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Irish Surname Names

Many of the best Irish baby names are not first names at all but Irish surname names. Here's a whole group of rollicking names that work for both girls and boys....or you can use one from your own family background. Or click here for our full list of Irish baby names.
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  • Brady

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    The name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed "Sex and the City" is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch. Brady has been a... Read More 

  • Branigan

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    Branigan, also spelled Branagan or Brannigan, is full of energy and cheer. It was the title of a 1975 John Wayne movie, and Zapp Brannigan is the antihero of the animated sitcom "Futurama." Bra... Read More 

  • Brennan

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    Brennan is a winning Irish surname name, more modern than Brian or Brendan, more unusual than Conor and Aidan. The only possible problem with Brennan: people might think you're saying Brendan. Br... Read More 

  • Calhoun

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    A beaming, friendly Irish last-name-first-name waiting to be discovered.  Read More 

  • Callahan

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    Callahan, the phonetic spelling of Callaghan, is a rhythmic jig of a name whose history harks back to the ancient King of Munster. In the Dirty Harry movies, the Clint Eastwood character is Harry C... Read More 

  • Clancy

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    Clancy, one of the original crossover Irish surname names, is as energetic and appealing as ever — full of moxie, more distinctive than Casey, and also one of the less obvious of the red-headed nam... Read More 

  • Clooney

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    Variation of Cluny best only if you're a major George fan. And even then, better go with George, Georgia, or Georgiana. Read More 

  • Connolly

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    Energetic Connelly variation that works better for girls than for boys. Read More 

  • Cullen

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    Cullen is an appealing Irish surname name that upped its cool factor considerably when it became the Twilight family name of Edward et al. It's also among the fastest rising boys' names, jumping a ... Read More 

  • Curran

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    Curran is a common surname in Ireland, but unusual even there as a first. With its savory feel, calling to mind curry and currants, Curran can make for an attractive update on Colin or Connor.  Read More 

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