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Gender: F Pronunciation: SEER-sha Meaning of Saoirse: "liberty" Origin of Saoirse: Irish Saoirse's Popularity in 2016: #983

Before the young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan made her mark in the films Atonement 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 entered the US Top 1000 in 2016, when it was the third-fastest-rising girls' name.

Saoirse has been a popular name in Ireland since it began to be used in the 1920s revolution as a statement of freedom,. It now ranks at Number 12.

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.

Famous People Named Saoirse

Saoirse Úna Ronan, Irish actress
Saoirse Scott, American actress
Saoirse Moore, daughter of singer Gary Moore of band Thin Lizzy
Saoirse Casey (b. 1996), Irish singer; daughter of singer Paddy Casey
Saoirse Roisin Hill (b. 1997), daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill; granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy

Pop Culture References for the name Saoirse

Saoirse, one of the main characters in Song of The Sea, an 2014 animated film