Ciaran: Pronounced Keer+an
Americanized: Keiran or Kieran
This hugely popular saint's name means “dark,” so perfect for all the raven-haired wee men. Like many other saints of his time, St. Ciaran founded monasteries
, but in particular one in the middle of Ireland, Clonmacnoise, on the advice of fellow clergyman St. Enda. He was a humble and devout man who died of the plague at the age of 33, around 545. Although he was abbot for less than a year, his spirit lived on in the monastery, which lasted until the 16th century, resisting over 40 Viking and Protestant raids.