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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Shawn, Ted Shawnnoun

    United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ruth Saint Denis (1891-1972)


  1. Shawnnoun

    A male given name from Irish, popular in the US in the 1970s.

    Or take Sean, S-E-A-N. Been spelled like that for about five hundred years. But not them, they've gotta spell it S-H-A-W-N. Like they have a right to that name in the first place.

  2. Shawnnoun

    A female given name from Irish, transferred from the male name.

    Two weeks later Dot and her girl, who was finally named Shawn, like most girls born that year, came back to work at the scales.

  3. Etymology: An anglicized spelling of Seán, the Irish equivalent of John, originally meaning "Jehovah has been gracious" in Hebrew.


  1. shawn

    As a name, Shawn is a popular Irish origin name that is commonly used in English-speaking countries. It is a variant of Sean which itself is the Irish equivalent of the name John, meaning "God is gracious". It can be used for both males and females, although it is more commonly given to males.

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    Song lyrics by shawn -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by shawn on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHAWN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shawn is ranked #25659 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shawn surname appeared 961 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shawn.

    75.3% or 724 total occurrences were White.
    11.6% or 112 total occurrences were Black.
    5.7% or 55 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3% or 29 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2% or 20 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shawn in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shawn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Shawn in a Sentence

  1. Tim Mullins:

    Following this summer’s break, Shawn Hopkins will be working at Oxford High School. Nicholas Ejak will be working at Oxford Crossroads Day School.

  2. Shawn Person:

    We reiterated the guidelines of the CDC and the Chicago and Illinois health department [ s ], but Shawn Person refused to listen. We had to do something.

  3. Billie Dunn:

    I’m not really shocked at the news that it was Shawn, of course you would’ve hoped it wasn’t him because I stayed with him after she left, after Hailey went missing, but I’m not surprised, and I thank God that that person has been apprehended and is going to pay for what he did here on Earth.

  4. Shawn Holley:

    We have letters and reports from Jackie’s doctors which prove a long history of insomnia and which strongly support our contention that Jackie was driving unconscious after taking Ambien, which had been prescribed to her, i reached out to the D.A.’s Office weeks ago and was assured that deputies would review our reports before filing charges, Shawn Holley added. We are extremely disappointed that the D.A.’s Office filed these charges without reviewing our evidence, as promised.

  5. Clint Dunn:

    I’m99% sure someone killed Hailey at this house, and, I’m pretty sure it’s Shawn.

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