Usage: Killian, of Scottish Gaelic origin, is a popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Killian are in general originating from France, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Killian across the world, see Cillian.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 5.
The name Killian is ranked on the 9,793rd position of the most used names. It means that this name is commonly used.
We estimate that there are at least 26100 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.001% of the population.
The name Killian has seven characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Killian for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Killian, as a given name, is an Anglicized version of the Irish name Cillian. One possible meaning for the name is “Church of John”, cill meaning “church” and Ian being the Gaelic version of “John”. The Rev. Patrick Woulfe wrote that Cillian is the ‘pet’ diminutive of Ceallach which means “war” or “strife”.
Killian, as a surname, is found in both Ireland and Germany. Said to be derived from Saint Kilian, an Irish missionary to Germany in the 7th century, it was originally spelled Ó Cillín in Irish before being Anglicized into Killeen as well as Killian. Spelling variations for Killian include Kilian, Killion, and others.
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Cillian. This name was borne by various early Irish saints, including the 7th-century author of a ‘Life of St Bridget’, and missionaries to Artois and Franconia.
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