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  • Killian

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    Killian--aka Cillian--is a spirited yet resonant Gaelic surname that was borne by several Irish saints and could make a distinctive replacement for the feminized Kelly. Possible downsides: an unsav... 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 

  • 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 

  • Riley

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    Riley -- a friendly, popular surname choice -- is rising faster now for girls than boys; Riley's in the female Top 50. In England and Wales, however, Riley entered the top ten for the first time i... Read More 

  • Ryan

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    Ryan has been one of the most popular Irish names in America for decades; it had been in the Top 20 since 1976, and still stands at Number 30, even though parents now have such a wide choice of Iri... 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 

  • Tierney

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    Tierney is a Celtic surname with a definite Irish twinkle, a name just waiting to be discovered. Though now sometimes used for girls (in the US, not Ireland), as in jazz singer Tierney Sutton, it s... Read More 

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