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Gender: M Pronunciation: KEER-an Meaning of Ciaran: "little dark one" Origin of Ciaran: Irish

Extremely popular in Ireland, Ciaran is also well used in England and is beginning to infiltrate the U.S., more popularly with the phonetic Kieran spelling. An all-around attractive name whose only mild downside might be its similarity to the outmoded female Karen.

Although it was the name of twenty-six saints in Ireland, Ciaran was not used as a secular name there until the 1950s, and then more often in the Anglicized form, Kieran.

Belfast-born actor Ciaran Hinds played Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.

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Famous People Named Ciaran

Ciaran Hinds, Northern Irish actor
Ciaran Gerard Carson, Northern Irish novelist and poet
Ciaran Patrick O'Brien, American soccer player
Ciaran Clark, English-Irish footballer
Ciaran Gribbin, Northern Irish singer-songwriter
Ciaran Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union player
Ciaran Hearn, Canadian rugby union player

Pop Culture References for the name Ciaran

Ciaran McCarthy, character on British soap "Coronation Street"