Irish Baby Names

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Irish baby names have been influenced by the history of the Celtic civilization, the Vikings, the Normans and the English. When you choose one of the more unusual ones, you're making it less likely that your child will share her name with three other classmates each year of school. Some of the others on the list are more common and easier to pronounce without necessarily being the trendiest choices.

Irish Baby Boy Names

A lot of Irish names for little boys are fierce and powerful. Several of them mean fire and defender, spear-like and champion.

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    Aedus - Fire
  • Aidan - 7th-century Saint, little fiery one
  • Ailbe - White
  • Ailill - Beauty
  • Alan - Celtic name meaning harmony, noble
  • Alastar - Irish version of Alexander, means defender of men
  • Alroy - Red
  • Angus - One choice
  • Antaine - Form of Anthony
  • Ardan - High aspirations
  • Art - Celtic name, stone or bear
  • Arthur - Celtic name with unknown meaning
  • Banan - White
  • Barry - Spear-like
  • Bartley/Bart - Irish version of Bartholomew
  • Beacan - Little one
  • Blaine - Thin or hollowed, slender
  • Blair - A plain level field
  • Bradan - A salmon, from the legend "Salmon of Knowledge"
  • Brady - One with broad eyes, spirited
  • Brandan - Prince or raven, sword
  • Brasil - War or strife
  • Brendan - Prince, brave
  • Brett - A Breton
  • Brian - Force, strength or steep hill
  • Brody - Anglicized surname, from the muddy place
  • Cabhan - Grassy hill
  • Callaghan - Small strife
  • Canice - Fair or handsome
  • Carlin - Little champion
  • Carrick - A rock
  • Carroll - Champion or warrior, manly
  • Cassidy - Curly, clever or love
  • Cedric - Chieftain
  • Cinnéidigh - Irish version of Kennedy, helmeted head
  • Colm/Colman - Little dove
  • Colin - Child
  • Coman - Little bent one
  • Conley - Strong-willed
  • Conor - Wolf lover
  • Conway - Hound of the plain
  • Corey - Near a hollow
  • Cullen - Holly, good-looking
  • Curran - Hero
  • Daman - To tame
  • Darcy - Dark
  • Delaney - Competitor's child
  • Donnchadh - Greek god of wine and revelry, Irish for Denis
  • Desmond - Irish place name
  • Devlin - One who comes from Dublin, brave
  • Donahue - Brown warrior
  • Donald - World ruler
  • Donnelly - Surname meaning brown valor
  • Donovan - Dark haired
  • Douglas - One who lived near a river, dark stranger
  • Dwyer - Dark wisdom
  • Eadbhárd - Protector of riches, Irish form of Edward
  • Egan -
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    Little fiery one
  • Eirnin - Irish version of Ernest, vigor
  • Emmet - Surname meaning strength
  • Eoghan - Born of the yew tree
  • Eoin - Irish form of Owen
  • Evan - Little swift one
  • Felan - Little wolf
  • Ferdia - Man of God
  • Fergus - Superior man
  • Ferris - Rock or stone
  • Finbar - Fair-haired
  • Finley - Fair-haired, courageous
  • Finn - Fair or white
  • Flann - Red-haired
  • Gaibrial - Conqueror
  • Galen - Calm
  • Gannon - Descendant of the fair-headed man
  • Gearoid - Spear-carrier
  • Glendon - Fortress in the glen
  • Glenn - Mountain valley
  • Grady - Noble
  • Guy - Sensible
  • Hogan - Surname derived from the meaning youth
  • Hugh - Fire
  • Ivor - Archer
  • Kane - Anglicized surname (Cathán)
  • Keeffe - Gentle
  • Keegan - Little fire
  • Keiran - Little black-haired one
  • Kevin - Little gentle one
  • Kyle - Narrow or strait
  • León - Irish version of Leo/Leon, lion
  • Liam - From William
  • Logan- A little hollow
  • Lorcan - Fierce
  • Odhran - Dark
  • Maguire - Pale
  • Martin - Mythical god of war
  • Mellan - Little pleasant one
  • Morgan - Bright sea
  • Neil/Niall - Name with debated origin
  • Nolan - Little proud one
  • Oran - Little pale green one
  • Oscar - Champion
  • Patrick - From the Saint Patrick
  • Peadar - Irish form of Peter
  • Redmond - Protector
  • Quinn - Intelligence
  • Roibin - Irish form of Robert
  • Ronan - Little seal
  • Rory - Rust colored
  • Rowan - Little red-haired one
  • Ryan - Little King, Irish surname
  • Scully - School or student
  • Seamus - Irish version of James
  • Sean - Irish version of John
  • Searlas - Irish version of Charles
  • Shane - Irish version of John
  • Siothrún - Irish form of Geoffrey
  • Tiernan - Little lord
  • Tierney - Chief
  • Tiomoid - Irish version of Timothy
  • Troy - Descendant of the foot soldier
  • Tully - People mighty
  • Tyrone - Place-name

Irish Baby Girl Names

Girl names from Ireland often represent things like joy, dreams, beauty, and radiance. Occasionally, there's one that breaks the mold and means something like "bear" or "sword," demonstrating that Irish girls aren't just delicate flowers.

