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Cillian, Keelan or Caelan

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Babybatman Thu 06-Feb-20 16:51:51

Me again! Sorry for more threads but I've narrowed it down to these three and in 6 days time you'll be rid of me grin
Live in England, half Irish baby. These are the spellings we would use (not Caolan as I think it's too confusing here and I think Killian looks too much like 'Kill')
Cillian is pronounced Kill-ee-un
Caelan is pronounced Kay-lun
Keelan pronounced as written

Thanks and please be kind as we have really struggled to come to a middle ground on names.

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MocholateMousse Thu 06-Feb-20 16:53:01

Cillian is lovely

Grufallosfriends Thu 06-Feb-20 16:59:29

Keelan is nice and easy to say/spell.

eyemask Thu 06-Feb-20 17:00:29

Cillian is lovely but I do know someone with a child called Cillian (same spelling) and people do mispronounce it as 'silly ann'. That for me would be the only consideration.

Pieceofpurplesky Thu 06-Feb-20 17:01:01

I don't like Keelan or Caelan. I do like Cillian but know one who people sometimes call 'Silly Ann'

Pieceofpurplesky Thu 06-Feb-20 17:01:31

Cross post eye

Whatsyourflava Thu 06-Feb-20 17:07:41


Whatsyourflava Thu 06-Feb-20 17:07:56

Oh not sure actually sorry

LizzieAnt Thu 06-Feb-20 17:09:15

Hi, saw your other threads too. I think one of the problems you're having with Keelan/Caelan is that the root name, Caolán, is pronounced differently in various parts of Ireland. Caol, meaning slender, is always pronounced Quail in Munster, the south. Thus Keelan sounds wrong to those living in that area. However, I think the ee sound is found in caol further north, so maybe Keelan is used more widely there. The girl's name Caoilfhionn/Keelin is more widely used in my experience, but then I'm in the south of the countrysmile. My choice would be Cillian or maybe the anglicized spelling of Caelan which approximates Caolan. But of course the choice is yours. Enjoy the last few days of pregnancy. It's a special time. And wishing you every joy with your new baby x

Grufallosfriends Thu 06-Feb-20 17:12:46

I know a Killian. That avoids the Silly An pronunciation.

Keelan is my favourite

TedsFederationRep Thu 06-Feb-20 17:15:49

Yes, I'd go with Killian to avoid the possibility of mispronunciation.

Babybatman Thu 06-Feb-20 17:40:00

Thanks all. I'm really unsure about 'Killian' I just see the 'Kill' at the start. I was hoping Cillian Murphy had made it common enough for people to pronounce it correctly.

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Omashu Thu 06-Feb-20 19:01:07

I like Caelan and Cillian. As I said on another thread, I don’t like Keelan unless it’s spelt Caolan.

I don’t know why you’re considering Caelan if you don’t want Caolan as you’ll have the same confusion.

Babybatman Thu 06-Feb-20 19:46:28

I thought Caelan was more obvious in terms of how it's pronounced as Mae is pronounced like May etc. I could be wrong though.

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CoffeeCoinneseur Thu 06-Feb-20 19:48:01

Cillian is lovely - please don't go for Killian, it looks awful.

emilybrontescorsett Thu 06-Feb-20 19:56:13

I agree that Killian looks awful.
I also think Keelan looks made up.
Use the traditional spelling whichever name you choose.

CoffeeRunner Thu 06-Feb-20 20:00:42

Cillian. Lovely name.

Caelan & Keelan are twins at DD’s school (their older brother is Kyron). They are probably the worst behaved children I have ever come across - and I’ve been a parent for 23 years. I realise that’s more down to the parenting than anything, but it does really put me off the names!

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Slomi Thu 06-Feb-20 20:03:58

Cillian, definitely.

Ciwirocks Thu 06-Feb-20 20:12:38

I have a Cillian and live in the uk. He does get silly an sometimes but he just says no it’s Cillian it doesn’t bother him. He gets loads of lovely compliments about his name and he can always change it to Killian when he is older if he prefers. It’s such a lovely name

Babybatman Thu 06-Feb-20 20:13:34

I think we are leaning towards Cillian. Keelan and Caelan as twins! what a confusing combo!

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Babybatman Thu 06-Feb-20 20:21:06

@Ciwirocks that's good to hear. Does it get shortened at all or is he always Cillian?

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Babybatman Thu 06-Feb-20 20:23:18

Thanks @LizzieAnt that was a lovely post smile

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Ciwirocks Thu 06-Feb-20 20:31:18

He gets Cillian now but we used to call him Cilly when he was younger. He is too old and cool for that now though grin

LizzieAnt Thu 06-Feb-20 20:32:45

I know what it's like to struggle with names! Mine were all nameless until they were about a week oldgrin

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