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I think this is a very beautiful and strong name. I have always loved it. This name is also very common in Bavaria, where I am from, because of St Killian (or Kilian) from Ireland who was a Bishop in Würzburg. So for a long time I didn't know it was Irish, because it is a traditional Bavarian name, too.
-- Evaria  8/8/2005
This "name" is wack wack and again wack.
-- POLISHPRINCESS  12/13/2005
Aw, I don't think this name is wack at all! I like this variation more than Cillian (it sounds more like it should be pronounced Sil-lian, if you get me :P) Killian is also a character in the Wicca/Sweep series by Cate Tiernan.
-- svkempe  3/12/2006
Pronounced KIL-ee-an.
-- Anonymous User  6/16/2006
I know a boy named Killian (born in 1991/92). We actually got to know each other because I kept talking to him just to say his name!
-- Pheadirean  11/2/2006
Killian's Irish Red, anyone? It's a beer.
-- Anonymous User  5/11/2007
My best friend is planning on naming her son Eric Killian. I am not a huge fan of the name, but it is growing on me. I would never use it as a first name though.
-- sharonrenee  8/10/2007
I used to know a boy with this name and he always got teased for the "kill" part in his name.
-- Anonymous User  9/11/2007
I know a Killian and she's a girl. Her mother's name is Jillian and her father's name is Karl. Anyway, it's tough for us to introduce ourselves to new people when we're together. Why? My name is Leanne. And ever since the movie, Kill Bill, came out, it's been even sillier. Just make sure, if you're thinking of giving this name to your child, that you don't know any Leannes. We Leannes thank you in advance.
-- leananshae  11/27/2007
I think that this is a wonderfully strong name that I would consider giving to my child when I have one, if not as a first name, as a middle name. I like it better spelt with a K than with a C.
-- Katja Eidis  2/9/2008
It's a good beer, but I can't imagine naming a child this. Maybe his twin brother could be Porter.
-- faye  1/25/2009
My nephew's name. A very strong, lordly name, deserving of a proper middle and last name. I mean, Killian Smith would just be kind of silly. So, caution is definitely needed, but I'm rather fond of it, even if it's a bit old-fashioned. Evokes memories of an older era.
-- MorganBonny  2/4/2009
I don't like this name. The first four letters spell "kill".
-- bananarama  3/18/2009
There is a mistake in this name's description. Killian can't be a variant of Cillian, since the letter "k" does not exist in Irish. We always use "c", and it always has the English "k" sound. Killian must be an anglicization of Cillian. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2009
I love the name Cillian, but I really don't like this spelling. I can't help reading it as "Kill Ian".
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2009
Is Ian really that unpopular that you want to kill him! XD lol
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2010
As mentioned above, Killian is a character in the Sweep series. Though, in the book, his name is said to mean 'strife.'
-- EchoSketcher  10/17/2011
Killian Donnelly is an Irish-born actor who played Combeferre in the 2012 movie production of Les Miserables.
-- Anonymous User  3/2/2013
I love this name, I am sometimes torn between the spellings Cillian & Killian. But ultimately I think, in the US, Cillian would need pronunciation and spelling corrections all the time. I also like the nickname Killy which I discovered when reading the manga "Blame!"
-- Vesey  3/17/2013
St. Kilian (also spelled Killian & Cillian) was an Irish traveling bishop and martyr. Würzburg Cathedral in Würzburg Germany was dedicated to him. His saint's day is July 8th.
-- Vesey  3/17/2013
In 'Once Upon A Time', Killian Jones is the real name of Captain Hook, Obviously after he loses his hand he goes by Hook.
-- Grace_Scarlette  10/28/2013
Killian is the name of one of the characters in the TV show "Witches of East End". He has a relationship with Freya.
-- emilydominko  5/28/2014
Kill Ian!

