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Best Irish Boy Names

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By Pamela Redmond

Irish baby names for boys have been growing in popularity in the U.S. in recent years, with Liam reaching Number 1 and all the different spellings of Aiden climbing to the top of the list. Along with Liam and Aiden, other Irish boy names on the US Top 1000 include Finn, Declan, Connor, and Brody. In Ireland, top Irish boy names include Conor, Fionn, Oisin, and Cillian. Unique Irish names for boys attracting attention include Cashel, Cormac, and Rafferty.

While Irish names have become more popular for both genders, we see the style factor on the rise particularly in Irish boys' names unheard of here a generation ago, such as Declan and Finn. This list gathers some of our favorite Irish baby names for boys you might want to consider. Or you can browse our more comprehensive list of all Nameberry's Irish boy names.

  • Aidan

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    Aidan is an appealing Irish saint's name meaning fire that zoomed up the popularity lists, jumping four hundred places in a decade to a peak of 39 in 2013 before slumping down. Though it has been... Read More 

  • Bard

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    Great Irish middle name choice for Shakespeare lovers. Read More 

  • Beacan

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    An attractive ancient Irish saint's name that conjures up a beacon of light, this Irish name for boys is well-used in Ireland... Read More 

  • Benen

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    This name of an ancient Irish saint -- a favorite disciple of Saint Patrick -- could be an option for parents in search of a more distinctive alternative to Brendan or Aidan. Read More 

  • Blaine

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    Attractive Irish surname name of a seventh-century saint, but sounds both feminine (socialite Blaine Trump) and soap opera-ish. Read More 

  • Brady

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    The Irish name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed Sex and the City is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch. ... Read More 

  • Branigan

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    Branigan, also spelled Branagan or Brannigan, is an Irish name full of energy and cheer. It was the title of a 1975 John Wayne movie, and Zapp Brannigan is the antihero of the animated sitcom... Read More 

  • Breccan

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    This Irish name of a saint from the Isle of Aran also appears in myth and fantasy fiction, giving it an intriguing, mystical air.

    Some modern parents are attempting to update the... Read More 

  • Brennan

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    Brennan is a winning Irish surname name, more modern than Brian or Brendan, more unusual than Conor and Aidan. The only possible problem with Brennan: people might think you're saying Brendan. ... Read More 

  • Brody

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    The energetic Brody is a name that claims different meanings and origins depending on whether you're looking at its Irish, Scottish, or English history -- and Eastern Europeans claim a version... Read More 

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