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What does Kieran mean?

Kieran /kier-an/ as a boys' name is pronounced KEER-en. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kieran is "black". Name of a saint (sixth century) who was admired for his generosity. Actor Kieran Culkin.

Associated with: irish, black (dark), saint, generosity (gracious)


Kieran has 11 variants: Ciaran, Keiran, Keiron, Kernan, Kieren, Kiernan, Kieron, Kierren, Kierrin, Kierron and Kiran.

Kieran has 1 feminine form: Kiara.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Keran, Kierna, ..

(female) Kierani, Kierni, ..

How popular is Kieran?

Kieran is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#50903 out of 150436, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Shown below is the birth name history of Kieran for boys. Kieran was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top rank of #474 in the U.S. in 2011, and is currently at #576. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the statistics of Kieran and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Kieran (#576 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000 are Kiran (#1609 via latest list), Ciaran (#1783), Kiernan and Kieron. These relations of Kieran reached the apex of their popularity in 2011 (average #1569) and are almost as popular today. Kieran is the all-time favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kieran, Ciaran, Kiernan, Kiran in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kieran, Ciaran, Kieron outside U.S.

Similar Names


Kieran is alike in pronunciation to Curran, Kerwin, Kerwyn, Kirone, Kirwan, Kirwen, Koren, Korin, Korrin, Kyran and Kyron. Other recommended names are Jeran, Kaelan, Kairn, Karam, Kean, Kearn, Keegan, Keelan, Keenan, Kegan, Kelan, Kenan, Kerem, Kern, Kevan, Kian, Kiean, Kienan, Kienen, Kilean, Kilian, Kram, Teran, Tienan, Tiernan and Zimran. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kieran.