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The Top 100 Trendy & Popular Irish Baby Girl Names & Their Meanings

Updated on 8 August 2021 • 9 minute read
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Overview

Are you looking for Irish names for your baby?

Many Irish baby boy names like Brendan, Liam, and Ronan have become popular in the US and other countries. Several surnames like Murphy and Lindsay also gained popularity as first names.

You’ll also find several Irish girl names that have become so popular that you might be surprised to learn they actually have Irish origins.

The following are our best picks for the top 100 popular Irish baby girl names and their meanings so you can choose a good name for your baby:

 

Popular Irish Baby Names for Girls

There are several Irish baby names for girls that come from Gaelic, Scottish, or Latin words. But many are also just Irish spellings or versions of English or Italian names.

Some names also have similar meanings, yet there are also those with similar spellings but entirely different meanings. 

You’ll find 100 beautiful baby names in our list below, with meanings to help you choose the right one for your baby girl :

 

Abaigeal

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Father rejoiced
  • Variations/Synonyms: Abigail 
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Abigail.

 

Adina

  • Origin: Irish and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Slender or delicate
  • Variations/Synonyms: Addina, Adine, and Adinna
  • Description: Adina was the mother of Jacob’s two wives: Rachel and Leah.

 

Aibreann

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: April
  • Variations/Synonyms: April and Avril
  • Description: It’s the Irish word for the month of April.

 

Aideen

  • Origin: Old Irish
  • Meaning: Little fire
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aidene, Aideene, Aiddeen, and Etaine
  • Description: It’s the female version of Aidan and Etain.
  • It comes from the Old Irish words “aed” (fire) and “een” (little).

 

Ailbe

  • Origin: Irish and Latin
  • Meaning: White
  • Variations/Synonyms: Alva
  • Description: It comes from the Latin word “alba” (white).

 

Ailey

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Shining light
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aillen, Ailleen, Hailey, and Aileen
  • Description: It’s the modern Irish variant of Aileen.

 

Ailis

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ailish, Alice, and Aliz
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Alice.

 

Aine

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Splendor or radiance
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aina
  • Description: Aine was the queen of the Munster fairies in Irish legend. She was among the wives of Fionn MacCool, one of Ireland’s legendary warriors.

 

Aisling (Ash-ling)

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Vision or dream
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aislinge, Aislinn, Ashlin, and Ashleen
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “aislinge” (dream).

 

Alaina

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

 

Allsún

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Variations/Synonyms: Allison, Alison, and Alice
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Alison.

 

Aodhnait

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little fire
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aodhnaiet
  • Description: It’s another female form of Aidan.

 

Aoife (Ee-fa)

  • Origin: Old Irish
  • Meaning: Glow of radiant beauty
  • Variations/Synonyms: Aoibhinn and Aoibhe
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “‘aoibh” (beauty).
  • In Irish mythology, Aoife was a warrior princess and was among the world’s greatest female fighters.

 

Arlene

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Celtic
  • Meaning: Devotion or pledge
  • Variations/Synonyms: Arlyn, Arleen, Arleine, Arline, Arlen, and Arlena
  • Description: It comes from the Irish Gaelic word “arlen” (promise).

 

Beibhinn

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair woman
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bevine, Beveen, and Bevane
  • Description: It comes from “bean” (woman) and “finn” (fair or white).

 

Bellamy

  • Origin: Irish and French
  • Meaning: Fine friend
  • Variations/Synonyms: Bella
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.

 

Bláthnaid

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little flower
  • Variations/Synonyms: Blánaid, Bláthnat, and Blath
  • Description: It comes from the Gaelic word “blath” (flower).

 

Breena

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fairy place
  • Variations/Synonyms: Breenna and Brienna
  • Description: The name can be shortened to Bree.

 

Brianna

  • Origin: Irish, English, and Celtic
  • Meaning: Noble and strong
  • Variations/Synonyms: Briana
  • Description: The name also means “strong, virtuous, and honorable.”

 

Brienda

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

 

Brigit

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

 

Caitlin

  • Origin: Irish, French, Gaelic, and Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Variations/Synonyms: Katelyn and Caitlyn
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of the names Cateline (Old French) and Catherine (English).

 

Caoimhe

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Precious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Caoimhíne
  • Description: It’s from the Gaelic word “caomh” (beautiful).

