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What does Kieran mean?

Kieran Pronunciation of Kieran 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)


VARIANTS Ciaran, Keiran, Keiron, Kernan, Kieren, Kiernan, Kieron, Kierren, Kierrin, Kierron, Kiran




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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 #497. (2018 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?

Prominent alternative forms of Kieran (#497 VIA LATEST LIST) listed in the Top 2000 are Kiran (#1654), Ciaran, Kiernan and Kieron. These relations of Kieran reached the apex of their popularity in 2015 (AVERAGE #1573) and have remained as popular to this day. 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 sound-alike 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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