Awful name.
-- Ali Hassan  1/6/2015
Yeah, I still can't help but feel wrong about a name with the first four letters spelling out the word "Kill" and then "Ian".
-- gch1995  1/19/2015
I first heard this name on the show 'Once Upon A Time' (It's Captain Hook's real name), and as soon as I heard it I absolutely loved it! It's unique but also easy to say and spell without several errors, unlike 'Cillian'.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2015
I love this name and think it's really cool: such a shame about Kill Ian.
-- IsolationHedge  4/1/2015
I named my son kilian and specifically spelled it with ONE 'l' because I didn't want it to say 'kill' and I wasn't even aware there was a Killian's red beer when I picked it. I chose it because we are an Irish and German family.(his name is Kilian Smith, so thanks for saying that would be silly lol).
-- kiliansmom2010  5/25/2015
I can't get past the first four letters of the name. At least go with the less violent looking Cillian.
-- Anonymous User  6/14/2015
I like this name and don't see why anyone would be hung up on the first four letters. He is also a character from Cate Tiernan's Sweep series.
-- Maeve N. E.  10/18/2015
My maiden name is Egan so when my husband and I have a second child (first son is Dechlan) we plan to use Kilien Egan for the first and middle names if we have another boy.
-- teahlafave  3/6/2016
My name is Killian and I am a girl. And anyone who is offended by the name just because it starts with "Kill" is thinking too much. The only time people ever said anything about my name having the word Kill in it was in first grade. My friends call me "Kill" as a nickname but not in a negative way. It's just like when someone's name is Nicholas and you call them Nick instead. It's really not an offensive name and I get compliments on it all the time. Also my mother has a book of baby names called "The new age baby name book" and in the book it says the meaning of Killian is "small and warlike" which is exactly what I am:)
-- Killian.Flynn  3/16/2016
My last name is Killian and when I was a kid, my aunts and uncles would drink Killian's Irish Red. You can't deny that it isn't awesome to have a beer named after you. I can relate to Kill Ian, too (luckily my middle name isn't Will), or it would have been Arya Will Kill Ian.
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2016
Killian---Originally spelled O'Cillin in Ireland and was Anglicized to Killian or Killeen. My maternal grandmother was a Killian----the name was derived from an Irish missionary known as St. Killian who went to Germany in the 7th century with 12 apostles from County Kerry Ireland.
He was martyred in 689 in Wurtzburg. Later became that city's patron saint. Most probable meaning of this name is "little church"-----in my humble opinion a very fine name. My family names on my mother's side are Kennedy, Cleary, Quigley, Doyle, Delaney, Barrett, Redman, Killian-------Christus Vincit.
-- Errett  3/31/2016
I can't help noticing the word "kill" in the start of the name. Maybe my mind is too childish or something, but I just can't get through that part.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2016
The name Akillian means "GOD'S WARRIOR (Brave One).
-- TattedupGentleman  4/26/2016
My name is Killian, and I love my name. Yes, I have heard every single joke (Did your parents name you after the beer? What did Ian do to you? Haha real funny...), got in trouble with substitute teachers at school, and after most first encounters I have to repeat my name, but I have moved past all of this a long time ago. I love the uniqueness of my name and that it recogonizes both my Irish and German heritage. When I was born the name was practically nonexistent in the United States, and although it is gaining popularity, I still have yet to meet another Killian. Many people have come up and talked to me because of my name and I have made lifelong friendships with these people. I love my name and I wouldn't change it for anything.

If any parents are thinking of naming their child Killian, go for it. Coming from a Killian, I'd know :)
-- Killian123  5/9/2016
I named my daughter Killian because it is Irish and easy for Americans to pronounce, and because it sounds beautiful like a songbird's song, and yet still strong like a beautiful tree. I would have liked to use the traditional Cillian but I knew Americans would always mispronounce it. I was hoping for a pre Christian Celt name, but I settled for the idea that such an early saints name may have existed much earlier. I know the early saint that went to Germany has to do with blindness and receiving sight so I incorporate this with sight beyond the visual. My daughter has an old soul and sees the truth of circumstances and people beyond the surface, even from a young age. She is naturally empathetic and caring and kind. I don"t regret my choice of her name. In Ireland it is a boys name, but in America we expect no less of all the greatest attributes from our females just as the pre christian Celts also did.
-- Anonymous User  6/16/2016
It's a nice name, but honestly all I can think about is the kiwi TV show, The Killian Curse, where Charles Killian was a teacher caught leading the children in a ritual causing him to be burnt alive... If I met someone with the name Killian, it would probably change my thoughts of the name but for now the name kind of gives me the chills.
-- Anonymous User  8/20/2016

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