Name: Keenan

Origin and Meaning of the Name Keenan

  • Meaning:
    Descendant of Cathán; little ancient one
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  • Meaning:
    Descendant of Cathán; little ancient one
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  • Pronunciation:
    (KEE nahn)
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  • Additional Info:
    Keenan is probably a diminutive of Kean, respelling of Cian or Anglicized form of Ó Cathán, meaning "descendant of Cathán".
    It also serves as the Anglicized form of Gaelic Cianán, "little ancient one", a name that sometimes suggested a reincarnated person. In Irish tradition, reincarnation was not a fate to be avoided, as it is in Hinduism, but one to be sought after.

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