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Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger have a daughter named Ireland Eliesse.
-- Destry  4/14/2005
I think Ireland is a rather silly name. You would never name a child Sweden or Russia, would you?
-- Caprice  9/8/2005
My daughter's name is Ireland Celeste and I have received more compliments about how unique and beautiful her name is than I have ever heard given about any other name!
-- schelleci  10/30/2005
This name has never entered my head for a child, but thinking about it, I can see why people like it. I think it's a beautiful name.
-- Charlie3  11/2/2005
Kathy Ireland is an actress.
-- breakofday  12/22/2005
I think this is a lovely name. I love names of countries, such as India and China and Ireland. It suggests a certain elegance and sophistication.
-- beautyofwords9  3/3/2006
I love this name! And, personally, I would seriously consider using it for a little girl. It also reflects my strong Irish heritage.
-- Pheadirean  4/14/2006
In the recent spate of place names, this one is actually very pretty. Lovely sound.
-- wefrox  8/8/2006
We named our daughter Ireland 8 1/2 years ago when it was virtually unheard of. I've never heard more compliments on a name, EVER. It's insane how many positive compliments she receives daily. She loves her name! Unfortunately it's gaining popularity faster than I had hoped. As for a previous poster commenting on it being silly to name your child after a country. Maybe that person should do some research on how the country GOT IT'S NAME in the first place! It was named AFTER a person, just as almost all other place names are. Ireland. People are so shallow sometimes. They don't look at the entire picture. That person probably has a "place" named after her too. Just something to think about.
-- Anonymous User  9/6/2006
This is a very beautiful name. Probably the only name of a country that I actually like being used on a person. When I hear this name, I picture a young girl with long red hair, brown or green eyes, and a very friendly personality.
-- Lena Is A Secret  9/15/2006
Ireland is a very pretty name, for myself I don't know if I would use it or not, maybe a middle name. I have Irish in my background and would love to see Ireland one day so maybe that is what draws me to this name.
-- Anonymous User  10/10/2006
I have been recently attracted to this name as well, but I do have one teeny tiny question. What would anyone use as a nickname for this because I know that personally I would not want to have everyone calling me "Ireland" all of the time.
-- Mystic  11/25/2006
I love this name because it is classic. My daughter is named IRELYN. I think it is beautiful but without the "d" at the end of it it does not sound as harsh. A beautiful name for a beautiful girl.
-- MyHappy  12/29/2006
Ireland?! What sick person would name their daughter that?
-- someone1  1/6/2007
The thought of Ireland as a first name hadn't occured to me before - though, as one poster remarked, most places are named for people in the first place, not visa versa. Though, I see it as more of a middle name than a first name.
-- KOT  1/6/2007
From a European perspective, this really is hilarious as a given name. I can't understand why anyone would want 'LAND' as part of a name. Could you get anymore place-namey?! And, in response to an old comment above, most places certainly aren't named after people!
-- Anonymous User  1/22/2014
It's a nice sounding word. But I don't think I would use it myself, though. It doesn't sound much like a name to me. Maybe that's just because I've never met someone with this name, and it's pretty new and uncommon.
-- scarletquillraven  2/10/2007
Ireland is a beautiful name, and anyone who says otherwise is a very narrow-minded person.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2007
I see it as a name that can easily be teased. Especially is the child is over average weight - "LAND". I say - pick Erin instead.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2007
It is a little odd and I would never say that someone's name is invalid but I think I know a little too much history to name my child after any country. Almost anywhere I can find a bad omen. Ever read Johnathan Swift? His essays say a lot and, yes I do realize that he is being sarcastic about the children. I just would probably want to avoid any omens like that, in jest or not.
-- Lady_writtenword  3/12/2007
Why not call your daughter Erin? It means the exact same thing!
-- CharlieRob  5/6/2007
I personally hate this name. Think about naming your kid Canada or Mexico. Really.
-- Carli3  5/21/2007
I don't like the idea of naming a child after a country. Can you imagine little Ireland going to Ireland? People would probably laugh her off the island. It is sort of pretty, at least, better than naming your kid 'French Guiana' or something. Erin would make a better choice, except that it's sort of boring and tired these days.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2007
It's pronounced are-land around here. Dublin that is.

I don't like naming people after place names (even if the place name was named after a person). It doesn't sound right. It's likely to get the child bullied as well. I know I personally would laugh at someone with this name.
-- Clodagh  6/25/2007
'Ire' is an old-fashioned, rather poetic word for 'rage' or 'fury', so the connotations attached to this name go beyond all the nice little stuff about the country and its culture. Besides, this seems like the name people who have no connection to Ireland whatsoever pick because they think it sounds pretty, and it just shows that they probably don't know anything about the country. People with Irish roots, however, would not use this. The name sounds very bizarre outside the US, quite frankly. Europeans, and the Irish in particular, of course, would find the name amusing.
-- slight night shiver  4/24/2008
I'm usually not a fan of country names, but I gotta admit that this is a really cute name!
-- Jesus_Freak  6/4/2008
Well, one poster said we would laugh her off the island. That is certainly not true. We love these sorts of things. I like this as a name. I also like Erin, but prefer Eireann (The true Irish spelling of the word Ireland).
-- GarbageGuy  6/11/2008
I'm usually not a fan of place names, but I got to admit this one sounds really pretty. I like it in theory, but I don't think I'd ever use it. Place names are trendy at the moment, so it's a bit of a turn off.
-- Joan-Ay  6/23/2008
Dainty but a mouthful! Laura Wattenberg, author of "The Baby Name Wizard", suggests that Ireland is "most promising as a middle name choice."
