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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Kieran
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Kieran in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Kieran:
Records indicate that 7,817 boys in the United States have been named Kieran since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2011, when 556 people in the U.S. were given the name Kieran. Those people are now 9 years old.
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Comments about the name Kieran
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24 Positive Comments
"Kierans must unite! We only get more powerful when we join together." Oct. 19, 2020:
"Ciaran is the Irish version of the name Kirean. Its also the origin of the name. Popular in. Ireland. I was born in the mid seventies. K - rawn its prouncouned in Irish language. Meaning dark one" Jul. 9, 2020:
"It's my name! Found out that people struggle with pronouncing it. Sometimes people get it right! Otherwise, i've only met 1 other Kieran. Pretty rare. Mine is pronounced Kee-ran. Most people say Karen or Keernan. Soo..." Jul. 25, 2019:
"It's my name. You certainly get noticed with this name (teachers, fellow students, etc). Anonymity is rare unless you're in Ireland." Oct. 12, 2015:
"I live in the U.S. and our youngest son's name is Kieran. There are more than a few people who have referred to him as a she, based on spelling or misinterpretation. After awhile, you just kind of shrug it off. My son doesn't care much either." Jul. 30, 2015:
"My grandson is named Kyran, and we pronounce it Ky (k..long I) ran, but usually we call him Ky for short." Jan. 20, 2014:
"We named our son Kieran, because of our Irish ancestry. We researched on how the name was typically pronounced in Ireland, and it's pronounced as Kee-ran." Jun. 22, 2012:
"I'm a girl in my 20's named Kiernan. I used to hate it, but now value how unique it is. Everyone I meet tells me they don't know another Kiernan." Oct. 29, 2010:
"its an awesome name! my name is kierNan. its basically the same right?" Sep. 28, 2009:
"My beautiful boy is called Kieran Michael,I love my dark haired boy he suits his name very much, we have Irish family hence the choice" Jun. 23, 2009:
"ITS MY BOY FRIENDS NAME. BUT HE SPELLS IT KEIRAN (KEE-RAN) AND HIS LITTLE SISTERS NAME IS KEELY (KEE-LEE). ISNT THAT CUTE.
YEAH ITS A HOT NAME DEFF.
NICKNAMES KEI KE KEY. LOVE IT" Jun. 21, 2009:
"My son's name is Kyran (Kee-ran) and most people do pronounce it wrong, but I love it! I don't understand how the name Kyra (as in Sedgewick) is pronounced Kee-ra and people want to make Kyran sound like K-eye-ran. Oh well, I still love it and wouldn't change it for anything!" May. 20, 2009:
"We named our first son 'Kyran' because of a strong Irish heritage from both parents. I had heard the name before, and fell in love with it when I was about 12! My husband and I were kicking around other names, and when the day finally came, we couldn't decide, and our poor son was nameless for his first two hours of life! But finally, we decided, Kyran it was. And the spelling was not only unique but also phonetic with how we pronouce it. (We don't pronounce it traditionally, but rather KY-ren). We though it was pretty unique but soon learned when we were stationed (my husband is in the Army)on the East Coast a year later, just in his unit alone, there are 6 different little boys around his age with either the name 'Kye' or 'Keiran'." Oct. 12, 2008:
"My chinchilla's name is Kieran.
He's wickedly cool." Mar. 12, 2008:
"My boyfriend name is Kieran and when i first heard it i thought it was different and cute. It was hard for me to say it at first and it can be mistaking for a women's name." Dec. 1, 2007:
"It's a good, solid male Irish name, though it's too easily mistaken as a woman's name in the United States." Jul. 25, 2007:
"I absolutely L.O.V.E it! It's unique and unusual! I'm a girl and I do agree with the people who said that "kieran" sounded like "karen"" Jul. 7, 2007:
"My daughter's name is Kyran. Back in '92 when I was nine months pregnant with her I was watching "The Price Is Right" and the camera panned over the audience. I saw a middle-aged guy with the name KYRAN on his nametag. I thought "Kyyyyyyran....that's a nice name" and it stuck. She doesn't like it now (at 14) cause people always get her name wrong (i.e. Karen,KyRON, KEEron) Whatever! It's unique to me...I absolutely love her name!" May. 24, 2007:
"My name is Kiernan, with two n's. I have three brothers, named Sean, Patrick, and Brian, so my parents wanted something different. Most people I meet can't pronounce it right, even after a few tries." Mar. 12, 2007:
"A beautiful name for a beautiful boy!! We named our son KIERAN born in 2004!! Im always asked how I spell it as there are so many different ways or spelling the same sounding name!!" Feb. 16, 2007:
"I know a boy named Kieran, and he is beautiful. I think it's a fantastic name and would definitely give it to my child. People do misspell it sometimes, but not often and only those who generally can't spell!" Jun. 14, 2006:
"My son's name! Love it but i spell it Ciaran which is a much nicer way of spelling it!
Really dont like the spelling with the K!" Mar. 27, 2006:
"We named our second son Kieran - his older brother is Aidan. (We wanted an Irish name-other than Sean or Patrick.) We love it!" Feb. 10, 2006:
"I named my Son this in 1996. I loved it. It is pronounced Keer-an. It is amazing how many people d not kow how to pronounce it." Jan. 13, 2006:
12 Neutral Comments
"My son is named Kieran. The biggest complaint is when people call him Karen." Nov. 1, 2018:
"Our #3 son born in the 90s is named Kieran based on our Irish heritage. We live in a small town and his name gets noticed. There are now a couple of younger boys with the name here. We must be trend setters!" Aug. 19, 2018:
"We named our son Kieran James in August 2009. We have one of the most common last names in the country so wanted to have a unique first name-and something Irish. People do sound like they say "Karen" or think it's a girls' name sometimes but we also call him Kier for short, or his initials- KJ. I love the flexibility in this name." Jan. 7, 2010:
"Got just don't spell it Kyran it is pronounced KEE-ran KY-ran is a completely different name." Oct. 4, 2009:
"My name is Kieran and it is ok....people sometimes say kierian or kiernan......or the worst karen....they think its a girls name." Dec. 20, 2007:
"My son's name is Kyren - my husband decided to make the spelling a little more simple. Although we get the name mistaken for Karen a lot, we still love it! It's a great name for a great boy :)" May. 3, 2007:
"I love this name...i know someone with this name only he spells is Kieren...sexy name ;)" Apr. 27, 2007:
"im not too crazy about it. sounds like the female version 'karen'. but that is just my opinion." Apr. 12, 2007:
"This is my daughters name but we spell it Kyran. I fell in love with this name when someone suggested it to me. No one knows how to pronounce it. They say Karen or KEY RON. That is ok b/c I still love it." Apr. 7, 2007:
"I live in the UK and there are a few around. I think it kind of sounds like whoever had it would be pretty hot. :D" Mar. 27, 2007:
"We named our son Kieran due to our strong ties to the UK, where it's popular. In North America, though, many people have never heard of it. We have to spell it to many first-time listeners, who otherwise think we named our son "Karen"." Feb. 23, 2006:
"My sons name is Kieran. Very popular in the UK, but not so known in the US. Alot of people love the name, but since it's not in the top 100, alot of people just can't wrap their tongues around it." Oct. 27, 2005:
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