There are many reasons you might consider an Irish baby name for your newborn - and we certainly wouldn't blame you! Ireland is not only a beautiful place but offers a thriving culture and exciting history that you may wish to pay homage to, whether you or your partner personally have Irish heritage, you concieved you baby in Ireland or simply just love unique Irish names.
Dublin-born actor Colin Farell feels incredibly connected to his home: "Being Irish is very much a part of who I am, I take it everywhere with me."
"The depth of our cultural complexities, our music, literature, community, and the pain that we share means that I could be away from there for 50 years, and I wouldn't feel any less Irish."
Whatever your reason, to get started, take a look at our list of the best, most popular Irish baby names with their origin and meaning, and start making a shortlist of your favourites. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make as a new parent is choosing your baby’s name, so spend some time reading through the thousands of quirky baby name ideas we have collected and use our baby name generator for even more inspiration.
The best Irish baby names
- Ashleynn - girl name - meaning ‘dream’. Also a spelling variation for Aislinn.
- Brady - boy name - meaning ‘large-chested’.
- Ciara - girl name - meaning ‘dark beauty’. Ciara Princess Harris, known simply as Ciara, is an American singer, dancer, actress and model.
- Cian - boy name - meaning ‘ancient’. Father of Lug in Irish mythology.
- Elva - girl name - meaning ‘noble’. Also the name of a British sports car manufacturer.
- Connell - boy name - meaning ‘high’ or ‘mighty’.
- Fiora - girl name - meaning ‘fair and pale’. Sometimes used as an alternative to Fiona.
- Devyn - boy name - meaning ‘poet’.
- Maeve - girl name - meaning ‘intoxicating’. Famous Maeves include Queen Maeve from Irish mythology, author Maeve Binchy and writer Maeve Brennan.
- Eoin - boy name - meaning God Is Gracious.
- Mona - girl name - meaning ‘aristocratic’. A character from the children’s television programme Mona the Vampire.
- Kilian - boy name - meaning ‘bright headed’. St Kilian was a bishop in Ireland in the seventh century.
- Nuala - girl name - meaning ‘white shoulder’. A popular name in Ireland, likely to follow the pattern of Irish names that have been emerging more in England.
- Oisin - boy name - meaning ‘fawn’. The name of an ancient Irish poet.
- Riley - girl name - meaning ‘courageous’. Used as a boys’ name and girls’ name equally.
- Ronan - boy name - meaning ‘little seal’. Singer Ronan Keating is known for his career with boy band Boyzone.
- Sloane - girl name - meaning ‘man of arms’. Usually associated with Sloane Square in London, after which the Sloane Rangers are named.
- Malachi - boy name - meaning ‘messenger of God’, the name of a Jewish prophet in the Bible.
- Una - girl name - meaning ‘one’. Famous Unas include enduring British actress Una Stubbs and Irish singer Una Healy of The Saturdays.
- Quaid - boy name - meaning ‘fourth’.
Famous people with Irish names
- Actor Cillian Murphy
- One Direction's Niall Horan
- Actress Saoirse Ronan
- TV presenter Conan O'Brien
- Actor Liam Neeson
- Actress Neve Campbell
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Browse our continually updated list of baby names below for the perfect inspritation. Filter by gender or unisex, or if you don't yet know the gender of your baby, why not try our Chinese gender predictor tool? See if this ancient method can predict your baby's gender!
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