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.
Áedacán m Ancient Irish
Ancient Irish masculine name meaning "fire".
Annagán m Ancient Irish
From the word Annadh "delay" combined with the diminutive suffix án
Beollán m Ancient Irish, Medieval Irish
Derived from Old Irish beoll "(glowing) fire" and the diminutive suffix -án. Beollán mac Ciarmaic (died 969) was a king of Brega.
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".
Braon m Ancient Irish
Derived from bráen "rain, moisture, drop"
Braonán m Ancient Irish
Derived from bráen "rain, moisture, drop" and the diminutive suffix an
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.
Caochlaoch m Ancient Irish
Means "blind hero/warrior". From caoch "blind" and loach "hero, warrior"
Ceanndubhán m Ancient Irish
Means "little black-headed one", from cenn "head", dub "black" and the diminutive suffix -án
Céirín m Ancient Irish
From a diminutive of ciar "dark"
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.
Cionnfhaoladh m Ancient Irish
Derived from cenn "head" and faol "wolf"
Cnámh m Ancient Irish
A nickname meaning "bone"
Cochlán m Ancient Irish
Derived from the word cochal "cape, hood"
Coigleach m Ancient Irish
Means "untidy"
Comhaltán m Ancient Irish
Diminutive of comhalta "foster brother"
Conghalach m Ancient Irish
Means "valiant"
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... [more]
Díomasach m Ancient Irish
Means "proud"
Dochartach m Ancient Irish
Means "obstructive"
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.
Donnagán m Ancient Irish
From a diminutive of donn "brown". In this case it means brown haired person
Duibheannach m Ancient Irish
Uncertain meaning perhalps composed by the Celtic root dub meaning "black" and eanach meaning "marshy place".
Duibhuidhir m Ancient Irish
Comprised of the elements dub "black" and odhar "sallow, tawny"
Éaladhach m Ancient Irish
Means "ingenious"
Eichthighearn m Ancient Irish
Means "horse lord". From each "horse" and tigerna "lord, ruler"
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.
Faoiltiarna Ancient Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic faol "wolf" (compare Faolán) and tighearna "lord" or "mistress" (compare Tighearnach)... [more]
Fiacha m Ancient Irish
Means "ravens".
Filtiarn m Ancient Irish
Means "lord of the wolves" from Gaelic fáel "wolf" combined with tigern "lord".
Flaitheamh m Ancient Irish
Means "ruler". From flaith "lord"
Fógartach m Ancient Irish
Means "proclaimed". Compare "announced" in Irish, D'fhógair
Foghlaidh m Ancient Irish
Means "pirate, marauder, plunderer"
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'.
Gealbhán m Ancient Irish
Means "bright fair one". From geal "bright" and ban "white, fair"
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 ᚔᚅᚓᚊᚐᚌᚂᚐᚄ m Ancient Irish
Primitive Irish name derived from the Proto-Celtic *enekʷom meaning “face" and *glastos meaning “green, blue”.
Labhraidh m Ancient Irish
Means "speaker"
Lasairfhíona f Ancient Irish, Irish
Derived from Irish lasair "flame" (compare Laisrén) and‎ fíona "of wine" (from Old Irish fín "wine", from Latin vinum).
Leathlobhar m Ancient Irish
Means "half leper" from leath "half" and lobhar "leper".
Loarn m Ancient Irish
Possibly derived from Proto-Celtic *loɸerno- meaning "fox". This was the name of a legendary 6th-century king of Dál Riata.
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.
Neasán m Ancient Celtic, Ancient Irish
This was the name of an Irish saint; variant of Nessa
Niadh m Ancient Irish
Means "champion"
Núadu m Ancient Irish
Older form of Nuada.
Ógán m Ancient Irish
From the word óg "young" and the diminutive suffix án
Ríoghbhardán m Ancient Irish
Means "little poet king" from "king", bard "poet" and the diminutive suffix án
Rodach m Ancient Irish
Derived from rod "spirited, furious"
Seachnasach m Ancient Irish
Perhaps related to "avoidant, elusive" and similar words in Irish like Seachnatach
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".
Troightheach m Ancient Irish
Means "foot soldier"
Ualgharg m Ancient Irish
Derived from old Celtic elements meaning "proud, fierce"