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What does Cian mean?

Cian Pronunciation of Cian [cian] as a boys' name is pronounced KEE-an. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cian is "ancient". Cian Mac Mael Muad married Brian Boru's daughter Sadhbh, and played a major role in the battle of Clontarf (11th century). Variants are anglicized forms.

Associated with: irish, ancient (old), battle (war).


Cian has 4 variants: Kean, Keane, Kian and Kiean.

Affiliated boy name: Cain.

Creative forms:
(male) Chean, Coan, ..

(female) Cico, Cidy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cian Leeland (C.L.), ..

How popular is Cian?

Cian is an uncommonly occurring first name for males. Cian is also an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cian was first listed in 1998 and reached its highest rank of #1038 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is at #1198 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cian outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Cian (#1198 a year ago) are Kian (#487 a year ago) and Cain (#743). These relations of Cian were popular as baby names presently (median #809). Kian is more universally found than the rest, although Cain appears to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cian, Cain, Kian in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cian, Kian outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cian is pronounced similarly to Seann, Swain, Swayn, Swen, Syon, Xan, Zain, Zan, Zane, Zann and Zion. Other recommended names are Alan, Aman, Aran, Ban, Bran, Brian, Cadan, Cahan, Cai, Cam, Cap, Caz, Chai, Chan, Chand, Chane, Chang, Chann, Chano, Chany, Chap, Chas, Chaz, Ciaran, Con, Conan, Conn, Cowan, Coyan, Crane, Crayn, Cyran, Dean, Dilan, Eban, Edan, Egan, Eian, Eidan, Eilan, Elan, Elian, Eman, Eran, Etan, Euan, Ewan, Fran, Gian, Han, Ian, Idan, Ifan, Iwan, Jean, Jian, Juan, Milan, Oran, Rian, Roan, Sean, Tan and Van. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cian.

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