First recorded as a given name of Latvians in 1287. From Иван and Ivan, the cognate of John in various Slavic languages.
- A transliteration of the male given name Иван (Ivan) and Ivan from various languages such as Russian and Czech.
- A male given name of Latvian speakers.
- Klāvs Siliņš: Latviesu personvārdu vārdnīca. Riga "Zinātne" 1990, ISBN 5-7966-0278-0
-  Population Register of Latvia: Ivans was the only given name of 8256 persons in Latvia on May 21st 2010, including Russian speakers.