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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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  • Mara

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    Mara is the evocative ancient root of Mary, appearing in the Book of Ruth, in which Naomi, devastated after the birth of her two sons, says "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara." Mara is a multicultur... Read More 

  • Murphy

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    This surname name popularized for girls by TV's Murphy Brown back in the 80's and 90's still has some breezy energy.  Read More 

  • Mccarthy

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  • Nolan

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    Nolan is one of the rising Irish surname names, in the spirit of Conan and Ronan, partially inspired by pitcher Nolan Ryan-- who was named Lynn at birth, after his father. Nolan is a cheerful, frie... Read More 

  • O'Brien

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    The use of O -prefixes could create the next wave of Irish-inflected names, offering an innovative way of honoring a relative with the old-fashioned moniker Brian. On Downton Abbey , the surname O'... Read More 

  • O'Hara

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    The O'Haras are descended from Eaghra -- pronounced and phonetically spelled Ara -- the lord of Luighne, the modern Leyney in County Sligo. As a name, this makes a satisfying new twist on Harry. Read More 

  • O'Keefe

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    Most parents interested in this name would be honoring either an ancestor or painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Read More 

  • O'Neil

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  • Phelan

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    Phelan, pronounced FAY-lan or FEE-lan, is an appealing Irish surname name, with a rich history in Irish myth and religious and secular life. One bearer was a fiercely loyal follower of the legendar... Read More 

  • Quinn

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    One of the first Irish unisex surnames, a strong and attractive choice on the rise for both genders, though there are still more boy Quinns than girlsl. Quinn started taking off for girls in the ... Read More 

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