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What does Ciaran mean?

Ciaran Pronunciation of Ciaran as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Ciaran) is pronounced KEE-a-rawn. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ciaran is "black". Ciarán is derived from "ciar". Often anglicized as Kieran. Name of two Irish saints, a hermit of the fifth century and the founder of the monastery.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, black (dark), saints



RELATED FORMS VIA KIERAN Keiran, Kieren, Kiernan, Kieron, Kiran

FEMININE FORMS Ciara, Kerrin, Kerry



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How popular is Ciaran?

Ciaran is an unusual first name for men. Ciaran is also an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Ciaran was first listed in 1998 and reached its apex rank of #1777 in the U.S. in the year 2013, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Kieran (#497 A YEAR AGO), Kiernan, Kieron and Kiran (#1654) are the prominent variation forms of Ciaran ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Ciaran were favored less than a decade ago (MEDIAN #1573) and have remained as popular to this day (#1630, 6%). Kieran is the most chic name for newborns in this list.

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

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

Similar Names

Ciaran is alike in pronunciation to Cyran. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aaran, Cadan, Cahan, Cairn, Calan, Carman, Carne, Carny, Caron, Carsan, Carwyn, Cavan, Chanan, Chayan, Cian, Claran, Claron, Coren, Corin, Corrin, Corwan, Crain, Cram, Crane, Crayn, Curran, Cyrano, Daran, Garan, Jaran, Taran, Tiarnan and Zimran. Like Ciaran, these names are not commonly used.

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