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Meaning and Name Origin

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.


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

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


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

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Cian for boys. Cian reached its highest rank of #6 in Ireland in the year 2001, and is at #17 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cian and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Cian listed in the Top 1000 are Kian (#494 a year ago) and Cain (#727). These boy names are at the height of their popularity presently. Cain (#727) and Kian (#494) are two of the more fashionable birth names among these. (2014 Birth 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 pronounced similarly to Xan, Zan and Zion. Other recommended 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 frequently used.