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What does Kean mean?

Kean Pronunciation of Kean [kean] as a name for boys means "ancient; fighter; sharp, keen wit or eye". Kean is an alternate form of Cian (Irish, Gaelic). Kean is also a form of Keane (Irish, Gaelic, Old English): actor Edmund Kean.

Associated with: ancient (old), fighter (warrior).


Kean has 5 variants: Keen, Keene, Keyne, Kian and Kiean.

Creative forms:
(male) Keaan, Koan, ..

(female) Keanne, Kene, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kean Nazir (K.N.), ..

How popular is Kean?

Kean is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#7533 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Cian (#1198 from recent data) and Kian (#487) are the popular varying forms of Kean (unlisted) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Kean is at its peak today (usage of 0.04%). Kian has been the top favorite. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Kean is alike in pronunciation to Cain, Con, Conn, Cowan, Coyan, Kahn, Kain, Kaine, Kane, Kayne, Ken, Kenn, Keon, Khan, Khanh and Quin. Other suggested similar names are Adan, Aman, Aran, Dean, Edan, Eran, Ewan, Felan, Frean, Gyan, Heman, Ian, Ifan, Iman, Jean, Jian, Juan, Kagan, Kahan, Kam, Kana, Kano, Kay, Kaz, Keagan, Kealan, Keanu, Kearn, Keary, Keaton, Kedar, Keelan, Kegan, Keilan, Kelan, Keld, Kellan, Kelvan, Kenan, Kenny, Kent, Keoni, Kerk, Kern, Kernan, Kevan, Kevin, Kevon, Keye, Kilean, Kiran, Koa, Kram, Kylan, Oran, Roan, Sean, Teman and Tevan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Kean.

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