are used on the island of Ireland as well as elsewhere in the Western World as a result of the Irish diaspora. See also about Irish names
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AEDD m Welsh, Irish
From the Irish aedh
"fire". This name was borne by a king of Ireland.
AILERAN m Irish
Borne by Ailerán the Wise, Irish scholar and saint.
AINMIRE m Irish
Means "great lord". A king of Tara bore this name.
ALACOQUE f Irish (Rare)
From the French surname. Its popularity as a name, especially among Catholics, is likely due to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, V.H.M., a French Roman Catholic nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form.
AMARGEIN m Irish (Archaic)
Meaning "born of poetry" relating to the modern Irish word amhrán
meaning song. Was the name of ancient poet, Amargein Glúingel, who wrote the Song of Amargein and the foster of father of the hero Cú Chulainn, Amargein mac Eccit.
AOILEANN f Irish
From Irish faoileann
meaning "fair maiden" or "seagull".
AOINE f Irish (Modern)
From Irish aoine
meaning "Friday", derived from Latin ieiunum
. Aoine has only been used as a given name in Ireland in recent times.
AOLÚ m Irish (Rare)
A combination honoring Irish deities Aodh and Lugh. Aodh is often referred to as a "god of the underworld," although this is likely influenced by Christian interpretation. He and his siblings were turned into swans by their stepmother, Aoife... [more]
ATTRACTA f Irish, Medieval Irish (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Gaelic name Athracht
, which is of uncertain meaning. The Latinization was perhaps influenced by attractus
"attracted". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint who was known as a healer and miracle worker.
BADB f Irish Mythology, Irish
Means "crow, demon" in early Irish (and may have originally denoted "battle" or "strife"). In Irish myth the Badb was a war goddess who took the form of a crow. She and her sisters, the Morrígan
, were a trinity of war goddesses known collectively as the Morrígna
BÁINE f & m Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish Mythology
An Irish name meaning "whiteness, pallor". In Irish Mythology, Báine was a princess, daughter of Tuathal Techtmar, ancestor of the kings of Ireland. "Cailín na Gruaige Báine" and "Bruach na Carraige Báine" are the names of two traditional Irish songs.... [more]
BAOTH m Irish
Perhaps related to Beathan
. It coincides with a Gaelic word meaning "vain, reckless, wanton, foolish". Other forms are Baothan
. Baoithin was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint from Ennisboyne (originally Inis Boethine
), County Wicklow.
BAOTHGHALACH m Irish
Means "foolishly valorous", from the roots baoth
"foolish, vain" and galach
BERCHAN m Irish, Filipino
A well-known saint of the early Irish church was named Berchan the Prophet of Clonsast in King's Co., but often called Brachan by Metathesis. Often used as a surname.
BREACÁN m Irish
Derived from Gaelic breac
"speckled, spotted" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint who was famous as a healer.
BRIOCÁN m Irish
Meaning unknown, perhaps related to Bhreacain
). This was the name of a saint from the 5th century AD, who brought christianity to the village Rosmuck in Ireland.
BURIANA f Irish (Anglicized)
This was the name of an Irish saint who lived during the 6th-century, a hermit in St Buryan, near Penzance, Cornwall. She is identified with the Irish Saint Bruinsech.
CADHLA f & m Irish
Means "beautiful" or "handsome" in Irish.
CAÍLTE m Irish, Irish Mythology
Older form of Caoilte
, possibly derived from Irish caol
meaning "slender". In Irish legend Caílte was a warrior of the Fianna and their foremost poet. He killed the god Lir
in battle during the war between the gods.
CEALLAN m Scottish, Irish
Found in Irish History and is a modern place name in Scotland. Possibly related to the Gaelic name Ceallach
. Wanted to name my son Kelly (Wife thought it was a girls name) and came across this place name in Scotland... [more]
CESSAIR f Irish, Irish Mythology
Allegedly means "affliction, sorrow". According to Irish legend Cessair was a granddaughter of Noah who died in the great flood. The name also belonged to a Gaulish princess who married the Irish high king Úgaine Mór in the 5th or 6th century BC.
