For many decades, baby namers have had a mad romance with Irish family names. From Ryan to Riley to Rowan, Connor to Quinn, the US popularity rolls have been populated with cheery Irish surnames. Below are 12 of the many that embody that infectious Celtic charm—some of them new to the scene, others on their way up, and a few from the past that deserve a fresh look. By Linda Rosenkrantz
A softer, cooler update of Brendan, Brennan entered the popularity list in 1966 and has now reached Number 446. WillFerrell played a character named Brennan Huff in the film Step Brothers. It’s a common surname in Ireland, where the O’Brennans were chiefs of a large territory. WilliamBrennan was a US Supreme Court justice.