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Gender: Female Pronunciation: shin-AID Meaning of Sinead: "God's gracious gift" Origin of Sinead: Irish form of Janet

The name Sinead is a girl's name of Irish, Irish Gaelic origin meaning "God's gracious gift". Sinead and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

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.

This name increased in popularity in Ireland via Sinéad de Valera, the wife of president Éamon de Valera, who was born with the name Jane, but later chose to use its Irish form Sinéad. Actress Sinead Cusack is the wife of Jeremy Irons.

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Famous People Named Sinead

Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor, Irish singer-songwriter
Sinéad Moira Cusack, Irish actress
Sinead Matthews, English actress
Sinead Keenan, Irish actress
Sinéad Madden, Irish singer and fiddler
Sinead Louise Farrelly, American soccer player
Sinead Maria O'Carroll, singer from the Irish band b*witched
Sinead Houston Kerr, Scottish ice dancer
Sinéad Quinn, Irish singer
Sinéad Mulvey, Irish singer
Sinéad Lohan, Irish singer
Sinéad Bernadette Moynihan, English model and actress
Sinéad Persaud; writer, producer, and actress
Sinead Harnett, English singer/songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Sinead

Sinead Louise O'Connor, character on British soap opera "Hollyoaks"
Sinead Starling, character of the book series "39 Clues"
Sinéad Ní Shúilleabháin, character in film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley"


Eva Thyssen Says:


Sinéad, with the accent, looks nicer ^^

vintageluvs Says:


This is a cool name, especially since its Irish (which I am) and my mother's name is Janet!