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Kieran or Keelan

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Babybatman Wed 05-Feb-20 12:45:43

Which do you prefer? Please don't say you hate both as I'm 39 weeks and finding this naming business very hard. These aren't my favourite names but they are the only ones we both like as we have polar opposite taste.

Baby will be half Irish and although we both like the Irish spellings Caolan and Ciaran we both want to for the spelling most likely to get pronounced correctly in England where he will grow up.
Also do you think either will get nicknames/shortened? I don't think so but would be interested to hear thoughts. Thanks!

Stressheadme123 Wed 05-Feb-20 13:34:39

I’ve never heard of Keenan and I’m not keen so I would pick Kieran.

Other similar ideas could be Keir, Kerr, Cian Caelan?

Stressheadme123 Wed 05-Feb-20 13:34:59

Never heard of keelan *

alifeintheday Wed 05-Feb-20 13:43:37

I like Keelan. It would be fairly popular in Ireland for a boy as far as I'm aware. They sometimes use Keelin/Caoilin for a girl!

Shayisgreat Wed 05-Feb-20 13:52:50

I like both names. Prefer the Irish spelling of both (but I'm Irish so a bit biased) Ciaran was on my list of names for DS so Kieran would be my vote!

Shayisgreat Wed 05-Feb-20 13:55:21

Oh and my baby is half Irish in England and my husband agreed to an Irish name as long as he could pronounce it first time he read it. Same as you he didn't want DS to have difficulty here because of it.

MrsPatrickDempsey Wed 05-Feb-20 13:56:24

Sorry Keelan reminds me of the name of a pair of obstetric forceps
Kieran is lovely

Babybatman Wed 05-Feb-20 13:57:22

Thanks for the opinions. I really like Keir but I thought it was Scottish whereas I thought Kieran/Ciaran is both Scottish and Irish? I could be completely wrong on that though, if so that could be a contender!

DH not keen on Caelan as he thinks the spelling looks made up. I actually really like it!
I hadn't personally heard of Keelan either until I met one of DH's distant relations who is an 18 year old one. He really made me warm to the name.

Shayisgreat Wed 05-Feb-20 13:57:52

Sorry for spamming - didn't read the OP properly. My cousin is called Ciaran and it's shortened to Ciari (Keery) but that's fairly unusual. Have never heard Keelan being shortened.

MinecraftMother Wed 05-Feb-20 13:59:35

Was the 18 yr old you met in NI?

'Caolann' is the correct spelling of that name.

Both are lovely.

Babybatman Wed 05-Feb-20 14:00:46

@Shayisgreat yeah that's how we both feel about an Irish name. Our first son has an easy to pronounce/spell Irish name and he is a really self conscious little thing so I'm glad we went for the easier spelling over here. If we lived in Ireland I would go for the Irish spellings.

Babybatman Wed 05-Feb-20 14:01:54

The 18 year old one is from Southern Ireland.

user1493494961 Wed 05-Feb-20 14:03:22

Kieran at a push, both a bit down market.

Babybatman Wed 05-Feb-20 14:05:57

Not interested in snobby comments.

LizzieAnt Wed 05-Feb-20 14:29:45

I prefer Kieran. Ciarán would be my preference actually but I see what you mean about living in England. I haven't come across Keelan for a boy before, though I know some girl Caoilfhionn/Keelins. I just think if I heard the name I'd automatically assume it was a girl. Sorry. That mightn't be such a problem as you're living abroad though. Most people wouldn't have the Keelin = girl preconception. What about Cian, sometimes spelt Kian? A similar sound (Kee-an), but definitely a boy. I don't like the K for a C substitution usually, but there's certainly precedence. I haven't really heard nicknames for any of those names. Congratulations too and wishing you all the best.

myplateisfullenoughthanks Wed 05-Feb-20 14:35:43

Kieran is nice I think. Keelan sounds a bit 'made up' IMO

LizzieAnt Wed 05-Feb-20 14:37:55

Actually, sometimes people pronounce Cian as Keen though, so that might be a problem.....

Whatsyourflava Wed 05-Feb-20 14:39:22

The poshest little boy I know is called Keiran

Not downmarket to my ears

Lovely name

blossomberry Wed 05-Feb-20 14:39:46

I really love Kieran! I knew a gorgeous little boy with this name and have liked it ever since.

Whatsyourflava Wed 05-Feb-20 14:40:25

Slight preference for Keelan though 🥰😍🥰

Babybatman Wed 05-Feb-20 14:59:24

Thanks for all the opinions. Keep 'em coming.
Kieran seems to be more popular. I have mentioned Keelan to a few friends that hadn't heard of it so I wonder it maybe it would grow on people.
Thanks for the suggestions @lizzieAnt, we have toyed with Cian, but it sounds harsher to my ears for some reason than Keelan, I think I quite like the 'l' or 'r' in both names that soften it a bit.

needasleep Wed 05-Feb-20 15:01:27

What about Keigan? It is similar to the names u have picked, also my nephew's name we live in Scotland and have Irish family

eggandonion Wed 05-Feb-20 15:03:18

I know a 23 year old Kealan, far south of Ireland, with that spelling.

Skinnydecafflatte Wed 05-Feb-20 15:05:57

Kieran! I know two gorgeous boys one is Keiran and the other Kieran, confusingly to remember which one is spelt which way. They are both super cute so it makes me like the name more!

Babybatman Wed 05-Feb-20 15:25:15

Hadn't seen the Kealan spelling. That's quite nice too!

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