How popular is the baby name Kieran in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Kieran and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Kieran.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Kieran

Number of Babies Named Kieran

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Kieran

How Do You Feel About Your Name, Kieran?

For today, I interviewed two Kierans — each with a very different opinion of his name.

The first Kieran is a 17-year-old from South Yorkshire, England. He thinks his name “very unique” and “truly awesome”:

I like my name because it’s a quite rare name around my area, and I only know one other guy who is called it (my father) and it has an awesome meaning: little dark one.

“There are no cons to my name,” he says. “I love my name, and my name loves me.”

The second Kieran is a 25-year-old from Port Talbot, South Wales. He can sum up how he feels about his name in just two words: “Hate it.”

When I was growing up in England — not Wales — there weren’t any other kids with the same name, which made me feel kind of special. [But] everyone under 15 is called Kieran nowadays. I hear mums calling their kids and I instantly turn to see who might be calling me.

Kieran the Younger and Kieran the Elder were born in 1990 and 1981, respectively. I don’t know how their name ranked in England and Wales during those two particular years, but it has been decreasing in popularity since the turn of the century:

Year Rank (Eng. & Wales)
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
26
34
35
37
40
49
57

In the U.S., the name ranked a paltry 566th in 2006. (It has been in the top 1,000 since 1992.)

Thank you, Kieran and Kieran!

Most Popular Baby Names in Malta in 2006

The National Statistics Office of Malta, a tiny island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, compiles baby name rankings by lumping variant spellings of names (like Matthew, Matteo and Matthias) together into a single entry.

The most popular baby names in Malta last year were:

Boy Names

  1. Luke/Luca (79 babies)
  2. Matthew/Matteo/Matthias (78)
  3. Jake (67)
  4. Andre & Isaac & Michael/Michele (tie; 49 each)
  5. Nicholas (46)
  6. Aidan (42)
  7. Kieran (41)
  8. Daniel (40)
  9. Kyle (37)
  10. Nathan/Nathaniel (31)
  11. Gabriel (30)
  12. Christian & Julian & Liam (tie; 27 each)
  13. Alexander (26)
  14. Zachery (23)
  15. Thomas (22)
  16. James (21)
  17. Benjamin (18)
  18. Tristan (17)
  19. Jaydon & Kurt & Leon & Sven (tie; 16 each)
  20. Denzel & John Paul (tie; 15 each)

Girl Names

  1. Maria/Mariah (73 babies)
  2. Maya (53)
  3. Amy (43)
  4. Martina & Emma (tie; 40 each)
  5. Shania (36)
  6. Ylenia & Michela/Michaela & Sarah (tie; 35 each)
  7. Elisa/Eliza (33)
  8. Julia (32)
  9. Jasmin (30)
  10. Hailey (72)
  11. Nicole (26)
  12. Francesca (25)
  13. Catherine/Katarina/Kate (23)
  14. Amber & Hannah (tie; 19 each)
  15. Emily & Kelsey (tie; 18 each)
  16. Thea (16)
  17. Kaylie & Lara (tie; 15 each)
  18. Matthea (14)
  19. Mireille & Naomi (tie; 13 each)
  20. Aaliyah (12)

There were 2,039 boys and 1,846 girls born in Malta in 2006. (The country only has 402,000 inhabitants total.) Based on the numbers above, 46% of those boys and 41% of those girls were given a top-20 name.