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Gender: Male Origin of Ninian: Scottish and Irish, meaning unknown

The name Ninian is a boy's name of Scottish origin. Ninian and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF #12 (international friends)".

From the experts:

Ancient Irish saint's name that's unlikely, because of its similarity to "ninny," to join cousin Finian in popularity.

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Famous People Named Ninian

Saint Ninian, 5th-century Celtic saint, believed to have been a missionary to the Picts
Ninian Martin Stephen, 20th Governor-General of Australia
Ninian Edwards, U.S. Senator and Governor of Illinois
(Roderick) Ninian Smart, Scottish writer and educator
(John) Ninian Comper, Scottish architect
Ninian Cockburn, Scottish soldier and officer of the Garde Écossaise
Ninian Pinkney, U.S. Naval surgeon
Ninian Sanderson, Scottish racing driver
Ninian Chirneyside, a servant of the Earl of Bothwell, denounced as a rebel in 1591 for failing to appear at a hearing before King James VI of Scotland on charges of treason and witchcraft

Pop Culture References for the name Ninian

Ninian Deacon, character in Zona Gale's 1920 novel Miss Lulu Bett
St. Ninian's, church in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques



AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I adore this name. I think it's fresh, elegant, cute and charming, with its obscurity being an extra big bonus. With that in mind, while I originally thought that 'ninny' might be a potential issue, after further thought I've come to the conclusion that it isn't. Because nowdays, no one really uses 'ninny' as a word, not even small children. Even so, Ninian is so swift and easily spoken that I doubt the nickname would crop up anyway. Overall, it's definitely a choice I'd like to see being used. This name is too spectacular to not deserve a revival.

Zelliew Says:


An unflattering name , in my opinion