Gender: Male Meaning of Kieran: "little dark one" Origin of Kieran: Irish Kieran's Popularity in 2018: #497

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. Strong and attractive, with a fashionable Irish brogue, its only drawback is possible confusion with such female choices as Karen and Kyra. While Ciaran is the more authentic Irish spelling, the anglicized Kieran will be easier for Americans to understand.

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.

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Rank in US: #497

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Pop Culture References for the name Kieran

Keiran, Keiren, Keiron, Keirnon, Kiaron, Kiarron, Kier, Kieren, Kierian, Kierien, Kiernan, Kieron, Kierr, Kierre, Kierron, Kyran

Kieran's International Variations

Ciarán, Ciarán (Irish)


MeMyself_And_I Says:


Hate it. makes me think of vapes, iphones, hoverboards and purple hair. Dumb millennial name.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Well, you have been hearing it from those who may not be literate enough to pronounce the name correctly.

pointless Says:


I recently met someone with this name, but he pronounces it KY-ran, which I believe is South African

yourlocaldumpster Says:


I love this name so much!

pamsatran Says:


The correct pronunciation is KEER-an. Listen here:

Nozomi Says:


Well I know two people with this name who pronouce it differently ( KAI - ren ; KEE - AIR - IN ) so it all depends on how you like to pronounce it cause ive never heard it pronounced KEER - an

headintheclouds Says:


Very sharp cool Irish name that I'm surprised I don't hear more often, especially with the popularity of these type of -n ending Irish boy names, and the popularity of the girl version Keira/Kiera. Great name all around.

indiefendi2 Says:


I never think of Karen when I hear a boy named Kieran.

Rush1986 Says:


I have loved this name for a long time. I'm just worried people in the US would be like "what's his name? Karen??

KLGG88 Says:


Love Kieran! Unfortunately, my husband does not. It's so unusual where I'm from, but too common in Wales where my husband's from. Boo :( hoping one day I can talk him into it.

summerrae Says:


I like this better for a boy, Kiera for a girl

strawberrydino Says:


I surprisingly really like this name!

raevynstar Says:


Thank you. :)

AprilRobin Says:


It is pronounced as KEER-an

raevynstar Says:


How is it pronounced? KAI-ran (like tie) or KEER-an?