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Unusual Irish baby names

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Give the luck of the Irish to your baby: Beautiful Irish names for boys and girls

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re due in the same time frame, it might be your lucky day. More and more parents-to-be are choosing Irish baby names because of their unique sounds and special meanings. But not to worry, all the good ones aren’t taken yet. There are still dozens of strong, sweet and striking Irish names to choose from.

Over the past decade, the "Irish invasion" has been holding strong. Some of the most popular Irish-inspired baby name picks have been locked in their top spots on baby name ranking sites for years. The ever-popular Liam has been ranked at number one for four years in a row, while Aidan, another popular Irish boy's name, has remained in the top 10.

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But beyond the obvious favorites, you may be looking for a name with Irish origins that is a little bit off the beaten path. Many of these are the anglicized version of their harder-to-pronounce Irish versions or they otherwise stem from Irish roots. We think these names are awesome, though, and hope you do too.

Unusual Irish baby names for boys

  • Aengus: Irish version of Angus
  • Bly: Anglicized version of an Irish name
  • Brogan: An Irish name meaning “sturdy shoe”
  • Caelan: Anglicized form of Caolán
  • Conlan: This Irish name means “hero”
  • Declan: Anglicized version of Deaglán
  • Doran: Meaning “stranger,” this name has Irish roots
  • Eion: Version of the name John
  • Girvin: This Irish name means “small rough one”
  • Keon: Another form of John
  • Lorcan: This name means “little fierce one”
  • Lunn: Meaning “strong, warlike”
  • Mannix: Anglicized version of Munchin
  • Oisin: This name is pronounced OH-sheen
  • Phelan: This name means “like a wolf”
  • Riordan: An Irish name meaning “bard”
  • Rogan: Meaning “red-headed”
  • Seamus: This is the Irish form of James and is pronounced SHAY-mus
  • Tadhg: Pronounced TEIG, this name means “poet”
  • Tor: Refers to a craggy hilltop

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Unusual Irish baby names for girls

  • Agneis: An Irish form of Agnes
  • Blaine: This name means “yellow”
  • Caitrín: Irish form of Katherine
  • Calla: Form of the Irish name Caoilainn
  • Derry: This name means “oak grove”
  • Eithne: Pronounce this name EE-na
  • Elva: Anglicized version of Ailbhe
  • Ita: The name of a 6th century Irish saint
  • Kiana: This Irish name means “ancient”
  • Mab: In Irish stories, Queen Mab is monarch of the fairies
  • Maeve: Anglicized form of Meadhbh
  • Morna: This name means “affection”
  • Neala: Feminine form of the Irish Neal
  • Nola: Form of Fionnula, which means “white shoulder”
  • Oona: Pretty name meaning “one”
  • Riona: An Irish name that means “queenly”
  • Saoirse: Pronounce this name SEER-sha
  • Siobhan: Meaning “God is gracious,” this name is pronounced sha-VAHN
  • Sorcha: This name means “bright, shining”
  • Tierney: This name means “lord”

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Give the luck of the Irish to your baby: Beautiful Irish names for boys and girls
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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/23/2016

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