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Etymology & Historical Origin - Keegan
Keegan is the transferred use of an anglicized Irish surname, from the Old Gaelic MacAodhagáin which was developed from the personal name Aodhagán (from Aodh). Aodh means ‘fire’ and was the name of a Celtic pagan fire/sun god. As a very early personal name, many other Irish names would eventually develop from Aodh and, believe it or not, Keegan was one of them. The distinguished MacAodhagain clan originated in the western central area of Ireland in present day County Galway, and they were high-ranking lawyers (the ancient law-giving kind) to the ruling families. A branch of this sept settled further east (closer to present-day Dublin) where their name was anglicized to Egan and then eventually to Keegan. As a given name, Keegan was adopted by the United States in the latter half of the 20th century.
Popularity of the Name Keegan
The name Keegan first appeared on the U.S. naming charts in 1979. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 1980s and is even sometimes used for little girls (although not enough to make it onto the charts). Keegan is really considered a male name for all intents and purposes. The name reached the high point of its popularity on the boy’s charts in 2007 at position #222. In the past couple of years, Keegan has been on the decline. Americans have responded to this name in the past couple of decades thanks to the “Last Names First” trend. It is also a stylish last name of Irish origin (like Reagan, Teagan, Deegan, and Finnegan). Really, all of these names are interchangeable from a gender perspective. Keegan is a lively, bubbly and energetic name. A real ‘fire’-cracker!
Popularity of the Boy Name Keegan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Keegan
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Keegan
Keegan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Keegan.
Popular Songs on Keegan
Keegan - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Keegan.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Keegan
Sir Keegan the Great! (Melanie Pond) - I am Sir Keegan the Great, and I'm a brave knight!' Join Sir Keegan as he protects his family from danger, wards off a beastly dragon, and even prepares to capture a troll! It's all in a day's play for a brave four-year-old boy. This journey into Keegan's imagination will delight children and remind parents to let their kids enjoy childhood. Recommended for ages 2-6.
Famous People Named Keegan
Famous People Named Keegan - Keegan-Michael Key (comic); Keegan Allen (actor); Keegan Connor Tracy (actress); Keegan Messing (figure skater); Keegan Gerhard (pastry chef)
Children of Famous People Named Keegan
Famous People Who Named Their Child Keegan - Maureen O'Boyle (TV news anchor)
Keegan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Keegan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Keegan.
Personality of the Boy Name Keegan
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Keegan