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Popular Irish Baby Names in America

Talking about baby names is one of our favourite things to do here at eumom HQ.

Whether it’s unusual Irish baby names, celeb baby names or just weird and wacky baby names, we love talking about them!

So when we heard that Irish baby names have become really popular in the states over the last decade, we thought we’d take a look and see which ones are trending.

From traditional Irish names to anglicised spellings of Gaelic names, here are some of the most popular Irish names in America.

Traditional Irish Boy Names

Bran (raven)

Conall (wolf)

Colm (dove)

Donn (Chief)

Eoghan (well born)

Cillian (strife)

Lugh (Celtic Sun God)

Oisin (little deer)

Seamus (sup planter)

Seanan (ancient)

Tiarnan (Lord)

Traditional Irish Girl Names

Aibhlinn (longed for child)

Aileen (noble)

Caitlin (St. Catherine)

Clare (clear/bright)

Clodagh (Claudia: river in Tipperary)

Deirdre (broken hearted)

Fianna (Celtic warrior woman)

Iona (island where a Saint founded his monastery)

Maebh (after Queen Maedhbh of Connaught)

Mairead (Irish form of Margaret)

Nuala (short form of Fionnuala – white shoulder)

Many Irish names have been derived from our British, French, Celtic and Viking ancestors and as a result have many different variations and spellings. Here are some modern Irish and Gaelic-inspired names and their Anglicisations that have been taken from the top 100 baby name lists in Ireland and America.

Modern Irish Boy Names

Aaron (mountain)

Aidan (Áodhán: little fire)

Alan (form of Ailín: handsome)

Austin (Aghaistín: great/magnificent)

Breanainn (Brandon/Braydon: sword)

Brian (Brion: noble)

Brody (from surname Mac Bruaideadha)

Callum (Colm: dove)

Cian (Kian: ancient and enduring)

Ciaran (Kieran: dark)

Colin (Cóilín: short for Nicholas)

Cody (from surname Mac Óda: descendant of Otto)

Conor (Conchobhar: dog lover)

Darragh (Dáire/Dara: dark oak)

Declan (Deaglán: saint)

Donavan (strong fighter)

Finn/Fionn (fair)

Keegan: (from surname Mac Aodhgáin: small and passionate)

Liam (Irish form of William: desire)

Miles (from Maol: devotee)

Micheal (Irish form of Michael: who is like God)

Nolan (from surname Ó Nualláin: nobleman)

Oran (Odhrán: light)

Patrick (Padric: noble)

Quinn (from surname Ó Cuinn: leader)

Rian (Little King)

Riley (from surnames O’Reilly/Ó Raghaillaigh)

Ruadhri (Rory: red haired King)

Ryan (Kingly)

Sean (from John: gift from God)

Shay (from surname O’Shea: admirable)

Shane (Shayn: form of John)

Tadhg (poet or storyteller, badger)

Tristan (uproar)

Modern Irish Girl Names

Aislinn (Aisling/Aislyn: dream)

Alana (from Alan/Anglicisation of a leanbh: O child)

Aoife (also Aoibhe, from Eva/Eva: beautiful)

Bailey (the outer wall of a castle)

Brianna (from Brian/Brion: noble)

Caoimhe (Keeva: gentle)

Cassidy (from surname Ó Casaide: clever)

Ciara (Keira: Dark)

Eimear (she who possesses the six gifts)

Erin (Ireland)

Kara (from cara: friend)

Kaylee (from céilí: gathering)

Niamh (radiance)

Reagan (from surname Ó Ríagáin: sovereign)

Róisín (Rosaleen: little rose)

Saoirse (freedom)

Sadhbh (sweet)

Sinead (Irish for Jennifer/Jane: forever beautiful)

Siobhan (Irish for Joanne: God is gracious)

Shannon (little wise one)

Shayla (Sheila: Anglicisation of Síle: blind)

Tara (from Teamhair: distinction)

Which name is your favourite?

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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