St. Patrick’s Day Baby Names: Irish melody makers

Kick up your heels, get out your shillelagh and prepare to dance a jig as we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with twelve musical Irish names—some of which were introduced to us by musicians who, as a bonus, taught us the right way to pronounce them.


He was born George Ivan Morrison, and, though his birth and stage names aren’t quintessentially Irish, the iconic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Van Morrison—aka The Belfast Cowboy—certainly has to be included. Van is more often heard as a surname syllable, but was once rated as high as Number 234 on its own.

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