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Top Gaelic Names for Girls

Gaelic names for girls derive from the native Celtic language of Ireland, which is one of the country's official languages. Though it can be hard to figure out how to pronounce Gaelic girls names from their spelling, many are lovely. Gaelic girls names may be especially suitable for a baby girl of Irish heritage, but anyone can appreciate the beauty of the Gaelic names for girls in our list.

Below, our full list of girl names with Gaelic origins. 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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FionaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "white, fair"
  • Description:

    Fiona entered the American consciousness with the opening of the 1954 Broadway musical Brigadoon, but didn't come onto the U.S. popularity list until 1990.

NolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "white shoulder"
  • Description:

    Nola, a name with a sleek, enigmatic quality, was used for the much-pursued heroine of Spike Lee's 1986 breakout film, She's Gotta Have It, and again by Woody Allen in Match Point. It's a short form of the traditional Irish name Fionnuala. Nola reentered the US Top 1000 in 2008, for the first time in 50 years.

EileenHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of Helen
  • Meaning:

    "bright, shining one"
  • Description:

    Irish Aileen continues to be more popular than Scottish Eileen, though both names have seen an unexpected resurgence since 2012. Nicknames for Eileen include Isla, Lee and Lina. Eileen is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Eibhlin or Aibhilin. It was quite popular in the early part of the twentieth century.
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