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Keenan is an ancient baby name that dates back to the mythological title Cian. Cian is the father of Lugh Lamfada according to Irish legend, the god of justice. As of 2021, this ancient baby name is a top 2,300 option for boys.

Meaning of the name Keenan:

Irish: ancient, enduring

Origin of the name Keenan:

Keenan is the anglicized version of the Gaelic baby name Cianan. Cianan began as a nickname for Cian. It became popular in the fifth century because of an Irish saint. Cian dates back to ancient Irish mythology, as it is the title of the father of Lugh Lamfada. It is also the title of the ancestor of the Ciannachta people.

Symbolism of the name Keenan:

Keenan has the same meaning as its Irish version, Cianan. Cianan is a form of Cian. Cian translates to “ancient” or “enduring” in Irish.

Style of the name Keenan:


Gender of the name Keenan:

Keenan is a wholesome name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Keenan:


Number of syllables in the name Keenan:


Emotion evoked from the name Keenan:

Keenan is a wholesome and strong baby name. It is cultural and natural.

Alternative spellings for the name Keenan:

  • Keennan
  • Keinan
  • Keinnan
  • Keynan
  • Keynnan

Nicknames for the name Keenan:

  • Kee
  • KK
  • Keen
  • Keeny
  • Keenie
  • Keeni
  • Nan

Popularity of the name Keenan:

Keenan was first a top 1,000 baby name in 1958 at rank 942. it stayed on the Social Security Popularity Index until 2020 at number 994. As of 2021, Keenan is a top 2,300 option at rank 2,210. It ranked highest in 1997 at number 354.

Related names for the name Keenan:

Great middle names for Keenan and their meanings:

  • Brett (of Briton)
  • Wilder (untamed, wild)
  • Oliver (olive tree, ancestor's descendants)
  • Avery (ruler of elves, wise)
  • Cole (swarthy, charcoal, coal-black)
  • Ellis (kind, benevolent)
  • Brooks (water, small stream)
  • Frost (freezing of water, son of the frost)

Famous people with the name Keenan:

  • Keenan Wynn (character actor, “Son of Flubber”)
  • Keenan Allen (NFL player)
  • Keenan Reynolds (NFL player)
  • Keenan McCardell (NFL player)
  • Keenan Robinson (NFL player)
  • Keenan Cornelius (jiu jitsu performer)
  • Keenan Cahill (YouTube star)
  • Keenan Kampa (ballet dancer)

Keenans in popular culture:

  • Keenan (character from “Wicked Lovely”)
  • Keenan (character from “An Amber in the Ashes”)
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