20 Irish Baby Names We Love

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Whether your wee babe is due on St. Patrick’s Day, or you just love the idea of a name inspired by the Emerald Isle, we’ve rounded up 20 great Irish baby names over in our Baby Names database. Here are a few of our faves along with their meaning—they’re a bit tricky, but we’ve included hints for proper pronunciation.

For girls:
• Siobhan (“Shiv-on”). Meaning: Praise
• Niamh (“Neeve”). Meaning: Bright
• Roisin (“Rosh-een”). Meaning: Little rose
• Aisling (“Ash-ling”). Meaning: Vision

Click here for more Irish baby girl names and their meanings.

For boys:
• Tadhg (“Tie”). Meaning: Bard
• Ciaran (“Kee-ran”). Meaning: Little warrior
• Eoghan (“Owen”). Meaning: Born of the Yew tree
• Fionn (“Finn”). Meaning: Handsome

Click here for more Irish baby boy names and their meanings.

You’ll find even more Irish baby names in our complete baby name database, which includes more than 50,000 possible monikers for your bundle of joy.

 

2 responses to “20 Irish Baby Names We Love”

  1. jenwilson says:

    Beautiful. I really like traditionally-spelled names.

  2. Aishling says:

    I am going to interject here, please and just add a bit about Irish pronunciation.
    Siobhan- tends to actually be pronounced as Shuv-awn (any names with ‘an’ at the end are invariably ‘awn’ as there is a fada (elongating accent accent) missing. The short ‘an’ is the exception, not the general.
    Niamh- this depends are the area you are in, although I’d consider the singular internal sound ‘eeve’ to be unusual. As Gaelige (in Irish) it is automatically broken into a two syllable ‘Nee-av’ (which is how it is spelled)
    Roisin- is again an area related name. North and West of Ireland natives tend to say ‘Rosh-een’ while South, Dublin and Eastern areas would say ‘Roe-sheen’
    Tadhg- is Taig. Very very softly intoned ‘g’ at the end, somewhat rolled over (hard to explain in words) But it is closed at the end.
    Ciaran- the same as Siobhan, does depend on whether the drawn out ending is preferred over the short, as in ‘Cir-awn’
    Fionn- is pronounced ‘Fyunn’ run the ‘F and I’ together quickly. Finn is a separate name altogether. (Traditionally taken from the name ‘Finnbar’) ‘Fionn’ also actually means ‘fair’ as in ‘blonde’.

    I don’t mean to send dictatorial, but for anyone wishing to connect with Irish ancestry better, the best start is to get the names right.

    There are a whole bunch of others, the one below has very good pronunciation techniques.
    http://www.babynamesofireland.com/irish-girl-names

    Caoimhe- ‘Kwee-vah’
    Aoife- ‘Ee-fa’
    Clodagh- ‘Cloe-da’
    Maeve- ‘May-v’
    Bronagh- ‘Broe-nah’
    are very popular girls names, experiencing a heck of a revival.

    Happy Gaelig-ing!

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