Name Gender Variants Rank Meaning
Aaron Male 12 The meaning of the name Aaron: Exalted, Strong
The origin of the name Aaron is Hebrew
Alternate spellings: Arron, Aaren
Pronunciation: Arr-un
Abbie Female Abby 64 Short form of Abigail
Abby Female Abbie 77 Short form of Abigail
Abigail Female Abby, Abbie, Gail 66 The meaning of the name Abigail is Joy Of The Father
The origin of the name Abigail is English
Notes: Short from: Abby, Abbi, Abbie
Pronunciation: Abee-gayl
Abraham Male Abe Father of many
Ada Female The meaning of the name Ada is Noble, Happy
The origin of the name Ada is German
Notes: Ada Byron, first computer programmer
Pronunciation: Ay-dah
Adam Male 3 The meaning of the name Adam is Man, Of The Earth
The origin of the name Adam is Hebrew
Notes: In the Bible, the first created man
Pronunciation: Ad-um
Adelaide Female Adele, Ada Old Germanic name meaning noble kind; of the noble sort.
Adele Female The meaning of the name Adele is Noble, Kind
The origin of the name Adele is German
Pronunciation: Ay-dell
Adrian Male From Hadrian
Adriana Female The meaning of the name Adrianna is Person From Hadria (Northern Italy)
The origin of the name Adrianna is Latin
Alternate spellings: Adriana, Adrionna
Pronunciation: Ay-dree-anna
Adrienne Female Adrianne Female form of Adrien
Aengus Male Angus, Aonghus One strength
Afric Female The meaning of the name Afric is Africa
The origin of the name Afric is Irish
Pronunication: Aff-rick
Agatha Female Aggie, Aggy Good
Agnes Female Aggie, Aggy Pure
Aibhlinn Female The meaning of the name Aibhlinn: A name thought to have Norman roots that means “wished-for” or “longed-for child.”
Pronunciation: ave-leen
The origin of the name: Irish
Aibreann Female Aibrean April
Aidan Male 73 Fiery
Aideen Female Eadaoin, Aedin, Etain The meaning of the name: Varient of Éadan, means “face” or “opposite”. Can also be spelled as Aideen.

Pronunciation: Ay-deen

Aifric Female Africa, Afric, Affraic Pleasant
Ailbe Female Ailbhe The meaning of the name Ailbe is: From an old Irish word meaning “white,” the 6th century St. Ailbe was associated with the monastery at Emly in County Tipperary. The local people requested that he bless a river that had no fish. St. Ailbe did and that very day the river was filled with an abundance of fish. The people built five churches in St. Ailbe’s honor at the best fishing spots along the river. Ailbe may be used for a boy or a girl.

Pronunciation: All-bay

Ailbhe Female Ailbe The meaning of the name Ailbe is: From an old Irish word meaning “white,” the 6th century St. Ailbe was associated with the monastery at Emly in County Tipperary. The local people requested that he bless a river that had no fish. St. Ailbe did and that very day the river was filled with an abundance of fish. The people built five churches in St. Ailbe’s honor at the best fishing spots along the river. Ailbe may be used for a boy or a girl.

Pronunciation: All-bay

Aileen Female Eileen The meaning of the name is: derived from the ancient Irish name for noble. The origin of the name is Irish

Pronunciation: Ay-leen

Ailill Male The meaning of the name: Ailill is an Irish Gaelic name meaning “elf”. Ailill was the husband of queen Méabh.

Pronunciation: Ay-lil

Ailin Male The meaning of the name: Irish Gaelic name derived from the word ailín. The name means “little rock”

Pronunciation: All-een

Ailish Female Ailis, Alish The meaning of the name is: Irish version of the Norman Alice or Alicia from Elizabeth “God is my oath.”

Pronunciation: Ay-lish

Ailsa Female An Island of Scotland
Aimee Female Amy 74 Beloved
Aindrias Male Andriu The meaning of the name: Irish version of the Greek name Andreas, meaning “man, warrior”. Call also be spelled Aindrias.

Pronunciation: An-dray-as/An-dray-us

Aine Female 36 The meaning of the name is: Ancient Irish name from the noun aine that means “splendor, radiance, brilliance.” Aine is connected with fruitfulness and prosperity. The queen of the Munster fairies was called Aine as was one of the wives of Fionn Mac Cool. Aine appears in folktales as “the best-hearted woman who ever lived – lucky in love and in money.”

Pronunciation: Awn-ye

Aingeal Female Angela Messenger
Aisling Female Ashling 23 The meaning of the name is: From aislinge which means “a vision” or “a dream,” Aisling is the name given to a popular poetic genre from the 17th and 18th centuries in which Ireland is personified as a beautiful woman in peril.

Pronunciation: ash- ling

Alan Male Alain, Allan, Alun 59 Harmonious
Alana Female Alanna, Alannah 96 Beautiful, darling
Alanna Female Alana, Alannah 86 Beautiful, darling
Alannah Female Alana, Alanna 52 The meaning of the name is: Adding a to leanbh, the word for “child” in Irish, brings a sense of warmth – “O child” or “darling child.” A favoured name in Ireland with all three spellings; Alannah; Alanna; Alana.

Pronunciation: a-lah-na

Alastair Male Alasdair, Alistair The meaning of the name: Irish Gaelic form of Latin Alexandrus, meaning “defender of mankind.” Another variant is Alastar.

Pronunciation: Alas-dayr

Alastar Male Alusdar The meaning of the name: Irish Gaelic form of Latin Alexandrus, meaning “defender of mankind.” Another variant is Alastar.

Pronunciation: Alas-dayr

Albert Male Alasdair, Alistair Bright nobility
Alex Male 45 The meaning of the name: While Alex is traditionally a boy’s name it is also a popular girl’s name. The name is of Greek origin (short for Alexander) and means “man’s defender, warrior”.

Pronunciation: Al-ecs

Alexander Male Alex, Xander, Sandy 65 Defender of men
Alexandra Female Alex, Sandra 68 Female version of Alexander
Alexis Male Helper/defender
Alfie Male Alfred Diminutive of Alfred
Alfred Male Al Good counsellor, elf counsel
Alice Female Alicia, Alyssa 87 High born
Alison Female Allison, Alice 62 Variant of Alice
Alroy Male Red
Alva Female Almha Sunrise
Amanda Female Mandy, Manda Lovable
Amber Female 100 From the tree resin and the colour
Ambrose Male Ambros Immortal
Amy Female Aimee 8 Beloved
Anais Female Provencal version of Anna
Anastasia Female Anastacia, Stacey Resurrection
Andrea Female Andree, Andrina 85 Female form of Andrew
Andrew Male Andy 37 Manly
Angela Female Angeline, Angel Messenger
Ann Female Anne, Anna, Hannah Variant of Anna
Anna Female Hannah, Anne, Ann 26 Favoured by God
Annabel Female Annabelle, Bella Variant of an old French name
Anthony Male Tony 56 From the family name Antonius
Aodh Male The meaning of the name: The Modern Irish form of Old Gaelic Áed, which means fire. In Celtic mythology, this is the name of the god of sun. Hugh is the anglicised version of the name.

Pronunciation: Ay

Aodhamair Female Adamair Fire
Aoi Female Ai Poetic inspiration, learning
Aoibhinn Female The meaning of the name is: ”pleasant, beautiful sheen, of radiant beauty.” Often interpreted as “little Eve.” One Aoibheann was the mother of St. Enda of Aran who died c. 530 AD.

Pronunciation: Ay-veen

Aoife Female 2 The meaning of the name is: “beautiful, radiant, joyful.” Known as the greatest woman warrior in the world, Aoife was the mother of Cuchulainn’s only son, Connlach. Aoife Dearg (“Red Aoife”) was a daughter of a king of Connacht who had her marriage arranged by St. Patrick himself. In 2003 Aoife was the third most popular Irish girls name for babies in Ireland.

Pronunciation: Ee-fa

April Female From the month
Archibald Male Archie Bold, brave.
Archie Male Archibald Bold, brave. Diminutive of Archibald
Ardal Male bear valour
Ardan Male High aspiration
Arnold Male Arnie Power of an eagle
Art Male Bear
Arthur Male Art Possibly from the Celtic’ bear’ or the Irish ‘stone’
Ashley Male Ash, Ashton Ash tree clearing
Ashlyn Female Ashlynn Blend of the popular name Ashley and popular suffix -lyn
Ashton Male Ashley, Ash Ash wood
Attracta Female Athracht Attraction
Audrey Female Noble strength
Ava Female 41 The meaning of the name: Ava is a name of uncertain origin, though probably German. Saint Ava was a 9th century abbess of Dinary in Hainault and a member of the Frankish Royal Family. Variant forms include Avalee, Avelina and Avalyn. The name ranked #8 in Ireland 2011.

