Irish Baby Girl Names

Irish baby girl names have been well used outside the Emerald Isle for decades, but there's a new wave of choices that sound fresh and intriguing. Here are some of our favorite Irish names for girls; or go here for a full list of Irish baby names.
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  • Grainne

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    Grainne is the Gaelic form of the phonetic Grania. It was the name of the ancient grain goddess and also of the fiancee of mythological hero Finn McCool and lover of Dermot who was a heroine of the... Read More 

  • Juno

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    Juno is an ancient name that feels as fresh as if it had been minted — well, not yesterday, but in 2007. Since the release of the popular indie film Juno , this lively but strong o-ending Roman god... Read More 

  • Kathleen

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    Kathleen is the early Irish import version that came between Katherine and Kaitlin, and which hasn't been used in so long it's almost beginning to sound fresh again. It was a surprise pick by one o... Read More 

  • Maeve

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    Maeve is a short and sweet legendary ancient Irish queen's name that is now finding well-deserved favor here--and would make an excellent first or middle name choice, with more character and resona... Read More 

  • Moira

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    Well-established Irish and Scottish name that has never appealed much to American ears. Remembered by an older generation as the beautiful red-haired ballerina in the film The Red Shoes, Moira Shea... Read More 

  • Muirgen

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    Muirgen in Irish mythology was turned into a mermaid and then brought back to land after 300 years and transformed back into a woman -- which must have been quite a shock. Muirgen's original name ... Read More 

  • Niamh

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    Niamh is an ancient Irish name that was originally a term for a goddess; rich in legendary associations. In Irish myth, one who bore it was Niamh of the Golden Hair, daughter of the sea god, who fa... Read More 

  • Orla

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    Orla is an Irish name closely associated with the high king Brian Boru, as it was the name of his sister, daughter and niece. It was very popular in the Middle Ages-- the fourth most popular name i... Read More 

  • Roisin

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    No, the pronunciation--ro-SHEEN--isn't immediately obvious to the non-Gaelic viewer, but the sound of this shiny Irish version of Rose is pretty enough to make it worth considering. Very popular in... Read More 

  • Saoirse

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    Before the young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan made her mark in the films Atonement and The Lovely Bones , few of us had heard this name, let alone known how to pronounce it. (She says it SIR-sha) B... Read More 

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