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The Top 100 Modern & Traditional Irish Baby Names

Updated on 5 August 2021 • 12 minute read
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Overview

Did you know that some of the most popular English names actually originated from Irish baby names or Irish surnames

For example, Brian (also spelled as Bryan) comes from the Irish Gaelic word “brigh,” which means “noble” and “strong.”

Murphy is also a popular name in English-speaking countries. But it’s the most common surname in Ireland.

If you’re looking for an Irish name for your baby, you can find one from our top 100 popular Irish names for boys and girls below:

 

Popular Irish Baby Names for Boys

The following baby boy names have Irish origins or are Irish versions of popular names from other languages:

 

Aidan 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little fiery one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aodhan and Aidhan
  • Description: Anglicized (English) form of Gaelic “Aodhan.” 

 

Aonghus

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: One strength
  • Variations/Synonyms: Angus and Anghus
  • Description: Aonghus is the god of love and youth in Irish mythology.

 

Báire

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair-haired
  • Variations/Synonyms: Baire, Bairre, Barrie, Barie, and Baire
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Barry.

 

Brayden

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Salmon and brave
  • Variations/Synonyms: Braden, Bradan, Kayden, and Cayden
  • Description: It’s also a name that can mean “someone who lives near the broad valley.”

 

Brendan

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Prince
  • Variations/Synonyms: Breandan and Bréanainn
  • Description: Saint Brendan the Navigator is one of the most famous people with this name. He’s the first European ever to set foot on American soil.
  • There are at least 17 saints who were named Brendan.

 

Brian

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Noble and strong
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bryan 
  • Description: The last great High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, is among the most famous people with this name.
  • The name comes from the Gaelic word “brigh,” which means strong and noble.

 

Brody

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, and Jewish
  • Meaning: Second son
  • Variations/Synonyms: Broady, Brodie, and Broadie
  • Description: It’s also believed to come from the ScottishGaelic term “brothaigh,” meaning “fortification.”

 

Byrne

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: The brook
  • Variations/Synonyms: Burns, O’Byrne, Byrn, and Byrnes
  • Description: It’s an Irish surname that’s also popular as a first name in other countries.

 

Cace

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Alert or brave in battle
  • Variations/Synonyms: Casey
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic name “Cathasaigh,” which means “watchful.”

 

Caden

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish, English, Gaelic, Celtic, and Arabic
  • Meaning: Battle or warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Caedan, Caeden, Cadan, Caedon, Caedyn, Caiden, Caidon, Caidyn, Caydan, Cayden, Kadeen, Kadein, Kadan, Kaden, Kaedan, Kaeden, Kaedin, Kaedon, Kaedyn, Kaiden, Kaidin, Kaydan, Kayden, and Kaidyn
  • Description: It can also mean “companion.”

 

Calhoun

  • Origin: Irish and Celtic
  • Meaning: Someone from the narrow forest
  • Variations/Synonyms: Colquhoun
  • Description: The name meaning makes it a good pick for a boy who may grow up to be a nature-lover.

 

Callum 

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Latin
  • Meaning: Dove
  • Variations/Synonyms: Calum
  • Description: It comes from the GaelicLatin word “Columba,” which means “dove.”
  • The name can also mean “the disciple or servant of Columba (the patron saint of Ireland).” 

 

Caoimhín

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kevin
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Kevin.

 

Cian 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Ancient and enduring
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cxian, Xian, Chan, and Chian
  • Description: According to Irish legend, Cian Mac Mael Muad was the son-in-law of the great High King Brian Boru.

 

Ciarán 

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Little dark one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Keeran
  • Description: This name comes from the Gaelic word “ciar,” meaning “black.”

 

Cillian

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Bright-headed or associated with the church
  • Variations/Synonyms: Killian, Kilian, or Cilian
  • Description: The word can also mean “war.” But it’s mainly derived from the Gaelic word “cille,” which means “church” or “chapel.”
  • There are many saints named Cillian.

 

Conchobhar

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Strong desire or lover of hounds
  • Variations/Synonyms:  Conor and Connor 
  • Description: It’s from the Irish-Gaelic word “coachuhhar,” which means strong desire.
  • According to legend, Conchobhar MacNessa was the king of Ulster born on the same day as Jesus. (1)

 

Cormac

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: A chariot driver 
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cormak
  • Description: The name is a combination of the Gaelic words “corb” (defilement) and “mac” (son).
  • It’s the name of a third-century king of Ireland, Cormac MacArt.

