Irish Names: Hot off the press
Every now and then we like to take a look at the most recent British and Irish newspaper birth announcements, to see what parents in those countries are naming their babies at this particular moment in time.
What we see right now in Ireland is a mix of old and revived Gaelic/Celtic names, classic Anglo names, nickname names similar to those popular in the UK, and more internationally trendy modern names.
The most widely used recorded Emerald Isle favorites of the last two months include Alice, Florence, Grace, Lily and Molly for girls; Henry, Hugo, Liam and Oscar for boys, as well as several varieties of Fin-starting names. ( One trivia note—if you’re surprised by the unusual geographical middle name Abyssinia, you should know that little Luke was actually born in Ethiopia.)
And if you need some pronunciation help for one of the Gaelic names, you can hear the way many of these actually sound as recorded by the late Irish writer Frank McCourt on the website babynamesof Ireland.com
Here are some of the most interesting examples, with sibling names in parentheses.
- Alice Dáire
- Alice May (Charlie, Aoibheann)
- Amélie Anne
- Aobhai Sadhbh (Deborah, Bródaí)
- Aoife (Caoimhe, Aisling)
- Aurelia Isabelle
- Dearbha Margaret (Ruairi)
- Eleanor May (Matthew, Aisla)
- Elsa (Quin, Muireann, Milo)
- Elsa Elizabeth
- Helena Adair
- Juliet Mary (Isabella, Elliot, Tate)
- Keelin Sarah (Senan, Charlie)
- Laoise Hannah
- Lucia Mary
- Mia Florence
- Millie May
- Remmy Victoria
- Siofra Rosie (Eoghan, Aoibhin)
- Sophia Josephine (Liam, Óg, Alina))
- Sybil Lind
- Zara Ruby
- Alphonsus Andrew Paul
- Bobby BrendaN
- Ciarán Patrick Fernando
- Daire Art Finbarr (Cashel, Eoghan)
- Daithí Cian
- Daragh Peter Edward (Cormac)
- Darragh James (Lucy, Billy)
- Davin Martin Robert (Róisin)
- Eoin Patrick (Sadhbh)
- Finlay Cameron
- Finn William (Caoimhe)
- Fintan Michael
- Frankie (Róisin)
- Herbert David
- Hugo Desmond King
- Hugo James Parnell
- Kester Andrew (Keir, Angus, Charlotte)
- Luke Abyssinia
- Oisín Augustine
- Tom Ronan Lionel
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on December 6th, 2010 at 5:24 am
Oh great! As one of your Irish readers I am very happy and interested to see this. Some really beautiful names here!
One note on the list, I suspect Sophia Josephine has only 2 siblings, Liam Óg and Alina. “Liam Óg” means “young Liam”, his dad or an older relative would be called Liam too.
on December 6th, 2010 at 8:45 am
Thanks for the tip, Jas! Would love any insight you can provide on pronunciation or background of those names we don’t yet have in the database (the ones without links!).
on December 6th, 2010 at 9:26 am
I love Helena Adair, Zara Ruby, Fia, & Rafferty!
Kim W Said
on December 6th, 2010 at 1:57 pm
Louisa and Lydia?? Such beautiful twin names!!
on December 6th, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Dáire, Daragh, Dara(DAH rah) can be a boy or girl’s name and means oak
Aobhai (EE vee) I have never seen before, think it is probably an Irish-ised spelling of Evie
Sadhbh (Sive) very old Irish name said to mean sweet
Bródaí (BROE dee) Never seen this before either, might be a surname
Dearbha looks like a mis-spelling of Dearbhla (DUHR vla) or Dearbhal (DUHR val) both versions of an old Irish name meaning true desire
Aisla another new one to me. If it is Irish it is pronounced ASH la
Muireann (MWIHR in) very old, said to mean “sea-white” or “sea-fair”
Laoise (LEE sha) very old meaning radiant
Siofra (SHEE uh fra) meaning changeling
Aoibhin (EE vin, EE veen or AY veen)meaning beautiful
Siún (SHOO an) don’t know the meaning
Ciarán (KEER awn) from ciar meaning dark or black.
Daithí (DAH hee) Irish version of David
Róisin (ROE sheen or ROSH een) means little rose
Oisín (USH een) meaning fawn, son of legendary warrior Fionn Mac Cumhall.
on December 6th, 2010 at 10:27 pm
Thanks that was very helpful!
on December 12th, 2010 at 12:39 am
I have a girl in my class named Aoibhin! (ay-veen) (I live in Seattle, WA)
I really like Helena, Zara, Milo & Finn!
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