Irish First Names

Irish First Names

An introduction to the origin and meaning of baby names or Christian names in Ireland.

Traditional Irish Boys’ Names: A-C

Some of the most popular old Irish Celtic and Gaelic names for boys, some in common use still, others more unusual.

Traditional Irish Boys’ Names: D-I

Boys names from Dáithí, the Irish for Donald Duck, to Iarla, a name that has all but died out in its Irish form.

Traditional Irish Boys’ Names: M-U

Boys names from the relatively well known such as Liam and Padraig, to less well known names like Odhran and Ultan.

Traditional Irish Girls’ Names: A-C

Some of the most popular old Irish Celtic and Gaelic names for Girls, from Afric to Colleen, along with notes about their origin and history.

Traditional Irish Girls’ Names: D-I

A list of mostly traditional Irish names and their stories, including relatively common ones like Grainne and less well known but lovely ones like Iseult.

Traditional Irish Girls’ Names: M-S

Traditional names starting with the letters from M to S - no later letters since these are largely unused in the Irish language so they don't exist.

Most Popular Irish Names 2006

In mid 2007 Central Statistics Office in Dublin released their annual list of the most popular baby names in Ireland - these were the winners in 2006.

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Most Popular Irish Names 2005

Statistics just released on the most popular names for Babies in Ireland in 2005 show that little has changed since last year.