Irish baby names, such as Killian, Teagan and Caitlin, are gaining popularity as the hottest name trend because of their melodic and unique sound. Traditional Irish names often originated from Ireland's history which includes immigrants such as the French, Vikings and Celtics. Find the perfect name for your baby boy or baby girl in our list of Irish baby names.
As in other cultures, the Irish have long named their children after members of the family, often a grandparent. When naming a son, traditional rules followed naming the first son after the father's father and the second son after the mother's father. A middle name may be given to a child after a grandparent as well.
Faith and religion have always been prominent in Irish culture, and traditional Irish baby names include saints and other Christian missionaries.
Traditional Irish Names
Traditional Irish names may include characteristics of strength and courage and date back to medieval times.
Traditional Irish boy names
Bran - meaning raven Conall – meaning wolf Donn – meaning chief Lugh – Celtic's sun god Seanan –meaning ancient Tiarnan – meaning lord or superior Colm – meaning dove Eoghan – meaning well born Killian – meaning strife, also Saint Killian Donal – meaning world mighty Seamus – meaning supplanter
Aibhlinn – Norman root meaning "longed for child" Aileen – meaning noble Caitlin – St Catherine Clare – medieval name meaning clear or bright Fianna – derived from a warrior band of Celtic women Iona – island where a Saint founded his monastery Maebh – derived from old Irish name Madb, meaning cause of great joy Mairead – Irish form of Margaret popular around 14th century Nuala - Irish name that has been around since 13th century
Modern Irish names
While Jack and Katie continue to be the most popular names coming out of Northern Ireland there are some new names that are growing in popularity as well.
Modern Irish boy names:
In Irish culture, traditional rules followed naming the first son after the father's father and the second son after the mother's father.
Jack – meaning God is gracious Daniel – meaning attractive Ryan – meaning kingly Adam - reference to red Dylan - meaning born near the sea Ethan - meaning strong or firm Conor - meaning lover of hounds Charlie - meaning free man Aaron - meaning mountain Callum - meaning dove Sean - meaning God is gracious Harry - meaning home rule Blake - meaning fame and war or light; dark Eoghan - meaning youth Alfie - meaning wise
Sophie - meaning wisdom Grace - meaning good will Chloe - meaning young Hannah - meaning grace Eva - meaning Eve (Biblical) Ellie- most beautiful woman Erin - meaning from Ireland Aoife - meaning beautiful (from Eve, pronounced sort of like "Eva") Caitlin - meaning pure Niamh - meaning radiance (pronounced "Neeve") Siobhan - meaning "God is gracious" (pronounced "Shivaun") Ella –meaning torch/bright Olivia - meaning olive
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