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Meaning and name origin

Cian \cian\ as a boy's 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.


Cian has 4 variant forms: Kean, Keane, Kiean and Kian.

For more information, see also the related boy name Cain.


Cian is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cian for boys. Cian reached its highest rank of #6 in Ireland in 2001. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cian name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Kian (#494), Cain (#727) and Cian. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cain, Kian in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cian is also pronounced similarly to Xan, Zan and Zion. Other suggested similar baby names are Cahan, Cam, Chan, Chane, Chann, Chano, Chany, Con, Conn, Cowan, Coyan, Eian, Gian, Jian and Rian. Like Cian, these names are not commonly used.