"little dark one"

Kieran Origin and Meaning

The name Kieran is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "little dark one".

Long popular in Ireland and England, Kieran, the name of Ireland's first-born saint and twenty-five other saints, has been building its U.S. fan base thanks to its strong and attractive sound, and its fashionable Irish brogue. While Ciaran is the more authentic Irish spelling, Kieran is more popular this side of the Atlantic.

Julianna Margulies chose Kieran for her son, and Kieran is a Culkin brother to Macaulay and Rory. Kier is an attractive short form, and Kiera/Keira is Kieran's girl twin.

# 476 in the US

Kieran Rank in US Top 1000

# 86 on Nameberry

Kieran Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Kieran Popularity

Famous People Named Kieran

  • Kieran Kyle CulkinAmerican actor and brother of Macaulay
  • Kieran James Ricardo GibbsEnglish footballer
  • Kieran Christopher LeeEnglish footballer
  • Kieran Ricardo AgardEnglish footballer
  • Kieran O'DonnellIrish politician
  • Kieran MulroneyAmerican actor
  • Kieran ReadNew Zealand rugby union player
  • Kierran MoseleyAustralian rugby league player
  • Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal (b. 2008)son of American actress Julianna Margulies
  • Kieran Thomas Roberts (b. 2010)son of American actress Alana de la Garza
  • Kieran Romney (adopted 2013)grandson of American politician Mitt Romney
  • Kieran TrippierEnglish footballer

Kieran in Pop Culture

  • Kierancharacter In the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Kieranunseelie prince in Cassandra Clare's trilogy "The Dark Artifices"
  • Kierancharacter on Freeform's "Chasing Life"
  • Kieranpossible son of Morrigan in the video game "Dragon Age"
  • Kieran BransonTom Branson's brother on TV's "Downton Abbey"
  • Kieran Wilcoxcharacter on MTV's "Scream"
  • Kieran Aldencharacter in the "Sky Chasers" series by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Kieran from TMobile, Internet meme
  • Kieran Whitecharacter in 'Purple Hyacinth'