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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 2017, 58 Irish names listed among the top 1000, with a combined usage of 4.938%. Within all Irish names, the English, Gaelic, and Irish Liam was the most commonly used, with a ranking of #1 and a usage of 0.9539%.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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