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.


Máiréad (pronounced mah-raid) Nesbitt is a classical and Celtic music performer, currently the fiddler for the group Celtic Woman. Her name is the Irish form of Margaret and has been popular in Eire since the medieval era.

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