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Kiernan Meaning and Origin

Kiernan is a unisex name of Irish origin, meaning: “little dark one.” The name Kiernan is derived from the Gaelic name “Ciarán,” which means “dark-haired” or “black.” It is a unisex name, although it is more commonly used for boys. The name Kiernan has historical roots in Ireland and is associated with various saints and prominent figures. In Irish mythology, Ciarán of Clonmacnoise was a renowned saint and one of the twelve apostles of Ireland. He was a scholar and founded the famous Clonmacnoise monastery. Famous individuals with the name Kiernan include Kiernan Shipka, an American actress known for her role as Sally Draper in the TV series “Mad Men” and as Sabrina Spellman in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” Another notable figure is Kiernan Brennan “Kiki” Shipka, an American baseball player who played for the Chicago Cubs in the 1920s and 1930s. This name is perfect for parents who want to celebrate heritage in Ireland or love a rare gender-neutral name. 

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