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-ian British & World English

Forming adjectives and nouns such as antediluvian and Bostonian

Smith, Ian British & World English

(1919–2007), Rhodesian statesman, Prime Minister 1964–79; full name Ian Douglas Smith. In 1965 he issued a unilateral declaration of independence from Britain (UDI) because he would not agree to black majority rule. He eventually resigned in 1979

Fleming, Ian British & World English

(1908–64), English novelist; full name Ian Lancaster Fleming. He is known for his spy novels whose hero is the secret agent James Bond

McEwan, Ian British & World English

(B.1948), English novelist; full name Ian Russell McEwan. Notable novels: Black Dogs (1992), Amsterdam (Booker Prize, 1998), and Atonement (2001)

Paisley, Ian British & World English

(1926–2014), Northern Irish clergyman and politician, First Minister of Northern Ireland 2007-8; full name Ian Richard Kyle Paisley. MP for North Antrim from 1970–2010 and co-founder of the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (1972), he was an outspoken defender of the Protestant Unionist position

Thorpe, Ian British & World English

(B.1982), Australian swimmer; full name Ian James Thorpe. He won three gold medals in the 2000 Olympics, and two further golds at the 2004 Olympics

Botham, Sir Ian British & World English

(B.1955), English all-round cricketer; full name Sir Ian Terence Botham. In 1978 he became the first player to score 100 runs and take eight wickets in a single Test match; in 1982 he also achieved the record of 3,000 runs and 250 wickets in Test matches overall

Ian Douglas Smith in Smith, Ian British & World English

(1919–2007), Rhodesian statesman, Prime Minister 1964–79; full name Ian Douglas Smith. In 1965 he issued a unilateral declaration of independence from Britain (UDI) because he would not agree to black majority rule. He eventually resigned in 1979

Ian James Thorpe in Thorpe, Ian British & World English

(B.1982), Australian swimmer; full name Ian James Thorpe. He won three gold medals in the 2000 Olympics, and two further golds at the 2004 Olympics

Ian Lancaster Fleming in Fleming, Ian British & World English

(1908–64), English novelist; full name Ian Lancaster Fleming. He is known for his spy novels whose hero is the secret agent James Bond

Ian Robert Maxwell in Maxwell, Robert British & World English

(1923–91), Czech-born British publisher and media entrepreneur; born Jan Ludvik Hoch; full name Ian Robert Maxwell. He died in obscure circumstances while yachting off Tenerife; it subsequently emerged that he had misappropriated company pension funds

Ian Russell McEwan in McEwan, Ian British & World English

(B.1948), English novelist; full name Ian Russell McEwan. Notable novels: Black Dogs (1992), Amsterdam (Booker Prize, 1998), and Atonement (2001)

Sir Ian Terence Botham in Botham, Sir Ian British & World English

(B.1955), English all-round cricketer; full name Sir Ian Terence Botham. In 1978 he became the first player to score 100 runs and take eight wickets in a single Test match; in 1982 he also achieved the record of 3,000 runs and 250 wickets in Test matches overall

Ian Ernest Gilmore Green in Evans, Gil British & World English

(1912–88), Canadian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger; born Ian Ernest Gilmore Green. In 1947 he began a long association with Miles Davis, producing albums such as Porgy and Bess (1958) and Sketches of Spain (1959)

Ian Richard Kyle Paisley in Paisley, Ian British & World English

(1926–2014), Northern Irish clergyman and politician, First Minister of Northern Ireland 2007-8; full name Ian Richard Kyle Paisley. MP for North Antrim from 1970–2010 and co-founder of the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (1972), he was an outspoken defender of the Protestant Unionist position