 

Cara

  • Origin: Irish, Italian, Latin, and Greek
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Variations/Synonyms: Karah, Kara, and Keerah
  • Description: It’s from the Latin word “cārus” (loved one).

 

Carys

  • Origin: Irish and Welsh
  • Meaning: To love
  • Variations/Synonyms: Caris and Caryse
  • Description: It comes from the Welsh word “caru” (to love).

 

Cassidee  

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Curly-haired
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cassie and Cassidy
  • Description: It’s a unisex name but more popularly chosen for girls.

 

Ciara

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Dark
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kiera, Kiara, Ciarane, and Ciarana
  • Description: It’s from the Gaelic word “ciar” (dark).

 

Clíodhna

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cliodna and Cliodhna
  • Description: In Irish mythology, Cliodhna is the goddess of beauty and love.

 

Clodagh

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: An Irish river
  • Variations/Synonyms: Clodah, Clody, and Claddagh
  • Description: It’s popular with parents who want to name their babies after the beautiful River Clodagh (or Clody River).

 

Colleen 

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Young woman
  • Variations/Synonyms: Coleen, Colene, and Coline
  • Description: It’s from the Gaelic word “cailín” (young woman).

 

Cordelia

  • Origin: Irish and Celtic
  • Meaning: Daughter of the sea
  • Variations/Synonyms: Cordella and Cordellia
  • Description: The name is used for one of the moons on Uranus.

 

Damnat

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little deer
  • Variations/Synonyms: Damhnait
  • Description: Damnat was the queen of Munster, the legendary ancestor of the most popular Irish surnames O’Flynns, O’Cahills, and O’Moriartys.

 

Dara

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Pearl of wisdom
  • Variations/Synonyms: Darragh
  • Description: It can also mean “oak tree” or “gift.”

 

Dearbhla

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: True desire
  • Variations/Synonyms: Dearbla and Dearbhaile
  • Description: It’s from the combination of Irish words “‘dearbh” (truth) and “ail” (desire).

 

Deirdre

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Sorrowful
  • Variations/Synonyms: Deirdra, Deirdrah, Deedra
  • Description: According to Irish folklore, Deirdre was Ireland’s most beautiful woman, but she died of a broken heart.

 

Delaney 

  • Origin: Old Irish and Old French
  • Meaning: Dark challenger
  • Variations/Synonyms: Delani, Delany, and Delanie
  • Description: It’s from the combination of Old Irish words “dubh” (dark) and “slán” (defiance).

 

Éabha

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Life
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eve, Eabha, Eaba, Eba, Eva, and Efa (Welsh)
  • Description: It’s the Irish version of Eve (from the biblical creation story).

 

Eilish

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pledged to God
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eiliss, Eilliss, Eillish, Elish, Ellish, and Eilishe
  • Description: Some parents want to name their babies after American ‘anti-pop star’ Billie Eilish.

 

Eimear

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Swift
  • Variations/Synonyms: Eimare and Emer
  • Description: According to Irish mythology, Eimear held the six gifts of womanhood: gentle voice, beauty, wisdom, sweet words, chastity, and needlework.

 

Éirinn

  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Ireland
  • Variations/Synonyms: Erinn, Ehrynn, Eryn, and Erynn
  • Description: Erin is the Anglicized (English) form of this name.

 

Eithne

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Seed
  • Variations/Synonyms: Enya
  • Description: There are at least nine saints with this name.

 

Fainche 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Free
  • Variations/Synonyms: Faenche
  • Description: There are two saints with this name.

 

Fallon

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Leader
  • Variations/Synonyms: Falon
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.

 

Fia

  • Origin: Irish, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese 
  • Meaning: Weaver
  • Variations/Synonyms: Fiadh
  • Description: It can also mean “wild deer.”

 

Finley

  • Origin: Irish,  Scottish, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Finlea, Finlay, Finnley, Finleigh, Phynley, and Finnlea
  • Description: It’s a gender-neutral name.

 

Fiona

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

 

Gormlaith 

  • Origin: Old Irish
  • Meaning: Excellent and brilliant
  • Variations/Synonyms: Gormflaith
  • Description: It comes from the Old Irish words “gorm” (excellent) and “flaith (empress).

