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What does Kilian mean?

Kilian Pronunciation of Kilian [kil-ian] as a name for boys. The meaning of Kilian is "bright-headed". Kilian is an alternate form of Killian (Irish, Gaelic): from the same root as Kelly.

Associated with: bright.


Kilian has 2 variants: Kilean and Killean.

Creative forms:
(male) Kelian, Kimian, ..

(female) Kilna, Kilsan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kilian Landon (K.L.), ..

How popular is Kilian?

Kilian is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#10460 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kilian entered the list in 2014 and reached its top rank of #1330 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. The only other popular related form of Kilian (#1330 via latest list) is Killian (#348 via latest list). These relations of Kilian were at the apex of their popularity in 2015 (usage of 0.1%). Killian is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kilian, Killian in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kilian is pronounced similarly to Cailean, Cailin, Calan, Callan, Colan, Colin, Cullan, Kaelan, Kaelin, Kalen, Kalin, Keallan, Keelan, Keelin, Keilan, Keillan, Kelan, Kellan, Kellen, Kellin, Kelwinn, Kelwyn, Kylan, Kylen and Quillan. Other suggested similar names are Ailean, Ailin, Bivian, Cillian, Dilan, Dillan, Eilan, Eilean, Eilian, Eirian, Elian, Emilian, Filian, Fillan, Finian, Gilean, Gilian, Gillan, Gillian, Gilman, Julian, Kalani, Kalman, Kelvan, Kian, Kiean, Kienan, Kieran, Kiran, Kirwan, Klein, Kleon, Kline, Midian, Milan, Ninian, Silvan, Tilman and Vivian. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kilian.

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