What does Killian mean?
Killian [kil-lian] as a boys' name is pronounced KIL-ee-an. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Killian is "bright-headed". From the same root as Kelly. The name is popular in France.
Affiliated boy name: Cillian.Creative forms:
(male) Kalian, Killina, ..
(female) Killiney, Kilney, .. Middle name pairings:
Killian Domenic (K.D.), ..
How popular is Killian?
Killian is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2771 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name statistics of Killian for boys. Killian entered the list in 1990 and reached its apex rank of #348 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a charted study of the popularity of the boy name Killian and affiliated names. Kilian (#1330 last year), Cillian (#1407) and Kelly (#1582) are the popular alternative forms of Killian (#348 last year) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Killian reached the apex of their popularity 6 decades ago (usage of 0.1%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.1%, 52.1% less), with the form Kelly becoming somewhat outmoded. Kelly is the clear favorite, although Killian seems to be getting popular too.
Killian▲ is pronounced similarly to Callan▲, Collin, Cullan, Cullin, Kaelan, Kaelin, Kalan, Kalin, Kealan, Keallan, Keallin, Keelan, Keelin, Keilan, Keillan, Kelan, Kellan▲, Kellen, Kellin, Kelwin, Kelwinn, Kylan▲ and Quillan. Other suggested similar names are Ailean, Cullinan, Dallan, Dilan▲, Dillan, Eilan, Eilean, Eilian, Elian, Emilian, Filian, Fillan, Foillan (see Faolan), Gilean, Gilian, Gillan, Gillean, Gillian, Gillion, Gillman, Gilman, Gilzean, Gullan, Karlan, Karlin, Katlin, Kellton, Kellven, Kian▲, Kiean, Kienan, Kieran▲, Kiernan, Kingman, Kiran, Kirklin, Klein, Koltin, Kristian, Mellan, Midian, Milan▲, Nollan, Rollan, Salvian, Siprian, Stillman, Sullivan▲, Tallan, Tillman▼, Vivian▼ and William▼. These names tend to be more commonly used than Killian.See names in meaning and etymology.