Pronunciation: Ay-vah

Avril Female French version of April
Bailey Male Bailiff
Bairbre Female Barbara Strange, savege, uncouth
Balthazar Male Baltazar God protect the king
Barbara Female Barbra, Babs Foreign
Barry Male Barrfind The meaning of the name: ”fair-haired,”” the name has been popular since the sixth century when St. Finbar came to an area of Cork.

Pronunciation: Bar-ree

Bearach Male Berach Spear, javelin
Beatrix Female Bea, Beatrice Traveller
Beibhinn Female Behinn Fair woman
Belinda Female Linda, Bel Meaning uncertain
Ben Male 27 The meaning of the name: Ben is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “son”. It is the short form of Benjamin, Benedict and Bennett. It is a very popular name in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Pronunciation: Ben

Benedict Male Benedikt Blessed
Benjamin Male 66 Son of the South
Bernadette Female Bernie Female version of Bernard
Bernard Male Bernie, Barney Brave bear
Beteide Female Be Teite Wanton woman
Bethany Female House of figs
Beverley Female Beverly From an old English surname
Bianca Female White
Billy Male Bill, William Diminutive of William, protector
Binne Female Bind, Binn Melodious, sweetness
Blaithin Female Blathnaid, Blathnat Little flower
Blathnaid Female Meaning of the name: blath means “flower, blossom.” In legend, Blaithnaid, the reluctant wife of Curai Mac Daire, loved Cuchulainn, her husband’s rival. She revealed the secret entrance to her husband’s fortress to him by milking her cow and letting the milk run down the hill into a stream. Cuchulainn followed the stream, raided the fortress and rescued Blathnaid.
Pronunciation: blaw-nid
Boris Male Fame in battle
Bradan Female Bradan Salmon
Bradley Male Brad Broad meadow
Brady Male The meaning of the name: Irish surname which has become a popular forename. It is derived from an Anglicised form of the Gaelic surname Ó Brádaigh, descendant of Brádach, which translates as “large-chested”.

Pronunciation: Bray-dee

Bran Male The meaning of the name: Irish name meaning “raven”. In Irish legend, Bran was a mariner who was involved in several adventures.

Pronunciation: Bran

Brandon Male Breandán, Brendan 83 Anglicised version of Breandán. “Beacon fire hill”
Branna Female Brannagh Raven-black
Breda Female Bride, Brighde Exalted one
Bree Female Brigh, Brie High, noble
Brenda Female Bren Sword
Brendan Male Breandán 90 The meaning of the name: Old Irish Gaelic name, meaning “prince”. Saint Bréanainn of Clonfert was known as the Navigator/the Voyager after his legendary quest to the Isle of the Blessed. The English translation is Brendan.

Pronunciation: Bre-nawn

Brenna Female American feminine of the name surname Brennan
Brian Male 39 Strong
Briana Female Meaning of the name: “noble, virtuous.” The feminine of Brian.
Pronunciation: bree-a-na
Brianna Female Briana, Breonna High, noble
Bridget Female Briget, Biddy, Bridie, Brigitte High goddess
Bridget, Brigid Female Bride Swedith form
Brighid Female High goddess, exalted one, noble
Brion Male Brian Irish version of Brian, meaning noble
Briony Female Bryony Name of a plant
Brittany Female From the name of the French region
Brogan Female The meaning of the name: Irish surname transferred to unisex forename use. Can mean the descendant of Brógán or little shoe.

Pronunciation: Brow-gawn

Bronagh Female Brona, Bronach Sorrow
Bronwen Female Bronwyn White breast
Cairenn Female Caireann Beloved little one
Cait Female Caitríona The meaning of the name:Short form of Caitríona. Means pure. Translates in English to Kate.

Pronunciation: Caw-tc

Caitlin Female Cait, Kathleen 34 The meaning of Caitlin: Devotion to St. Catherine came to Ireland with Christianity. Revered for her courage and purity, Catherine in the Irish form, Cathleen, became such a popular name that W. B. Yeats chose it for the heroine of his 1899 play “The Countess Cathleen” which was inspired by an Irish folktale.

Pronunciation: Kayt-linn

Calbhach Male Charles Irish version of Charles, meaning bald
Callum Male Calum 76 Scottish version of Columba meaning dove
Cameron Male Crooked nose
Camilla Female Camille, Milly From a Roman family name
Canice Male Coinneach Attractive or pleasant person
Caoimhe Female 19 The meaning of Caoimhe: from caomh ”gentle, beautiful, precious.” The same root as Kevin, the name has become very popular in Ireland with the original Irish spelling. In 2003 it was the twelfth most popular Irish girl name for baby girls.

Pronunciation: Kee-va/Kwee-va

Cara Female Caragh 91 Friend
Carmel Female Carmela Garden
Carmen Female Spanish version of Carmel
Carney Male Kearney Victorious champion
Carol Female Short form of Caroline
Carrick Male Carrig A rock
Cary Male The meaning of the name: Irish surname which has become a popular unisex forename. The name is derived from Ó Ciardha and means “dark one”.

Pronunciation: Care-ee

Casey Male Vigilant in war
Cashel Female Cashlin Castle and little castle
Casimir Male Peace
Caspar Male Dutch version of Jaspar
Cassair Male Curly haired
Cassidy Female Cass The meaning of the name: From cas ”curly-haired.” The Cassidys were the hereditary physicians to the Maguires, the chiefs of County Fermanagh between 1300 and 1600. As their healing skills became widely known, many Cassidys were employed by other chieftans, particularly in the north of the country

Pronunciation: Cass-ih-dee

Cathal Male 38 The meaning of the name: cath ””battle”” and all ””mighty”” and signifies “”a great warrior. Irish for Charles.

Pronunciation: Ka-hal

Catherine Female Katherine, Kate, Cathy, Kathy 54 Variant of Katherine
Catriona Female Caitriona, Caitrin Irish version of Catherine, Pure
Cavan Male The meaning of the name: Irish name taken from the name of the county cábhan. The name means “hollow”.

Pronunciation: Cah-van

Cecilia Female Celia, Cecile From a Roman family name
Chantal Female Chantel, Chantalle From a French surname
Charles Male Chas, Charlie The meaning of the name: Séarlas is the Irish Gaelic form of the English/French name Charles and it means “man”.

Pronunciation: Shar-las

Charlie Male Charles The meaning of the name: Charlie is typically a boy’s name (although it is also a popular girl’s name) which means “free man”. It is of Old German origin; a short form of Charles.

Pronunciation: Char-lee

Charlotte Female Lottie, Charlie 87 Female version of Charles
Chelsea Female From the placename
Chloe Female 4 The meaning of the name: Chloe is a Greek name meaning “green shoot”. The name is derived from “Khloe” which symbolises the fertility goddess Demeter. Variant forms include Clo and Clorinda. The name was #9 in the Top 100 Female names in Ireland 2011.

Pronunciation: Klo-ee

Christopher Male Chris, Kris, Christy 42 Bearing Christ
Cian Male Keane 6 The meaning of Cian: “ ancient, enduring.” In legend Cian Mac Mael Muad was the son-in-law of Brian Boru, who led the armies from the province of Munster to victory over the invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, a battle in which both he and Brian were killed. Cian was the eighth most popular Irish boys name in Ireland in 2003.

Pronunciation: Kee-an

Ciara Female Kira 5 Meaning of the name: The feminine form of Ciaran, from the Irish ciar meaning “dark” and implies “dark hair and brown eyes.” St. Ciara was a distinguished seventh-century figure who established a monastery at Kilkeary in County Tipperary.

Pronunciation: Kee-ra

Ciaran Male 25 The meaning of Ciaran: ciar ””dark”” and the diminutive -in it means “”little dark one.”” Popular for over 1500 years, at least 26 saints have borne the name. The most notable, St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise (c. 530 AD), was the son of a carpenter who studied with St. Enda for seven years and went on to establish a monastery at Clonmacnoise, on the banks of the River Shannon in County Westmeath.

Pronunciation: Keer-awn

Cillian Male 58 The meaning of Cillian: cille means “”associated with the church.”” One St. Cillian left Ireland in about 650 AD with eleven companions and carried out his missionary work in the Rhine region of Germany where he became Bishop of Wurzburg after converting the local lord, Duke Gosbert of Wurzburg, to Christianity. Later Duke Gosbert married Geilana, his brother’s widow and Cillian declared the marriage invalid.

Pronunciation: Kill-ee-in

Claire Female Clare 44 The meaning of the name: A medieval name derived from Latin clarus ”clear, bright, famous.” St. Claire, a follower of St. Francis of Assisi, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the “Poor Clares” has always been very respected in Ireland and the name is still popular today.

Pronunciation: Clay-er

Clancy Male Red-headed warrior
Clarissa Female Clarise, Clarice Clear, bright
Claudia Female 97 Lame
Cleary Male Clearie Minstrel
Cleo Female Short version of Cleopatra
Cliona Female Cleona, Cliodhna The meaning of the name: From clodhna meaning “shapely.” Cliodhna had three magical birds that could sing the sick to sleep and cure them. In the tale of “Cliodhna’s Wave” she falls in love with a mortal, “Keevan of the Curling Locks,” and leaves Tir-Na-Nog (“Land of Eternal Youth”) with him but when he goes off to hunt, leaving her on the beach, she is swept to sea by a great wave, leaving her lover desolate.

