Irish Submitted Names
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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From the Irish aedh
"fire". This name was borne by a king of Ireland.
Borne by Ailerán the Wise, Irish scholar and saint.
Means "great lord". A king of Tara bore this name.
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.
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.
From Irish faoileann
meaning "fair maiden" or "seagull".
From Irish aoine
meaning "Friday", derived from Latin ieiunum
. Aoine has only been used as a given name in Ireland in recent times.
ATTRACTAfIrish, 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.
This was used as a Latinized form of the name of Orflath
), a daughter of the 12th-century Irish chieftain Donal Og MacCarthy.
BADBfIrish 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
BÁINEf & mIrish, 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]
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.
Means "foolishly valorous", from the roots baoth
"foolish, vain" and galach
Irish form of Bartholomew
. While rare in Ireland in general, it is popular in Irish-speaking regions (Gaeltachtaí
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.
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.
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.
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.
CADHLAf & mIrish
Means "beautiful" or "handsome" in Irish.
CAÍLTEmIrish, 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.
Means "son of Cathair
" from the Gaelic cath
"battle", and vir
from Gaelic meaning "son'. This is the middle name A`ine Cooney created for her giant son to honor his dead father, Cathair, in Thomas J. Chancellor's Civil War novel Men of Honor.
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]
CESSAIRfIrish, 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.
COLERAINEmIrish (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.
COLLAmScottish, 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]
From Saint Colm-Cille (Saint Columba
in English). Middle name of American-Australian actor and film director Mel Gibson.
CONLONm & fIrish
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]
Anglicized form of the Irish name Criomhthann
, from Old Irish crimthan
meaning "fox". A variant, Crimhthain
, was the original name of Saint Columba
From Irish críonna
, meaning "wise". It has only been used as a given name in recent times.
Irish form of Christine
which was "brought into Scotland by Queen Margaret, and into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans."
Irish form of Christina
, which was "brought into Scotland by Queen Margaret, and into Ireland by the Anglo-Normans."
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.
Saint Darerca of Ireland was a sister of Saint Patrick.
Personal name of uncertain origin. It may be a compound of deagh-
‘good’ + ádh
DEMPSEYm & fIrish, English
From the Gaelic surname Ó Díomasaigh
meaning "descendant of Díomasach". The byname Díomasach
meant "proud, haughty", derived from díomas
DINEENf & mIrish (Rare)
Meaning "judged," or from the surname Duinnín, meaning "brown-haired"
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]
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).
Derived from from Gaelic each
"horse" and marcach
Means "noble, brave", taken from the Irish Inis Ealga
"Noble Isle", which was a poetic name for Ireland.
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]
Allegedly derived from Old Irish óiph
"beauty, radiance". It is also considered the Irish form of Helen
, although it is sometimes anglicized as Evelyn
The meaning of this name is Beautiful Bird.
EVANNAfWelsh, 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."
FAINCHEfIrish (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]
Means "man of knowledge", derived from the Gaelic elements fear
"man" and fios
"knowledge" (genitive feasa
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]
FERRISmEnglish, Irish, Scottish
Irish and Scottish surname derived from Ó Fearghuis
or Ó Fearghasa
"descendant of Fearghas
". It is also an English surname, a variant of the surname Farrar
"ironsmith" (ultimately derived from Latin ferrum
FIf & mEnglish, Irish
Shortened form of Fiona
, and other names that combine this element. Used more often as a nickname or pet name.
FIAfIrish (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
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.
From the Old Irish word fiadh
which originally meant "wild" in the sense of a wild animal, and often in the sense of a wild deer. It appears in the Modern Irish word fiadhúrla
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".
From the name of a band of warrior heroes in Irish legend. It literally means "soldiers" or "warriors" in Irish (from Proto-Celtic *weino-s
"hero", and ultimately related to Irish fine
"family group"); the name of the political party Fianna Fáil
, for example, means "warriors of Fál" (Fál
being a legendary name for Ireland).... [more]
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". Distinct from the 7th century patron saint of gardeners.
FIOfEnglish, Irish, Italian
This is a diminutive / nickname for names beginning with Fio like Fiona or Fiorella.
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).
Feminine form of Foraoise, which means forest in Irish.
FORBAm & fIrish, Scottish
The Irish meaning for Forba is "owns the fields," while the Scottish meaning for Forba is "headstrong. The Irish Forba is masculine, while the Scottish Forba is feminine.
HIGHLADDmIrish, Scottish, English
May be from Gaelic Slang word "lad" meaning "boy (man)". Or from the mountain range in Scotland, the Highlands. Also may mean "great boy" in Gael Slang.
Biblical Irish form of the name Jason
, which appears in both The Acts and Romans in the Irish language bible.
KEALIm & fIrish
Warrior, Dweller from the meadow near the woods.
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]
KINNIAfSpanish, Theology, Irish
Name of St. Kinnia. Irish maiden baptized by St. Patrick. She is venerated in County Louth, Ireland.
Derived from the name Katherine, or Katrina, meaning a small Cat, like the small meaning of it's longer names
LANEf & mIrish
From a surname meaning "descendant of Luan", a given name meaning "warrior".
Derived from the Irish place name Laois
. County Laois (formerly spelt as Laoighis
) lies in the province of Leinster, east-central Ireland. It could be a masculine form of Laoise
Irish feminine given name that is derived from the name of a village or a townland, but it is unclear which one exactly, as there are two villages and three townlands by the name of Laragh in Ireland... [more]