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Saoirse Origin and Meaning

The name Saoirse is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "liberty".

Before the young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan made her mark in the films Ladybird and The Lovely Bones, few of us had heard this name, let alone known how to pronounce it. But now it is slowly way edging its way into the mainstream, particularly, of course, with parents who have Irish roots. It made its first appearance in the US Top 1000 in 2016, when it was the third-fastest-rising girls' name.

Saoirse originated as a baby name in 1920s Ireland as an applied use of saoirse, the Gaelic word for "freedom." The name was first adopted during the Irish War of Independence, when the Irish Republican Army fought the British Army for the liberation of Ireland from British rule. In modern times, Saoirse, as well as a host of other Gaelic names, are being revived in Ireland, the UK, and the US.

Another related name Is Sorcha, pronounced SURK-ha and meaning "radiance": in the film Willow, the character's name is spelled Sorsha – another way to pronounce it.

# 901 in the US

Saoirse Rank in US Top 1000

# 118 on Nameberry

Saoirse Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Saoirse Popularity

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Famous People Named Saoirse

  • Saoirse Úna RonanIrish actress
  • Saoirse ScottAmerican actress
  • Saoirse Mooredaughter of singer Gary Moore of band Thin Lizzy
  • Saoirse CaseyIrish singer; daughter of singer Paddy Casey
  • Saoirse Roisin Hilldaughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill; granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Saoirse Reign Carterdaughter of singer Nick Carter

Saoirse in Pop Culture

  • Saoirseone of the main characters in "Song of the Sea," an 2014 animated film

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