Other forms of the name: Ringan, Trynnian, Finnian (?)
Ninian is probably a Latinized form of Niniavus, which could come from the Welsh name Nynniaw. Ninian was an 8th century Saint who was an missionary to the Pictish people of Scotland which is why he is also known as the Apostle to the Southern Picts. Tradition states that Ninian was a Briton who studied in Rome. He converted the Picts to Christianity and sometimes it is said that his father was a Christian King. He is supposedly buried at Candida Casa (The church he established) in Whithorn.