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Irish Baby Names: Hot Off The Press

Irish Baby Names: Hot Off The Press

Our latest book, Cool Irish Names for Babies, will be hitting the bookstores in a few weeks and we’ll be offering you a few hors d’oeuvres (that doesn’t sound very Irish) before then. The book contains lots of undiscovered Irish baby names drawn from myth, legend and history, cool celebrity and popularity stuff, and a history of Irish names in America. And for Celtic-pronunciation-phobic American parents, we give the pronunciation of every problematic name–every time it’s mentioned.

To bring it up-to-the-moment and not just rely on national popularity lists, we scoured the birth announcements in newspapers to find out what Irish baby names real parents in Dublin and elsewhere are actually using today. Here are some that are in the book, and others added just this week. With pronunciations, but, unfortunately, not the accents.

GIRLS

AILBHE (ALL-bay)AISLING (ASH-ling)AISLINN (ASH-len)AOIBHINN (EE-veen)AOIFE (EE-fa)ARABELLABAY HERMIONEBERNADETTEBLATHNAID (blaw-nid)CAOIMHE (KEE-va)CARAGH (KAR-a)CAROLENACLARACLODAGH (KLO-da)–very popularEABHA (AY-wa)EITHNE (EN-ya)FAYFIAGRAINNE (GRAWN-ya)HAZELIONALARAGH (la-ra)LULUMAEVEMUIREANN (MWIRR-an)NESSANIAMH (neev)–very popularNORAOLIVEORLAORLAITH (OR-lee)ROISIN (ro-SHEEN)SADHBH (sive–rhymes with five)SIOBHAN (shi-VAUN)SIUN (shoon)SORCHA (SOR-ka or SOR-ra)TAMSIN (TAM-zin)

BOYS

AILBHE (ALL-bay) unisexALFIEARANCALLUMCIAN (KEE-an)CILLIAN (KILL–ee-an)CONNCORMACCUAN (koo-AWN)DAIRE (Da-ra)DECLANDIARMAID (DEER-mid)EAMON (ay-mon)ENAN (EE-nane)EOIN (OH-in)FIONN (fin)GARVANHARVEYJARLATHLOCHLAN (LOK-lun)MURROUGH (mur-ah)NIALL (NEE-all)ODHRAN (OH-ran)OISIN (OH-sheen)OSCARPADDYRIAN (REE-an)RONANRUADHAN (ROO-an)SENAN (SENN-an)TADHG (TYEg)TIARNAN (TEER-nan)

About the Author

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.