Quick Facts on Kian
- English, Gaelic, Irish
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KEE-an, KEEN (sometime KYE-an)
Etymology & Historical Origin - Kian
Kian is a modern anglicized variation of the Irish masculine name Cian which comes from the Gaelic meaning “ancient, enduring”. Cian was borne by the son-in-law of the early 11th century High King of Ireland Brian Boru. Cian mac Máelmuaid assisted Brian in leading the Irish armies to victory over the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf. In the Gaelic tongue Cian is either pronounced KEE-an or KEEN (which is where we get the common surname Keane). Interestingly, Kian happens to be a high ranking name in Iran. As it turns out, Kian is also a Persian name meaning “benevolent king” and an Arabic name meaning “soul, essence”. Although it’s clear that English speakers have borrowed the name from the Irish-Gaelic Cian rather than adopting it from the East. Cian has been resurrected in Ireland and is now a Top 20 favorite name choice for boys. Kian with a “k” is preferred in England, Wales and Scotland. It is also semi-popular in the Netherlands. The name is pretty new to Americans and has yet to see the same success compared to our friends over the pond.
Popularity of the Name Kian
Although Cian is an “ancient” Irish name, Kian is a 21st century masculine name for Americans, first appearing on the U.S. charts in the year 2000. The name has climbed ever so slowly up the boy’s chart but may be leveling off at below average usage. It’s really too early to tell. Whether pronounced KEEN or KEE-an, Kian is a strong sounding name so we hope Americans don’t send it to the land of gender-neutrality (as they often do with names). The “ancient” etymology makes Kian a perfect choice for an old soul baby or one who is born past his due date. In terms of Irish names (which Americans are drawn to), Kian is an underused, uncommon choice. But if you’re really Irish, you may want to consider the Gaelic spelling of Cian. Although we get it. Kian looks more masculine.
Popularity of the Boy Name Kian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kian
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kian
Kian We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kian.
Popular Songs on Kian
Kian - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kian.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Kian
Kian - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Kian.
Famous People Named Kian
Famous People Named Kian - Kian Egan (Irish musician)
Children of Famous People Named Kian
Famous People Who Named Their Son Kian - Geena Davis (actress)
Personality of the Boy Name Kian
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Variations of the Baby Name - Kian