Kanan is a unique unisex baby name that can mean “merchant” (from Arabic), “forest, grove” (from Sanskrit), “quiver of arrows” (from Turkish), “little wolf” (from Welsh), and “answering dream” or “south” (from Japanese). Kanan has never been in the top 1000 baby names in the US but is a popular name in other regions around the world.

Meaning of the name Kanan:

Arabic: merchant
Sanskrit: forest, grove
Turkish: quiver of arrows
Welsh: little wolf
Japanese: answering dream, south

Origin of the name Kanan:

Kanan is a unisex baby name with many different origins. Kanan is a boy’s name in Arabic, Turkish, and Welsh. Kanan is a unisex name in Sanskrit and Japanese. In Arabic, it means “merchant”. In Sanskrit, Kanan means “forest, grove”. In Turkish, it means “quiver of arrows”. In Welsh, Kanan is the Anglicized version of Cuán and means “little wolf”. In Japanese, Kanan means “answering dream” as a girl’s name and “south” as a boy’s name.

Symbolism of the name Kanan:

Kanan has rich natural symbolism such as forests, groves, and wolves. This gives the name Kanan strong ties to nature. Wolves are symbols of community, strength, and survival.

Style of the name Kanan:


Gender of the name Kanan:

Kanan is a great name for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Kanan:

KYEH-nan, KU-nan

Number of syllables in the name Kanan:


Emotion evoked from the name Kanan:

Kanan evokes feelings of strength and passion.

Alternative spellings for the name Kanan:

Kenan, Canan, Conan, Konan, Kanen

Nicknames for the name Kanan:

Popularity of the name Kanan:

According to the Social Security Administration, Kanan is an uncommon baby boy’s name. Kanan has never appeared in the top 1000 baby names.

Related names for the name Kanan:

Great middle names for the name Kanan and their meanings:



  • Linnea (lime tree)
  • Shirin (charming, sweet)
  • Yona (bear, dove)
  • Maeve (she who intoxicates)

Famous people with the name Kanan:

  • Kanan Badalov (American chef)
  • Kanan Gill (Indian stand-up comedian)
  • Kanan Minami (Japanese manga artist)
  • Kanan Malhotra (Indian model)
  • Kanan Devi (Indian actress and singer)

Kanan in popular culture:

  • Kanan Jarrus (television, “Star Wars Rebels”)
  • Kanan Elijah Stark (television, “Power”)
  • Kanan Matsuura (television, “Love Live Sunshine!”)
  • Kanan (comics, “Saiyuki”)
  • Kanan the Swordmis (television, “Yu-Gi-Oh!”)