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Cián, Ciarán, Cai

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casey101 Wed 03-Jun-15 22:45:12

Hi guys do you like any of the above names and if so which ones and why (and why not)
Thank you!

Pronounced Kian, Keiran and Kai but want c spellings (I think)

DampAndRotten Wed 03-Jun-15 23:02:11

Cian - great name
Ciaran - nice also, but maybe a bit over done
Cai - makes me think of Wayne Rooney, so no.

(I'm English btw, so no idea re correct spellings/pronunciation)

meluey Wed 03-Jun-15 23:03:08

Cian and Ciaran are nice names. There is not fada on the 'a' in Cian though. Not fond of Cai as it sounds a bit made up and of the moment.

DramaAlpaca Wed 03-Jun-15 23:08:41

Cian would be my favourite of the three.

Another suggestion: Cianán.

WankerDeAsalWipe Wed 03-Jun-15 23:53:28

I have a Ciar smile My choice from your options would be Cian.

HolyWell Thu 04-Jun-15 00:18:33

You've stuck an extraneous fada onto Cian. Cai is just awful, the other two are perfectly nice.

BreacadhAnLae Thu 04-Jun-15 01:52:01

As others have said, there's no fada on Cian. And if you include the fada on Ciarán, it would be pronounced by most Irish people as 'Kier-AWN'. If you want it to be pronounced Kieran, then Ciaran with no fada works better.

I love Cian and Ciarán, not so keen on Cai.

sweetpeame Thu 04-Jun-15 09:26:13

Cian and Ciaran (with or without a fada) are Irish or an anglecised form of an Irish name, Cai isn't, so they sound very different to me. Not sure if that's your understanding also or whether you'd put them all together as you feel there's a similar sound between them? In any case, Cian is my favourite. As other posters have mentioned, beware of using fadas in names if you're not sure they belong there as they change the sound of the name/word quite significantly.

squoosh Thu 04-Jun-15 10:48:40

Cian is my favourite but as others have said there's no fada over the a. With the fada it would be pronounced kee-awn rather than kee-un.

Evanna13 Thu 04-Jun-15 10:50:20

I love Cian (without the fada). It is such a nice simple name with a lovely history and meaning (means ancient). It is popular at the moment in Ireland.
I also like Ciaran but not a fan of Cai I am afraid.

squoosh Thu 04-Jun-15 10:51:25

I think Cai is Welsh isn't it?

squoosh Thu 04-Jun-15 10:54:08

I think some people think fadas are merely decorative. There's a guy on Twitter I sometimes come across whose name is Éoin. I itch to tell him that the fada over the E has no business at all being there.

I have refrained so far.

Orange6358 Thu 04-Jun-15 10:54:40

I once met a Caius

NealCaffreysHat Thu 04-Jun-15 11:00:07

Like Cai and cian, both how they are spelt here in Wales. How about:-


All Welsh boys names.

SoupyNorman Thu 04-Jun-15 12:21:30

squoosh would the Éoin be a certain Labour activist?

squoosh Thu 04-Jun-15 12:25:54

That's the one Soupy! He seems to be a bit of a ninny.

Not that I'm surprised, the extraneous fada gave the game away ages ago.

SoupyNorman Thu 04-Jun-15 12:27:59

I knew him in another life. He had very different opinions then. Every time I see his 40,000 followers on Twitter, I shake my head sadly. What is the world coming to?

The only silver lining of the Labour defeat was that Eoiney Poney didn't get made a SPAD or something <shudder>

M27J5M Thu 04-Jun-15 12:28:31

My 10 week old son is called Cian smile love it tho if 1 more person pronounces it cyan I might scream

squoosh Thu 04-Jun-15 12:42:08

Ah, that's interesting Soupy. Take heart from the fact that more than 40,000 people on Twitter seem to be aware that he's an idiot! smile

GlitzAndGigglesx Thu 04-Jun-15 12:59:01

I hate Cai/Kai/Ki as a name in its own right. I love Cian and Ciaran but personally prefer the Kieran spelling. I think the C spelling is the proper way though

PattyPenguin Thu 04-Jun-15 15:41:18

As NealCaffreysHat says, Cai is not uncommon in Wales. It's from the Latain Caius.

It's the name of one of Arthur's knights in the (rather fab) medieval Welsh tale "Culhwch ac Olwen". In English the name is traditionally Kay - you know, "Sir Kay", King Arthur's foster brother, son of Sir Ector. Can't imagine anyone calling their son Kay, mind.

Oh, and one of the Super Furry Animals, from Bangor / Bethesda, in North West Wales, is called Cian Ciarán.

casey101 Fri 05-Jun-15 00:03:51

Thanks everyone for all your responses so far. Wasn't getting notifcations so didnt realise had all these replies. I did see Cian with the fada and thought it was probably an extended 'a' but admittedly yes liked the look of it more than anything! He will be bown in Wales and has northern irish roots. Cian is both welsh and irish, Cai is welsh and Ciaran is irish. Did look at cianan too but reminds me of cannon. The thing is ehen I look at Cian I see ian which im not keen on.

casey101 Fri 05-Jun-15 00:07:52

WankerDeAsalWipe I did consider Ciar- is yours short for anything or it's just Ciar? Also do you live in Ireland and what has been the response to the name/ spelling/ pronounciation etc? sorrry for all the questions! thanks smile

WankerDeAsalWipe Fri 05-Jun-15 00:08:57

Then have Ciar smile

WankerDeAsalWipe Fri 05-Jun-15 00:14:17

oops, crossed - we are in Scotland, no, it's not short for anything. Basically i wanted Keir and DH wanted Ciaran. The translation of Ciaran is "little dark one" the "an" being the bit that means "little". He was never going to be little so we took that off and ended up with Ciar which at the time we thought was the Scottish Gaelic spelling but I think it's probably really more Irish.

Never had any negative feedback. We now live in an area where Keir is pretty popular so it does mean his is a wee bit different. You do occasionally get people not being sure how to pronounce it but once said, they get it and never had to repeat it.

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