 

Craig

  • Origin: Irish, Welsh, Gaelic, and Scottish
  • Meaning: Rocks or near the rocks
  • Variations/Synonyms: Craige, Craigen, Crag, Craeg, Craege, Crage, Craigery, Craigg, Craigh, Craigon, Cray, Craye, Crayge, Creage, Creg, Cregan, Cregg, Creig, and Creigh
  • Description: It’s a good name for a boy living near a rocky place.

 

Deaglán

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Man of prayer or a man full of goodness
  • Variations/Synonyms: Declan, Declán, Deglan, and Degale
  • Description: It’s another name for the Irish saint, St. Declán or St. Deaglán who founded an Irish monastery in the fifth century.

 

Devin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Poet or someone who’s devilishly handsome
  • Variations/Synonyms: Devin
  • Description: It started as a unisex name but would later become considered a boy name.
  • It’s often confused with “Devon,” but this name means “defender.”

 

Dillon

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Flash of lightning
  • Variations/Synonyms: Dilon, Dillone, and Dilone
  • Description: It’s a unisex name but is mostly considered a masculine name.

 

Donovan

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Dark warrior or brown-haired chieftain
  • Variations/Synonyms: Donavan
  • Description: It can also mean “dark little prince.”

 

Eamonn

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Old English
  • Meaning: Wealthy guardian or protector
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eamon
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Edmund.

 

Eóghan

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Scottish
  • Meaning: Born into nobility
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eoghan, Eugene, and Eugine
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Eugene.

 

Eoin

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eóin, Eoinn, and Owen
  • Description: It’s the Scottish Gaelic form of John.

 

Fallon

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Leader
  • Variations/Synonyms: Falon and Falone
  • Description: It’s traditionally used as a boy name but recently became popular as a girl name, too.

 

Fergus

  • Origin: Irish and Scottish
  • Meaning: Strong or manly
  • Variations/Synonyms: Feargus, Ferguson, and Fergusson
  • Description: It can also mean “man of force.”
  • King Fergus is the dad of Princess Merida and her three triplet brothers, who became little bears in the animated movie “Brave.”

 

Finley

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair-haired hero
  • Variations/Synonyms: Finnley, Fionnlagh, and Findlaech
  • Description: It can also mean “blond warrior.”

 

Fionn

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Handsome or small blonde soldier
  • Variations/Synonyms: Finn
  • Description: Finn is the Anglicized form of Fionn.
  • In Irish folklore and mythology, Fionn MacCool was the leader of “The Fianna,” a warrior band. He’s known for being handsome, brave, wise, and generous.

 

Garrett

  • Origin: Irish and German
  • Meaning: Spear strength or rules by the spear
  • Variations/Synonyms: Garret
  • Description: It’s sometimes considered as the Irish version of Gerard (German).

 

Grady

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Noble and illustrious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gradie, Graddy, and Gradi
  • Description: It comes from the Irish word “gráda,” which means “noble.”

 

Kieran

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Dark
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kiran, Kierane, Kierran, and Kiernan
  • Description: It’s traditionally used for boys but has become a unisex name in modern times.

 

Liam 

  • Origin: Irish and Old Franconian (an ancient Germanic language)
  • Meaning: Strong-willed warrior and protector
  • Variations/Synonyms: Liamm, Uilliam, and William
  • Description: It’s the short form of the Old Franconian name “Willahelm” or the Irish version of Uilliam.

 

Lorcan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little fierce one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Laurence or Lawrence
  • Description: It’s the Irish version of Laurence. Many Irish kings have this name.
  • Lorcan O’Toole is the patron saint of Dublin, the capital of Ireland.

 

Murphy

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Sea warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Murphie
  • Description: It’s an Irish surname that’s also popular as a first name.

 

Niall 

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Champion or passionate
  • Variations/Synonyms: Nial, Niale, Niel, or Neall
  • Description: The name comes from the Gaelic word “niadh,” which means “cloud.”
  • Niall of the Nine Hostages was a fourth-century king of Tara (the ancient seat of power in Ireland).

 

Nolan

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Champion or famous and noble
  • Variations/Synonyms: Nollan
  • Description: The name also means “descendant of a chariot fighter.”

 

Oisin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little deer
  • Variations/Synonyms: Oisín, Oissin, and Ossian
  • Description: According to Irish mythology, Oisin was the son of the goddess Sive and legendary warrior Fionn MacCool. After the Dark Druid turned Sive into a deer, she raised Oisin in the forest for seven years. Fionn immediately recognized his son when he met him in the forest while he was out hunting. Because Sive became a deer, Fionn named his son “little deer.”

