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cecilelliott Tue 14-Jul-15 20:51:24

Can I use this for our soon-to-be-born son?We have no Irish connections?
I think it's such a gorgeous name.

Yika Tue 14-Jul-15 21:09:14

I know a little Kilian (spelt that way). He's really cute and the name is unusual, but easy to pronounce and spell. I think yes, and the lack of an Irish connection wouldn't be an obstacle.

reuset Tue 14-Jul-15 21:13:15

Yes, it's a great name.

A fan of Cillian Murphy perchance? grin

villainousbroodmare Tue 14-Jul-15 21:14:13

Go for it! Lovely name.

RabidFairy Tue 14-Jul-15 21:15:04

Love it!

turdfairynomore Tue 14-Jul-15 21:19:09

I like the sound of it but not the look of it. A bit too like "Gillian" maybe?

BorisJohnsonsHair Tue 14-Jul-15 21:21:53

Dislike it intensely. Sounds hard and unfriendly. Sorry!

maggiethemagpie Tue 14-Jul-15 22:04:20

I know it is pronounced 'Killian' but I always want to say 'Sillian' when I see it. If you live in England this could be a problem?

SnozzberryPie Tue 14-Jul-15 22:15:39

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it, sorry

Marcipex Tue 14-Jul-15 22:19:10

A cross between Cilla and Gillian.

Tetleys Wed 15-Jul-15 08:03:25

I think you can. I think there are two actors called Cillian.

One is less well known, Cillian Scott. But it's easy enough. If you spell it with a K that could be easier.

ShadowFire Wed 15-Jul-15 08:06:38

I was wondering whether the 'C' is a hard C or a soft C, but I see a pp's answered that one.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 15-Jul-15 10:50:20

There are as many Killians in Ireland as there are Cillians so feel free to spell it with a K if you think that would make life a bit easier for him. Killian is also quite a popular name in France and I bet very few of them have Irish roots.

So I say use it if you like it, Cillian Murphy has brought it to a wider audience so I don't think it will raise too many eyebrows.

CherryBonBon Wed 15-Jul-15 10:53:08

Cillian is lovely.

I don't like Killian. I find that a lot of Irish names lose their charm once spelled with a 'K'.

sweetpeame Wed 15-Jul-15 10:57:17

It's a lovely name and fine to use even without Irish connections. Interesting re it's popularity in France, it's also popular in Germany (spelt with a K) and I'm pretty sure the majority of those parents don't have Irish connections.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 15-Jul-15 11:02:21

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it, nor if it was a male or female name. I suspect your child will hate having to spell it to everyone who asks.

fanjodisfunction Wed 15-Jul-15 13:57:07

I know a French boy called Killian, love it great name.

MamaLazarou Wed 15-Jul-15 19:03:13

It's awful. How would it be shortened? Killy or Kill, that's how.

MrsPeeee Wed 15-Jul-15 20:46:56

I really like it. With a C.

switchitoff Wed 15-Jul-15 20:55:32

I think you can use an Irish name without any Irish connections if you want, but be prepared for lots of questions about whether you are Irish and how to spell it etc.

I know a Cillian, shortened to Cill and I can't get away from the fact that it sounds like an instruction: Kill Ian!

If you like the -ian ending there are lots of similar names: Damian, Gideon, Sebastian, Simeon

reuset Wed 15-Jul-15 21:07:18

I didn't think much about the shortening! Cilly would be ok I think. Though the young Cillian I know doesn't seem to ever have his name shortened.

ToysRLuv Wed 15-Jul-15 21:10:40

I would choose something else -am put off by the whoke "kill" thing.

barbecue Wed 15-Jul-15 21:18:03

I don't like it, sorry.

3littlerabbits Wed 15-Jul-15 21:21:07

Love it. Awesome name. Don't use it though because I want it for myself!

UrethraFranklin1 Thu 16-Jul-15 12:00:59

Wouldnt know how to pronounce it? How could you not, its not remotely difficult?

Its a perfectly normal, common, average name. If british people cant cope with a simple, easy to spell and say name from their near neighbouring country, that is their own problem.

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