Celtic Baby Names: Whats doing in Dublin and Dundee

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Like most people, I love Celtic names, which makes it a lot of fun to check out the Irish and Scottish birth announcements in their local newspapers every so often, with their mix of revived Irish Gaelic names and familiar English appellations, and often surprising—to us—first and middle combos. All the babes listed below made their debuts in 2014, and they include such beauts as Libby Letitia and BobbyCharles Jack.

Pronunciation of Irish names can be a minefield for non-Gaelic speakers, as words/names are not pronounced phonetically and there are many variations in dialect. If you need pronunciation help, you can get audio assistance at this site: http://www.babynamesofireland.com/.

GIRLS

Aifric

Aisling Rose

Aoife GertrudeAoife Laura

Aoileann Eva

Aria Adrienne

Ciara Grace Laurelin Lee

Chloe Eleanor Una

Cliodhna Élise

Clodagh Breda Carty

Éabha Sarah

Elizabeth Nyx

Ellinore Geralynn Rosamund

Elodie Florence

Etain Constance (sister of Iseult, Ultan, Uilleac and Cuán)

Fiadhla (sister of Ruairí)

Imogen Saoirse

IsaSophie

Isabel Coco

Isobella Barbara (granddaughter of Odessa)

Jemima

Juno Laura

Libby Letitia

Méabh Rhona Susan Joan

Maeve Mary

Maude Clementine Laura

Mhairi Joan

Moya Rose

Neeve

Poppy Primrose

Roan Margaret

Romy Criona

Sadhbh Cecilia (sister of Ruari, Oisin and Iarla), Sadhbh OliviaSadhbh Niamh

Siofra Frances

Sophie CaoimheSophie Máire

Tamsin Rose

Teagan Rose

Wren

 BOYS

 Alfie Brian

Beau Philip

Ben Arran

Blaise

BobbyCharles Jack

Cormac Thaddeus

Darragh George

Donagh Timothy

Éanna Samuel

Emmet Alan

Eóin Edmund

Erskine

Evan Steen

Finian Jack

Fionn Brendan

Flynn Patrick

Freddie Charles

Hamish John

Henry Alexander Aloysius

Hugo Anders

Iver Dillon

Kalel Fermi

Kennedy Frank

Magnus Aodhán

Manus

Nicholas Tiberius

Oisin

Paddy John

Patrick Meindert Alexander

Ronan PaulRonan Peter

Saran Turlough

Séamus (brother of Fionnbharr)

Seán Constant

..and now a few Scots:

GIRLS

Aoife Rose

Ayva

Bethan Claire

Eilidh Reid

Iona Margaret Ruth

Hannah Elspeth

Ivy Moira Elizabeth

Lucy Perpetua Rose

Murren

Niamh Maria

Sophia Mary Philomena

Tate Georgina

Tilly Innes

BOYS

Angus Alan

Caelen Lewis

Donaghy Angus William Edward

Hamish Neil

Horatio Elisha Hazard

Innes Robert Douglas

Matt Mackenzie

Moor Arthur

Nairn

Ollie James David

Rohan Innes Singh

Ruaridh Davidson

Seonaidh Leslie

Struan Munro

Twins: Oliver Frazer & Olivia Agnes

            Hamish Keith & Digby Robin

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augusta_lee Says:

December 25th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Favorites:

Elizabeth Nyx
Libby Letitia
Moya Rose
Roan Margaret
Romy Criona
Siofra Frances
Tamsin Rose
Beau Philip
Cormac Thaddeus
Flynn Patrick
Henry Alexander Aloysius
Iver Dillon
Magnus Aodhán
Oisin
Seán Constant
Bethan Claire
Iona Margaret Ruth
Ivy Moira Elizabeth
Lucy Perpetua Rose
Angus Alan
Donaghy Angus William Edward
Horatio Elisha Hazard
Moor Arthur
Rohan Innes Singh
Hamish Keith & Digby Robin

But twins named Oliver and Olivia?! What is wrong with people?

mill1020 Says:

December 25th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Wow, I love Ivy Moira Elizabeth and Lucy Perpetua Rose!

iwillpraise Says:

December 26th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

My vote inevitably goes to the boys this time.. I fell in love with these handsome gents as I read them:

Alfie Brian
Beau Philip
Flynn Patrick
Iver Dillon

LuMary Says:

December 26th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I love Celtic names. Aoife and Eilidh are beauts. Other favorites include Siobhan, Sinead, Muireann, Eamon, Fintan, Finbar, Saoirse, Mairead, Brigid, Sean, Seamus.

ilovenames89 Says:

December 27th, 2014 at 5:39 am

i love most but seeing Murren was awesome !! we have Murron Lydia Genevieve !! 🙂

LuMary Says:

December 27th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I forgot to mention other greats: Roisin, Orla/Orlaith, Aoibheann, Niamh.

LuMary Says:

December 27th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Oh, and Nollaig for a Christmas baby.

marypoppins Says:

December 28th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

We named our little Scottish boy Alfred Fox (we intentionally avoided anything too Celtic). My best friend had a baby the week before me and named her little girl Una Violet, which I love!

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