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    Aednat (ey-nit)- Little fire
  • Afric - 11th-century Irish name
  • Aibreann (av-rawn) - Month of April
  • Aideen - Little fire
  • Aifric - Pleasant
  • Aileen - Noble
  • Aine (awn-ya) - Radiance or joy
  • Aisling (ash-ling) - Dream
  • Alannah - Child
  • Aoibheann (eve- een) - Lovely
  • Aoife (ee-fa) - Beauty
  • Ashling - Vision, dream
  • Aurnia - Golden lady
  • Beatha/Betha - Life
  • Beibhinn (be-veen) - Fair lady
  • Bidelia -Strength
  • Birgitta - Strong
  • Birte - Powerful
  • Blath - Flower
  • Bláthnaid (blaw-nid) - Little flower
  • Branna - Dark-haired beauty
  • Bree - Higher power, variant of another Irish name, Bríghe
  • Brenda - Sword
  • Briana - Feminine form of Brian
  • Bride - Goddess of wisdom
  • Bríghe -Power, strength, virtue
  • Brigid - Powerful
  • Bronagh (bro-na) - Sorrowful
  • Caireann (care-in) - Little friend
  • Caitlin - Pure
  • Caitriona - Pure
  • Caoilfhoinn (key-lin) - Slender, fair
  • Caoilainn (kay-lin) - Slender, white, pure
  • Caoimhe (kee-va) - Precious
  • Cara - Friend
  • Cassidy - Curly-haired
  • Catriona - Irish version of Catherine
  • Ciara - Black-haired one
  • Cliona - Shapely
  • Clodagh (klo-dah) - Thought to be related to the Clody River
  • Colleen - Girl
  • Cordelia - Jewel of the sea
  • Daimhin (daw-veen) - Little deer
  • Daireann (dar-rawn) - Bountiful
  • Darcy - Dark
  • Dearbhail (dare-voll) - Daughter of Fal (old name for Ireland)
  • Dechtire (deck-tir-ah) - Tenth child
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    Deirdre - Legendary Irish princess
  • Doireann (dirren) - Fruitful or sullen
  • Doreen - Gift
  • Dubheasa (duv-eesa) - Dark beauty
  • Ealga - Brave
  • Eibhleann (ave-linn) - Radiant, pleasant
  • Eilís (isle-esh) - "My God is a vow"
  • Eithne - Saint name
  • Emer - Swift
  • Enda - Birdlike, free spirit
  • Ennis - Town name
  • Enya - Kernel
  • Etain - Jealousy
  • Ethna - Little fire
  • Eveleen - Life
  • Fidelma - Beauty, constant
  • Fiona - Fair or white
  • Finnoula (fin-ula) - Fair-shouldered
  • Gobinet - Mouth or beak
  • Gormlaith (gorm-lee) - Splendid queen or princess
  • Grainne - Grain goddess
  • Íde - Thirst, Irish version of Ida
  • Isolde - May refer to the Celtic Goddess Adsulata
  • Kaitlin - More recent spelling of Caitlin
  • Keela - So beautiful, only poetry can express it
  • Kelly - War or wood
  • Kerry - Irish place name
  • Kyna - Love, affection
  • Lile - Gaelic form of lily
  • Mada - Powerful in battle
  • Maebh (may-vuh) - Bringer of great joy
  • Maighread - Pearl, Irish version of Margaret
  • Maire - Gaelic form of Mary
  • Mairead (mawr-aid) - Another Irish form of Margaret
  • Maolissa- Follower of Jesus
  • Maura - Great or dark-skinned
  • Meadhbh (mave) - Joy or great
  • Meara - Sea
  • Mor - Large
  • Moreen - Little great one
  • Muadnait (mwa-naht) - Little noble one
  • Mugain - Irish mythical goddess
  • Muireann (mur-in) - Sea white, sea fair
  • Muirgheal (mur-el) - As bright as the sea
  • Muirne (mir-ne) - Spirited
  • Myrna - Beloved
  • Neala - Champion
  • Niamh (neev) - Radiance or brilliance
  • Nora - Light
  • Nollaig (null-ig) - Christmas, noel
  • Nuala (noo-la) - Fair, especially lovely
  • Oonagh (ou-na) - A lamb, unity
  • Orlaith (or-la) - Gold
  • Paili - Irish form of Polly
  • Radha (row-a) - A vision
  • Regan - The king's child
  • Regina - Queen
  • Riona - Queenly
  • Rionach (ria-nock) - Regal
  • Róisín (roe-sheen) - Little rose
  • Rosaleen - Horse or rose
  • Ruari (ro-ree) - Female version of Rory, which means red-haired king
  • Ryann - Female version of Ryan, which means little king
  • Sadhbh - Goodness
  • Saoirse (seersha) - Freedom
  • Shauna - Feminine Irish form of John
  • Sheila - Blind
  • Shelley - Clearing near a slope
  • Siany - Health
  • Sibeal (shib-ale) - "God is my oath"
  • Sile (she-la) - Pure and musical
  • Sinéad - Unknown
  • Sive - Goodness
  • Sorcha - Bright or clear
  • Talulla - Prosperous lady, abundance
  • Tara - Hill
  • Teagan - Beautiful
  • Treasa - Strength
  • Ultana - Female version of "an Ullsterman"
  • Una - Famine or lamb
  • Yseult (ee-solt) - From the Celtic legend, Tristan and Isolde

Irish Names for Babies

You don't have to have Irish heritage to use an Irish baby name, though it's a good way to celebrate your culture if you do. These names can convey strength, fierceness, goodness, abundance, or perfectly describe a specific kind of beauty. Choose your favorites from the list as a first or middle name (or both) and see which ones sound best with your last name.

Irish Baby Names