Given Name CILLIAN

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Irish

Meaning & History

Probably from Gaelic ceall "church" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint who evangelized in Franconia. He was martyred in Würzburg.

Categories

martyrs, saints, uncertain etymology
VARIANTS: Cillín, Kilian, Killian
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Kilian, Killian, Kylian (French), Kilian (German)
Entry updated January 10, 2017