International Baby Names: Manx Names
Manx is one of the six Celtic languages that hail from the British isles. It is the native language of the Isle of Man, an island uniquely situated between the coasts of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. From its highest point, Snaefell, you can even see all four countries on a clear day.
Over the centuries it has passed from and between Welsh, Viking, English and Scottish rule, though now has its own democratic parliament. The Manx language — a close relative of Irish and Scot Gaelic — was spoken up until the 1970s, when its last native speaker died. However, it is now beginning to see some signs of revival.
The names of Mann are therefore a rich mixture of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Norse influences as well as uniquely Manx creations. And while many of the Island’s inhabitants opt for the usual popular British names (Alfie, Max, Poppy, Freya…), several are also using purely Manx names.
Manx Boy Names
Aedan – The Manx version of Aidan, a diminutive of the Old Irish Áed meaning “fire”.Cristen – Manx form of Christian. Used historically on both men and women, more so on women from the 15th century but is now found more on boys.
Dolyn – Manx form of Donald. The name is found on many medieval religious figures in Manx history.
Finlo, Ffinlo – meaning “white, blessed Lugh,” Lugh being an ancient Celtic god once worshipped in Mann, or the Manx form of Finley “white, blessed champion.”
Illiam – The Manx form of William.
Jamys – The Manx form of James.
Mian – A Manx diminutive of Matthew.
Orry, Gorry – The Manx forms of Godfrey. The older form, Godred, was borne by three Manx kings.
Manx Girl Names
Aalin – From the Manx vocabulary word meaning “beautiful.”
Aalish, Aelish – The Manx form of Alice.
Breeshey, Breesha – Manx forms of Bridget. In Manx, the word bree means ‘strength, vigour.’
Graihagh – From the Manx vocabulary word meaning “lovable”. It’s pronounced GRAY-ah.
Grayse – The Manx word for “grace,” used as a name.
Kirree – The Manx version of Kitty, but is also the vocabulary word for “sheep.”
Lilee – The Manx word for “lily”, used as a name.
Margaid – Manx form of Margaret.
Moirrey – Manx form of Mary, now found more in the vocative form Voirrey.
Onnee – The Manx form of Annie.
Sessott, Sissott – Manx diminutives of Cecilia.
Surnames from the Isle of Man
Prevalent in C, K, and Q sounds, Manx surnames can also be an interesting source for names with a Celtic kick: