Meaning of the Irish name Cian. Listen and learn how to pronounce Cian so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: From cian “”ancient, enduring.”” In legend Cian Mac Mael Muad was the son-in-law of Brian Boru (read the legend) who led the armies from the province of Munster to victory over the invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, a battle in which both he and Brian were killed. Cian was the eighth most popular Irish boys name in Ireland in 2003.

GENDER: Boy | Male


PRONUNCIATION: “”key + in””

ENGLISH: Kane, Kean, Keane

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Cian and read along with the meaning)

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Meaning "fair-haired," the name has been popular since the sixth century when St. Finbar came to an area of Cork that was being tormented by a serpent. The people begged him to do something to help them. One night he went to where the serpent was sleeping and sprinkled it with holy water. The angry serpent tore and devoured the land until she slithered into the sea at Cork Harbor. The track she left behind filled with water and became the River Lee and that’s why St. Finbar is the patron saint of Cork. It is said that the sun didn’t set for two weeks after Finbar’s death.