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meaning of my son's name

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Post April 04 2009, 3:12 AM
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I just had a baby boy. we named him Kellan

the meaning of his name is

"Descendant Of The Brightheaded One"

i would really like to know how to say/write it in Irish Gaelic for some art work for his room and such.

thank you!

Post April 04 2009, 3:16 AM
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Wouldn't it have been better to have given him a name in Irish to begin with.

Non-Irish origin names don't translate.

Post April 04 2009, 3:59 AM
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"Kellan" isn't an Irish name, I'm afraid. The place you got it from may have confused it with "Ceallach" (pronounced, roughly K(y)EL-ukh), which is based on words that once meant "bright-headed." Or you may have been thinking of the surname "Ó Ceallach," which means "grandson of Ceallach" (it's where the Anglicized surname of "Kelly" comes from). Without the Ó, there's no "descendant" implied, however, and Kellan really doesn't sound much like Ceallach, so you may have been given misinformation.


Post April 04 2009, 5:35 AM
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Actually Kellan is a common anglicization of an Irish sur-name Mac Coílin Some spell it Kellen as well. Not used as a given name in Ireland, though, that I know of. It is used in America eg. the actor Kellan Lutz

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