IRISH CELEBRITY BABY NAMES
Celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic, those with and without Hibernian roots, have long been partial to Irish names for their babies. Here are some of the Irish names for girls and boys recently used by stars for their offspring:
BECKETT – Malcolm MacDowell, Melissa Etheridge, Conan O’Brian, Stella McCartney
An appealing last-name name rich in literary associations, both to the play and film based on the life of Saint Thomas à B. and to the Irish playwright-novelist Samuel B., it’s red hot in Hollywood.
BRODY – Gabrielle Reece & Lance Hamilton
This superstar athlete couple’s choice reflects the new trend towards using Irish surnames like Reagan/Regan and Riley for both sexes: this little Brody is a girl.
DELANEY – Martina McBride
A solid surname that’s now used far more for girls than boys.
FINN – Christy Turlington & Ed Burns, Jane Leeves, Andrea Catherwood
This is a name with enormous energy and charm, that of the greatest hero of Irish myth, Finn MacCool. Other related cool star-baby names: FLYNN (Elle Macpherson), and FINNIGAN (Eric McCormack of Will & Grace fame), not to mention Julia Roberts’ phabulous Phinnaeus.
JUNO – Will Champion (Coldplay)
The success of the eponymous little-movie-that-could was sure to establish Juno, with its lively image and classic roots, as a potential baby name–and it’s already started on its way.
LENNON – Patsy Kensit & Liam Gallagher
Naming a child after your cultural or other hero gives him two cool advantages: a name with real meaning and a positive image to reach towards. Another rocker, Zakk Wylde, chose Hendrix as his son’s musical hero name.
RÓISIN (Roh-sheen) – Sinéad O’Connor
An authentic selection for a little Irish rose.
TALLULAH – Patrick Dempsey, Simon LeBon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Damon Dash, Demi Moore & Bruce Willis
The then Willises almost single-handedly launched the cool starbaby name concept when they chose SCOUT and RUMER as well as the more user-friendly Tallulah for their girls. This Anglicization of Tuilelaith is now being picked up on by other celeb parents.
For more Irish celebrity baby names, plus Irish names of all flavors, check out our new book Cool Irish Names for Babies.
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on March 26th, 2009 at 11:01 am
Colin Farrell surprised me with his choice, I thought for sure he’d be a trendy!
Patrick Dempsey’s twins sound like a hardware store to me: Darby & Sullivan? Eech. At least they’re boys, Darby is beyondsad on a girl (ala Pooh in Disney these days) But his Tallulah charms me to pieces!
Rowan is one that leans manly to me, thanks to Rowan Atkinson. With that face, I could not imagine Rowan on a pretty little girl! (and I wish Brooke Sheilds would just vanish already, I have never liked her)
And I have to ask, Juno, ion a list of Irish names? Did I miss something? I thought she was Roman! 😀
on March 26th, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Juno gets honorary status as an Irish name because of the classic play by Sean O’Casey, Juno and the Paycock, part of his Dublin Trilogy. Juno was the name of the mother, Juno Boyle, in the place.
on March 26th, 2009 at 3:31 pm
I see. 🙂 Thanks for the clarification!
Emmy Jo Said
on March 27th, 2009 at 12:46 am
Thanks for the clarification on Juno — that confused me, too!
My favorites from this list are probably Ronan and Rowan (for boys) and the literary Fiona for girls.
I also like Beckett — but surnamey choices appeal to me more if they’re actually in honor of someone (and not just random names pulled off someone else’s family tree).
on March 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm
Love the list … can you do one for Italian names too???
on March 29th, 2009 at 9:43 am
Nice article and i feed your posting
on January 6th, 2017 at 10:21 am
Need to add nature name Elowen to this list of up and coming Irish names. I love Tallulah from Jodie Fosters roll in Bugsy Malone:
My name is Tallulah
My first rule of thumb
I don’t say where I’m going
Or where I’m coming from
I try to leave a little reputation behind me
So if you really need to
You’ll know how to find me
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