Pronunciation: Clee-ona/Clee-na

Clodagh Female Cloda 42 The meaning of the name: The river Clody runs through County Tipperary and County Wexford and like most Irish rivers is named for a local female deity. Rivers become places for prayer and Clodagh is a popular name in this part of the country.

Pronunciation: Clow-da

Clooney Male Cluny Grassy meadow
Cody Male The meaning of the name: Irish surname which has become a popular unisex forename. Taken from the surname Ó Cuidighthigh, (Cuddihy- also spelled Cuddy) the name means “helper.”

Pronunciation: Coh-dee

Coilin Male Little chieftain
Colette Female Short version of Nicolette
Colin Male 92 The meaning of Colin: from coll ””chieftan”” and the diminutive -in and would mean “”little chieftan.””

Pronunciation: Coll-inn

Colleen Female The meaning of the name: From the Irish cailin meaning “girl”, this name is very popular amongst the Irish in the USA and Australia as a way of connecting to their Irish roots.

Pronunciation: As read Coll-een

Colm Male 71 The meaning of the name: A Gaelic form of the Latin columba meaning “dove.” St. Columba of Iona or Colmcille colm + cille or ”dove of the church” was a prince of the O’Neill clan, a great poet and scholar.

Pronunciation: Col-um

Colman Male Colmán, Colm The meaning of the name: A variant of the Latin Columbanus, meaning “dove”.

Pronunciation: Cole-man/Cole-min

Columba Female Dove
Conall Male Conall The meaning of the name: Means friendship or could be from con ”a hound,” as applied to a swift-footed warrior, and all “great, mighty.” In legend Conall Cearnach (“Conall the Victorious”), one of the mightiest warrior heros in the Red Branch Knights, the forerunners of the Knights of the Round Table, avenged the death of his foster brother Cuchulainn.

Pronunciation: Cun-ull

Conan Male Little wolf
Conleth Male Chief lord
Conn Male The meaning of the name: Old Irish name meaning “chief, freeman, head, hound, intelligence, strength”. Conn of the Hundred Battles was a former High King of Ireland and Conn O’Neill was the 1st Earl of Tyrone during the 16th Century. The name Conn is also considered a short form of Conor.

Pronunciation: Con

Conor Male Connor 4 The meaning of the name: “lover of hounds.” Conchobhar MacNessa was the king of Ulster and, according to legend, was born on the same day as Christ. Conchobhar, an uncle of Cuchulainn, loved Deirdre and wished to marry her. But she fled with his nephew Naoise and his brothers. Conchobhar gave chase and althought he promised to forgive them, he killed Naoise and her abductors. Conor is a very popular boys name in Ireland, ranking 5th most popular in 2011.

Pronunciation: Conn-or

Corey Male Ravine
Cormac Male 59 The meaning of the name: From old Irish corbmac ”son of the charioteer.” Cormac Mac Airt was probably the most famous of the ancient kings of Ireland. As the ruler of Tara, the seat of the high kings of Ireland, for forty years (probably 227-266 AD), he was famous for his wise, true and generous judgments. It was a very popular name in early Ireland and is still used today.

Pronunciation: Kor-mack

Cosima Female Harmony, order
Courtney Female Courtnay 82 From a surname
Craig Male 40 Crag, rocks
Cronan Male Croney Dark-skinned, sallow
Crystal Female Krystal, Cristal From the English word
Cullen Male The meaning of the name: Irish surname which can be used as a unisex forename. Derived from O Coileain and means “young pup.”

Pronunciation: Cul-len

Cynthia Female Cindy, Cindi From Mount Cynthos
Daibhi Male daithi Swifness
Daimhin Female Daimine Little deer
Daisy Female From the flower
Daithi Male The meaning of the name: Irish Gaelic name meaning “swift, nimble”. Daithi, the last pagan king of Ireland, ruled from 405 AD to 426 AD, and he had twenty-four sons. Daithi led Irish fleets to raid the Roman Empire. He was killed by lightning in the Alps and is buried under a standing stone called “”King Daithi’s Stone.””

Pronunciation: Dah-hee

Dalaigh Male Dalach The meaning of the name: Irish surname transferred to forename use. Derived from Ó Dálaigh, it means “assembly, gathering”.

Pronunciation: Day-lee

Damhnait Female Dymphna, Damhanat Little fawn, Fawn
Damien Male Damian To tame
Dana Female From a surname meaning Dane
Daniel Male 11 The meaning of the name: Daniel, the fourth most popular boys name in Ireland 2011, is of Hebrew origin and means “God is my judge”. The name is featured in the bible; the prophet and writer of the book of Daniel was a teenager when he was taken to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 BC.

Pronunciation: Dan-yel

Danielle Female Dani 58 Female version of Daniel
Dara Male Darragh, Daire, Daragh 90 The meaning of the name: From Irish Gaelic Mac Dara, meaning “son of oak”. This name can be used for either sex. In Irish and Scottish Gaelic, dara means second. In Scotland Dara is also used as an abbreviation for “Dragon Killer”.

Pronunciation: Daa-rah

Daragh Male Dara, Daire, Darragh 80 Fruitful, fertile
Darcy Female Darcey Dark-haired
Darina Female Dairine, Daireann The meaning of the name: Feminine form of Dáire. Means fertile & fruitful.

Pronunciation:Dar-ee-na

Darragh Male Dara, Daire, Daragh 21 Fruitful, fertile
Darren Male 62 From an Irish surname
David Male Dave 7 The meaning of the name: David is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “beloved”. In the Bible, David was a shepherd, musician, poet, soldier, statesman, prophet and king who wrote about half of the Psalms; in fact his name occurs more than 1,000 times in the Bible.

Pronunciation: Day-vid

Davina Female Fenmale version of David
Dawn Female From the English word
Dean Male 35 Valley
Dearbhla Female Dervla, Derval, Deirbhle The meaning of the name: Irish Gaelic name meaning “true poet”.

Pronunciation: Der-vla

Deborah Female Debbie, Debra, Debby Bee
Dechtire Female Tenth child
Declan Male Unknown
Deirdre Female Deidra Tragic character from Irish legend
Delaney Male The meaning of the name: Irish surname transferred to unisex forename use. Derived from Ó Dubhshláine, it means “black challenger”.

Pronunciation: Deh-lay-nee

Delia Female From the Island of Delos
Denis Male Dennis From the Greek god Dionysos
Denise Female Female version of Denis
Derek Male Ruler of the people
Dermot Male Diarmuid Freeman
Derry Male Descendant of the red-haired one
Derval Female Dearbháil The meaning of the name: Irish name composed of the Gaelic elements der (daughter) and fail (destiny) i.e. it means the daughter of destiny

Pronunciation: Der-vil

Desiree Female Desired
Desmond Male Des, Dessie From South Munster
Devin Male The meaning of the name: Irish surname transferred to forename use. Derived from Devine/Ó Daimhín, it means “little fawn”.

Pronunciation: Deh-vin

Devnet Female Damhnait Fawn
Diana Female Diane Roman goddess of the moon
Diarmuid Male Dermot, Diarmaid 83 The meaning of the name: Irish name composed of the elements dí, without and airmait “envy” hence its meaning “without envy”. Diarmaid is the name of one of the High Kings of Ireland.

Pronunciation: Deer-mad

Dido Female Teacher
Dillon Male Dylan Loyal
Doireann Female Doreen, Dorean Sullen
Dolores Female Lola, Lolita Sorrows
Domhnall Male Donal, Daniel The meaning of the name: Domnall is the Irish version of Donald. The name, which can also be spelled Domhnall, means “world ruler”. Domnall mac Áedo was a former High King of Ireland. The modern Irish spelling of the name is Dónal.

Pronunciation: Doh-mnall

Dominic Male Of the Lord
Dominique Female Female version of Dominic
Donagh Male Brown warrior
Donal Male Domhnall World rule
Donald Male Don English version of Donal
Donla Female Dunglaith Brown princess
Donn Male The meaning of the name: Donn is the modern Irish word for brown. In mythology, Donn, or the Dark One, is the Lord of the Dead. Donn is also regarded as the father of the Irish race.

Pronunciation: Don

Donna Female Lady
Donnacha Male The meaning of the name: Donnacha means “brown warrior”. Alternative versions include Donnchadh and Donnachaid.

Pronunciation: Dunn-a-ka

Donovan Male The meaning of the name: Donovan is an Irish surname which has become a popular forename. Derived from Ó Donndubháin, it means “little dark brown one”.

