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What does Keenan mean?

Keenan [keen-an] as a boys' name is pronounced KEE-nen. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Keenan is "ancient". See also Kenan and Keane. Actors Keenan Wynn, Keenan Ivory Wayans; football player Keenan McCardell.

Associated with: irish, ancient.


Keenan has 7 variants: Keen, Keenen, Keenon, Kennan, Kennon, Kienan and Kienen.

Keenan has 3 more related forms via Keane, Kenan: Kean, Keene and Keyne.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Keenanni, Keenin, ..

(female) Keenana, Keenanna, ..

How popular is Keenan?

Keenan is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#1021 out of 1220, Top 84%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#1707 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name statistics of Keenan for boys. Keenan was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest position of #354 in the U.S. in the year 1997, and is at #815 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Popular alternative forms of Keenan (#815 via latest list) are Kenan (#1478 via latest list), Kennon and Keenen. Other variants, like Keyne, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Keenan was common in 1997 (adoption of 0.05%) and is now much reduced (adoption 0.02%, down 61%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Keenan, Keenen, Kenan, Kennon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Keenan and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Keenan is pronounced similarly to Cannan, Conan, Kannan, Kannen, Kannon, Kanon and Kenyon. Other recommended names are Beegan, Beeman, Brenan, Deegan, Fernan, Hernan, Kaelan, Kaemon, Keagan, Kealan, Keegan, Keegen, Keeghan, Keelan, Keelin, Keeton, Kegan, Keilan, Keiran, Kelan, Kellan, Kelvan, Kenn, Kentan (see Kenton), Kernan, Kevan, Keyvan, Kiean, Kieran, Kiernan and Tienan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Keenan.