Gender: Female Pronunciation: SEER-sha Meaning of Saoirse: "liberty" Origin of Saoirse: Irish Saoirse's Popularity in 2019: #819

Saoirse Origin and Meaning

The name Saoirse is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "liberty".

Saoirse originated as a baby name in 1920s Ireland as an applied use of saoirse, the Gaelic word for “freedom.” The name was first adopted during the Irish War of Independence, when the Irish Republican Army fought the British Army for the liberation of Ireland from British rule. In modern times, Saoirse, as well as a host of other Gaelic names, are being revived in Ireland, the UK, and the US.

Before the young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan made her mark in the films Ladybird and The Lovely Bones, few of us had heard this name, let alone known how to pronounce it. But now it is slowly way edging its way into the mainstream, particularly, of course, with parents who have Irish roots. It made its first appearance in the US Top 1000 in 2016, when it was the third-fastest-rising girls' name.

Saoirse has been a patriotic and popular name in Ireland since it began to be used as a statement of freedom.

Another related name Is Sorcha, pronounced SURK-ha and meaning "radiance": in the film Willow, the character's name is spelled Sorsha--another way to pronounce it.

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Rank in US: #819

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Huriya is the Arabic word for freedom. It's a good alternative if that's what you want, as it's easier to pronounce/spell.

GenEric Says:


I must agree. I like how the name is pronounced, but this name would just be way too much of a hassle for anyone outside of Ireland.

LeiAriel Says:


This is my favorite baby name on Nameberry for a girl. I love everything about it.

Lilibet Pad Says:


I thought so too!

pettywop Says:


This is one of the worst names you could possibly name anyone who lives outside of Ireland. If you're american, stop being a snowflake and just name the kid Liberty. My god, Saoirse? Really? Can you add any other vowels in there? Spell check doesn't even recognize that name. So dumb. Much love to any innocent soul who has been plagued by absolute imbeciles as parents. May the god of Ireland (or wherever else you pretend you are from) bless you.

ericakatherine Says:


Boi I bloody love this name, beautiful esssence. Sounds like an ocean wave and reminds me of seahorses and sea shells.

sofiaishere Says:


People who don't care to learn how to pronouce a name are the insensitive ones.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I would pronounce it SOR-sha

actingfun Says:


This name can also be pronounced SAIR-sha. It's beautiful.

Miriam2468 Says:


It's my sister's name, and she has spent her whole life correcting people. I think it's pretty, but it will definitely come with a lifetime of correcting.

ChelsAnne22 Says:


I've spent a lifetime telling people how to pronounce Chelsee. ANY name will trip people up.

alliebelle Says:


My parents almost named me Isabella. They didn't because they thought it was "too Italian", not knowing it would shoot up the popularity charts right after I was born. Honestly, unless you're very adamantly Not Irish, it probably doesn't need to be the dealbreaker you think it is. :)

indiefendi2 Says:


Lovely name.... but Americans can't even pronounce Saoirse Ronan's name after all these years. These kids are in for a rude awakening.

Lomagical1723 Says:


I loved the movie "Song of the Sea", and this name is so pretty! I just couldn't figure out how to spell it lol.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name so much! I would like to spell it Sirsha or something like that just so its easier for people to pronounce. I know, I know, Nameberry is so against it but my name gets mispronounced all the time and I HATE it. So I would like my future kids to have as little problems as possible

NerdyNameGeek Says:


Beautiful, but that spelling is definitely going to get butchered.

PontyPool Says:


How the frak do you pronounce this name? Naming a child this is insensitive as they will have to put up with a lifetime of telling people how to pronounce it.

SimoneKadele Says:


I watched the Irish movie Song of the Sea with my sister recently, and it had a little girl named Saoirse in it. It was lovely!

KaterinaEatsPeople Says:


Personally, it sounds beautiful, weather you're Irish or not. And you have a connection to it because of the song then why not?

cabosanmucus Says:


freedom and liberty are synonyms...

autumnreverie Says:


You could use it as a middle name.

eveyalecia Says:


Like others, I became familiar with this name through Song of the Sea. I LOVE the sound of Saoirse (SEER-sha) but I honestly hate the spelling! It's weird because I'm usually a fan of original spellings that might look kind of odd to English speakers, but not with this name. I wish I liked it. :(

actingfun Says:


I also discovered this name through Song of the Sea. It's a great connection to have to a name.

meliski Says:


My toddler son is obsessed with Song of the Sea and when I ask him if he'd like to have a baby brother or sister, he just says, "Saoirse." I love the name and I love the idea of my son naming his little sister, but... we are not Irish. I feel like this is one of those names that you really, really need to be Irish.

Lena_Aline Says:


Definitely not a fan. I know everyone else likes it, but I don't.

headintheclouds Says:


I thought the pronunciation was Sa-ohr-see (almost like Circe) before I actually heard Saoirse Ronan pronounce her name in an interview. I started to like this name because of the lovely actress who I'm a big fan of. I LOVE how Saoirse is spelled, it looks so wild and vibrant to my eyes. The name itself is stunning- everything from the pronunciation to spelling, meaning and history is beautiful.

bernadette callaghan smith Says:


Saoirse is the name I gave my daughter 33yrs ago. We pronounce it (Seer Sha)
her name is beautiful and so is she. My darling Saoirse doesnt have a bad bone in her body.

frenchdreams Says:


My friend's name! The spelling's a bit tricky though

megs_19 Says:


This is my daughter's name. We pronounce it sair-sha. Yes no one knows how to spell it at first but it is easy to remember once learned. We still love it and she loves having a unique name with a strong background.

Sidda Says:


This name is so beautiful.

lnxn09 Says:


I love the idea of this name but it's too clunky and unusable to me :-(

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


An AMAZING name which no one will be able to pronounce or spell 😥

Saoirse McCloskey Says:


My Name means Freedom

steampunkleo Says:


Haha, I had been told it was pronounced shore-shuh (like sea shore).

Athena_hime15 Says:


A beautiful name with an equally beautiful meaning.

ahoymccoy Says:


I always thought it was pronounced "SAO-erse" (SAO as in sow, female pig) and I like my pronunciation much better, lol

Guest Says:


Until I actually heard the name on tv on Saoirse Ronan for a long time I thought this was "swars" lol