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Quick Facts on Kieran

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 557
Simple meaning:
Little dark one

Characteristics of Kieran

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kieran

Kieran is the anglicized form of the Irish personal name Ciarán from the Gaelic “ciar” meaning “black”. The diminutive suffix “-án” gives the name its ultimate meaning: “little black one”. The name was probably given to children with dark features (brown hair and eyes) as opposed to the fairer babies of Erin (the female variation is Ciara). Several early Irish saints bore the name Ciarán which helped to popularize the name as Ireland became Christianized. Saint Ciarán the Elder is considered one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland as is Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise (both lived in the 6th century). The English anglicized the name to Kieran and today it’s the preferred spelling in England, Scotland and Wales (as well as the United States). Ireland and Northern Ireland still stick with the traditional Irish Ciarán.

Popularity of the Name Kieran

Kieran popped up on the American male naming charts for the first time in 1992. This was right around the time that American parents were showing an increased interest in Irish names of Gaelic origin (although Americans typically go with the anglicized spellings). Kieran has done pretty well in the past 20 years, increasing to low-moderate levels of usage. The name is not popular by any means, but it is familiar and on the American radar. It’s a soft sounding name loaded with Irish charm, but it isn’t particularly masculine. As such, it feels little more refined. Ciarán has been around in Ireland for over 1,500 years, so this is an ancient name (even if the anglicized version is a bit more modern). Some people alter the pronunciation to KIE-ren in an effort to make it sound stronger, but Kieran is traditionally pronounced KEER-an. It’s a great choice for a dark-featured little baby boy. Just ask two beautiful dark haired actresses Alana de la Garza (from Law & Order) and Julianna Margulies (from ER) – they both named their sons Kieran. De la Garza is of Mexican-Irish descent and Margulies is Jewish. You don’t necessarily have to be Irish to love the name Kieran!
Popularity of the Boy Name Kieran
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kieran

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kieran

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kieran

    Kieran We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kieran.

  • Popular Songs on Kieran

    Popular Songs on Kieran

    Kieran - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kieran.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kieran

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kieran

    Saint Ciaran: The Tale of a Saint of Ireland (Gary D. Schmidt) - Of all green Ireland's saints, Ciaran of Saighir was the first. Born early in the sixth century, Ciaran was called to bring the light of God's name to a dark Ireland that had not yet heard it. While few facts are known of Ciaran's life, author Gary Schmidt here tells the tale that lives on, a tale which is "as true as any story ought to be." Illustrated with luminous oil paintings by Todd Doney, Saint Ciaran is a remarkably beautiful story, full of faith, wonder, miracle and mysteries. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Kieran

    Famous People Named Kieran

    Famous People Named Kieran - Kieran Culkin (actor); Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet, English musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kieran

    Children of Famous People Named Kieran

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Kieran - Alana de la Garza (actress); Julianna Margulies (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Kieran - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kieran - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kieran.

Personality of the Boy Name Kieran

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kieran

  • No Variations Found.
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