Our Top Ten Irish Gaelic Baby Names

Unique Gaelic baby names that are rising in popularity for boys and girls


 

Spoken for most of Ireland’s history, the Irish Gaelic language is not as popular as it once was. But Gaelic has had a big impact on what we name our children, as Gaelic names often find their way onto the top baby name lists around the world. In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, say “Céad Mile Fáilte”, or a hundred thousand welcomes to your bundle of joy with one of our top picks of names rooted in Irish Gaelic.

 

 

 

Boys

1. Cavan (CAHvan)- Meaning “handsome” or “handsome man” in Irish Gaelic. People with this name are said to be adventurous and dynamic.

2. Flynn- Fans of Breaking Bad will associate this name with Walter White’s son, but this boys name comes from the Gaelic word for “reddish”. Flynn was listed on the Top 100 Boys Names of 2008.

3. Tiernan (Ti(er)Nan)- Most commonly heard in Ireland, Tiernan means “lord” in Gaelic. It is generally used as a boy’s name, but can also be given as a girl’s name.

4. Pharrell (FA-rell)- Currently associated with the Happy singer of the same name, Pharrell is actually derived from the Irish Gaelic word meaning “a superior man” or “heroic”. It can also be used as a girl’s name with the spelling “Faryl”

5. Kade (KEYD)- Increasing in popularity since the 1990s, Kade means “from the wetlands” in Gaelic. 

Girls

1. Aoife (EE-fa)- The name comes from the Gaelic word aoibh, meaning “beauty, radiant, joyful”. Irish legend states that Aoife was the greatest warrior in the world. In 2003, Aoife was #3 on the list of most popular baby names in Ireland.

2. Keeley (KIY-Liy)- A modern version of the Irish Gaelic surname Kayley, Keeley means “slender” or ”fair” when translated.

3. Mhairi (pronounced MahHHAARiy)- This variation on the more commonly known name Mary means “longed for child” and offers an interesting take on a classic name.

4. Eilidh (Ay-lee)- The perfect name for your own little ray or sunshine, Eilidh is the Gaelic variation of the English Ellie and means “light”.

5. Corrie- Another name that can be used for a boy or a girl, Corrie is more commonly used as a girl’s name. It is a variation on the name Corrigan and has been interpreted to mean “little spear”. 

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