Killian Name Meaning & Origin

Killian

Pronunciation: KI-lee-ən (key)

Origin of the name Killian:

Pet form of the Irish Ceallach (war, strife). Var: Cillian.

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Comments and insights on the name Killian: | Edit

Used in Ireland but also France (it's in the top 50)

Personal experiences with the name Killian: | Edit

My sons name is Killian Michael, I found this name in the last few weeks of my pregnancy and fell in love. he's now just over 2 and everyday I love his name more. Always getting complements on the name, but people do think of the beer quite frequently and sometimes I get odd looks at the store when I call for him by his nickname Kill lol

my 17 month old daughter is killian jack she is a twin and her sisters name is lily. i love the name, and it is special to me for personal reasons and someday i hope she will understand how special she and her name are.

When his daddy chose it, it was because of its strong irish sound, paired with sebastian you can't go wrong on knowing that kids heritage, hahaha, but a lot of people think he is named for the beer rather than that!

i just recently met someone whose name is Killian. It seemed odd to me at first because my mom's side of the family's last name is Killian. I think it's an interesting name, but beware--people will automatically think of the beer!

I love the name Killian.

My daughters name is killian and we call her Lilli for short! What a coincidence to the mom above!

I am 18 and a girl my name is Killian George. I have had a love; hate relationship with my name due to taunting in grade school but love it now more than ever. I am so glad to see more girls named Killian. The nicknames are right too I am always called Kill or Killi by my baby sister.

My son's name is Killian Joseph. We intended on calling him KJ for short but Killian suits him wonderfully! We got it from Once Upon a Time. We wanted something unique that was a real name.

Nicknames for Killian: | Edit

KilliWatt, Kill, Lilli, Killi, Lian, Lia, Lili, Hook, Kilo, Key, Ki, Ki-yen, Keane

Meanings and history of the name Killian: | Edit

In most books I own it means "little fiery or little red bearded warrior"

“Saint Kilian/Killian was an Irish missionary bishop and the Apostle of Franconia (nowadays the northern part of Bavaria), where he began his labours towards the end of the 7th century. His feast day is July 8.”

Famous real-life people named Killian: | Edit

Saint Killian

Killian in song, story & screen: | Edit

Killian "Hook" Jones is a character in "Once Upon A Time".

Killian Gardiner is a character in "Witches of East End".

Killian (Kilian) is a character in the book "Palmeras en la Nieve" by Luz Gabás.

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