Most Irish names are unique, exotic sounding and beautiful.
Thanks to actors like Cillian Murphy and Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech they’re becoming increasingly popular for parents to get inspiration from!
Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, we’ve put together a list of our favourite and cute sounding Irish monikers for you.
Irish-Inspired Girls Names:
Ciara or Keira
This name means ‘dark’, ‘black’ or ‘dark haired’ in Gaelic.
Niamh or Neve
It means ‘bright’ or ‘radiant’.
Aileen means ‘light’.
The ‘strong, virtuous and honourable’ one.
It also coincides with the Irish word cailín meaning ‘girl’.
Cara or Kara
In Irish cara simply means a ‘friend’.
From the Gaelic ‘descendent of Caiside’, this pretty name means ‘curly-haired’.
A medieval name derived from Latin clarus, meaning “clear, bright, famous.”
Cliona or Cleona
The Irish word clodhna means “shapely.”
Clodagh or Cloda
The river Clody runs through County Tipperary and County Wexford. This means ‘song of joy, song of happiness, womanly’. Cloda is a form of Carolyn.
From the Irish word cailin meaning ‘girl’.
In Irish dorcha means ‘dark, dark-haired’ or ‘descendant of the dark one.’
Meaning: ’Fair, white, beautiful’.
This name means ‘dark’ or ‘dark with dark eyes.’
Orla or Orlaith
Meaning: ‘Golden princess’.
This name means ‘female champion.’
Meaning: ‘The cause of great joy’.
Rosin (pronounced Ro sheen)
This comes from the Latin word Rosa and means ‘little rose’.
Meaning: ‘God is gracious’.
Irish-Inspired Boys Names:
This name is a popular name in Ireland, and means ‘fire.’
The Irish version of Brendan comes from the Welsh name breenhin, which means ‘prince.’
This name means ‘strong-willed’ and ‘wise’.
This word means ‘great chief’ and ‘world mighty’ and is the Irish form of Donald.
Meaning ‘free from envy’, this name is also spelt Dermot.
Derives from Irish patriot Robert Emmet. This name means ‘whole, immense and universal’.
Eoin (pronounced Owen)
This name is the Gaelic form of John. The English version of this moniker is Owen and the Welsh version is Owain. It means ‘born of the yew tree’.
Fin, Finlay, Finnegan and Finnbar are other names you can consider. This name means ‘fair or white’.
This name means ‘kind, gentle and handsome’.
Glendon / Glendan
Literally means glen or valley and dun is a settlement or fortress. So this name means ‘the one from the fortress in the glen’.
The shortened version of William and means ‘strong-willed warrior’.
Noel or Nollaig is the Irish word for Christmas, and it’s common to give this name to boys born on December 25th.
Orin, Oran or Odhran means ‘dark haired’.
This name comes from Norman France, Piers, but it’s still popular in Ireland like Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
Meaning ‘gently-shaped’, this name, which is usually a surname, can be used for both boys and girls.
This name is also a surname, and means ‘courageous and valiant’.
The ri comes from ‘king’ and bardan from poet, this name means ‘royal poet’.
Ron means seal in Celtic, so Ronan is ‘little seal’.
This name is the Irish word for James, and means ‘one who grabs at the heel’.
This name is the Irish variant of John and means ‘God is gracious’.
If you’re looking for name inspiration, check out The Most Popular Baby Names From The Last 100 Years.
If you’re looking for baby names based on a specific letter of the alphabet, then have a look at The Ultimate Alphabetical List Of Adorable Baby Names.
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