Category: Irish baby names

Undiscovered Irish Baby Names

Irish baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

The immigration of Irish baby names to the US has been going on for decades and just won’t quit, with the original Bridget and Patrick succeeded by Kathleen and Kevin, Kelly and Conor, who were followed by the current crop of babies named Aidan and Liam and Riley and Maeve.

So who’s left? Incredibly enough, there are still plenty of undiscovered Irish names ripe for import. The names here are all widely used in contemporary Ireland, are accessible in terms of spelling and pronunciation, yet are virtually unknown in the US.

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Undiscovered Baby Names for Boys

undiscovered baby names for boys

By Abby Sandel

Ever feel like all of the best baby names for boys are already taken?

It isn’t so. There are hundreds of great boy names that have yet to enter the US Top 1000.

The smallest stars of Fuller House, Netflix’s latest nostalgia-rich series, are a great example. Twins Dashiell and Fox Messitt play Tommy Fuller, the youngest son of DJ TannerFuller. DJ was the eldest sister in the original series. Now she’s back in the San Francisco house made famous by the 1990s sitcom, along with sister Stephanie and BFF Kimmy.

Neither Dashiell or Fox are currently in the US Top 1000 – in fact, neither name has ever been among the 1000 most popular names for boys in the US.

It takes some looking, but there are plenty of names for boys that are stylish in sound and rooted in history, but have never quite caught on in the US.

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The Irish Names of “Brooklyn”

Movie Brooklyn names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Whether or not you’ve seen the touching new movie Brooklyn, based on the Colm Tóibín novel, you’re probably aware of its award-winning star, Irish actress Saoirse Ronin, and maybe even know how to pronounce it. The name of her character in the film is Éilis Lacey, another name with a surprising pronunciation and appealing sound.

And there are other Irish names associated with the production, including those of the other actors, characters and players behind the scenes, that are well worth noting and considering—several with rich histories in Celtic mythology.

Here they are, with their pronunciations:

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New McBaby Names for Boys

McBaby Names

By Abby Sandel

Mackenzie, Makayla, and Mckenna have had a long run as go-to names for girls.

Is there any energy left in this trend?

The answer seems to be yes. And among the more interesting of the Mc- and Mac– names are some great options for boys, as parents reclaim the sound for their sons.

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What’s the next big Irish boy name?

Next Irish Boy's Name

Even since Patrick emigrated onto the U.S. popularity list in the 1800’s, there have always been jovial Irish boys’ names represented there—through the BrianRyan and SeanShane eras right up to 2013, when Liam hit second place. But who’s next? We looked at the latest Irish 100 Most Popular Boys’ Names list to suss out the likeliest candidates, listed in order of their native popularity. (Pronunciations are given when needed, but don’t forget how we all managed to learn how to say Seamus and Siobhan!)
Which of the most popular Irish boys’ names are most likely to make it in the US?  Our analysis:

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