 

Oscar

  • Origin: Irish, Norse, and Old English
  • Meaning: Champion warrior or someone who loves deer
  • Variations/Synonyms: Oskar, Osgar, Oscare, and Oskara
  • Description: The name comes from the Old English name “Osgar.”
  • In Irish mythology, Oscar I was among the best warriors of his generation. He’s the son of Ossian and grandson of mythical hunter-warrior Finn Mac Cumhaill (MacCool).

 

Pádraig

  • Origin: Irish and Latin
  • Meaning: Nobly born
  • Variations/Synonyms: Patrick, Patric, and Patrik
  • Description: Patrick is the Anglicized (English) form of this Irish name. It comes from the Latin word “Patricius,” which means “nobly born.”
  • St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

 

Peadar

  • Origin: Irish and Greek
  • Meaning: The rock
  • Variations/Synonyms: Peter, Pietros, and Petros
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Peter and comes from the Greek word “petros,” which means “the rock.”

 

Quinn

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Scottish
  • Meaning: Intelligence or wisdom
  • Variations/Synonyms: Quin, Quynn, Quinne, Kwenn, and Kwen
  • Description: It can also mean “a descendant of Conn.”

 

Rian

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Kingly or a little king
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ryan
  • Description: It comes from the Irish word “rí,” which means “king.”

 

Rónán

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little seal
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ronan or Ronnan
  • Description: It comes from the Irish word “ron,” which means “seal.”
  • A king in Leinster (an ancient kingdom in Ireland) and twelve saints have this name.

 

Rory

  • Origin: Irish 
  • Meaning: Rust-colored (can refer to the hair)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ruairi, Rouri, or Rori
  • Description: Rory O’Connor was the last high king of Ireland. He reigned from 1166-1170.

 

Séamus 

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Latin, Hebrew, and Scottish
  • Meaning: Supplanter or the one that comes after
  • Variations/Synonyms: Seamus and Seammus
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Jacob.

 

Seán

  • Origin: Irish and Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sean, Séan, Seaghán, and Seaġán
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of John. The name can also mean “wise.”

 

Shay

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: The stately, determined one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Shea and Shai
  • Description: It’s the modern spelling of the classic Irish names Shea and Shai. It’s common as a middle or second name.

 

Sinéad

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s gracious gift or God forgives
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sinead, Shinade, and Shinaid
  • Description: Sinéad O’Connor, an Irish singer, became famous in the 1990s after releasing the song “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

 

Popular Irish Baby Names for Girls

The following are our top picks for the best Irish girls’ names:

 

Ailey

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Bright, shining light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Hailey, Aillen, Ailleen, and Aileen
  • Description: This Irish baby name is a modern Irish variant of Aileen.

 

Aisling

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Dream or vision
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aislinge, Ashlin, and Ashleen
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “aislinge,” which was used as the basis for the poetic genre of Irish language poetry, aisling.
  • In Ireland, aisling (the poetic genre) is personified as a beautiful woman in danger.

 

Alaina

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Harmony
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alana, Elena, Allaina, and Elaine
  • Description: It’s the Irish female form of the male name Alain (French) or Alan (English).

 

Aoife

  • Origin: Old Irish
  • Meaning: Beautiful glow of radiant beauty
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aoibhe and Aoibhinn
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “‘aoibh,” which means “beauty or “pleasure.”
  • It’s a common name among princesses from the royal families of Ireland.
  • Aoife was considered as the world’s greatest woman warrior, according to Irish mythology. She was also a princess because she’s the daughter of the king of Connacht.

 

Beibhinn

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair woman
  • Variations/Synonyms: Beveen, Bevine, and Bevane
  • Description: The name is a combination of “bean,” which means “woman,” and “finn,” which means “fair or white.”
  • The name originated as a term used to describe Viking women.

 

Brianna

  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, and English
  • Meaning: Noble and strong or from the high hill
  • Variations/Synonyms: Briana
  • Description: It can also mean “strong, virtuous, and honorable.”

 

Brienda

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Nordic, Scottish, and English
  • Meaning: Glowing sword or torch
  • Variations/Synonyms: Brenda 
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Brenda.

 

Brigit

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Strength
  • Variations/Synonyms: Brighid, Bridget, and Bridgette
  • Description: In Irish mythology, Brigit is the goddess of poetry and wisdom.

 

Caitlin

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, French, and Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Variations/Synonyms: Caitlyn and Katelyn
  • Description: It’s the Irish version of Catherine (English) or the Old French name (Cateline).
  • It comes from the Greek word “katharos,” which means “pure.”