CIARRAIGHE m & f Irish
Original Irish from of Kerry
. Denoted the people of Ciar (ciar-raighe), Ciar being the son of Fergus mac Róich, who gave his name to County Kerry. Ciarraighe was thus the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in the area of what is now County Kerry... [more]
COLERAINE m Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Coleraine is a town in Northern Ireland. It's meaning is "Nook of the ferns". It was once a title held by the Hanger family of Driffield, Gloucestershire, England. It was also a given name in the Vansittart family of Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, England.
COLLA m Scottish, Irish, Irish Mythology
This is said to have been the name of three warrior brothers who founded the Irish kingdom of Airgialla and whose descendents ruled the Scottish kingdom of Dal Riada. ... [more]
COLM-CILLE m Irish
From Saint Colm-Cille (Saint Columba
in English). Middle name of American-Australian actor and film director Mel Gibson.
CONLÁED m Irish
Saint Conláed was an Irish hermit and the first Bishop of Kildare
CONLON m & f Irish
Conlon is a surname of Irish origin and like most surnames, it may sometimes be used as a first name. The name may be derived from two Irish Gaelic words "Con" (the genitive case of Cú, meaning "hound") and "Lón" meaning lion - thereby implying a person who has the characteristics of a lion born of a hound - strength and speed... [more]
CREVAN m Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Criomhthann
, from Old Irish crimthan
meaning "fox". A variant, Crimhthain
, was the original name of Saint Columba
CRÍONNA f Irish (Modern)
From Irish críonna
, meaning "wise". It has only been used as a given name in recent times.
CRISTÍN f Irish
Irish form of Christine
which was "brought into Scotland by Queen Margaret, and into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans."
CRISTÍONA f Irish
Irish form of Christina
, which was "brought into Scotland by Queen Margaret, and into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans."
CROIA f Irish (Modern, Rare)
From the Irish word croí
meaning "heart". This name was used by Irish boxer and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor for his daughter born in 2019.
DALLÁN m Irish
Means "little blind one", from Irish dall
"blind" combined with a diminutive suffix. The nickname was borne by an Irish poet saint of the 6th century.
DARERCA f Irish
Saint Darerca of Ireland was a sister of Saint Patrick.
DEAGHADH m Irish
Personal name of uncertain origin. It may be a compound of deagh-
‘good’ + ádh
DEASMHUMHAIN m Irish
Transferred use of the surname Deasmhumhain, and Irish Gaelic form of Desmond.
DEASMHUMHNACH m Irish
Irish Gaelic form of Desmond. Translates as "native of South Munster".
DEMPSEY m & f Irish, English
From the Gaelic surname Ó Díomasaigh
meaning "descendant of Díomasach". The byname Díomasach
meant "proud, haughty", derived from díomas
DINEEN f & m Irish (Rare)
Meaning "judged," or from the surname Duinnín, meaning "brown-haired"
DONARD m Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Dónart
, though the name could also be a contraction or corruption of Domangard
(which is ultimately of the same etymological origin). Also compare the medieval Breton (i.e. fellow Celtic) given name Duenerth
, which has been gallicized to Donnard
in France.... [more]
DORCHA f & m Irish
Means "dark", from Irish and Scottish Gaelic (dorcha
) meaning “dark, dusky, enigmatic”, from Old Irish (dorchae
) "dark, gloomy, obscure". Compare to Feardorcha
DUIBHÍN f Irish (Rare)
Derived from Gaelic dubh
"dark, black" combined with a diminutive suffix.
DUVESSA f Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Dubh Essa
, which possibly meant "dark-haired nurse" (i.e., "Black Essa
"). It was fairly common in Ireland in the 13th and 14th centuries. This spelling occurs in M. J. Molloy's comic play 'The Wooing of Duvessa' (1964).
EACHMARCACH m Irish
Derived from from Gaelic each
"horse" and marcach
ÉALA f Irish (Archaic)
Éala means “swan” in the Irish language. Other meanings include “golden lady” and “noble”. It is important the fada (accent) is used for the pronounciation ‘ay-la’.