Pronunciation: Dunn-oh-vin

Doreen Female Doireann Anglicised version of Doireann
Dorothy Female Dolly, Dot, Dora Gift of God
Draighean Female Draigen Blackthorn
Duana Female Poem or song
Duane Male Dwane Descendant of the dark-haired one
Duncan Male Brown warrior
Dunfhlaith Female Dunla Blow princess
Dustin Male Thor’s stone
Dwyer Male Dark wisdom
Dylan Male Dillon 8 The meaning of the name: Dylan is a popular unisex name. It is a name of Welsh origin, meaning “son of the sea”. In Welsh mythology, Dylan was a legendary hero. The name can also be spelled Dillon

Pronunciation: Dill-un/Dill-in

Dymphna Female Damhnait Anglicised version of Damhnait
Ealga Female Noble
Eamon Male Eamon The meaning of the name: The name Éamon is the Irish version of Edmund and Edward, meaning “protector of prosperity”. The most famous Éamon in Irish history is former Taoiseach and President Éamon de Valera.

Pronunciation: Ay-monn

Easnadh Female Esnad Musical sound
Eavan Female Aoibhinn Beautiful radiance
Echna Female Steed
Edmund Male Ed, Eddie, Ted Blessed protection
Edna Female Anglicised version of Eithne
Edward Male Ted, Teddy 77 Rich guard
Edwin Male Friend of wealth
Egan Male Aogan Little flame
Eileen Female Eibhlin, Eilin The meaning of the name: A variant spelling of Éibhleann; means beauty, radiance.

Pronunciation: eye-leen

Eilis Female Eilish The meaning of the name: Irish form of Greek Elisabet, meaning God is my oath. Can also be spelled Eilish.

Pronunciation: Eye-leesh

Eimear Female Emer 40 Swift
Eireann Female The meaning of the name: The Irish word for Ireland. A very patriotic name.

Pronunciation: Air-in

Eireen Female Little Ireland
Eithne Female Ethne, Ethna Kernel
Elaine Female Variant of Helen
Eleanora Female Elinor The meaning of the name: Irish version of Ailénor, which means foreign. Translates in English to Eleanor.

Pronunciation: Ela-nora

Elinor Female Eleanor Variant of Eleanor, Light moon
Elisa Female Lisa God is my oath
Eliza Female Elise Joyous
Elizabeth Female Liz, Beth, Betty, Lizzy 60 Oath of God
Ella Female Ellen, Ellie 48 The meaning of the name: Ella is an Old German name meaning “other, foreign”. It also means “entire” and in Hebrew it means “goddess”. It is a popular short form of Alice, Eleanor and Ellen but also a popular independent name. Variants of the name include Elle, Elly and Ellesse.

Pronunciation: El

Ellen Female Ellie, Ella 24 Variant of Helen
Ellie Female Eleanor, Ellen 89 Short form of Eleanor
Elliot Male Eliot, Elliott God
Ellis Male Elias, Elliot God
Elton Male From the surname
Elvis Male Unknown
Emer Female Eimear 80 The meaning of the name: Also spelled Eimear, this was the name of Cúchulainn’s wife whom he abducted when she rejected him. Eimear was said to be possessing the seven gifts of woman hood; Beauty; Chastity; Sweet Speech; Needle work; Voice and Wisdom.
Emily Female Emmy, Emilie, Emeline 18 The meaning of the name: Emily is a girl’s name of Latin origin meaning “rival, laborious, eager”. The name is listed as having up to 70 variants including Amelia, Amelie, Emaline, Emelda, Emelyn, Milly etc. The name ranked #1 in Ireland for most popular girl’s names 2011.

Pronunciation: Em-i-lee

Emma Female 3 The meaning of the name: Emma is a girl’s name of Old French and German origin. The name means “entire, universal” and was originally a short form of German names such as Ermintrude. Emma has over 20 variant forms including Emalinda, Emeline, Emme, Emmelyn etc. The name was #3 most popular for girl’s in Ireland 2011.

Pronunciation: Em-mah

Ena Female Anglicised version of Eithne
Enda Male Éanna Bird
Ennis Male Island
Enoch Male Dedicated
Enya Female Etna Kelnel or gorse
Eoghan Male Owen, Eoin 44 The meaning of the name: Éoghan is an ancient Irish name derived from the word iúr, meaning “born of yew”. In Irish legend, Éoghan was the name of one of the two sons of Niall of the Nine Hostages. The traditional pronunciation of this name is Yo-wen, but in modern times it has changed to be akin to Eoin.

Pronunciation: O-wen

Eoin Male 18 Variant form of Eoghan
Eric Male Erik Ever ruler
Erica Female Erika Heather
Erin Female Eireann 47 Anglicised version of Eireann
Ernest Male Ernie Serious
Estelle Female Stella, Estella Star
Esther Female Hester, Ester Star
Etain Female Eadain The meaning of the name: Derived from the word éadan meaning face. Étaín is the heroine of The Wooing of Étaín, she is the daughter of Ailil and second wife to Midir, whose first wife, the jealous Fuamnach turns her into a pool of water, then a worm and finally a beautiful butterfly.

Pronunciation: Ee-tan

Ethan Male 51 The meaning of the name: Ethan is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin which means “firmness, long-lived”. In the Bible, Ethan is an Israeli man noted for his wisdom.

Pronunciation: Ee-than

Eugene Male Well born
Eugenie Female Female version of Eugene
Eva Female Evie, Eve 44 Variant of Eve
Evan Male 30 The meaning of the name: Evan is a boy’s name of Hebrew, Welsh and Scottish origin. As the name is somewhat derived from John, it also means “God is gracious”. In Celtic, the name means “young warrior”.

Pronunciation: Eh-van

Eve Female Evie, Eva 46 Life
Ezra Male Helper
Fainche Female Fanny Sclad-crow
Fainne Female Ring
Faith Female Fay, Faye From the English word
Fallon Female Fallamhan Leader
Fann Female Fand Teardrop
Farrell Male Ferrel The meaning of the name: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from the Gaelic Ó Fearghail. It means “man of valour”.

Pronunciation: Far-ril

Fay Female Faye Fairy
Feenat Female Fianait Wild crature, deer
Felicity Female Flic Good luck
Felim Male Feidhlim Ever good
Felix Male Lucky, successful
Ferdia Male Ferdiad Man of God
Fergal Male Fearghal Man of valour
Fergus Male Fearghas The meaning of the name: Fergus is the modern version of Fearghus, which means “strong-man”. In Irish mythology, Fergus was the king of Ulster and his lover, the cunning Nessa, duped him into letting her son Conchobhar rule in his place for a year so that in years to come her son could be called ”the son of a king.”

Pronunciation: Fur-gus

Fern Female From the plant
Fiachna Male Raven
Fiachra Male The meaning of the name: Fiachra is derived from Gaelic word fiach which means raven. In Irish mythology, Fiachra was one of the children of Lir who was turned into a swan for 900 years.

Pronunciation: Fee-ak-ra

Fianna Female Warrior
Fidelma Female Feidhelm Female form of Felim
Fillan Male Faolán Wolf
Finbar Male Fionnbharr, Finn The meaning of the name: Finnbar is an Anglised form of Gaelic Fionnbarr which means “fair-headed”.

Pronunciation: Fin-bar

Finley Male Finn, Finlay Fair haired warrior
Finn Male Fionn, Finnley 95 The meaning of the name: Finn is an old Irish version of the more modern name Fionn, both meaning “fair, white”. In Irish legend Finn MacCool became all-knowing after eating a magic salmon.

Pronunciation: Finn

Finnian Male The meaning of the name: Finnian is an Anglicised form of Gaelic Finnén, meaning “little white one”.

Pronunciation: Fin-ee-an

Fintan Male Fionntan The meaning of the name: Fionntán is an Irish Gaelic name composed of the elements fionn “white” and tine “fire” hence its meaning “white fire”.

Pronunciation: Fyun-tawn

Fiona Female 74 The meaning of the name: Variant of Gaelic name Fiona, which means vine.

Pronunciation: Fee-na

Fionn Male Finn 68 The meaning of the name: Fionn is a modern Gaelic name meaning “fair”. It is derived from Old Irish name Finn.

Pronunciation: Fee-un/Fyun

Fionnuala Female Finola The meaning of the name: Gaelic name composed of the elements fionn “fair, white” and guala “shouler” i.e. means white shoulder. In Irish mythology, Fionnghuala is one of the children of Lir who were turned into swans for 900 years. Nuala is a popular short version of Fionnuala.

Pronunciation: Fyun-oola

Fionuir Female Fennore, Fionnbhair, Fionnabair White ghost
Flann Male Red
Fliadais Female Deer
Flora Female Flo Flower
Florence Female Flo, Flossie Flourishing
Florian Male Flower
Flynn Male The meaning of the name: Irish surname transferred to forename use. Comes from the surname Ó Floinn, which means “red, ruddy”.

