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.

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

Thank you, Kieran and Kieran!

3 thoughts on “How do you feel about your name, Kieran?

  1. I identify with both Kierans, at different times in my life. I was born in New York in 1962. Growing up, I resented my parents for giving me a name that no one else had. The meaning of the name–“little dark one”–did not match my red hair and pale skin, To top things off, I was named after a plane! Aer Lingus had named its first fleet of jets after Irish saints, among them St. Kieran. At school other kids made fun of my name, distorting it into names like Karen and Queeran. But most people I’ve met have told me they think my name is beautiful. It took me much longer, but now I love it–and years later, when I found out that I was born, coincidentally, on St. Kieran’s feast day, I knew I could never be anything other than a Kieran–and wouldn’t want to be.

  2. I also love my name. I am a male, and I pronounce it Key-air-in as. Think carkeys-air you breathe-come inside. I love my name because it is so unique. I have never met another Kieran face to face. I’m 13 years old and live in KY, USA

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