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Celtic Names

Celtic names connect to a range of modern cultures, from Irish to Scottish to Welsh, Cornish and Breton.
There is much crossover between Celtic names and Gaelic names; the Celts were an ancient tribe that roamed throughout northern Europe, including the modern British Isles and northern France.Some baby names that might be considered Celtic include popular modern choices such as Brett and Imogen, Arthur and Cordelia.The classic boys' name Allen is rooted in the Celtic language, as is the mythic Tristan.

Our collection of Celtic baby names includes the following choices.The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity.Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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Top Celtic Names

  • Gavin

    Gavin, a name with Scottish roots, has stepped into the spotlight, replacing the dated Kevin, thanks in part to pop-rock sensation Gavin DeGraw and Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. ... Read More 

  • Tristan

    Tristan -- known through medieval legend and Wagnerian opera -- has a slightly wistful, touching air. This, combined with the name's popular "an" ending, makes Tristan very appealing to parents... Read More 

  • Arthur

    Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents, emerging as a top contender among Read More 

  • Kane

    A name of multiple identities: a somewhat soap-operatic single-syllable surname, a homonym for the biblical bad boy Cain, and, when found in Japan and Hawaii, it transforms into the two syllable... Read More 

  • Allen

    Allen is the spelling of this name -- other common spellings are Alan and Allan -- most associated with the surname; it might also be the most appropriate if you're trying to steer clear of Al as... Read More 

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina, the bewitchingly radiant name of a legendary Celtic goddess, is best known as the heroine of the eponymous film, originally played by Audrey Hepburn, and later as a teenage TV witch; it... Read More 

  • Roy

    We've seen Ray regain his cool, but could this country/cowboy name epitomized by Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye), Acuff, and Clark, do the same?

    Roy came into use in the late nineteenth... Read More 

  • Brett

    Football great Brett Favre single-handedly kept this name in the limelight, though it continues to sink in popularity.

    Brett originated in the Middle Ages as an ethnic name for one of... Read More 

  • Brittany

    Brittany first arrived on the US popularity list in 1971, and rapidly zoomed up the charts, in the Top 100 a decade later. By 1986 it had entered the Top 10, becoming the third most popular Read More 

  • Cedric

    Cedric was invented by Sir Walter Scott for the noble character of the hero's father in Ivanhoe, presumed to be an altered form of the Saxon name Cerdic. The name was later also given to... Read More 

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