Anglicized spelling of Seán (pronounced ‘shawn’), Irish equivalent of John. The name has always been common in Ireland, but since the 1960s has frequently been chosen (usually without the accent) by parents who have no Irish connections. One influence on its popularity has been the actor Sean Connery (b. 1930), of James Bond fame.
Indian (Panjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat): Hindu (Khatri, Bania, Vania) and Sikh name meaning ‘goldsmith’ in the languages of the region, derived from son- ‘gold’, from Sanskrit svarṇa. Banias and also the Panjabi Khatris have clans called Soni.