Maybe you and your spouse are Irish. Maybe you have a distinct late grandmother who was Irish. Maybe you like the Irish accent, or St. Patrick’s Day around the corner is getting you into the spirit, or you visited the Cliffs of Moher one time and thought yeah, I want to name my child after this beautiful country.
No matter your reason for liking Irish names, we have to admit, there’s truly something magical about them.
Picking a baby name is no easy task though. Luckily for you, we’ve narrowed down our top Irish picks.
Skim through these names until you find your perfect fit. And: Spraoi a bheith agat! (That means “have fun” in Irish.)
Having a lad?
This was one of the most popular Irish boy names, according to Ireland’s Central Statistics Office. Jack translates to “God is gracious” and has consistently been a popular name for centuries.
In Irish, the meaning of the name Connor is strong-willed or wise, so this little boy is bound to grow up with these positive attributes.
Meaning “gift from God,” Sean is a special name indeed.
This name is super popular in the Emerald Isle and is starting to gain popularity in America lately. While the meaning is unknown, it offers the cutest nickname: Dec!
A shortened version of William, Liam means “protector” and was number two on Baby Center’s most popular names for 2017.
A true classic with great nickname options: Tom, Tommy, Tom Tom…
This moniker falls at #10 today and was #3 back in the 60s—to only fall seven places in five decades is a pretty impressive feat!
The name Kevin is composed of the Old Irish elements cóem “kind, gentle, handsome” and gein “birth.” Birth of a kind, gentle, handsome man? Sounds good to us.
Name your girl after Saint Ciara, a seventh-century Irish saint venerated by the Roman Catholic Church. Derived from the Irish name Ciarán, it means “dark,” “black,” “dark-haired” or “black-haired” in Irish Gaelic– so it’s perfect for a brown-haired lady!
No wonder this is such a lovely name—it means “beautiful, radiant, joyful.”
Grace is derived from the Latin “gratia”, meaning God’s favor. Plus Grace O’Malley was an Irish warrior princess, so…
A feminine form of the Irish surname Brennan, Brenna is a nice change from all the Brendas in the world. This name was popular in the mid-90s but is making a comeback.
This is the feminine derivative of the Roman name Aemilius. Nice.
An Irish form of Joan meaning “God is gracious,” Siobhan is a very popular name in Ireland. While it’s not as popular in America, we’re voting it makes a comeback.
Sophie consistently makes the top 5 in countries throughout Europe, but it’s starting to take the lead everywhere over its mate, Sophia. Its Greek origin means “wise.”
This name translates to “lord” and can also be used as a boy’s name (but we’re digging it as a girl’s).
And the most common of all Irish family names in Ireland goes to…Kelly! Kelly comes from O’Ceallaigh, which is based on Ceallach—and that can mean either bright-headed or troublesome. A bit of an oxymoron, but that’s probably why so many Kellys are both of these things.
Having a lady?
Do you know anyone with any of these Irish names? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!