Category: Irish baby names
The immigration of Irish baby names to the US has been going on for decades and just won’t quit, with the original Bridget and Patrick succeeded by Kathleen and Kevin, Kelly and Conor, who were followed by the current crop of babies named Aidan and Liam and Riley and Maeve.
So who’s left? Incredibly enough, there are still plenty of undiscovered Irish names ripe for import. The names here are all widely used in contemporary Ireland, are accessible in terms of spelling and pronunciation, yet are virtually unknown in the US.
By Abby Sandel
Ever feel like all of the best baby names for boys are already taken?
It isn’t so. There are hundreds of great boy names that have yet to enter the US Top 1000.
The smallest stars of Fuller House, Netflix’s latest nostalgia-rich series, are a great example. Twins Dashiell and Fox Messitt play Tommy Fuller, the youngest son of DJ Tanner–Fuller. DJ was the eldest sister in the original series. Now she’s back in the San Francisco house made famous by the 1990s sitcom, along with sister Stephanie and BFF Kimmy.
It takes some looking, but there are plenty of names for boys that are stylish in sound and rooted in history, but have never quite caught on in the US.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Whether or not you’ve seen the touching new movie Brooklyn, based on the Colm Tóibín novel, you’re probably aware of its award-winning star, Irish actress Saoirse Ronin, and maybe even know how to pronounce it. The name of her character in the film is Éilis Lacey, another name with a surprising pronunciation and appealing sound.
And there are other Irish names associated with the production, including those of the other actors, characters and players behind the scenes, that are well worth noting and considering—several with rich histories in Celtic mythology.
Here they are, with their pronunciations:
By Abby Sandel
Is there any energy left in this trend?
The answer seems to be yes. And among the more interesting of the Mc- and Mac– names are some great options for boys, as parents reclaim the sound for their sons.