Pronunciation: Flinn

Fodla Female Sovereignty
Frances Female Fran, Frannie Female version of Francis
Francesca Female Fran, Frannie Female form of Francesco
Francis Male Frank, Francie Frenchman
Frank Male Frenchman
Fraser Male From the surname
Freddie Male Fred, Frederick Diminutive of Frederick
Frederick Male Fred, Freddie Peaceful ruler
Gabriel Male Gabe Strength of God
Gael Female Gaedheal Ancestor fo the gaelic people
Gareth Male Gary The meaning of the name: Irish surname which has become more popular as a forename in recent times. Garrett is a more modern form of Gearóid, which means “spear ruler”.

Pronunciation: Gar-rett

Garrett Male Garret, Gareth, Gearoid From a surname
Garth Male Garden
Garvin Male Garvan Rough
Gary Male 98 Short form of Gareth
Gavin Male Gawain 54 White hawk
Gemma Female Jemma 97 Precious stone
Geoffrey Male Geoff Old French form of Godfrey
George Male Farmer
Georgia Female Georgina 81 Female version of George
Gerald Male Gerry The meaning of the name: Gearóid is the Irish form of the French name Gérald, which means “spear ruler”.

Pronunciation: Gar-road

Geraldine Female Gearoidin Fair
Gerard Male Gerry Brave spear
Gervais Male Spear
Gideon Male Feller, hewer
Giles Male Young goat
Gilligan Male Gilleagán Little lad
Glen Male Valley
Glendon Male Glendan One from the fortress in the valley
Gloria Female Glory
Gordon Male From a surname
Gormlaith Female Gormley Barbara Blue or illustrious princess
Gormley Female Gormfhlaith Blue or illustrious princess
Grace Female Gracie 27 The meaning of the name: Grace is a Latin name meaning “favour, blessing”. In Greek mythology, the Three Graces were goddesses of nature; Aglaia (brilliance), Thalia (flowering) and Euphrosyne (joy). The name became popular globally thanks to Princess Grace Kelly. Grace was the fourth most popular name in Ireland in 2011.

Pronunciation: Gray-ce

Graham Male From a surname
Grainne Female 66 The meaning of the name: Irish name possibly related to the Gaelic word grán which means “grain”. Another meaning for Gráinne is considered to be “love”. In Irish mythology, Gráinne is the name of Cormac MacAirt’s daughter.

Pronunciation: Graw-nya

Grant Male Great, large
Gregory Male Greg Watchful, alert
Grian Female Greine Sun, sun goddess
Guy Male Wood
Hamish Male Scottish version of  Seamus
Hannah Female 15 The meaning of the name: Hannah is a girl’s name of Hebrew origin which means “God has favoured me”. In the Bible, Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel, who begged for God to bless her with a child. The name has many variants including Ann, Anna, Annie, Nan and Alannah.

Pronunciation: Hann-ah

Harley Male Hare meadow
Harold Male Harry Leader of the army
Harrison Male Harry, Harryson Son of Harry
Harry Male Hal 56 The meaning of the name: Harry is a boy’s name of Old German origin, which means “home ruler”. The name is widely used as a nickname of Henry and Harold. It has become popular in recent years thanks to Prince Harry of Wales (real name Prince Henry).

Pronunciation: Har-ree

Harvey Male Battleworthy
Hayden Male Hay valley
Hazel Female 89 From the tree or colour
Henry Male Harry Home ruler
Hilde Female Battle
Holly Female 49 From the tree
Homer Male Hostage, pledge
Horace Male Hour, time
Howard Male Howie From a surname
Hugh Male Heart, mind
Ian Male Iain 87 Scottish form of John
Imogen Female Imogene Daughter
Isaac Male Laughter
Isabel Female The meaning of the name: Gaelic form of the Latin Isabella which means God is my oath.

Pronunciation: Iza-bayl

Iseult Female Isolde, Iesult, Yseult Beautiful
Isobel Female Isabelle, Isabel 97 Scottish version of Isabel
Ita Female Ide, Ite Thrist for godness or knowledge
Ivan Male Russian form of John
Ivor Male Bow army
Jack Male 1 The meaning of the name: Jack, the most popular boy’s name in Ireland 2011, is of Old English origin, based on the Hebrew name John. It means “God is gracious”.

Pronunciation: Jak

Jacob Male Jake To hold the heel
Jade Female 30 From the semi-precious stone
Jake Male 34 The meaning of the name: Jake is short for the Hebrew name Jacob, but has actually become more popular as an independent name. Jacob means “he who supplants”. In the Bible Jacob is the son of Isaac and Rebekah. He fathered 12 sons and a daughter who became the ancestors of Israel.

Pronunciation: Jay-k/Jay-kub

James Male Jamie, Jim. Jimmy 5 The meaning of the name: James, the second most popular boys name in Ireland 2011, is of Hebrew origin, and means “he who supplants”. Pet names include Jimmy and Jamie.

Pronunciation: Jay-mes

Jamie Male 20 The meaning of the name: Jamie is a short form of the name James (meaning: “he who supplants”). It has also become a popular girls name. Various spelling include Jaime, Jaimie, Jamey and Jaymie.

Pronunciation: Jay-mee

Jane Female Janey 78 Female version of John
Jared Male Descent
Jason Male 45 To heal
Jasper Male Treasurer
Jay Male Victory
Jayden Male The meaning of the name: Jayden is a boy’s name, a variant of Jaden (American) and Jadon (Hebrew). The name means “thankful; God will judge”.

Pronunciation: Jay-den

Jennifer Female Jenny 39 Cornish version of Guinevere
Jeremy Male Jerry Jehovah uplifts
Jerome Male Jerry Sacred name
Jessica Female Jess, Jessie 20 God beholds
Jodie Female 72 Female version of Jody
Joe Male Joseph, Joey Diminutive of Joseph
Joel Male God
John Male Johnny 15 Jehovah is gracious
Jonathon Male Jonathan, Jon 86 Jehovah gave
Jordan Male 29 Flowing down
Joseph Male Joe 31 The meaning of the name: Seosamh is the Irish Gaelic form of the Greek name Joseph meaning “God shall add another son”.

Pronunciation: Show-sav

Josh Male 81 Short form of Joshua
Joshua Male Josh 28 The meaning of the name: Joshua is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “Jehovah is salvation”. In the Bible, Joshua was a helper of Moses during the Israelites 40-year trek through the Sinai desert and the leader of the Israelites after the death of Moses. Josh is a popular short version.

Pronunciation: Josh-uu-a

Joyce Female Seoighe Lord
Jude Male Praised
Judith Female Judy Woman of Judea
Judy Female Judith Woman of Judea
Julia Female Julie, Juliette From the latin Julius
Julian Male Jules, Julien From a Roman surname
Juliana Female Julianna Youthful
Julie Female Julia From the latin Julius
Juliet Female Juliette From the latin Julius
Justin Male Just
Kai Male Caius, Kaj Rejoice
Kakleen Female Caitlin Pure
Karl Male Carl 78 Man
Kate Female Katie, Kat 22 Short form of Katherine
Katelyn Female Caitlin 52 Variant of Caitlin
Katherine Female Catherine, Kate, Cathy, Kathy Meaning unknown
Kathleen Female Kathy, Caitlin, Cait Anglicised version of Caitlin
Katie Female Kate, Kat 9 The meaning of the name: Katie is a popular English short form of Katherine, which means “pure”. Variants of Katie include Kate, Katia, Katianne, Kaitlyn and Katt. Katie was the 10th most popular baby name in Ireland 2011.

Pronunciation: Kay-tee

Kaylee Female Combination of Kay and Lee
Kayleigh Female Kayley, Keeleigh 74 From the surname meaning slender
Keane Male Sharp
Keegan Male The meaning of the name: Keegan, typically an Irish surname, has recently become popular as a forename. The name comes from Mac Aodhagáin and means “tiny little fire”.

Pronunciation: Key-gin

Keelan Male The meaning of the name: Keelan is an Irish surname transferred to unisex forename use. The name is derived from Keelahan or Ó Céileacháin and means “little campanion”.

Pronunciation: Key-lin

Keelin Female Caoilainn The meaning of Caoilainn: caol ”slender” and fionn ”white, fair, pure. Several saints were Caoilainn and one was described as “a pious lady who quickly won the esteem and affection of her sister nuns by her exactness to every duty, as also by her sweet temper, gentle, confiding disposition and unaffected piety.”

Pronunciaiton: Kee-lin/Kay-lin

Keith Male 74 Wood
Kellie Female Kelly 91 Variant of Kelly
Kelly Female Kellie 69 From the surname meaning strife
Kennedy Male Cennetig Helmet-headed
Kerry Female Ciarra Land of the descendants of Ciar
Kevin Male Caoimhin 36 The meaning of the name: Variant form of Irish name Caémgen, meaning “little comely one”. The Anglicised version is Kevin.

Pronunciation: Kwee-veen/Kee-veen

Kian Male Cian 63 Ancient
Kieran Male Ciaran 72 Black
Killian Male Cillian 55 War, strife
Kina Female Love
Kyla Female Femenine of Kyle
Kyle Male 53 The meaning of the name: Kyle is a boy’s name of Gaelic origin meaning “narrow, straight”.