 

Gráinne

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Grain
  • Variations/Synonyms: Grainne and Graine
  • Description: Grainne was the goddess of harvest in ancient Ireland.

 

Imogen

  • Origin: Irish and Celtic
  • Meaning: Innocent maiden
  • Variations/Synonyms: Immogen and Imogene
  • Description: It comes from the Celtic word “inghean” (maiden).

 

Izett

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fair aspect
  • Variations/Synonyms: Izette
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Isolde (Norse mythology).

 

Kady

  • Origin: Irish, Celtic, and Greek
  • Meaning: First
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kadie and Cady
  • Description: It’s a nice name for your firstborn girl.

 

Kathleen

  • Origin: Irish, Greek, and Old French
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kaitlyn, Kaitlin, Cathleen, and Catherine
  • Description: It comes from the Greek word “katharos” (pure).

 

Kayleigh

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Slender
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kaylie, Kylie, Kyleigh, and Kayli
  • Description: It’s from the Gaelic word “caol” (slender).

 

Keeva

  • Origin: Irish, Hebrew, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Kind, beautiful, and gentle
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kiva
  • Description: It’s related to the Hebrew name Akiva.

 

Keira

  • Origin: Irish, Greek, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Little dark one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kiara, Ciara, Ciarra, Ceara, Kira, Kyra, and Keera
  • Description: It’s the Irish version of Ciara.

 

Kelsey 

  • Origin: Irish and Old English
  • Meaning: Fierce island
  • Variations/Synonyms: Kelssey, Kelsie, Kelsi, and Kelssi
  • Description: It’s from the Old English word “cenel” (fierce).

 

Laoise

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

 

Lindsay

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Island of the linden trees
  • Variations/Synonyms: Lindssay, Lindsey, Linddsay, Linddsey, and Lindssey
  • Description: It was originally a surname but later became popular as a first name.

 

Lowri

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

 

Makenna

  • Origin: Irish and African
  • Meaning: Happy one
  • Variations/Synonyms: Mckenna and Mackenzie
  • Description: It’s from the Old Irish words “cion” (love) and “aodh” (the Celtic god of fire).

 

Mari

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

 

Maureen

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Star of the sea
  • Variations/Synonyms: Mairin, Máirín, and Maire
  • Description: It’s related to Maire, the Irish Gaelic version of Mary.

 

Meabh 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Intoxicating
  • Variations/Synonyms: Meave and Maeve
  • Description: It’s the Irish version of Maeve.

 

Meryl 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Shining sea
  • Variations/Synonyms: Merryl
  • Description: It comes from the Irish Gaelic words “muir” (sea) and “geal” (bright).

 

Moira

  • Origin: Irish and Greek
  • Meaning: Fate
  • Variations/Synonyms: Mouira and Moirra
  • Description: It comes from the Greek word “moíra” (destiny).

 

Molly 

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Star of the sea
  • Variations/Synonyms: Molley, Mollie, Molli, Mallie, Mahley, and Maille
  • Description: It’s a name that came from the Middle Ages but remains popular to this day.

 

Mona

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, Italian, and Greek
  • Meaning: Noble or aristocratic
  • Variations/Synonyms: Monna
  • Description: It’s a short form or nickname for Madonna.

 

Morrigan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Phantom queen
  • Variations/Synonyms: Morigan
  • Description: Morrigan was the goddess of war in Irish legends. She’s often depicted as a crow.

 

Muireann

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Sea white
  • Variations/Synonyms: Muireanne 
  • Description: According to Irish legend, Muireann was the mermaid caught by a fisherman and transformed into a woman by St. Comghall in the sixth century.

 

Muriel

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

 

Neala

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

 

Nessa

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pure and holy
  • Variations/Synonyms: Niza, Nissa, and Neza
  • Description: Nessa was the mother of Conchobhar Mac Nessa, king of Ulster (an ancient kingdom in Ireland).

 

Niamh

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Radiance or brightness
  • Variations/Synonyms: Niame, Niamhe, and Niam
  • Description: Niamh of the Golden Hair was the daughter of the sea god Manannan in Irish mythology. She’s depicted as a woman riding on a white horse.

 

Nora

  • Origin: Irish, Spanish, German, Latin, Italian, and English
  • Meaning: Honor
  • Variations/Synonyms: Norah, Norra, Norreh, Noreen, Norene, Norine, Honora
  • Description: It’s the shortened version of Honora (Latin).

