Irish Girl Names
By Pamela Redmond
Irish names for girls are on very different popularity tracks in the US and in Ireland itself. The top Irish girl name in the US is the surname-name Riley, a departure from the days when Kathleen and Bridget reigned as the most popular Irish names for girls.
Along with Riley, other Irish girl names in the US Top 1000 include Nora, Kennedy, Quinn, Reagan, Rowan, Finley, Cassidy, Sloane, and Teagan.
The classic Irish girls’ name Nora is also a top name in countries as disparate as Sweden and Norway, Germany and the Netherlands, and Spain. Unique Irish girl names newly on parents’ radar include Fia, Tierney, and Una.
Baby girl names popular in Ireland include Saoirse — popularized around the world by Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan — Fiadh, Aoife, and Caoimhe. Irish names for girls such as Molly and Erin continue to rank in both the US and Ireland.
Traditional Irish girl names such as Kathleen and Bridget are still used in the US, Ireland, and other English-speaking countries, but they no longer make the list of most popular Irish choices.
Browse our full menu of Irish girl names both classic and modern here. 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.
You might also want to search our master list of Irish names for boys.
Top Irish Girl Names
Riley originated as both an English and an Irish surname. The former was derived from British place names that got their names from the Old English words for “rye clearing.” Irish Riley is a... Read More
Nora has two separate origin stories, as a derivative of both Honora and Eleanor. The Irish and Anglo-Norman version derives from Honora, based on the Latin word honor. The Hungarians... Read More
This attractive surname name still projects that Kennedy family charisma. While it didn't come into widespread use until long after the deaths of martyred heroes President John F. or Senator... Read More
Quinn is the Anglicized version of the Irish patronymic surname Ó Cuinn, meaning “descendent of Conn.” Conn has two possible derivations—the Old Irish cond, meaning “intellect,” or... Read More
A strong, straightforward Irish unisex surname, with a merry glint in its eye, Reagan has been leaping up the popularity lists, to become one of the top
Many different versions of Brianna are in the Top 1000 -- a sure sign that, though pretty, Brianna's gotten more and more difficult to make distinctive. This is the most popular spelling. It... Read More
Another increasingly well-used, more feminine, form of Riley, this one is particularly popular in the South. Read More
As Meghan/Megan and Reagan/Regan show signs of wilting, along comes Teagan to take up the slack: definitely one to consider. The vast majority of American babies named Teagan are now girls. A... Read More
Sloane is a sleek, sophisticated surname name that has gradually morphed over to the girls' side. Sloane is definitely a name that's going to continue to rise. Spelled without the final "e," Sloan... Read More