Pronunciation: Ky-l

Labhras Male Labhras Laurel
Laoidheach Male Laidech Poetic
Laoire Male Laoghaire Calf-herd
Laoise Female Labhaoise The meaning of the name: Irish version of the French name Louise, meaning “famous warrior”.

Pronunciation: Lee-sha

Lara Female Loretta, Laurel , Larissa Short form of Larissa or Laurel
Lassarina Female Lasairiona Flame of the wine
Laura Female Lora, Lori 13 From the laurel tree
Lauren Female 6 Female version of Laurence
Laurence Male Lawrence, Larry From Laurentum
Leachlainn Male Lochlainn The meaning of the name: Leachlainn is short form for the Irish Gaelic name Maeleachlainn, which means “devotee of Saint Seachnall”. Its English alternative is Lachlan, which means “from the land of lakes”.

Pronunciation: Lock-lan

Leah Female Lea 12 Gazelle
Leanne Female Liane 56 Short form of Eliane
Lee Male Leigh 47 Meadow, Poem
Lennan Male Leanna Lover
Leo Male Leon Lion, short for Leon
Leon Male Leo 68 The meaning of the name: Leon is a Greek name and variant of Leo, which means “lion”. The lion is a central figure in the art and religious cultures in many places, usually symbolising kingliness, grandeur and courage.

Pronunciation: Lee-on

Leonard Male Len, Lenny, Leo Brave lion
Lewis Male Louis, Lou Fame warrior
Liadan Female The meaning of the name: Irish name derived from the word liath “grey” hence its meaning “grey lady”. In legend this is the name of a poetess.

Pronunciation: Lea-dawn

Liam Male 24 The meaning of the name: Liam is the short form of Uilliam (derived from old Germanic William), which means “will-helmet” or “protection”.

Pronunciation: Lee-um

Liamhain Female Comely
Liban Female Liobhan Beauty of women
Lily Female 91 The meaning of the name: Lily is a Latin girl’s name and the name of a flower. The lily flower is a symbol of innocence, purity and beauty. Other forms of the name include Lila, LeeLee, Liliana, Lilianne and Lilia. Lily was the fifth most popular name in Ireland in 2011.

Pronunciation: Lil-ee

Linda Female Lynda, Lindy, Lynn Pretty
Lisa Female Liza 55 Short form of Elisabeth
Lochlann Male Laughlin Viking
Logan Male Small hollow
Loinnir Female Brightness and radiance
Loman Male Lomman Bare
Lonan Male Blackbird
Lorcan Male 93 The meaning of the name: Lorcan is derived from the Old Irish name Lorccán, which is composed of the Gaelic word lorcc “fierce” and means “little fierce one”.

Pronunciation: Lor-kin/Lor-kan

Lorna Female 100 Invented by the novelist Blackmore for his heroine Lorna Doone
Louie Male Lewis, Louis, Luis Diminutive of Lewis, Louis
Louis Male Luis, Lewis, Louie Famous warrior
Louise Female Lou 50 Female version of Louis
Luan Male The meaning of the name: Luan is an Old Irish Gaelic name meaning “warrior”, “strong” and “warlike”.

Pronunciation: Lew-in

Lucas Male Lucius, Luca From Luciana in Greece
Lucy Female Luiseach 35 The meaning of the name: Lucy is a Latin name meaning “light”, the feminine form of Lucius and the vernacular form of Lucia. Lucy has over 20 variant forms including Lou, Luella, Lucianna, Lucille, Lucinda and Lucita. The name ranked #7 in Ireland 2011.
Luke Male 9 The meaning of the name: Luke is a Greek name, derived from Lucanus. It is also the name of a region in Southern Italy. In the Bible, Luke, who wrote one of the four gospels, was called the “beloved physician” and is the patron saint of doctors and artists. Lucas, Lukas, Lucius and Lucian are all variants of the name.

Pronunciation: Loo-k

Macdara Male Son of Daire
Mackenzie Male Son of Coinneach
Maeve Female Medbh, Meabh 70 The meaning of the name: Variant form of Meadhbh, meaning intoxicating. In Irish mythology, this is the name of the powerful feminist warrior queen of Connacht, wife of Ailill. Can also be spelled Maeve.
Maire Female Moira, Maura The meaning of the name: Irish form of Greek name Maria, meaning “obstinacy, rebelliousness” or “their rebellion”.

Pronunciation: Moy-ra

Mairtin Male Martan Belonging to Mars
Malachi Male Malachy Servant of Saint Seachnall
Malcom Male Disciple of Saint Columba
Malise Male Maoiliosa Servant of Jesus
Manus Male Great
Maoliosa Female Melissa Servant of Jesus
Marcas Male The meaning of the name: Marcas is an Irish Gaelic version of Marcus, and means “defense” or “of the sea”.

Pronunciation: Mar-kas

Marcus Male Mark From Mars, the Roman god
Margaret Female Marge, Peggy, Peg 95 Pearl
Maria Female May, Maria, Marie 58 Spanish and Italian version of Mary
Mark Male Marc 16 The meaning of the name: Mark is a boy’s name of Latin origin which means “dedicated to Mars”. In the Bible, Mark was one of the four writers of the Gospel account of Jesus’ life. The French form of the name is Marc, Marco/Marques the Spanish and Markos the Slavic.

Pronunciation: Mark

Martin Male Mártan 70 The meaning of the name: Mártan is the Irish Gaelic form of the Latin name Martinus, which means “of/like Mars”.

Pronunciation: Marr-tann

Mary Female May, Maria, Marie 37 Many possible meanings though ‘desired child’ is a favourite
Mason Male Stoneworker
Matthew Male Matt, Mat 22 The meaning of the name: Matthew is a boy’s name of Hebew origin which means “gift of God”. Matthew was one of the twelves apostles in the Bible and he wrote the first Gospel, an account of Jesus’ life. The Spanish form of the name is Mateo, the Portuguese is Mateus and the French is Matthieu. Matt is a popular abbreviation of the name.

Pronunciation: Math-yoo

Maureen Female Mairin Pet form of Maire
Maurice Male Morris, Moss, Mossie Dark skinned
Max Male Maximilian, Maxime The meaning of the name: Max is a boy’s name, short form of French Maximilian, Maximo, Maxwell and Maxime. The name means “greatest”.

Pronunciation: Macks

Maxime Male Maximilian, Max the Greatest
McKenna Female Hebrew derived from Michaela
Mealla Female Mell, Mella Lightning
Meallan Male Mellan, Meallán Lightning
Meara Female Seal
Megan Female Meg 10 The meaning of the name: Irish variant of Megan, which is derived from the Greek name Margaret. Means pearl.

Pronunciation: May-gin

Mia Female 72 The meaning of the name: Mia is of Israeli, Latin and Scandinavian origin. In Israeli, Mia is the feminine short form of Michael and in Latin/Scandinavian it is the short form of Maria, which means “star of the sea”.

Pronunciation: Mee-ah

Michael Male Micheal, Mike, Mick 10 The meaning of the name: Michael is a Hebrew name meaning “who resembles God”. In the bible, Michael is the archangel who defeats the dragon. Many saints and kings have had the name Michael. Miguel is the Spanish form, Michel the French and Mícheal the Irish. Mick is a popular abbreviation.

Pronunciation: My-kawl

Michaela Female Mica 70 Female version of Michael
Michelle Female Michele, Shelly 62 Female version of Michel
Miles Male Mylo Soldier
Molly Female Moll 31 Pet form of Mary
Mona Female Muanat Noble, good
Mor Female Moire Great one
Morgan Male Sea circle
Muireann Female Muirinn The meaning of the name: Irish Gaelic name composed of the elements muir “sea” and fionn “fair, white” hence its meaning “sea-fair”. In mythology, Muireann was the mother of Fionn Mac Cumhaill.

Pronunciation: Mur-in

Muirgheal Female Muirgel Bright as the sea
Muirin Female Born of the sea
Muiris Male The meaning of the name: The Irish form of Roman Latin name Maurice which means “dark-skinned”.

Pronunciation: Mur-ish

Mungo Male Beloved
Munro Male The meaning of the name: Munro is an Irish surname transferred to forename use derived from Monadh Roe (Mount Roe) meaning “from the mount on the river Roe”. It is most often associated with the Clan Munro; an Irish family who settled in Scotland in the 11th century and fought as mercenary soldiers, defeating Viking invaders. The name can also be spelled Munroe.

Pronunciation: Mun-roh

Murphy Male Hound of the sea
Nabla Female Napla Lovable
Naoise Male The meaning of the name: In Irish mythology, Naoise was the name of the warrior nephew of King Conchobar, who was the beloved of Deirdre. The name is of unknown meaning. While it is technically a boy’s name, it is as popular for girls in recent times.

