Quick Facts on Keon
- African-American, Gaelic
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God is gracious
Etymology & Historical Origin - Keon
Keon is an Irish surname turned first name, primarily discovered by and adopted within the African-American community in the United States. Keon is basically an Anglicization of the Gaelic surname MacEoin meaning “descended from Eoin” with Eoin being another Gaelic form of John. So Keon essentially has the same root etymology as John, which is from the Hebrew meaning “God is gracious” (see the name John for more detail). The name John was popularized throughout the British Isles after the Crusades (a series of religious wars between the 11th and 13th centuries). Many Christian knights and peasants throughout Western Europe made their way east to the Holy Lands in order to restore Christian access to the sacred city of Jerusalem and to liberate the Eastern Christians from invading and occupying Turkish Sunni Muslims. When the so-called pilgrim-warriors returned home from their crusades reinvigorated by their faith, they brought the Biblical name John back to England (in its anglicized form). From that point on, there was no stopping the popularity of this name throughout Western Europe – and every language had its own version of the name. Among Gaelic people of Ireland and Scotland, the following variations were created from the English John: Seán, Ian, Shane and Eoin. It’s from the surname (Mac)Eoin that we get the name Keon. Incidentally, Keoni is also the Hawaiian form of John.
Popularity of the Name Keon
Keon first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1978 and has a history of usage among African-Americans. The name achieved its highest positions on the Top 1000 list in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Adding to the name’s usage at the time was a promising basketball player named Keon Clark who was a top pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. Today, the name Keon has slipped way down the Top 1000 list and is barely hanging on to any circulation at this point. It’s an interesting, unique twist on John owing to the creativity of naming styles within the African-American community.
Popularity of the Boy Name Keon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Keon
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Keon
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Popular Songs on Keon
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Keon
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Famous People Named Keon
Famous People Named Keon - Keon Clark (basketball player); Keon Daniel (Trinidadian footballer)
Children of Famous People Named Keon
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Keon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Keon
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Keon