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Gender Male
Language(s) Gaelic
Meaning "little dark one"
Region of origin Ireland/Scotland
Other names
Alternative spelling Ciaran
Variant form(s) Ciaran, Kieran, Kyran, Kerry, Keiron, Keiren, Kieren, Keiran, Keeran,[1] Ceiran, Ceeran, Cairan
Related names Ciara, Sierra, Cierra

Ciarán (Irish pronunciation: [ˈciəɾˠaːn̪ˠ]/[ciəˈɾˠaːn̪ˠ]) or Ciaran (Scottish)[2][3] is a Gaelic male given name meaning "little dark one" or "blacky",[4] produced by appending a diminutive suffix to ciar ("black", "dark").[5][6] The female form is Ciara.

The name became common in reference to Ciar, son of Fergus mac Róich,[7] who gave his name to the Ciarraige and County Kerry,[8] and two early Irish 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, Keiron, Keiren, Kieren, Keiran, Ceiran, etc.

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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]

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  2. ^ Akerbeltz Gaelic Resources
  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. ^ "Wiktionary". Ciar. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "RootsWeb". County Kerry. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Live views from Ireland: Kerry". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 March 2009.