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.


Colm Wilkinson is the Irish tenor who originated the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and also played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera. Colm, a popular boy’s name in Ireland, is actually pronounced as two syllables—col-um—and means ‘dove’. Many Americans probably heard it first via novelist Colm Tóibín.

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