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Unique Irish Girl Names

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By Pamela Redmond

Irish baby names have been well used for girls outside the Emerald Isle for decades, but there's a new wave of Irish girl names that sound fresh and intriguing. Some of these beautiful Irish names for girls, such as Aoife, Niamh, and Saoirse, have been in Ireland's Top 100 for years, and are just starting to catch on in England and the US too. Here are some of our favorite rare Irish names for girls. You may also want to expand your search to our full list of Irish girl names. Or go here for a list of the best Irish baby names for boys.

  • Ailis

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    This attractive and unique Irish form of Alice can also be found in the phonetic form AILISH. It was introduced into Ireland by the Normans in the French form ALIZ.

    Ailis was the name... Read More 

  • Aine

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    More commonly seen here as Anya, this traditional yet unique Irish name belonged to the queen of the Munster fairies and is sprinkled throughout Irish folklore as an early Celtic goddess of summer... Read More 

  • Aislinn

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    Old Irish name that's taken off in its phonetic forms, mainly Ashlyn or Ashlynn. Nonetheless, this more traditional version debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015.

    Aislinn Paul is a Canadian... Read More 

  • Aoife

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    Aoife, pronounced EE-fa, is very popular in Ireland, as it is here in the easier-to-comprehend Anglo forms Ava or Eva.

    Aoife was borne by several different heroines of ancient Irish... Read More 

  • Bidelia

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    Bridget variation that's the root of the unattractive nickname Biddy. Bedelia is another spelling.Read More 

  • Brenna

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    Brenna is a feminine form of the Irish surname Brennan, or perhaps a variation of Brenda or Brendan—all of which have different meanings. Whatever its derivation or authenticity, it's a modern... Read More 

  • Brigid

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    Brigid is the simpler Irish version of the name of the goddess of fire, which may also be spelled Brighid. Other variations include Bridget, the most usual spelling in the U.S., and the French... Read More 

  • Caoimhe

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    Caoimhe, pronounced (more properly) kwee-va or kee-va, is a pretty and distinctive Gaelic name but one that could well lead to no end of confusion outside the Irish community. Even in its native... Read More 

  • Ciara

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    Ciara is very popular in Ireland, more familiar here as the Anglicized Kiera or Keira. The uninitiated will tend to pronounce Ciara as the Italian Chiara, a form of Claire—kee-AHR-a or even... Read More 

  • Clodagh

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    A popular choice in Ireland, Clodagh was the name of a river and later a saint. The "cloddy" aspect of the name has prevented it from spreading beyond Ireland, but that could change. Famous... Read More 

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