Irish Names

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by Pamela Redmond

Irish baby names have become international stars, ranking near the top of popularity lists in Ireland and the US along with many other countries. Irish names enjoying international popularity include Liam, which ranks among the top names in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Norway as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Finn ranks among the top names in the Netherlands while variation Fynn is on Germany’s most popular list, and Nora is the second most popular girls’ name in Norway.

Along with Nora, Irish names in the US Top 100 for girls include Riley, Kennedy, Quinn, and Reagan. Along with Liam, Irish boy names in the US Top 100 include Aiden, Ryan, Connor, and Brayden.

The top baby names in Ireland include the Irish names Aoife, Saoirse, Oisin, and Cillian.

Irish names have emigrated from their native land in waves, with old-school Irish names such as Bridget and Patrick giving way to the mid-century Irish favorites Kathleen and Kevin, Shannon and Sean. Browse our full menu of Irish baby names both classic and modern, including Irish names for girls and Irish boys’ names, here.