 

Caoimhe

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Precious or beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Caoimhíne
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “caomh,” which means “gentle” or “beautiful.”

 

Cara

  • Origin: Irish, Latin, Italian, and Greek
  • Meaning: Beloved or friend
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kara, Karah, and Keerah
  • Description: It comes from the Latin word “cārus,” which means “loved one.”

 

Cassidee  

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Curly-haired
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cassidy and Cassie
  • Description: It’s a gender-neutral name but is more popularly picked for baby girls.

 

Ciara

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Dark (can describe the eyes, hair, or skin)
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kiara, Kiera, Ciarane, and Ciarana
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “ciar,” which means “dark.”
  • St. Ciara was a famous figure in history for establishing a monastery during the seventh century.

 

Clíodhna

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Beautiful or shapely
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cliodhna and Cliodna
  • Description: Cliodhna is the goddess of beauty and love, according to Irish mythology.
  • In some Irish myths, she’s sometimes considered as the queen of the banshees, too.

 

Colleen 

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Young lass or young woman
  • Variations/Synonyms: Colleene, Colene, Coleen, and Coline
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “cailín,” which means “young woman.”
  • It’s a common name chosen by Irish-American immigrants.

 

Dearbhla

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: True desire
  • Variations/Synonyms: Dearbhaile and Dearbla
  • Description: It comes from the combination of Irish words “‘dearbh,” which means “truth,” and “ail,” which means “desire.”

 

Delaney 

  • Origin: Old Irish and Old French
  • Meaning: Dark challenger
  • Variations/Synonyms: Delany, Delani, and Delanie
  • Description: It comes from the combination of Old Irish words “dubh,” which means “dark or black,” and “slán,” which means “defiance.”

 

Éabha

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Life
  • Variations/Synonyms: Efa (Welsh), Eabha, Eaba, Eba, Eva, and Eve
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Eve, the mother of all the living.

 

Eilish

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pledged to God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eillish, Eiliss, Eilliss, Ellish, Elish, and Eilishe
  • Description: It gained popularity in recent years because of American ‘anti-pop star’ Billie Eilish.

 

Éirinn

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Celtic
  • Meaning: Ireland (West) or green water
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ehrynn, Erinn, Eryn, and Erynn
  • Description: It’s a common part of the Irish Gaelic expression or cheer “Éirinn go Brách,” which means “Ireland forever.”
  • Erin is the Anglicized (English) form of this name.

 

Fia

  • Origin: Irish, Italian, Irish, and Portuguese 
  • Meaning: Weaver or wild
  • Variations/Synonyms: Fiadh
  • Description: It’s also believed to mean “wild deer.”
  • The name can both be a real name or a nickname for longer girl’s names, such as Sofia.

 

Fiona

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fair, white, and beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Fiena, Fionna, Fione, Fioen, and Fionne
  • Description: It’s the feminine form of Fionn.

 

Kathleen

  • Origin: Irish, Old French, and Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cathleen, Kaitlyn, Kaitlin, and Catherine.
  • Description: Some people have no idea that best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s real name is Joanne Kathleen Rowling. The “Kathleen” part is her grandmother’s name.

 

Kayleigh

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Slender or slim and fair
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kylie, Kaylie, Kayli, and Kyleigh
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “caol,” which means “slender.”

 

Keira

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Greek
  • Meaning: Dark hair or little dark one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ciara, Cera, Ciarra, Cairah, Ceara, Kiara, Kira, Keera, and Kyra
  • Description: Some parents want to name their child after actress Keira Knightley.

 

Kelsey 

  • Origin: Irish and Old English
  • Meaning: Ship victory or fierce island
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kelsie, Kelssey, Kelsi, and Kelssi
  • Description: It comes from the Old English word “cenel,” which means “fierce.”

 

Laoise

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Radiant girl or light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Luisa, Louise, and Louisa
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Louisa.

 

Lindsay

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: An island of the linden trees
  • Variations/Synonyms: Lindsey, Lindssay, Linddsay, Lindssey, and Linddsey
  • Description: The name originated as a surname and was among the most popular Ulster Irish clans (from an ancient Irish province).

 

Lowri

  • Origin: Irish and Welsh
  • Meaning: Laurel
  • Variations/Synonyms: Louri, Lourie, Lowrie, and Laura
  • Description: It’s the Irish and Welsh form of Laura (English).

 

Mari

  • Origin: Irish and Welsh
  • Meaning: Drop of the sea or a wished-for child
  • Variations/Synonyms: Marie, Mary, and Maria
  • Description: It’s the Welsh and Irish form of Mary.

