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Irish Gaelic Names for Girls

The terms Irish and Gaelic are used interchangeably though not always accurately. Irish is a language all its own, while Gaelic is the Scottish language. But there are similarities and many of the Irish Gaelic Names for Girls here are also on the list of Irish names for girls.

Here, our full roster of Irish Gaelic girl names. 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.

AoifeHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful, radiant"
  • Description:

    Aoife, pronounced EE-fa, is derived from the Irish word aoibh, meaning "beauty." Aoife was borne by several different heroines of ancient Irish legend. In one tale, she was the fiercest woman warrior in the world and enemy of her twin sister, Scathach.

NiamhHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "bright"
  • Description:

    Niamh, derived from the Old Irish Niam, is an ancient Irish name that was originally a term for a goddess. In Irish myth, one who bore it was Niamh of the Golden Hair, daughter of the sea god, who falls in love with Finn's son Oisin and takes him to the Land of Promise, where they stayed for three hundred years. Niamh can be Anglicized as Neve, Nieve, or Neave.

CaoimheHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    Caoimhe, pronounced (more properly) kwee-va or kee-va, is a pretty and distinctive Gaelic name but one that could well lead to no end of confusion outside the Irish community. Even in its native habitat, it is sometimes spelled Keeva.

RoisinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little rose"
  • Description:

    No, the pronunciation--ro-SHEEN--isn't immediately obvious to the non-Gaelic viewer, but the sound of this shiny Irish version of Rose is pretty enough to make it worth considering. Very popular in its native Ireland, it's one of many Irish girl names finding a wider audience. Earlier generations Anglicized at as Rosaleen, but we stay stick to the original.

SineadHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish form of Janet
  • Meaning:

    "God's gracious gift"
  • Description:

    One of the best known of the Irish girls' names, thanks to singer Sinead O'Connor. Though it's still in the Irish Top 100, it's no longer quite as fashionable in Ireland as Aoife or Aisling. But by now everyone in the Western World knows it's pronounced shin-aid and so would have no trouble fitting in on an American playground.

AilbheHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "noble, bright"
  • Description:

    While Irish Gaelic spellings add intrigue to a name, they'll prove endlessly confusing. Ailbhe is pronounced like the less intriguing but infinitely simpler Alva.

LaoiseHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    Pronounced lee-sha, Laoise is the feminine form of the Irish mythological names Lugh and Lugus, which means light. Lugus was the Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship, the equivalent of the Roman Mercury, thought to inspire the later Irish hero Lugh. Laoise is among the Top 100 Irish names for girls, but Americans will definitely have pronunciation issues.

EmerHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "swift"
  • Description:

    Popular name in Ireland -- it's pronounced ee-mer -- from the legendary wife of Cuchulainn who was supposed to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech, wisdom, chastity, and of course, needlework. Is found in the poetry of Yeats.

FerelithHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "true sovereignty"
  • Description:

    Ferelith is an unusual yet deeply-rooted Scottish girl's name, also found in ancient Ireland and drawn from the Gaelic Forbhlaith or Forbflaith. While it went through a period of dormancy after the Middle Ages, there are some modern women named Ferelith, including actress Ferelith Young and Princess of Denmark Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon.

ÁineHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "brilliance, wit"
  • Description:

    Name of a fertility goddess said to confer luck on its bearer, though to avoid confusion you may want to use the phonetic spelling Anya or Enya.

OrlaithHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "golden princess"
  • Description:

    In early, pre-Norman Ireland, this name was borne by both a sister and a niece of high king Brian Boru. Now, the English form Orla is more commonly used.

FionnualaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "white shoulders"
  • Description:

    This lovely Gaelic name, very popular in the Emerald Isle, has inspired a whole host of diminutives (including Nuala and Nola) and variant spellings, from Finola to Finula to the Scottish and English Fenella. In Irish legend Fionnuala was one of the four children of Lir who were transformed into swans for 900 years.

AoibhHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic, Short Form Of aoibheann
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful, radiant"
  • Description:

    One of many Irish names that, despite pronunciation challenge, are beginning to be taken into consideration here as authentic Celtic versions of familiar English names.

SiobhánHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Lovely Irish name which has inspired many Anglicized variations, but using the original form preserves the integrity of one of the most beautiful Gaelic girls' names.

EimearHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "swift"
  • Description:

    Sometimes spelled Emer and pronounced "EE-mer," the legendary wife of Cuchulainn possessed the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech, wisdom, chastity, and needlework. A fresh alternative to Emma, but the two have the potential to be frequently confused.

RóisínHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic, diminutive of RÓIs
  • Meaning:

    "rose"
  • Description:

    An authentic choice for your little Irish Rose, chosen by singer Sinead O'Connor for her daughter.

SiobahnHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Siobhan, Irish
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Variant (mis)spelling of Siobhan.

DearbhailHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "true desire"
  • Description:

    This Irish Gaelic name would be more accessible in other cultures in its modern Dervla form.

BevinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "fair lady, white lady"
  • Description:

    The traditional Irish girl's name Bevin – an Anglicization of Bébhinn – is rarely heard outside the Emerald Isle, but could make an fresh and fashionable namesake for an Aunt Beverly.

AobhHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "beauty, radiance"
  • Description:

    Also spelled Aoibh, this rare Irish Gaelic name is pronounced just like Eve.