Irish Baby Names 2018

The next wave of imports

Irish baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Irish baby names only continue to get more popular in the US, with Liam, an Irish short form of William, at Number 2 on the boys’ list, all forms of Aiden continuing to be widely-used, and surname-names Riley and Kennedy popular for girls.

Other new Irish names increasing in style and popularity include Finn and Declan on the boys’ side, Maeve and Saoirse for girls, and Finley and Quinn among the most popular unisex baby names.

But what is the next wave of Irish baby names prime to emigrate beyond their Emerald Isle? What new names can you use, whether you’re looking to honor your Irish heritage or simply love the sound of Irish names? Luckily, the supply of fresh and appealing Irish names seems never-ending.

Here, the new crop of Irish baby names to consider in 2018.

Irish Names for Girls

Irish Names for Boys

Unisex Irish Names

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JH Says:

March 13th, 2018 at 10:51 pm

Two Irish surname ideas from my family tree:

Hurley
Brede (Breed-y)

JH Says:

March 13th, 2018 at 10:53 pm

*There are many more, but some are common already or ones that don’t quite work like Looney, haha!

lesliemarion Says:

March 14th, 2018 at 12:32 am

I love Grania and Flannery and then Keir, Lorcan, Madigan, Bard, Gulliver, Cormac, and Breccan. Fantastic names.

Kew Says:

March 14th, 2018 at 3:35 am

I really like Edana, Eilis, Colm and Eamon. I don’t know why you’d want to use Morrigan, though – she’s a goddess of death.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

March 14th, 2018 at 4:28 am

None of those ‘unisex’ names are actually unisex here in Ireland. They’re all either considered to be masculine (e.g. Rory, Shea/Shay, Clancy etc.), or surnames (e.g. Flannery, Madigan etc.) People outside of Ireland might consider some, or all of them to be unisex, but they’re not actually unisex Irish names.

Selkit Says:

March 14th, 2018 at 8:27 am

To me, Morrigan will always be the morally complicated “Witch of the Wilds” from the Dragon Age franchise. She’s a great character, but having a daughter with her name would be too weird.

stephaniebrooke Says:

March 14th, 2018 at 8:39 am

I love Niamh, Rafferty, Fallon and Shea.

tfzolghadr Says:

March 14th, 2018 at 9:29 am

I had a student choose Riordan as his English name just today. I’m surprised that one didn’t make the list.

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