St Patrick’s Day Names Celebrate All Things Irish
In honor of the occasion, today we’re celebrating Irish baby names of all shapes and sizes — from the most popular Irish picks in the US today, to the next generation of name trends from the Emerald Isle.
Here are all of the Irish baby names that make the current US Top 200:
Cool Irish Surname Names
When it comes to Irish baby names in the US, one of the hottest current trends is surnames as first names — especially for girls.
But cool Irish surname names don’t stop at Riley and Reagan! There’s something irresistible about the jaunty rhythm that so many of these stylish new choices share: think Callahan and Connelly, Finnegan and Flannery.
Several of these stylish Irish surnames have been brought into the spotlight by celebrity bearers, like Kiernan (Shipka), Macaulay (Culkin) and Rooney (Mara). Others have great nickname potential, like Delaney, Rafferty and Sullivan.
Here are some of the coolest Irish surname names for babies right now:
But with sweet Saoirse now in the US Top 1000 (thanks, Saoirse Ronan!) — and fellow Gaelic girl names Aoife and Niamh in the Top 200 in England & Wales — it seems that parents are increasingly willing to embrace authentic Irish spellings. After all, with unique baby names of all kinds on the rise every year, Caoimhe feels no more complicated than Caelie or Calliope.
Here are twenty of the best Irish girl names below the US Top 1000:
Caoimhe (KEE-va or KWEE-va)
And several of these rare Irish boy names are starting to catch on in the US, too. Cillian and Niall both reached their highest popularity ranking ever in the last year on record (2018) — no doubt thanks to the success of their best known celebrity bearers, actor Cillian Murphy and singer Niall Horan.
Here are twenty of the coolest Irish boy names below the US Top 1000:
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