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Cian is an old Irish and Gaelic name that's actually still quite popular in Ireland and Great Brittain, but it hasn't quite caught on in the United States. That probably has to do with the pronunciation of the first syllable, which is “key.” It's simply not a natural matchup for Americans. However, many Americans and even some Brits have started using the name with the spelling Kian or Kyan, which flows off the English tongue a little better. Pair Cian with a classic middle name to give it an American touch.

Meaning of the name Cian:

Irish: Ancient

Origin of the name Cian:

Cian is an Irish name with Gaelic origins. It means “ancient.”

Symbolism of the name Cian:

Cian doesn't offer much in the way of symbolism. New parents may see it as a way to honor their Irish heritage or passion for the Irish culture.

Style of the name Cian:

International, traditional

Gender of the name Cian:

Cian is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Cian:


Number of syllables in the name Cian:


Emotion evoked from the name Cian:

The baby name Cian evokes images of someone who is strong, powerful, and confident.

Alternative spellings for the name Cian:

  • Kian
  • Cyan
  • Kyan
  • Ciean
  • Kiean

Nicknames for the name Cian:

Popularity of the name Cian:

According to the Social Security Administration, Cian has never been a top 1,000 baby name for boys or girls in the United States.

Related names for the name Cian:

  • Cain 
  • Ciaran
  • Cowan
  • Crane
  • Cai

Great middle names for Cian and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Cian:

  • Cian Bolger (soccer player)
  • Cian Ciaran (musician)
  • Cian O'Connor (equestrian)
  • Cian Healy (rugby player)
  • Cian O'Sullivan (soccer player)

Cian in popular culture:


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