Celtic Baby Names: Newbie news from Ireland and Scotland

Celtic Baby Names: Newbie news from Ireland and Scotland

When it comes to Celtic baby names, it’s easy enough to research the history of Irish and Scottish names, and also to check out the most popular names of the year.  But what names are parents in those countries using for their kids right now?  How many of the names have brogues and burrs and how many would as easily be found on announcements in the US and UK.?  Are there any fabulous first/middle combos that we’d be surprised to see on our local birth cerificates?

I’ve been scouring some Irish and Scottish newspaper birth announcements and picked out some of the most striking discoveries—including some of the most noteworthy sibsets.  All these babies were born during the last couple of months.

Irish Girls

Aisling Emma, sister of Caitlin and Sorcha

Aisling, sister of Cathal and Aoife

Aisling, sister of Eimear

Amber Catherine

Amelia May and Louisa Jane (twins)

Anouk Mary Rose

Aobhín Roisin, sister of Cillian


Caoimhe, sister of Darragh and Ruari

Daisy Avital

Dearbhla Mai, sister of Cormac and Daragh

Ella Daisy

EmmaJane Maya, sister of Neasa

Esther Camilla

Etain Mary Catherine


Federica Carole

Florence Grace (nn Florrie), sister of KatieMae

Georgina Rose

Harriet Belle

Hollie Rose

Holly Orla

Julia Siobhán

Lara Dorothea

Lola Catherine

Lucy Jacinta

Maurethe Bridget

Mya Mary

Nicole Saoirse

Phoebe Heather Olympia Eleanor


Irish Boys

Alfie Peter

Aodhán Nyhan

Beau Karl

Benedict Diarmuid Julian

Bobby James

Cillian Hugh Terence, brother of Ríain

Conor Liam

Donal Anthony


James Gerard Cyril

Killian and Cathel Óg—twins

Max Denis

Milo Patrick

Oliver Charles Colum

Pierce Nicholas John

Reginald Jude Patrick

Rion Joseph

Sebastian Arthur

Will Patrick

Scottish Girls

Anna Mairi Hope

AnyaMaria Ruby

Aria Rose

Astrid Georgia

Calli Grace

Daisy Jean

Eadie Ann

Edie Louise

Eilidh Suilven, sister of Struan

Elodie Mae

Evie Christina Annie

Florence Lily


Imogen Brooke

Isla Louise, Isla Mairi, Isla Rose

Isobel Marian Patricia

Josie Belle

Kensi Joan Noreen

Laila May


Maisie Ethna

Matilda Kate

May Heather

Millie Vivien



Nia Sarah

Niamh Estelle & Eleanor Louisetwins

Niamh Fiona

Nieve Sophia

Poppy Saffron

Scottish Boys

Angus Morrison

Blair Noah

Dexter Ray

Drew Anderson Shade

Euan James

Fraser Brian

Freddie Joseph Richard

Harris George Alistair


Hector John William

Innes James

Jacob Stanley

John Artemas Stevenson

Joseph Tiger


Lawson Dave

Mac David

Max Ryan

Murray Nairn

Seth Duran Christie, brother of Alfie

Struan David

And now, as a little bonus, four babes born in Wales:

Angharad Elisabeth Frances

Anjali Cariad Bluebell

Ianto Meilyr Lewis

Lucas Anakin

Any of these particularly strike your fancy?

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.