Gender: Female Pronunciation: KEER-an Meaning of Kieran: "little dark one" Origin of Kieran: Irish

Kieran Origin and Meaning

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

Kieran is a boys' name that could cross over, as an update of outmoded Karen or a variation on trendy Kiera (or Keira or Kyra). Keren Ann is an Israeli-born singer. The proportion of babies named Kieran who are girls is less than ten percent.

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Pop Culture References for the name Kieran

Kiaran, Ciara


danirose01 Says:


I was about to come here to say that this is my best friend's name and she spells it Keirin. I know two girls with this name, but I'm not here to argue whether or not it's unisex. It is cute though.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Says me, what? I suggest you form a proper sentence before you respond to someone's 2 month old post.

Zelliew Says:


Says you !

Zelliew Says:


I worked with a woman from Fiji who was called Kiran

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Um... Tatum being in the top 1000 for boys DOES make it unisex, statistically speaking. If you think that ONE girl bearing the name Kieran makes it a unisex choice, then how do dozens (if not hundreds) of boys named Tatum not qualify the name as unisex, in your mind? And, having said that, exactly WHEN did I state that a girl named Kieran was an atrocity? Because I can't seem to find that in my comments, or even an insinuation of it. Also, so what if Billie was once in the top 100 for girls? Pearl, Mary and Elza were all in the top 400 for boys once, but you don't see Nameberry advertising them as legitimate unisex options now, do you?

Overall, though I can understand what you're saying, the argument that you're trying to make is flawed. If you - or anyone - happens to like Kieran on a girl then, fine. No problem. The world would be a dull place if we all thought the same. But that doesn't alter the fact that Kieran is an all-masculine choice and should be acknowledged as such.

indiefendi2 Says:


Tatum is a female name that is in the middle of the Top 1000 for boys, that doesn't make it unisex either. Being a girl named Kieran isn't the worst baby name atrocity. Billie was once in the Top 100 for girls!

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


So? I met a boy named Julie once - that doesn't make it a unisex name. Kieran would have to be used for hundreds of girls for it to breech the top 1000, thereby making it a legitimate unisex name. Knowing one girl with the name means that that's one girl with a boy name. Simple as.

indiefendi2 Says:


I've known a girl named Kieran. And there's a young actress named Kiernan. to name a few.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


No. No, no, no, no, no. Stop trying to MAKE names unisex, Nameberry! You would never say: "Elizabeth is a girl name that could cross over...", so why on Earth are you so intent on forcing the vice versa?!