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What does Keane mean?

Keane Pronunciation of Keane [keane] as a boys' name is pronounced keen. It is of Irish, Gaelic and Old English origin, and the meaning of Keane is "fighter; sharp, keen wit or eye". Actor Edmund Kean.

Associated with: irish, old english, fighter (warrior).


Keane has 4 variants: Kean, Keen, Keene and Keyne.

Related boy names: Keenan, Cian and Kane.

1 feminine form: Keena.

Creative forms:
(male) Kaene, Kone, ..

(female) Keake, Keame, ..

Middle name pairings:
Keane Remy (K.R.), ..

How popular is Keane?

Keane is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#3121 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Kane (#430 from recent data), Keenan (#931) and Cian (#1198) are the popular variation forms of Keane (outside Top 2000). Adoption of these relations of Keane was at its apex in 2015 (usage of 0.06%). Keenan has historically been the top pick of parents, although Kane seems to be gaining favor too, while Keenan is no longer trendy. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Keane is alike in pronunciation to Caine, Coyne, Kahn, Kain, Kaine, Kayne, Ken, Kenn, Keon, Khan, Khanh, Kian and Kiean. Other recommended names are Bane, Benne, Berne, Blane, Chane, Crane, Dane, Deane, Delane, Dene, Doane, Duane, Dwane, Fane, Hearne, Heine, Herne, Kade, Kahane, Kale, Kana, Kano, Kaye, Keagen, Kealey, Kealy, Keandre, Keanu, Kearie, Kearn, Kearne, Kearney, Kearns, Kearny, Keary, Keats, Keefe, Keenen, Kegan, Kelan, Kelle, Kenan, Kenner, Kennet, Kenney, Kennie, Kennt, Kenny, Kent, Keoni, Kern, Kevan, Keye, Kline, Kwame, Lane, Leone, Rane, Rene, Renne, Shane and Zane. These names tend to be more frequently used than Keane.

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