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Irish Baby Names

Irish is the modern Goidelic language spoken in Ireland. Irish names are often Celtic in origin, such as Aidan, or else they could be Irish forms of other names, such as Sean being a form of John. In many cases, the name could be spelled in Irish or as an Anglicized form, such as Fearghas versus Fergus.

Irish names for baby boys, with 560 entries. Traditional Gaelic names in Irish tongue were gradually anglicized in the 16th and 17th century, likely because the Irish increasingly identified themselves with the English. This circumstance began with surnames before steadily extending to first names. However, with the onset of the Irish nationalist movement in the 19th century, a reversal to the ubiquitous O’s and Mc’s took place.

Irish names are very popular baby names for boys. The names rose in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1970s. At the height of their usage in 1973, 7.809% of baby boys were given Irish names. There were 43 Irish names ranked within the top 1000 baby names then. Irish names have since experienced a decline in frequency. In 2016, 59 Irish names listed among the top 1000, with a combined usage of 5.108%. Within all Irish names, the English, Gaelic, and Irish Liam was the most commonly used, with a ranking of #2 and a usage of 0.9029%.


Aban a little abbot; the waters; water ... has its origins in the Irish Gaelic ... of Persian origin ...

Abban a little abbot; the waters; water ... mainly used in Irish, and its language of ... variant form of Aban ...

Abracham father of a multitude ... of Hebrew origin, and it is ... variant of Abraham ...

Adhamh man ... of Hebrew origin, and it is used mainly ... derivative of Adam ...

Adhamhnan fearful one; little Adam ... its origins in the Celtic language, and it is ... variant transcription of Eunan ...

Adomnan fearful one; little Adam ... of Celtic origin and it is used largely in the ... variant transcription of Eunan ...

Aengus one choice ... of Celtic origin, and it is used ... derivative of Angus ...

Aibhistin august, dignified, holy ...is an Irish name of Latin origin ... derivative of Augustine ...

Aidan little fire; fire, brightness, splendor ... used chiefly in the English, Gaelic, ... variant of Aodh ...

Ailbhe white ... used predominantly in the Gaelic and ... The name can be Anglicized as Alby or Albert ...

Ailfrid inspired advice; old peace ... used mostly in Irish and its language of ... derivative of Alfred ...

Ailin little rock; harmony, peace ... an Irish name of Celtic origin ... variant of Alan ...

Ailín little rock; harmony, peace ... used chiefly in the Irish language and ... variant of Alan ...

Aindrea male, manly, brave, virility ... a Gaelic, Irish, and Scottish name of ... variant of Andrew ...

Aindreas male, manly, brave, virility ... used mostly in Irish and its language of ... derivative of Andrew ...

Aindréas male, manly, brave, virility ... largely used in Gaelic and Irish ... Its origin is Old Greek ...

Aindrias male, manly, brave, virility ... used predominantly in the Irish ... variation of Andrew ...

Aindriú male, manly, brave, virility ... language of origin is Old Greek and it is used ... derivative of Andrew ...

Alaois of Old French origin and it is used mainly in ... variant of Aloysius ... a baby boy name of irregular use ...

Alastar defender of men ... of Old Greek origin, and it is ... variant transcription of Alexander ...

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