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#1 of 21 Old 04-19-2010, 10:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So I have been playing with the name Cian (KEE-an). People are mixed and I know it doesn't matter but it is the only name we have so far. It wouldn't bother me so much if I loved it. I am not convinced it flows with my other boys names. Logan, Riley and Cian. We are pretty sure we will spell it this way b/c it is the intended Gaelic spelling. I like that it didn't even make the top 1000 in the US but it is # 9 in Ireland.

I just have so many names that I love that DH has vetoed. I like Finnegan, Emmett, Oliver (a little popular but I love it) and Keegan

Please tell me your thoughts. Middle name will likely be Patrick or Joseph

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I LOVE the name Cian!!! It is really nice. I don't have anything negative to say about it at all

Sorry I'm not much help LOL.

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I like it! I don't think it really matters if people get confused about it - the ones that will be in his life will get to know it as HIS name and it will become natural. Besides, because it is not common here, people he meets won't have a preconcieved idea of what his personality will be like based on his name.
I'm partial to Gaelic names. I have a Kieran In retrospect I wish we had spelled it Ciaran). And I'm thinking Cael for this one if it's a boy...

try saying the name over and over - get comfortable with it. If you can't get comfortable, maybe it's not a good fit. But I like it, for all that's worth.
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I think it fits well with your other two. I'd need help pronouncing it the first time, but it's not crazy-out-there with the spelling or anything. I say go for it!

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I love it. In fact I joked with DH that if this babe comes out a boy we should name him Cian since our DS1's name is Cain. Easy for us..switch the letters.

Seriously though, I think it's a great name.

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Sorry, I think you'll get a lot of folks trying to call him "See anne".


Of your other choices, I think Keegan goes best.

And Emmett is a great name.
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Sorry, I think you'll get a lot of folks trying to call him "See anne"..
I know a guy named Keyan (kee-ahn). It's a Persian name with the same sound. Spelled that way, the kid has a better chance of people pronouncing his name right.
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I know a guy named Keyan (kee-ahn). It's a Persian name with the same sound. Spelled that way, the kid has a better chance of people pronouncing his name right.
Yes, I think the C is confusing me. I'd probably get it right with a K.
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I agree that the pronunciation for an english speaking person is difficult, but I think if it's important to you to retain the gaelic spelling, definitely keep it.
I considered spelling DD's name with a K instead of Chiara (pronounced Kee AH rah) but I am glad I stayed with the original Italian spelling. (and wish I had used the italian form of Theresa, Teresa, for her middle name) It makes the fact that we used a name important in our heritage more special, to us.

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I love the name Cian too (though I'm biased by being Irish )

I think it goes fine with your other kid's names, and there's nothing wrong with spelling it with a K if you want to.. Lots of Irish people choose either C or K for things like that. I haven't seen it specifically with Cian, but I know the name Kieran/Ciaran can go either way, so...

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Sorry, I think you'll get a lot of folks trying to call him "See anne".


Of your other choices, I think Keegan goes best.

And Emmett is a great name.
Ya, I read it as "Sye Anne" (like eye with an S sound). I have a friend with a daughter named Cyanne, so that could be why I read it that way, but I agree that the C will be confusing. However, I wouldn't necessarily change the spelling because of that. I think it's cool to keep names with their original spelling.

As a side note, besides Cian, every other name that was on your list was also on mine, and also vetoed by DP.....lol. So, I like your taste in names.

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Huh, I thought Ky-an, like Ryan but with a K sound.
But I like it. And if it's true to your heritage then go for it!

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I think the only name that would be considered by dh would be Finnegan, but it would take a bit of convincing.

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I think the only name that would be considered by dh would be Finnegan, but it would take a bit of convincing.
Would he consider,

Finnian
Finley
Phinaeous

Just food for thought if he's not sold on Finnegan. There are quite a bit of variants to that name.

Other names I liked that might be up your alley

Elliot
Everett
Reed
Emrys
Killian (DP liked this one but I vetoed it)
Keelan

I like softer sounding boys names and I get the feeling your DP might like more masculine sounding names? We've compromised by searching for softer sounding first names with a strong middle name. Good luck!!!

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ddcc, but I really like Cian Joseph!

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Huh, I thought Ky-an, like Ryan but with a K sound.
But I like it. And if it's true to your heritage then go for it!
me too, I would pronounce it like Ky-an. But I think its a lovely name and if you like it, go for it.

Funny aside: My cousin has two children named Logan and Riley as well.

ETA: I LOVE Finnegan with the nn Finn. Love love love it.

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i like it. i've seen it used before and admittedly had no idea how to pronounce it until it was pointed out, but i only had to be told once.

i quite like the spelling and pronunciations of Irish and Gaelic names. (Aoife--said like EE-fa comes to mind) i definitely wouldn't sacrifice authenticity to accommodate ignorance.
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I have heard how to pronounce this name before, but still I always think it's pronounced like Sean.

What about Keltan? It has a neat meaning relating to harbors/boats.
Keltan Patrick is a really nice name, and very Irish.

Or just Joseph? That's such a nice name on it's own, not being shortened to Joe.

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We are similar! My first is Finnegan, usually called Finn. We love the name.
This new boy is a problem.
DH loves Cian - but I have a cousin Ian and for me it's too close sounding.
Logan is also on our list.

Other options - Lachlann, Ronan

But - I have a name. DH is not sold. But for me, this is the name and I will be sad if he does not come around: Talfryn. Tal as in "tally", the F is sounded and and combines with the R to make a V in there - so it sounds like Tal-eh-vrin. It's Welsh and I adore it.

Good luck with your naming - I'll be watching here since we have similar tastes and I clearly need a backup.

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In the very first post the OP helpfully points out that this name is pronounced Kee-an.

And yet every time I read it in subsequent posts my mind kept hearing it as See-an.

I just can not read "Cian" and pronounce it with a K sound! I've got some sort of linguistic mental block... but I suspect that I am one of millions in this country who would do the same.

I love Finnegan and Emmett!

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I had Lochlan on my list. I may try to slip it back onto the list.

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