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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  • Rafferty

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    Jaunty and raffish, Rafferty is one of the most engaging of the Irish surnames, used by Jude Law and Sadie Frost for their son. Fortunately, it doesn't still go by its original form: O'Raighbhearta... Read More 

  • Redmond

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    We love this partly for purely personal reasons, since it is one of our surnames. We used it as the middle name of a son -- and it can make a good first choice too. Redmond--aka Reamann or Raemo... Read More 

  • Rooney

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    Rooney is one of many bouncy Irish redheaded surnames that could make an agreeable first, once tied to Mickey Rooney in his young and spunky Andy Hardy period. Young "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" ... Read More 

  • Sheridan

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    Upper crust-y surname Sheridan gains some energy when used for a girl.  Read More 

  • Sloan

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    Less popular than the Bueller-inspired Sloane but following on its coattails, this name ranks toward the bottom of the Top 1000, but we see both spellings sticking around for years to come. Read More 

  • Sullivan

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    Sullivan is a jaunty Celtic three-syllable name, with a real twinkle in its eye. It was immortalized in the 1930s classic film Sullivan's Travels and was chosen for one of Patrick Dempsey's twin b... Read More 

  • Tiernan

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    An old Irish surname cousin of Tierney that makes an unusual and appealing Irish gender switch. Read More 

  • Tierney

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    An uncommon Irish-accented surname that seems particularly well suited to a girl. Tierney Sutton is a well-known jazz singer. Tierney, in its original Tiarnach form, was the name of several saints.... Read More 

  • Tully

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    Tully is a relaxed, rarely used Irish surname possibility. Sources disagree on the meaning, depending on what root is used. The Irish tulach means hill or mound, while tuile means flood. Other sour... Read More 

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