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Meaning and Name Origin

Killian \k(il)-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.


Variations

Killian has 3 variants: Kilean, Kilian and Killean.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Cillian.

Killian has 1 more related form via Kelly: Kelley.


Popularity

Killian is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2301 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Killian for boys. Killian entered the list in 1995 and reached its apex rank of #516 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Killian name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Killian and affiliated names. Kelly, Kelley and Cillian are the popular alternative forms of Killian (#516 last year). These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1960-1969 and have become much less popular since, with the forms Kelly and Kelley becoming less stylish. Killian (#516) is the most fashionable name for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kelley, Kelly, Killian in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Killian is pronounced similarly to Keillan, Kellan and Kellin. Another suggested similar baby name is Gillian. Like Killian, these names are not commonly used.

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