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What does Kieran mean?

Kieran Pronunciation of 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.

1 feminine form: Kiara.

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

(female) Kierni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kieran Ayan (K.A.), ..

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)

Kieran was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top rank of #474 in the U.S. in 2011, and is currently at #511. (2015 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.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Kieran (#511 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000 are Kiran (#1388 via latest list), Ciaran (#1969), Kiernan and Kieron. These relations of Kieran were at the apex of their popularity in 2015 (average #1573). 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.

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