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Ian

Ian

[ee-uhn, ee-ahn, ahy-uhn]
McEwan, Ian (Ian Russell McEwan), 1948-, English novelist, b. Aldershot, grad. Univ. of Sussex (B.A., 1970), Univ. of East Anglia (M.A., 1971). His early short-story collections, First Love, Last Rites (1975) and Between the Sheets (1978), and novels, The Cement Garden (1978) and The Comfort of Strangers (1981), gained recognition for their experimentation with form and their violence, tone of macabre menace, and obsessive sexuality. In later novels McEwan moved away from more perverse themes while continuing to write elegant prose, to display keen psychological insight into his characters, and to explore ways that extreme situations impact ordinary people. The Child in Time (1987, Whitbread Prize), the first of his mature novels, tells of the terrible repercussions a baby's kidnapping has on her parents. McEwan was awarded the Booker Prize for his satirical novel Amsterdam (1998) and was acclaimed for Atonement (2001), a disquieting tale of childish misinterpretation and moral responsibility, and Saturday (2005), the story of an event-filled day in the life of a neurosurgeon in post-9/11 Britain. His other novels include The Innocent (1990), Black Dogs (1992), Enduring Love (1997), and On Chesil Beach (2007). McEwan also has written radio, television, and film scripts, an opera libretto, and children's books.

See studies by K. Ryan (1994), C. Byrnes (1995), J. Slay, Jr. (1996), C. Byrnes (2002), D. Malcolm (2002), and P. Childs, ed. (2005).

"Ian" or "Iain" ([ˈiːʲən]) is the Scottish Gaelic version of John. It is a very common name in much of the English-speaking world. In the United Kingdom, Ian was the 19th most common male name, taking account of the whole population (over 300,000 Ians in total). Although it disappeared from the top 100 male baby names in the UK, it is now becoming more popular in the USA, currently at number 68 in the baby name charts.

In Scottish Gaelic, this is the common form of the name "John", and is often spelt with two "i"s. In the Bible, "Eoin" is used. Other Gaelic forms of "John" include "Seonaidh" ("Johnny" from Lowland Scots), "Seon" (from English), "Seathan", and "Seán" and "Eoin" (from Irish). In Greek 'Yanis' or 'Ianis' or 'Ioannis' is a particularly common name.

Many Armenian surnames end in -ian, as "ian" (or "yan") means "son of" in Armenian.

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