10 Unusual Irish Baby Names For Boys
Muiris: Pronounced Mur-rish. The name comes from 'muir', meaning 'sea', so the name is said to mean 'sea-warrior', or 'mariner'. It may also be related to the name Maurice.
Cuan: Usually pronounced coo-an. Cuan means 'little wolf' or 'little hound'.
Lugh: Pronounced Lou. Lugh was a Celtic Sun God, and father of Cú Chulainn. A variation of this name, is 'Lughaidh', pronounced like the French name 'Louis'.
Ruadhán: From 'Ruadh', meaning 'red' or 'red-haired'. Ruadhán is the name of an Irish saint, which can also be spelled Rowan. From an Irish name meaning 'one who aids or assists.'
Conlaoch: (Can also be spelled Conla, Conleth, or Connla) Means 'chief' or 'hero'.One of the earliest holders of the name was the son of Cuchulainn and Aoife. In Irish mythology 'Conlaoch’s Well' was the source of great inspiration and knowledge, as 'The Salmon of Knowledge' swam in its waters.
Turlough: Pronounced Tur-la. This name is related to Terence and Terry. Turlough O’Carolan was a 17th century blind harpist and composer who wrote one of the most haunting pieces of Irish music 'O’Carolan’s Concerto.'
Feidhelm: Pronounced 'Fail-im'. From 'feidhil' which means 'beauty 'or 'ever good. Three kings of Munster bore the name, so it's certainly a name that can command respect.
Odhran: Most commonly pronounced Oh-ran. Seventeen saints have used the name Odhran, and 'Odhran, Abbot of Meath' was one of the 12 devotees who accompanied St. Columba to Iona. Another Odhran was the charioteer of St. Patrick.
Luan: Pronounced Loo-an. Luan is an old Irish name meaning 'warrior', 'strong' and 'warlike'.
Cael: Pronounced like 'Kale'. Cael means 'slender', and in Irish mythology, Cael was a warrior and a member of Na Fianna.