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GenderMale/Female/Non Binary
Meaning"little dark one"
Region of originIreland/Scotland
Other names
Alternative spellingCiaran
Variant form(s)Ciaran, Ciaron, Kieran, Keiran, Keiron, Kieron, Kiran, Keiren, Kieren, Kyran, Kyron, Keeran, Keeryuhn Ceiren[1]
Related namesCiara

Ciarán (Irish pronunciation: [ˈciəɾˠaːn̪ˠ]/[ciəˈɾˠaːn̪ˠ]) or Ciaran (Scottish,[2][3] pronounced /ˈkɪərən/ KEER-ən or /ˈkɪərɔːn/ KEER-awn), is a Gaelic male given name. It means "little dark one"[4] or "little dark-haired one", produced by appending a diminutive suffix to ciar ("black", "dark").[5] It is the masculine version of the name Ciara. It is also a given female name and isn't always assigned to gender.

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 early Irish saints both counted among the Twelve Apostles of Ireland: Ciarán the Elder and Ciarán the Younger.

It is anglicised in various ways: Ciaran, Kieran, Keiran, Keiron, Keiren etc.

Notable people[edit]


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]


  • Ciaran McCarthy, soap opera character
  • King Ciaran of Venallis. One of the main characters in the Song of Souls trilogy by Christen Stovall.
  • Lord's Blade Ciaran, from the video game Dark Souls
  • Kieran, from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare, a Wild Hunter and Mark Blackthorn's boyfriend
  • Kieran is the son of Lord Donnán, who appears in the seventh episode of psychological horror adventure game The Last Door.

Other cultures[edit]

  • Similarly pronounced/written names exist in other cultures. Hindu religion in India has the names Kiran and Kiron (pronunciation: ki-RUN) - both means "Ray of Light". In North India, this name is used for both boys and girls whereas in South India, only boys are named after this.


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  2. ^ Akerbeltz Gaelic Resources Archived 22 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Iain Mac an Tàilleir: Ainmean Pearsanta, retrieved from SMO website
  4. ^ "Ireland". Irish Boys Names. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Southern Methodist University". Kira's Name. 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.