 

Maureen

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Wished-for or star of the sea
  • Variations/Synonyms: Máirín, Mairin, and Maire
  • Description: It may be considered as a longer form of Maire, the Irish Gaelic version of Mary.

 

Meabh 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Intoxicating
  • Variations/Synonyms: Maeve
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Maeve.
  • There are two famous women with this name in Irish folklore: one is the queen of fairies. The other is Maeve of Connacht, a warrior queen from the ancient kingdom of Connacht (now a province in Ireland).

 

Mona

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Italian, Scottish, and Greek
  • Meaning: Noble or aristocratic
  • Variations/Synonyms: Moni
  • Description: It’s also considered as a short form of Madonna (Italian).

 

Muriel

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Celtic, and Latin
  • Meaning: Of the bright sea
  • Variations/Synonyms: Muireall, Muriele, Murielle, Murriel, Murrielle, and Merial
  • Description: It’s a combination of Irish Gaelic words “muir,” which means “sea,” and “gheal,” which means “bright.”

 

Neala

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Cloud
  • Variations/Synonyms: Niele, Niela, and Nealla
  • Description: It’s the feminine form of Neal or Neil.

 

Niamh

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Radiance, luster, or brightness
  • Variations/Synonyms: Niam, Niame, and Niamhe
  • Description: In Irish mythology, Niamh of the Golden Hair was the daughter of Manannan, the sea god. She’s often depicted riding on a white horse.
  • Niamh of the Golden Hair lived with her lover, poet-hero Oisin, in Tir-na-nOg (the land of eternal youth).

 

Orlaith

  • Origin: Irish and Celtic
  • Meaning: Golden princess or golden sovereign
  • Variations/Synonyms: Orla and Orlah
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic words “orla,” which means “gold,” and “fhlaith,” which means “prince or princess.”
  • The sister and daughter of Brian Boru, the last great High King of Ireland, were both named Orlaith.

 

Rhian

  • Origin: Irish and Welsh
  • Meaning: Maiden
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rhianna, Rhiana, Rhiane, and Rhianne
  • Description: It’s a unisex name that means “king” when used in masculine form.

 

Riona 

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Greek
  • Meaning: Royal or queen
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rhiona, Rionna, and Rhionna
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “ríoghan,” which means “queen.”

 

Roisin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little rose
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rose, Rosaleen, Rosie, Roishin, and Rosheen
  • Description: When Ireland outlawed patriotic poetry and songs, artists disguised nationalistic verses and love songs by using “Roisin Dubh” (Dark Rosaleen) as the country’s poetic symbol.

 

Ryleigh 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Variations/Synonyms: Riley
  • Description: It’s the Irish version of Riley.

 

Sadhbh

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Sweet or goodness
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sive, Sadhbba, Sadbh, Sadb, Sabhbh, and Sabha
  • Description: It’s the name of several Irish princesses, including the daughter of great High King Brian Boru.

 

Saoirse

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Freedom or liberty
  • Variations/Synonyms: Saoirsee, Saoerse, and Saoirsie
  • Description: It’s a name with strong patriotic overtones.

 

Shauna

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Seane
  • Description: It’s the feminine form of Sean. The name meaning is sometimes interpreted as “present.”

 

Sheridan

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Seeker or searcher
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sherry or Sherrie
  • Description: It’s a unisex name that was originally used as a name for boys.

 

Sinéad 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sineade, Sineade, Seniead, and Senead
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Jane or Jeannette.
  • Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor is among the most famous people with this name.

 

Siobhan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God’s grace or God has been gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Siobban, Shoban, Shioban, Shiobhan, Siobbhan, and Shiobbhan
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Joan.
  • The name can also mean “full of charm.”

 

Sionainn

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Wise
  • Variations/Synonyms: Shannon, Shannone, Shanone, Shionan, and Shionainn
  • Description: It’s the Irish female form of Shane.
  • It comes from the combination of Irish words “sion,” which means “wise,” and “abhainn,” which means “river.”

 

Teaghan

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair or little poet
  • Variations/Synonyms: Teagan, Teagane, Theagan, and Teaghane
  • Description: It’s the female form of the Irish boy name Teague.

 

Una

  • Origin: Old Irish
  • Meaning: The personification of truth, unity, and beauty
  • Variations/Synonyms: Unna, Unah, Unnah, Uan, Uane, and Uana
  • Description: It comes from the Old Irish word “uan,” which means “lamb.”

 

 

 

REFERENCES

(1) http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/celtic/ctexts/conchobar1.html

 

 

 

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