Category: Irish names for girls
By Sophie Kihm
So many Americans have Irish ancestry, yet relatively few have embraced authentic Irish names. I’m not talking about Caoimhe or Eithne necessarily, but using names with Irish origins can be a meaningful way to showcase your heritage. If you’re looking for a name that hits the sweet spot between unusual and familiar (and without a difficult pronunciation), one of these could be the perfect name for your little lad or lassie.
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.
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:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Like most people, I love Celtic names, which makes it a lot of fun to check out the Irish and Scottish birth announcements in their local newspapers every so often, with their mix of revived Irish Gaelic names and familiar English appellations, and often surprising—to us—first and middle combos. All the babes listed below made their debuts in 2014, and they include such beauts as Libby Letitia and Bobby–Charles Jack.
Pronunciation of Irish names can be a minefield for non-Gaelic speakers, as words/names are not pronounced phonetically and there are many variations in dialect. If you need pronunciation help, you can get audio assistance at this site: http://www.babynamesofireland.com/.