Pronunciation: Nee-sha

Naomh Female A saint
Nathan Male 32 The meaning of the name: Nathan is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “God is given”. Nathan was God’s prophet during the reigns of David and Solomon.

Pronunciation: Nay-than

Nathaniel Male Nathan, Nat Gift of God
Neala Female Neila Female champion
Neamhain Female Nemon Battle fury
Neil Male Variant of Niall
Nelda Female Neila Modern feminine forms of the name Neil
Nessa Female Neas, Ness Not gentle
Nevan Male Naomhan Saint, holy one
Nevin Male The meaning of the name: Nevin is an Irish surname transferred to forename use. It comes from the Gaelic Cnámhín, nickname for a skinny man, and from Naomhán, meaning “little saint”.

Pronunciation: Nev-in

Niall Male 41 The meaning of the name: Niall is an Old Gaelic name derived from the old Irish Niul, which means champion. In Irish history, two High Kings were named Niall; Niall of the Nine Hostages and Niall Caille mac Áeda.

Pronunciation: Ni-yal

Niamh Female 6 The meaning of the name: Irish Gaelic myth name of the daughter of a sea god, meaning “beauty, brightness”.

Pronunciation: Nee-uv/Neev

Nicholas Male Nick The meaning of the name: Nioclás is the Irish form of Latin Nicolaus which means “victor of the people”.

Pronunciation: Nick-laws

Nicole Female Nic 21 Female form of Nicholas
Nigel Male Black
Noah Male The meaning of the name: Noah is a Hebrew name meaning “peaceful”. The name is also considered to mean “long-lived”, “comforter” or “wanderer”. In the Bible, Noah is the survivor of the Great Flood who drifted in the ark for 40 days of rain; according to the Bible, the world’s population stems from Noah’s three sons.

Pronunciation: Noh-ah

Noel Male Christmas
Noelle Female Nollaig Christmas
Nolan Male The meaning of the name: Nolan is an Irish surname which has become a popular forename. The name comes from Ó Nualláin and means “little champion” or “little chariot fighter”.

Pronunciation: N-oh-lan

Nollaig Male Christmas
Nora Female Nora Honour
Norman Male Northman (viking)
Nuadha Male Nuadu Cloud-maker
Oillill Male Aillill Sprite, elf
Oisin Male Ossian, Oissine 23 The meaning of the name: Oisín is an Irish name composed of the word os, which means deer, giving it its meaning “little deer”. In mythology, Oisín was the warrior son of Fionn Mac Cumhail.

Pronunciation: Uh-sheen

Oliver Male Olivier The meaning of the name: Oliver is a boy’s name of Latin origin which means “olive tree”. Oliver is the name of one of Charlemagne’s knights in the 12th-century poem “Chanson de Roland”. In the Bible, the olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty and dignity. It is also a peace offering symbol.

Pronunciation: Ol-i-ver

Olivia Female Olive, Livia, Libby 61 Female version of Oliver
Oonagh Female Una, Oona Lamb
Oran Male Odhran, Odhrán 96 Dun coloured, otter
Orinthia Female Name invented by George Bernard Shaw for his 1929 play the Apple Cart
Orla Female Orlaith 38 Anglicised version of Orlaith
Orlaith Female Orla The meaning of the name: Variant spelling of Irish Gaelic Órfhlaith, meaning “gold-princess”

Pronunciation: Ohr-lith.

Orlando Male Italian version of Roland
Oscar Male The meaning of the name: Oscar is a Irish Gaelic form of the Scottish name Osgar. Oscar is from the words “os cara” which means “deer-lover” or “friend of the deer”. Oscar Wilde is a famous Irish playwright.

Pronunciation: Oss-kar

Osnait Female Ossnat Deer
Owen Male Eoghan 83 Yew born
Padraig Male 79 The meaning of the name: Pádraig, is a modern Irish version of the Old Gaelic Patraicc which means “patrician, of noble descent”. It’s pet forms include Paidí (Paddy) and Páidín.

Pronunciation: Pad-rig

Paris Male Unknown
Pascal Male Relating to Easter
Patricia Female wise
Patrick Male Paddy, Pat, Patsy 17 Nobleman
Paul Male 43 Small, humble
Peadar Male Peadair Rock
Pearl Female Pearl
Pearse Male Piaras Surname
Peggy Female Peg, Peggie Pearl
Percy Male From Percival
Peter Male Pete 48 Rock
Petula Female Pet Ask
Petunia Female Ask
Phelan Male Felan Wolf
Phelim Male Felim Constant
Philip Male Phil, Pip 97 Friend of horses
Pierce Male Piers The meaning of the name: Piaras is an Irish name derived from the Greek name Petros. It means “rock, stone”. Its Anglicisation is Pierce.

Pronunciation: Peer-us

Piper Female Pipper Piper
Pol Male Poil Little one
Pollyanna Female Polly Bitter sea, grace
Poppy Female Poppy
Posy Female He will add
Prescilla Female Ancient
Princella Female Princess
Princesa Female Princessa Princess
Quentin Male Quintin Fifth
Quincy Male Fifth
Quinlan Male The meaning of the name: Quinlan is a traditional Irish surname that has lately become a popular forename. It is derived from Ó Caoindealbhán and means “little fair-formed one”.

Pronunciation: Kwin-lin

Quinn Male The meaning of the name: Quinn is an Irish surname which has become a popular unisex forename. It is an Anglicised version of Ó Coinn and means “chief”.

Pronunciation: Kwin

Rachael Female Raquel 79 Variant of Rachel
Rachel Female Rachael, Rachelle 11 Ewe
Radha Female Vision or red
Ranait Female Rathnait Grace, prosperity
Randal Male Ranulf ruler’s advice
Reagan Male The meaning of the name: Reagan is an Irish surname which has become a popular unisex forename. The name is an anglicised form of Ó Riagáin and means “furious, impulsive”.

Pronunciation: Ray-gan

Realtan Female Reailtin Star
Reardan Male Ríordán Royal poet
Rebecca Female Becky, Becca 14 Meaning unknown
Redmond Male Remann Protector
Reece Male Rhys 82 Enthusiasm
Regan Female Rigan The king’s child
Reginald Male Reggie King’s advisor
Reilly Male Raghallaigh Courageous
Reuben Male Rube Behold a son
Rex Male King
Rhys Male Reese Ardent
Ribh Female Stripe
Richard Male Rick, Ricky, Dick 75 Brave power
Riley Male Rye meadow
Riomthach Female Riofach Sister
Riona Female Ríonach, Regina Queenly
Roban Male The meaning of the name: Roban is the pet form of Irish Gaelic name Roibéard which means “bright fame”.

Pronunciation: Roh-bawn

Robert Male Rob, Robbie, Bob 33 The meaning of the name: Roibéard is the Irish Gaelic form of Norman French name Robert, which means “fame, brilliance”.

Pronunciation: Roh-board

Robin Male Pet form of Robert
Robyn Female 51 Female version of Robin
Roderick Male Rod, Roddy Famous power
Roger Male Famous spear
Roinseach Female Roinsech Seal
Roisin Female Rose 25 The meaning of the name: Diminutive form of Irish Róis, which means rose, hence Róisín is considered to be a “little rose”.

Pronunciation: Row-sheen

Roland Male Famous land
Romeo Male Pilgrim to Rome
Ronald Male Ron, Ronnie Scottish form of Reginald
Ronan Male 50 The meaning of the name: Rónán is an Irish Gaelic name composed of the word rón which means “seal”, giving it its meaning “little seal”.

Pronunciation: Roh-nawn

Rory Male Ruaidhri, Ruari 61 Red king, Great king
Ros Female Rose Rose
Rosaleen Female Roisin Litte rose
Ross Male Ros 63 Promontory
Rourke Male Ruarc Hero, champion
Rowan Male Roan The meaning of the name: Rowan is an Irish surname transferred to unisex forename use. It comes from the Gaelic Ruadhán, meaning “little red one”.

Pronunciaton: Roh-an

Roy Male Red
Ruadh Male The meaning of the name: Ruadh is derived from the Gaelic word ruadh which means “red”. Ruadhán is an alternative version which means “little red”.

Pronunciation: R-oo-ah/R-ooh-a-dawn

Ruarc Male Rourke Hero, champion
Ruari Female Rori Red-headed ruler
Rudolf Male Rudolph, Rudy Famous wolf
Rufus Male Red-haired
Rupert Male Form of Robert
Russell Male Russ Little red
Ruth Female 56 Friend
Ryan Male Riain, Rian 18 The meaning of the name: Ryan is an Irish surname transferred to forename use. It comes from Ó Riain and means little King. Rían is a more Gaelic version of the name and has the same meaning.

Pronunciation: R-eye-an/Ree-an

Ryanne Female Little king
Sadbh Female Sive, Sadhbh The meaning of the name: The Irish name Sadhbh means “sweet, lovely lady”. Sive, the name’s English spelling, is the name of a play by John B. Keane based on the character of the same name.