-- EmilyOlive  7/1/2008
I, personally, do not like this recent trend of naming children after countries and continents. Ireland is a bit tacky and getting too popular for my tastes.
-- Anonymous User  7/15/2008
Yuck. People choose this name because they are too proud of their "Irish" heritage. They don't even realize that people in Ireland do not use this as a given name. It's also unfortunately the name of Alec Baldwin's daughter.
-- bananarama  9/22/2008
This name is pathetic. Nobody in Ireland would name their daughter Ireland. It's hilarious (and a lot of Irish prefer to call their country √Čire anyway.) To American Hibernophiles: if you feel so attached to your Irish heritage, why don't you just give your daughter an Irish name, like Aoife or Morrigan?
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2009
This name is actually an older coinage from the 1800s. It was used in America in cities in which the Irish population was growing rapidly. It was used as a nickname, and on males not females.
-- LMS  3/17/2009
I think this name is ridiculous. Do you have Irish heritage? Why not use an Irish _name_, then? My family comes from Finland but I would never, ever name a daughter (or son?) that.
-- Anonymous User  4/2/2009
The problem I have with the name Ireland is that in Ireland you'd sound very silly and in nearly all other countries it is pronounced differently than we in Ireland pronounce it.
-- Anonymous User  7/1/2009
Completely ridiculous as a person's name. It's rather amusing how all of these people on the current Irish name bandwagon tend to use names (or at least spellings of them) that are not actually Irish! If you're really so proud of your Irish heritage and aren't just using a faux Irish name because you're 1% Irish and Irish names are trendy now, you'd know enough to pick a real Irish name that is actually used in Ireland! (And of course, since Ireland was so dominated by Great Britain for so long, you would not have found a huge number of Irish people before the modern era with names like Aidan, Liam, Aoife, or Niamh, but that's another story.)
-- Anyechka  8/30/2009
Ireland Baldwin is the only famous Ireland thus far, and her parents call her "Addie". Ok, how do you go from Ireland to Addie? But it's their kid. So that's one cute nickname for Ireland.
-- A.R.  2/16/2010
Would you name a child Canada? Norway? Azerbaijan? No? Then don't name them Ireland.
-- kazoopilot  2/23/2010
No, you probably wouldn't name your child Canada, Norway, or Azerbaijan, but there are country names people use normally. India, America (rarer). There are some it's just not so common. I think this name is beautiful.
-- Liesl  11/18/2010
Simply horrible. It doesn't even mean anything, it's just a country name!
-- Chrila96  9/10/2010
Hate, hate, hate this name! I've come across a lot of Americans using it because of some Irish heritage. What's wrong with an actual Irish name rather than... Ireland? Honestly, they would be laughed at if they lived here in Ireland. While Americans tend to say Eye-er-land, we say Ar-land. Big difference. Has to be one of the worst names I've ever come across. Using √Čireann would even be better.
-- MeganBridget  12/7/2010
I actually picked Ireland as a name for my daughter long before I had ever even heard it had been used by the Baldwins. I picked it mainly because countries for names go back in my wife's heritage. Her Great Grandma's name was India, her middle name is Jamacia, and her great great grandma's middle name was also India. There is no trend here. I've actually been to Ireland, and I'm 1/4 Irish, although that didn't even matter when picking the name. I call her Eire for short though.
-- Anonymous User  4/22/2011
I'm from Ireland and this name would never be used! I advise you if you name your child this don't and I mean DON'T come to Ireland - the slagging she would get would be unbelievable! Just DON'T! Oh and I also think naming people after places isn't right! There is place names and then there is person names!
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2011
I personally love this as a name! It sounds so strong and beautiful, It really reminds me of Merida in the new film 'Brave', I know that Merida is Scottish and the film is set in Scotland but she is the sort of person I imagine when I think of this name, a beautiful firey red-head holding a bow and arrow!
Also, if the child was teased for having this name or they didn't like it, they could shorten it, come up with some kind of nickname or even use their middle name!
-- Grace_Scarlette  8/28/2012
I really wish people would understand that just because a word sounds pretty doesn't mean you can use it as a name! My god!
-- Oohvintage  3/3/2013
I love this name for a girl or a boy. Very poetic. I don't see why it would be regarded as a female name only.
-- GoodNightingale  9/14/2013
My parents named me Ireland Elise (inspired by Alec baldwins daughter) and I have really mixed feelings about my name. I've always gotten a lot of attention because of it. When I first tell my name to people, at first they don't believe me. I remember sitting in class and learning about the potato famine in history, and the teacher not being able to say "Ireland" without the entire class turning to stare at me. It gets rather annoying, and sometimes I'm self conscious about it, but at the same time I also love it's rarity (I agree with the previous comments that it also sounds strong, sophisticated, and eloquent). Although sometimes I wish they had decided to name me just Elise instead.
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2014
That comment sounded more negative than I had intended :p I forgot to mention how many compliments I receive on my name. Most people tell me how beautiful of a name it is.
-- Anonymous User  3/17/2014
We named our beautiful daughter "Ireland" and call her "Irie" mostly; we didn't know a Baldwin named his daughter Ireland until after we decided. For those who use the words "hate, pathetic, ridiculous, etc" to describe your opinions about the name... You sound like mean teenage girls, who knows, maybe you are. And, I am sure you would not say those hurtful opinions to anyone's face, who named their children Ireland, because most cyber bullies are really cowards. And we researched the name extensively so nothing on this board is news to us. Please think about the young girls (and boys) named Ireland that will read these comments and see such hateful opinions by you few close-minded bullies.
-- Bladojs  5/11/2014
It's a cool name :)
-- Anonymous User  5/28/2014
This looks really stupid as a name.
-- Buneary  6/13/2014

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