 

Nuala

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: White shoulders
  • Variations/Synonyms: Nualla
  • Description: It’s the shortened version of traditional Gaelic names Fionnghuala and Fionnuala.

 

Orlaith

  • Origin: Irish and Celtic
  • Meaning: Golden princess
  • Variations/Synonyms: Orlah and Orla
  • Description: It’s from the Gaelic words “orla” (gold) and “fhlaith” (princess).
  • The last great High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, has a sister and daughter named Orlaith.

 

Orna 

  • Origin: Irish and Hebrew
  • Meaning: Little pale green one or pine tree
  • Variations/Synonyms: Ornah
  • Description: It’s the female version of Oren (Hebrew).

 

Ráichéal 

  • Origin: Irish and Hebrew
  • Meaning: One with purity
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rachael
  • Description: In the bible, Rachael was Jacob’s favorite wife.

 

Rhian

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

 

Riona 

  • Origin: Irish, Greek, and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Queen
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rionna, Rhiona, and Rhionna
  • Description: It’s from the Gaelic word “ríoghan” (queen).

 

Roisin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little rose
  • Variations/Synonyms: Rosheen, Rosaleen, Rosie, Roishin, and Rose
  • Description:Roisin Dubh” was used by artists as Ireland’s poetic symbol when the country outlawed patriotic poetry and songs.

 

Ryleigh 

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

 

Sadhbh

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Sweet
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sadhbba, Sive, Sadbh, Sabhbh, Sabha, and Sadb
  • Description: Several Irish princesses were named Sadhbh, including the great High King Brian Boru’s daughter.

 

Saoirse

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Liberty
  • Variations/Synonyms: Saoerse, Saoirsee, and Saoirsie
  • Description: This name has strong patriotic overtones.

 

Shannon

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Wise
  • Variations/Synonyms: Shanon
  • Description: River Shannon is the longest in Ireland.

 

Shauna

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Shaune
  • Description: It’s the female form of Sean

 

Sheila

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Latin
  • Meaning: Heavenly
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sheilah, Síle, Sheela, Shelagh, Sheala, and Sheelagh
  • Description: Sheila Scott was the first British aviator ever to fly solo around the world.

 

Sheridan

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Seeker
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sherrie or Sherry
  • Description: It’s a unisex name.

 

Sinéad 

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sineade, Sineade, Seniead, and Senead
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Jeannette or Jane.

 

Siobhan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God has been gracious
  • Variations/Synonyms: Shoban, Siobban, Shioban, Siobbhan, Shiobhan, and Shiobbhan
  • Description: It’s the Irish version of Joan.

 

Siofra

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Sprite or changeling
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sioffra
  • Description: Back in 18th century Ireland, some families believed that fairies steal their babies and leave elven changelings in their place.

 

Sionainn

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

 

Sláine

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Health
  • Variations/Synonyms: Slaine
  • Description: Sláine was among the daughters of Brian Boru, the last great High King of Ireland in the 10th century.

 

Sloane 

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, and Celtic
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sloanne, Sloan, Slone, and Slonne
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of the Gaelic name Sluaghadh.

 

Sorcha

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Radiant
  • Variations/Synonyms: Sorche and Sorccha
  • Description: It’s the Irish Gaelic form of Sally or Sarah.

 

Talulla

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Lady of Abundance
  • Variations/Synonyms: Talula and Talulah
  • Description: The name can also mean “leaping water.”

 

Tara 

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, English, Persian, and Indian (from Sanskrit)
  • Meaning: From the hill or star
  • Variations/Synonyms: Tarah
  • Description: According to Irish mythology, the Ancient Tara was the place where the Irish kings lived. It’s also known as the “stone of destiny.”

 

Teaghan

  • Origin: Irish and Gaelic
  • Meaning: Little poet
  • Variations/Synonyms: Teaghane, Teagan, Teagane, and Theagan
  • Description: It’s the female version of Teague.

 

Una

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

 

Victeoiria

  • Origin: Irish and Latic
  • Meaning: Victory
  • Variations/Synonyms: Victoria and Vittoria (Italian)
  • Description: It’s the Irish form of Victoria.

 

 

 

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