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Popular Irish Baby Names for Girls & Boys : Top Irish Baby Names

Updated on July 16, 2010

32 Beautiful Names for Irish Baby Boys and Baby Girls

Choosing a baby name usually takes a long time, after all it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Sometimes it can be hard to find practical and beautiful baby names that aren't very original. And sometimes, innovative and original baby names can be a little too far-out for some parents' taste. It is possible to find a beautiful, classic, yet not common name for your next baby.

Consider researching Irish baby names and you just might come up with a great fit for your baby's middle or first name. Many have fascinating histories and meanings behind them for you to discover.

Most of these names are fairly easy to spell and pronounce, which is a very important in the search for your baby's name. They are unique enough so your child will not have to share a name with 5 other "Brians" in his class. These names are also appropriate for gender and will not leave people to guess the sex of your child once their name is announced. They also are not 'too unique' and shouldn't result in cruel name rhymes or name-calling when your child enters school, not to mention they are fairly easy to spell.

Below are some popular Irish baby names that would make for a beautiful first or middle name for your baby, no matter your heritage. Irish baby names are becoming more and more popular as many Americans are in search of unique and beautiful names.

Make sure to also play around with spellings to come up with even more attractive name combinations!

Aidan, a popular Irish baby boy name means "fire".

Irish Baby Boy Names

The Top 5 most popular Irish Baby Boy names for 2008 are: Aidan, Ciaran, Conor, Declan and Liam.

Here are some additional unique and classic Irish Baby Boy names to consider:

  • Aidan
  • Bartley
  • Colman
  • Connall
  • Cronan
  • Davin
  • Derry
  • Desmond
  • Emmet
  • Finn
  • Hugh
  • Liam
  • Pierce
  • Quinn
  • Reilly
  • Tomas

Aisling, a popular Irish baby girl name means "dream".

Irish Baby Girl Names

The Top 5 most popular Irish Baby Girl names for 2008 are: Aisling, Deirdre, Eileen, Niamh and Siobhan.

Here are some additional unique and classic Irish Baby Girl names to consider:

  • Aileen
  • Aislinn
  • Alannah
  • Briana
  • Bridget
  • Cara
  • Cassidy
  • Ciara
  • Claire
  • Darcy
  • Deirdre
  • Fiona
  • Kaitlyn
  • Kerry
  • Nola
  • Regan


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    • Faith A Mullen profile image

      Faith A Mullen 

      5 years ago

      I love a lot of these - especially Darcy for a girl. Yay for the Irish!

    • Bobri Dobri profile image

      Bobri Dobri 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful names! I love Alannah and Liam!

    • LondonGirl profile image


      9 years ago from London

      "Aisling, Deirdre, Eileen, Niamh and Siobhan"

      Three of those are said completely differently from how they are written, though, as far as most English-speakers are concerned. Little Ashleen, Neeve, or Sha-vorn is going to spend her whole life (if she's not Irish) spelling it and correcting how people say it. Aeoife is another lovely name, with the same issues.

      My darling other half, and our son, are blessed with a surname no-one can spell or say. It gets very dull, but they are stuck with it. I wouldn't choose a first name with the same issues.

    • Staci-Barbo7 profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Here in the States, we're accustomed to diversity in children's names, but parents, be compassionate in picking a name for your child. You will earn your child's eternal gratitude by choosing a name that teachers and other adults can pronounce within a couple of attempts!

    • eryn profile image


      9 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Nice hub! I love all the names!

    • girly_girl09 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Ahhhh....Irish names are so cute. :) When I have children someday they definitely will have Irish names, whether it's first or middle. There are some really great combinations out there. Lots of great spelling combinations, too.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Cindy -- that is is waaay cool. Very Irish, indeed. My mom's name was Eileen. Cousins are Molly, Kerry and Lizzy. Niece is Jamison (although named after the whiskey, which is spelled Jameson). Aye, tis grand, it tis!

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines


      Indeed, what's in a name?! Our names will survive long after our phoptographs have faded. :D


      Yep, very Irish indeed :D

    • cindyvine profile image

      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      My youngest daughter is Siobhan Kathleen, very Irish!

    • Mighty Mom profile image

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Great hub! I totally agree, Irish names rule. As a first name or a middle name. I agree with you too, Cris. Fiona is a lovely name. Out here there is a National Public Radio show hosted by Fiona Ritchie and she has the loveliest brogue.. I've always, always had a fondness for Siobhan but fear it would be totally mangled by teachers. It's def not spoken the way it sounds.

      My son's name is Kevin. Was a time when Kevin was considered an unusual boy's name. Now it's right up there and all sorts of ethnicities are using it. Kevin Wang, Kevin Choo, Kevin Matsuymana, Kevin Johnson -- it goes with everything!

      My good friend named her daughter Regan. I also like Rowena.

      Finally, seeing Nola on the list reminded me of another friend who has fraternal twins, one boy and one girl. They are named Nola (f) and Tobin (m).

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I've always loved the name Fiona eversince I saw the movie The Secret Life of Roan Inish. It somehow reminds me of the magical feel of the movie. Fiona Fiona Fiona - I can say it over and over and over again. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I have already noticed a little wave of Aidans out there. Claire is a name I have always been fond of, for no apparent reason. Thanks for the information.

    • girly_girl09 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Wow. It is really interesting to see how pop culture, whether it be movie characters, movie stars or pop stars, affects the names of children! I cringe whenever I read articles over here about people naming their children after alcohol beverages or cigarettes, like "Budweiser" or "Heineken". That is really sick to me. At least the boy that has been named Budweiser can have a good nickname of "Bud".

    • sabu singh profile image

      sabu singh 

      9 years ago

      Those are some nice names girly_girl09.

      In India we had an actor called Pran (which means life in Hindi). He always played the role of a villian.

      Would you believe there was probably not a single baby named Pran in the succeeding generation because of the association with evil? Pran was quite a good man in real life (and a bad one in reel life) so it is a little sad

    • girly_girl09 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      hahaha not sure about Rumplestiltskin! I really love the name Gabriella...very pretty!

    • Kudlit profile image


      9 years ago from Laguna

      How about Rumplestiltskin? Is that Irish?

      Great Hub.

      I already have four kids and don't plant to have another one. I kinda liked the Hispanic sounding names. One is named Miguel and the other is named Gabriela. Angela and Armand are the names of the other two.

      They're supposed to be angel names except for Armand which is a vampire's name in Anne Rice novels.


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