Ancient Irish Submitted Names

These names were used in ancient Ireland. See Ancient Celtic names for a broader list.
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ÁEDACÁN m Ancient Irish
Ancient Irish masculine name meaning "fire".
BOIDMAL m Ancient Irish
Derived from Old Irish buaid meaning "victory, profit" and mál "noble, chief".
BRANGEN m Ancient Irish
Derived from the Archaic or Primitive Irish ᚁᚏᚐᚅᚑᚌᚓᚅᚔ (Branogeni) meaning "raven clan".
CADHAN m Ancient Irish, Irish Mythology
Gaelic byname meaning "barnacle goose". In Irish legend Cadhan was a hero who slayed a monster with the help of his hound.
CAEDY f & m Ancient Irish
Meaning: Warrior/Peace Bringer. The theory being that when capable fighters were around, other people were less likely to start fights they knew they’d lose.
CENNFINN m Ancient Irish
Derived from the Proto-celtic name Kʷennowindos meaning "white head".
CERTÁN m Ancient Irish
Old Irish name, possibly meaning "humming sound". See also Kjartan.
CIARDHUBHÁN m Ancient Irish
From Gaelic ciar "dark" and dubh "black" combined with the diminutive suffix án.
CONNMHACH m Ancient Irish
Derived from Gaelic connmach "head-smashing".
CÚBHUIDHE m Ancient Irish
Means "yellow hound" in Gaelic.
CUIRE m Ancient Irish
From Old Irish cuire meaning "a throng or multitude, a troop or company".
CÚMHEADHA m Ancient Irish
Old Irish name derived from "wolf, hound" in combination with a second element of unknown meaning (possibly the place name Meadha).
DERBFORGAILL f Ancient Irish, Irish Mythology
From Gaelic Der bForgaill, which apparently meant "daughter of Forgall". It may be an earlier form of Dearbháil or Deirbhile. This was the name of a legendary princess of Lochlann (Norway) who "had been left for the Fomorii in lieu of tribute on a deserted beach... [more]
DOMHANGHART m Ancient Irish, Medieval Irish
Contracted form of the early medieval Irish given name Domhan-Gabh-Art, which is said to mean "I take Art from the world (to serve his Heavenly Master)" in Irish. The name consists of Irish domhan meaning "the world", Irish gabh meaning "I take" and the given name Art.
EOCHAIDH m Ancient Irish
Old Irish name meaning "horseman", derived from ech "horse". This was a very common name in ancient Ireland, belonging to numerous historical and mythical kings.
ESSA f Ancient Irish
Means "nurse" in Gaelic.
Derived from Irish Gaelic faol "wolf" (compare Faolán) and tighearna "lord" or "mistress" (compare Tighearnach). This is the name of an obscure Irish saint commemorated on 17 March, whose sex is forgotten, being recorded inconsistently... [more]
FIACHA m Ancient Irish
Means "ravens".
FILTIARN m Ancient Irish
Means "lord of the wolves" from Gaelic fáel "wolf" combined with tigern "lord".
FURSEY m Ancient Irish, History
Possibly derived from Latin virtus "virtue" via Old Irish firt. Saint Fursey was an early medieval Irish monk and visionary whose "celebrated visions had considerable influence on dream literature of the later Middle Ages", including Dante's 'Divine Comedy'.
GELGÉIS f Ancient Irish, Medieval Irish
Means "bright swan" in Old Irish, from geal "bright" and geiss "swan".
GRÁINDE f Ancient Irish
Old Irish form of Gráinne.
IFEARNÁN m Ancient Irish
Means "demon" from a diminutive of Gaelic ifreann "hell".
INEQAGLAS m Ancient Irish
Primitive Irish name derived from the Proto-Celtic *enekʷom meaning “face" and *glastos meaning “green, blue”.
LASAIRFHÍONA f Ancient Irish, Irish
Derived from Irish lasair "flame" (compare Laisrén) and‎ fíona "of wine" (from Old Irish fín "wine", from Latin vinum).
MACCUS m Ancient Irish
Old Irish version of Magnus.
MÁEL RUAIN m Ancient Irish
Means "disciple of Saint Ruadhán" in Old Irish.
M’AODHÓG m Ancient Irish
Older form of Máedóc, meaning "my little Aodh".
MAOLANAITHE m Ancient Irish
From Gaelic Maol Anfaidh meaning "devotee of the storm", from maol "bald, tonsured one" (later "as of someone who is devoted to God") and anfadh "tempest, storm". This was the name of a saint.
MEALLA f Ancient Irish
Gaelic form of Mella.
NÚADU m Ancient Irish
Older form of Nuada.
SEAGHDHAN m Ancient Irish
Variant of Séaghdha as well as an older form of Sean.
SÍODHACHÁN m Ancient Irish
Derived from Irish síodhach "peaceful" or "otherworldly" combined with a diminutive suffix. The adjective síodhach is a variant of sítheach, from síth, basically meaning "settlement", hence both "peace" and "place inhabited by other world beings".
TAILEFHLAITH f Ancient Irish
Older form of Tuilelaith (see Talulla).
TNÚTHGAL m Ancient Irish
Composed of the Gaelic elements tnúth "desire, envy" and gal "valor".
WINNOW m Ancient Irish, Theology
Variant of Winnoc or Winwaloe. Irish saint. Honored by several churches in Cornwall, England, probably the area of his missionary labors as part of the great evangelizing efforts of the era.