Ancient Irish Submitted Names

These names were used in ancient Ireland. See Ancient Celtic names for a broader list.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
CADHANmAncient 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.
CAEDYf & mAncient 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.
CERTÁNmAncient Irish
Old Irish name, possibly meaning "humming sound". See also Kjartan.
CIARDHUBHÁNmAncient Irish
From Gaelic ciar "dark" and dubh "black" combined with the diminutive suffix án.
CONNMHACHmAncient Irish
Derived from Gaelic connmach "head-smashing".
CÚBHUIDHEmAncient Irish
Means "yellow hound" in Gaelic.
CUIREmAncient Irish
From Old Irish cuire meaning "a throng or multitude, a troop or company".
CÚMHEADHAmAncient Irish
Old Irish name derived from "wolf, hound" in combination with a second element of unknown meaning (possibly the place name Meadha).
DERBFORGAILLfAncient 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]
DOMHANGHARTmAncient 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.
ESSAfAncient Irish
Gaelic name meaning "nurse", according to Yonge's 'History of Christian Names' (1884).
FAOILTIARNAAncient Irish
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]
FIACHAmAncient Irish
Means "ravens".
FILTIARNmAncient Irish
Means "lord of the wolves" from Gaelic fáel "wolf" combined with tigern "lord".
FURSEYmAncient 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'.
GELGÉISfAncient Irish, Medieval Irish
Old Irish name meaning "bright swan" from geal "bright" (as in Muirgel) and geiss "swan".
GRÁINDEfAncient Irish
Old Irish form of Gráinne.
IFEARNÁNmAncient Irish
Means "demon" from a diminutive of Gaelic ifreann "hell".
LASAIRFHÍONAfAncient Irish, Irish
Derived from Irish lasair "flame" (compare Laisrén) and‎ fíona "of wine" (from Old Irish fín "wine", from Latin vinum).
MACCUSmAncient Irish
Old Irish version of Magnus.
MÁEL RUAINmAncient Irish
Old Irish (monastic) name meaning "disciple of Saint Ruadhán".
M’AODHÓGmAncient Irish
Older form of Máedóc, meaning "my little Aodh".
MAOLANAITHEmAncient 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.
MEALLAfAncient Irish
Gaelic form of Mella.
SEAGHDHANmAncient Irish
Variant of Séaghdha as well as an older form of Sean.
SÍODHACHÁNmAncient 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".
TAILEFHLAITHfAncient Irish
Older form of Tuilelaith (see Talulla).
TEAGm & fAncient Irish
An ancient king in Irish mythology.Means 'philosopher and poet'
TNÚTHGALmAncient Irish
Composed of the Gaelic elements tnúth "desire, envy" and gal "valor".
WINNOWmAncient 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.