Pronunciation: Sii-ve

Sam Male 89 Short form of Samuel
Samuel Male Sam 49 The meaning of the name: Samuel is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “God heard” or “God’s heart/name”. In the Bible, Samuel is the prophet and judge who anointed Saul and David as kings of Israel.

Pronunciation: Sam-yoo-ell

Saoirse Female 28 The meaning of the name: Saoirse is a very patriotic Irish name, meaning “freedom”. The name became very popular in the 1920s, at the time of the struggle for Irish independence.

Pronunciation: Surr-sha/Sear-sha/Sair-sha

Saorla Female Noble queen
Sara Female Sarah 84 Variant of Sarah
Sarah Female Sara 1 The meaning of the name: Sarah is a girl’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “princess”. In the Bible, Sarah was an beautiful and adventurous nomad with her husband Abraham. The name has over 50 variant forms including Sadie, Sally, Sara, Soraya and Zara. The name is very popular world-wide since the 16th century and was #6 in Ireland 2011.

Pronunciation: Sair-ah

Scoithniamh Female Scothniam Shining, radiant blossom
Scoth Female Blossom
Scott Male 66 From a surname
Seachlainn Male The meaning of the name: Seachlainn is an Irish Gaelic form of the Roman Latin name Secundinus which means “second”. Seachnall is another form of the name and has the same meaning.

Pronunciation: Shock-linn/Shock-nall

Seamus Male The meaning of the name: Séamus, or Séamas, is an Irish Gaelic name meaning “supplanter”.

Pronunciation: Shay-muss

Sean Male Shaun 2 The meaning of the name: Séan is a very popular boys name in Ireland; it ranked number 3 for boys in 2011. It is the Irish Gaelic form of French Jean and English John and means “God is gracious”.

Pronunciation: Shawn

Sebastian Male Seb From Sebastia
Senan Male Sionan Old, wise
Seoirse Male The meaning of the name: Seoirse is the Irish version of the Greek name Georgios and means “earth-worker, farmer”.

Pronunciation: Sor-sha

Shane Male 13 Anglicised form of Sean
Shanley Male Venerable warrior
Shannon Female Shannen 29 From the Irish river
Shaun Male Sean 98 Variant of Sean
Shauna Female 17 Female version of Shaun
Sheenagh Female Sheena God is gracious
Sheila Female Cecilia Blind
Sheldon Male From a surname
Sheridan Male The meaning of the name: Sheridan is an Irish surname transferred to forename use, from Ó Sirideain. It means “searcher”.

Pronunciation: Sh-air-i-den

Sibeal Female Sybil The meaning of the name: The baby girl name Sibéal is of Old Greek origin but is mainly used in the Irish and English languages. It is a variant of Isabel and Sybil and means “God is my oath”.

Pronunciation: Shi-bail

Sidney Male Sid From a surname
Sigmund Male Victory protector
Sile Female Sheila The meaning of the name: Síle is the Irish form of the Latin name Caecilia, which means blind. Síle is also the Irish version of Sheila and Cecilia. The name is also related to the Indian name Sheela, which is rooted in the Sanskrit meaning for “good character”.

Pronunciation: Shee-la

Simon Male Listening
Sinead Female 33 The meaning of the name: Sinéad is the Irish Gaelic form of the French name Jeanette, which means “God is gracious”. Sinéad is also a form of Janet, Jennifer and Jane and is a very popular name for girls in Ireland.

Pronunciation: Shin-ayd

Siobhan Female 65 Irish version of Joan
Sive Female Sadb Sweetness
Sophie Female Sophy, Sofia 16 The meaning of the name: Sophie is a Greek name meaning “wisdom”. The name has many variations including Sofia, Ephie and Sokie. Sophie is an extremely popular girl’s name worldwide, and it ranked #2 in Ireland in 2011.

Pronunciation: So-fee

Sorcha Female The meaning of the name: Sorcha is a popular name in Ireland and Scotland meaning “radiant”, “bright” or “shining”.

Pronunciation: Sorcha is often pronounced as Sor-sha in the UK but its correct pronunciation is Sor-uh-ka

Sorley Male Somhairle Summer wanderer
Spencer Male Spence From a surname
Stanley Male Stan Stone clearing
Stephanie Female Stefanie 91 Female version of Stephen
Stephen Male Steven 26 The meaning of the name: Stiofán is the Irish Gaelic form of Latin Stephanus, meaning “crown”.

Pronunciation: Sty-uff –awn

Stewart Male Keeper of the estate
Stuart Male French form of Stewart
Suibhne Male Suibne Well-going
Susanna Female Lily
Tadhg Male Tadhgh 88 The meaning of the name: Tadhg is an Irish/Scottish Gaelic name meaning “poet”.

Pronunciation: Tie-g

Tara Female 32 Place name of the seat of the High Kings of Ireland
Taryn Female Variant of Tara
Taylor Male Tyler Tailor
Teagan Female Tegan Beautiful
Ted Male Teddie, Teddy Guardian of wealth
Teddy Male Ted, Teddie Guardan of wealth
Terence Male Terry From a Roman family name
Theo Male Theodore Diminutive of Theodore, God’s present
Thomas Male Tom 14 The meaning of the name: Tomás is an Irish Gaelic version of the Greek name Thomas, which means twin.

Pronunciation: Tuh-maws

Tiernan Male Lord of the manner
Timothy Male Tim Honouring God
Tobias Male Toby Jehova is good
Toby Male Tobias, Toby, Tobbie God is good, diminutive of Tobias
Todd Male From a surname
Tom Male 94 Short form of Thomas
Tony Male Short form of Anthony
Torcan Male Wild boar
Treasa Female Treise The meaning of the name: Tréasa is from the Irish Gaelic name Toiréasa, meaning “harvester”. In modern times it in considered the Irish translation of Tracy and Theresa.

Pronunciation: Tra-sa

Troy Male From a surname
Tuathla Female Tuathflaith Princess of the people
Tuileach Female Tailech Having a prominent forehead
Tuilelaith Female Tallula Lady of abundance
Tulla Female Tulloch Little hill
Turlough Male Instigator
Tyler Male Taylor Tailor
Tyrone Male From the Irish county
Uaine Female Green, verdant
Uallach Female Proud
Uan Female Lamb
Uda Female Wealth
Uinseann Male Uinsionn Conquering
Ulick Male Uilleac, Uilleag Spirit play
Ulric Male Wolf power
Ulrika Female Prosperity
Ulysses Male Latin form of Odysseus
Una Female Agnes, Winifred The meaning of the name: Úna is an Irish name of Latin origin meaning “one.” The name is also derived from the Gaelic word Úna which means “hunger”or “lamb”. In Irish legend, Úna was the name of the poet Tomás Costello’s sweetheart who died after her parents refused to let her see him. In Edmund Spenser’s 16th century poem “The Faerie Queen”, the heroine is called Una.

Pronunciation: Oo-na

Uri Male Light
Usna Male Temple of the head
Uta Female Fortunate maid of battle
Uxia Female Well born
Valda Female Powerful, commanding
Valentine Male Val Strong, vigorous
Vanessa Female Name invented by Irish satirist Jonathan Swift in honor of Esther Vanhomrigh
Vanora Female White wave
Venetia Female Woman of venice
Vernice Female Bringing victory
Vevila Female Woman with a melodious voice
Victor Male Vic Victor
Victoria, Vicky Female Vicky, Tory, Tori 100 Victory
Vilma Female Protector
Vincent Male Vince, Vinny To conquer
Virgil Male The Roman poet
Vladimir Male Vlad To rule with greatness
Walter Male Walt Ruler of the army
Wanda Female Slavonic
Warren Male From a surname
Welcome Female Welcome guest
Wenda Female Friend
Wendy Female Wendi,Wendie Friend
Whitney Female Whitni White island
Wiley Male The meaning of the name: Wiley is a variant spelling of the Irish/Scottish name Wylie, which means “will-helmet”.

Pronunciation: Why-lee

Willa Female Resolute protector
William Male Will, Bill 52 Strong helmet
Willo Female Willow Willow
Wilma Female Vilma Protector
Wilona Female Desired
Win Female Joy, peace
Winny Female White island
Winston Male From a surname
Winter Female Winter
Wolfgang Male Wolf path
Wren Female Wren
Xavier Male Zavier, Javier From a Basque placename
Yuri Male Russian form of George
Yves Male French form of Evan
Zachary Male Zacharius, Zac, Zach God remembers
Zack Male Zachary, Zac Short form of Zacharius
Zander Male Short form of Alexander
Zandra Female Short form of Alexandra
Zara Female Zahra 83 Flower
Zavier Male Xavier, Javier Variant of Xavier
Zebedee Female Jehova has given
Zeke Male Short form of Ezekiel
Zelda Female Short form of Griselda
Zita Female Little girl
Zoe Female 42 Life
Zuleika Female Brilliant beauty
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