Ciarán

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Ciarán (Irish) or Ciaran (Scottish)[1][2] is a Gaelic male given name meaning "little dark one" or "blacky",[3] produced by appending a diminutive suffix to ciar ("black", "dark").[4][5] The female form is Ciara.

The name became common in reference to Ciar, son of Fergus mac Róich,[6] who gave his name to the Ciarraige and County Kerry,[7] and two 6th-century saints both counted among the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, Ciarán the Elder and Ciarán the Younger.

It is anglicized in various ways: Ciaran, Kieran, Kyran, Kerry, Keiron, Keiren, Kieren, Ceiran, Ceeran, etc.

Notable people[edit]

Saints[edit]

  • Saint Ciarán Saighir or Ciarán the Elder
  • Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise or Ciarán the Younger
  • Saint Ciarán of Dissert-Kieran, celebrated 14 June
  • Saint Ciarán of Clonsost, commemorated on 30 April.
  • Saint Ciarán mac Colga, celebrated on 19 May.
  • Saint Ciarán Mac Eochaidh of Tubrid, protogé of Saint Declan

People with the given name Keiren[edit]

People with the given name Kieran[edit]

People with the given name Kieren[edit]

People with the given name Kieron[edit]

See also[edit]

Fictionals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akerbeltz Gaelic Resources
  2. ^ Iain Mac an Tàilleir: Ainmean Pearsanta, retrieved from SMO website
  3. ^ "Ireland". Irish Boys Names. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  4. ^ "Southern Methodist University". Kira's Name. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Wiktionary". Ciar. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "RootsWeb". County Kerry. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Live views from Ireland: Kerry". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
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