Irish Boy Names: Best new choices
Pronounced KEE-an, Cian ranks just outside the top 10, at Number 11 on the Irish list. It was the name of several ancient legendary figures, including the father of Lugh, the sun god. Possible cheat that would make it easier to grasp in the US: Spelling it Kean or Keen.
- Cian ranks just outside the top 10, at Number 11 on the Irish list. It was the name of several ancient legendary figures, including the father of Lugh, the sun god. Possible cheat that would make it easier to grasp in the US: Spelling it Kean or Keen." >
- SHEEN, and meaning ‘fawn,’ Oisin was the mythological son of the great hero Fionn mac Cumhaill, aka Finn McCool, and was himself a legendary warrior and poet, living with his lover, Niamh, for 300 years. The name has a nice shiny feel and an evocative tie to Ocean. Also seen as Ossian, this could join the other trending O-boys." >
- Emerald Isle. Its gentle sound would fit right in with the new softer feel of boys’ names, though some might think it's too close to the girls' name Dara to achieve true popularity in the US." >
- Killian, (a spelling that is also now popular in Ireland and Number 766 in the US), Cillian has become recognizable in this country via the versatile blue-eyed actor Cillian Murphy. It’s also the name of a number of Irish saints. But that Cill/Kill syllable is problematic for widespread popularity." >
- Finn, this is the authentic spelling of the name of Ireland’s greatest ancient hero. We wouldn’t blame you if you preferred the Finn spelling—which’s been chosen by several celebs, and is now Number 250 on the US list, and twelfth on Nameberry—Finn has a strong possibility of giving Liam a run for his money!" >
- Eoin is, like Sean, a Gaelic form of John, its pronunciation is closer to Owen, as is another name on the Irish pop list, Eoghan. Eoin is somewhat known here via the author of the Artemis Fowl books, Eoin Colfer. It has been popular in Ireland since the earliest days of Christianity. While we see the Welsh Owen rising to the top of the popularity list in the US, the Eoin version is too confusing for Americans to follow suit." >
- Ireland, Callum actually has Scottish origins, and means ‘dove.’ It is Number 787 on the US list, Number 50 on Nameberry, and was used by actor Kyle McLaughlin for his son. The purely Irish version is Colm." >
- Brian Boru, as well as a saint. If you think its tricky pronunciation could cause playground problems for an American boy, there’s always the Anglicized version--Teague." >
- Ireland. A Harry Potter name, Ronan was also borne by twelve saints, and was used by Daniel Day Lewis and Rebecca Miller, and by Catherine Bell, and is the name of journalist Ronan Farrow (born Satchel). A good bet to keep moving up." >
- Cormac seems to be another good candidate to pass the entrance exam. Familiar via acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy (born Charles), it’s a traditional Irish name with many intriguing Celtic mythological associations. And Mac is a great short form." >
- Ireland. The alternate spelling Cahal makes pronunciation easier." >
- King of Tara known as Niall of the Nine Hostages is pronounced as ny-all, close to the English Neil/Neal, and somehow appearing a lot cooler than that Dad name. One of the One Direction boys is Niall Horan." >
- KEER-in, Ciaran was the name of 26 saints in Ireland. It is known here through Harry Potter and actor Ciaran Hinds, who played Aberforth Dumbledore. It’s not on the national list, though phonetic spelling Kieran is at Number 557; Kieran was chosen by Julianna Margulies for her son." >
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on March 12th, 2015 at 11:41 pm
I think it’s Eamon.
on March 12th, 2015 at 11:42 pm
on March 12th, 2015 at 11:47 pm
I like Cormac fine, although it does sound a bit like tarmac to me. Dermot is lovely.
I’m not fond of Irish spelling so some of these names seem like spelling and pronunciation nightmares in the US.
I’m not sure if the following are Irish, but I think they might be and I love them:
on March 12th, 2015 at 11:49 pm
My two year old son’s middle name is Eoin. I’d love for it to catch on more here and get some of my family in law off my back. They love tease me about picking a very Irish name when my hubby and I aren’t Irish. Obviously I don’t mind it, but still 🙂
on March 12th, 2015 at 11:50 pm
and my favorite
on March 13th, 2015 at 4:05 am
My first guess was Declan, but I love Ronan, Niall, and Callum!
on March 13th, 2015 at 7:43 am
My favorite Irish boy names are Cormac, Declan, Cedric, Kian, Larkin, Lucan, Lorcan, and Quinlan.
on March 13th, 2015 at 10:31 am
I don’t see Darragh as catching on as it sounds exactly like the girl’s name Dara. Oisin seems to have too many pronunciation problems…the spelling doesn’t reflect the pronunciation for one, & the double “sh” sound in the middle—”Osh-SHEEN”—is not terribly smooth. I can see one of the “sh”es getting lost. A cousin was engaged to a Cathal (from Ireland), but he pronounced it “Ka-HALL,” not “KA-hal.”
For me, the most usable names on this list are Callum, Ciaran, Cormac, & Ronan.
on March 13th, 2015 at 11:13 am
I think Niall, Callum, or Declan. However my all time favorite is still Patrick.
on March 13th, 2015 at 1:19 pm
I agree that Declan should be on this list. Callum is probably the most easily pronounced in North America, but Cian and Ciaran are becoming more common and shouldn’t pose a problem. Also, I was surprised I didn’t see Breccan on this list! It’s a great name.
on March 13th, 2015 at 1:44 pm
I agree about Declan–he is probably the most likely candidate, but I limited the list to those names that are currently most popular in Ireland.
on March 13th, 2015 at 2:02 pm
Brady I think will usurp Liam as the top Irish boy’s name in America.
on March 13th, 2015 at 4:11 pm
I thought Finn was the next big Irish name!
on March 13th, 2015 at 8:07 pm
Ha, Darragh is the middle name of my protagonist of my newest novel — the Scottish actor Sir Hugh Darragh Ross.
Keir is a great name; Bran, like Fionn, is a great Celtic mythological name.
on March 14th, 2015 at 11:18 am
I love Callum and Cormac so much! I would use Cormac to get to Mack. Ciaran is a another favorite.
on March 14th, 2015 at 6:35 pm
I definitely see Liam being eclipsed by Finn.
on March 15th, 2015 at 12:35 pm
Maybe it the fact that I am Scottish, but some of these names (Ciaran, for example, and its various spellings) seem just as common, if not more so, than Liam. I’ve also never seen Cian spelled Keen or Kean, but Keane I’ve seen a few times. And I also think it’s a massive cheat having Callum in this list at all because it is undoubtedly Scottish.
on March 15th, 2015 at 11:32 pm
Oh, I love Declan and Brady! I could use either. My son is Quinn, which is an awesome name for a boy.
on March 15th, 2015 at 11:34 pm
(Continued…/got cut off?)
I’ve always loved the very popular Finn, but something was just off for us, and we found Quinn to be just right.
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