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20 Top Irish baby names for girls & boys

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St Patrick’s Day, March 17th is Ireland’s national holiday, and an opportunity to celebrate Irish history and culture. If you are expecting a baby soon, you may be still thinking of names. So, to celebrate the day that’s in it, we have 10 gorgeous Irish baby girl names and 10 beautiful baby boy names for you to consider.

10 Gorgeous Irish Baby Girl Names

Aoife

Pronounced ‘Eefa’, this name is one of the oldest Irish names, appearing in ancient myths and legends of Celtic origin. Meaning ‘beauty’.

Blathnaid

Pronounced ‘Blanid’, Blathnaid, or Bláithín (Blawheen) means ‘little flower’. A gorgeous choice for a little girl.

Brigid

Brigid (or Bríd, or Bridget) means ‘exalted one’. In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry, and wisdom. In the 5th century it was borne by Saint Brigid, the founder of a monastery at Kildare and a patron saint of Ireland. A powerful name for your baby girl.

Ciara

Pronounced ‘Keera’, this very old Irish name means ‘dark’ or ‘little dark one’ and has become very popular in recent years.

Caoimhe

Meaning ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ or ‘gentle’, Caoimhe (pronounced kweeva) is a lovely choice for a girl of a sweet and gentle nature.

Grainne

In the Irish legend The Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne, she escaped from her arranged marriage to Fionn mac Cumhaill by fleeing with her lover Diarmaid. Another famous bearer was the powerful 16th-century Irish seafarer Gráinne Ní Mháille (known in English as Grace O’Malley), who was sometimes portrayed as a pirate queen in later tales.

Maeve

A royal name, Maeve, or Medhbh, was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. She and her husband fought against the Ulster king Conchobar and the hero Cúchulainn, as told in the Irish epic The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Meaning: ‘Intoxicating’.

Niamh

Means “bright” in Irish. She was the daughter of the sea god Manannán mac Lir in Irish legends. She fell in love with the poet Oisín, the son of Fionn mac Cumhaill. Pronounced ‘Neeve’.

Sadhbh

Pronounced ‘Sive’ and meaning ‘sweet’, this was a common name in medieval Ireland. In Irish mythology Sadb was a woman transformed into a deer. She was the mother of Oisín by Fionn mac Cumhaill.

Saoirse

A name that has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, particularly around the 1916 centenary in 2016. Saoirse means ‘freedom’ in Irish and was first used as a given name in the 20th century. Pronounced Say-r-sha.

10 Beautiful Irish Baby Boy Names

Ardal

Irish comedian Ardal O’Hanlon is probably the best-known bearer of this name. Derived from the old Irish name Ardghal, it means “high valour”, derived from the Old Irish elements ard “high” and gal “valour”.

Cathal

A strong Irish boy’s name, Cathal is derived from Old Irish cath “battle” and fal “rule”. This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint and was also borne by several Irish kings.

Cian

Pronounced ‘keen’,  Cian means “ancient, enduring” in Irish.

Daire

Better known in modern times as Dara, this name means “fruitful, fertile” in Irish.

Eoghan

The Celtic form of the Welsh name Owen, often spelt as Eoin, possibly means “born from the yew tree”

Fionn

Fionn Mac Cumhaill, or Finn McCool as he’s also known, is a giant of Irish legend. Eater of the Salmon of Knowledge, leader of the Fianna and father of Oisín, another central character in Irish myths and legends. A boy with this name is destined to make his mark in the world.

Malachy

Sometimes spelt as Malachi, the name Malachy is an anglicized version of ‘Mael Maedoc’. Saint Malachy was a 12th-century archbishop of Armagh renowned for his miracles. An ideal name for your little miracle.

Oisin

Meaning ‘little deer’, in Irish legend Oisín was a warrior hero and a poet, the son of Fionn mac Cumhaill and the narrator in many of his tales. Pronounce it ‘Usheen’.

Padraic

It wouldn’t be an Irish baby names list without mentioning Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Padraic is the Irish version of it if you want to go ‘full Gaelic’.

Tadhg

Pronounced ‘Tie-g’. From Old Irish Tadg means “poet”. This was the name of an 11th-century king of Connacht, as well as several other kings and chieftains of medieval Ireland.

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