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My Top Ten Celtic Baby Names And Their Meaning

Updated on April 16, 2012
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Choosing a Baby Name

There are many options to choose from when trying to decide on a baby name. It might be that you want to go with the current trends and choose something popular. Alternatively, the name you choose might have some family connection. Another reason for selecting a particular baby name might be that you want to pay homage to your cultural heritage. If you happen to hail from a Celtic nation, here are ten suggestions of names.

Celtic Boy's Names

Eoin (pronounced yonn). This is an Irish Gaelic form of the name John

Callum - Scottish Gaelic name meaning 'dove'

Fionn (pronounced Fin) - this is an Irish/Scottish Gaelic name which means 'fair-haired'. The anglicised form of this name is Finn.

Innes - Scottish Gaelic for 'island or meadow-dweller'. More commonly used as a surname, it is also a masculine first name.

Gregor - a Scots form of Gregory, which means 'watchman'

Uisdean (pronounced ooshtyan) - a Scottish Gaelic form of Hugh, meaning 'mind, spirit, soul'

Rhys (pronounced rees) - a Welsh name whose meaning is uncertain, but many think it could mean 'ardour'

Niall (pronounced nee-al) - an Irish or Scottish Gaelic name meaning 'champion'

Wyn (pronounced as win) - a Welsh name which comes from the word gwyn meaning 'white, pure'

Ciaran (pronounced keer-ann) - an Irish Gaelic name meaning 'little dark one'.

Celtic Names for Children
Celtic Names for Children

A useful book to help you decide on a Celtic baby name

 
Celtic Myths and Legends
Celtic Myths and Legends

A great book of Celtic myths and legends. An interesting read even if you're not looking for inspiration for a baby name

 

Celtic Names for Girls

Ciara (pronounced keera) - an Irish Gaelic name meaning 'dark one'

Rhiannon (pronounced reeannon) - a Welsh name meaning 'fair maiden'

Ailis- an Irish Gaelic form of the name Alice, meaning 'of noble birth'

Caitlin (traditionally pronounced kawt-leen, but now more commonly pronounced kate-lin). An Irish form of the name Kathleen or Catherine.

Brenna - an Irish Gaelic name meaning 'raven-haired beauty'

Bronwen (or Bronwyn) - a Welsh name which means 'white breast'

Catriona (pronounced cat-reena) - a Scottish / Irish Gaelic form of the name Katherine

Maebh (pronounced mave) - an Irish Gaelic name meaning 'intoxicating' or 'bewitching'

Tegan - a Welsh name that means 'beautiful' or 'fair'

Niamh (pronounced nee-av) - an Irish Gaelic name meaning 'radiant one'.

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  • shea duane profile image

    shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

    Very interesting hub... I also like to hear what names mean.

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    North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

    Interesting hub. I always like to find out what names mean. The name Callum has a nice sound to it. I never knew it meant dove. Another name that means dove is Jonah and I also love that name.

    I have heard the name Tegan but the name referred to a male.