EALGA f Irish (Rare)
Means "noble, brave", taken from the Irish Inis Ealga
"Noble Isle", which was a poetic name for Ireland.
EDEL f Irish
Short form of Edelweiss
, the name of a mountain flower, derived from the German edel
, "noble" and weiß
, "white". In Ireland this name is given in honour of Irish missionary Edel Quinn (1907-1944), who was made a Venerable in 1994... [more]
ÉIBHLEANN f Irish
Allegedly derived from Old Irish óiph
"beauty, radiance". It is also considered the Irish form of Helen
, although it is sometimes anglicized as Evelyn
EVANNA f Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English
Feminine form of EVAN
. Alternatively, it could be derived from an Irish word meaning "young warrior" or a Scottish word meaning "right handed; strong."
FAINCHE f Irish (Rare), Irish Mythology
Derived from Irish fuinche
meaning "scald-crow" or "black fox". It occurs in Irish myth as the name of the daughter of Dáire Derg and mother of the three Fothads by a warrior called Mac Nia... [more]
FEARFEASA m Irish (Archaic)
Means "man of knowledge", derived from the Gaelic elements fear
"man" and fios
"knowledge" (genitive feasa
FÉILIM m Irish (Rare)
Variant form of FEIDHELM
meaning ”beauty” or “ever good.” Three kings of Munster bore the name. Feidhelm Mac Crimthainn was both a king of Munster and a Bishop of Cashel. He contested the sovereignty of Ireland with the O’Neill kings... [more]
FI f & m English, Irish
Shortened form of Fiona
, and other names that combine this element. Used more often as a nickname or pet name.
FIA f Irish (Modern, Rare)
Irish word for the singular of "deer" (plural is "fianna"). Used as a feminine name in modern Ireland. Name of one of the characters of the popular Irish language soap opera, Ros na Rún
FIACH m Irish
Gaelic name meaning "raven" (see Fiachra
). Fiach MacHugh O'Byrne was the chief of Clann O Bhroin, or the O'Byrne clan, during the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland.
FIADHNAIT f Irish
Means "fawn" from Gaelic fiadh
"deer" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of two early Irish saints, among them "a saintly Irish virgin whose festival was celebrated on 4 January".
FIANNA f Irish (Modern), English (Modern, Rare)
From the plural form of either fia
meaning "deer" (from Proto-Celtic *wēdus
meaning "wild") or fiann
meaning "soldier, warrior" (from Proto-Celtic *wēnos
meaning "hero," from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁-
meaning "wish, desire," cognate with Irish fine
meaning "family group").... [more]
FIECH m Irish
Derived from Gaelic fiach
meaning "raven". The name of a late 5th-early 6th century Irish Bishop in Leinster, reputed to have written the "Metrical Life of Saint Patrick".
FIO f English, Irish, Italian
This is a diminutive / nickname for names beginning with Fio like Fiona or Fiorella.
FIONNÚIR f Irish (Modern)
Usual modern Irish form of Finnabhair
) in which "the b
is altogether suppressed, on account of aspiration" (Joyce, 1873). The ending has sometimes been associated with the word úir
"earth" (the modern form of Old Irish íriu
, a relative of Ériu).
FORAOISE m Irish
From Irish foraoise
meaning "forest", ultimately from Medieval Latin forestis
meaning "open wood".
HURRISH m Irish, Literature
Irish dialectical variant of Horatio
, according to the Anglo-Irish writer Emily Lawless in her novel 'Hurrish' (1886).
IAROM m Irish
Irish form of Jerome
. Naomh Iaróm is the Irish language version of Saint Jerome.
IASÓN m Irish
Biblical Irish form of the name Jason
, which appears in both The Acts and Romans in the Irish language bible.
IODHNAIT f Irish
Possibly derived from Old Irish idan
meaning "pure, faithful, sincere".
KERWIN m Irish
Taken from the Irish surname Kerwin, an alternative spelling of Kirwan
. This appears to have been derived from the Old Gaelic Ciardubháin
, a name formed from the combination of the roots ciar
, both of which are said to mean "black".... [more]