the name Ivan.... ee-vahn is far more Russian than eye-van. Both will work in the US, UK or another English-speaking country, though eye-van is a more common way to say it there.

I say go for it - great choice!

#6 Barbie

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:30 PM

My brother's t-ball coach is from Mexico, and his name is Ivan.

Congrats!

#7 Addison

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:35 AM

I think it's a fabulous choice. It's very integrated with other name choices so the Russian-ness of the name seems to fade. :)

#8 s.a.freeman:)

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:40 PM

It's easy to pronounce, and it's not necessarily Russian. It's not so common either:)