Category: Irish names for boys
You might know the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (it rhymes with Gates, not Keats) from his much-loved poems like The Lake Isle of Innisfree, possibly the most peaceful poem ever written, or memorable lines like “tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”
One thing (among many) Yeats is remembered for is his retelling of Irish myths and legends. He helped to introduce characters from ancient literature – and their names – to the English-speaking world. Today we take it for granted that it’s easy to access Irish culture – like stories, music, and of course names – but that wasn’t always the case.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Now it’s the boy’s turn to romance their names.
We recently posted a list of 100 girls’ names in translation, where we took some rather prosaic appellations like Helen, Henrietta and Hedwig, and gave them some international flair via their translations into other languages. Well, several of you asked us to do the same for the boys, and so here they are. Of course there are countless other versions and variations—maybe you’ll find the honor replacement you’ve been looking for!
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.
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: