Irish Baby Names for Boys

Irish baby names for boys have been growing in popularity in the U.S. in recent years, with Liam reaching Number 2 and all the different spellings of Aiden climbing to the top of the list. While Irish names have become more popular for both genders, we see the style factor on the rise particularly in boys' names unheard of here a generation ago, such as Declan and Finn. Some of our favorite Irish baby names for boys you might want to consider:

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  • Oisin

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    Oisin, also spelled as the phonetic Osheen and still a popular name in Ireland today, was the mythological son of Finn McCool and Sadb, the goddess who was changed into a deer. A legendary war... Read More 

  • Padraig

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    Parents of Irish heritage are increasingly looking for more authentic Gaelic names, and this is a native spin on Patrick. Pronunciation will be confusing for many Americans, though: It's... Read More 

  • Piran

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    It may be a longshot -- especially since it was given to zero boys in the US in 2014 -- but Piran could conceivably be a future Kieran, which is shaping up to being the next Kevin. Piran is the... Read More 

  • Rafferty

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    Jaunty and raffish, Rafferty is one of the most engaging of the Irish surnames, used by Jude Law and Sadie Frost for their son. Fortunately, it doesn't still go by its original form:... Read More 

  • Redmond

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    We love this partly for purely personal reasons, since it is one of our surnames. We used it as the middle name of a son -- and it can make a good first choice too.

    Redmond--aka... Read More 

  • Riley

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    Riley -- a friendly, popular surname choice -- is rising faster now for girls than boys; Riley's in the female Top 40. Still, there are lots of athletes and other notable real-life namesakes... Read More 

  • Rohan

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    From India, but feels like an Irish surname (and can in fact be a variation of Rowan), so a possible cross-cultural choice. Read More 

  • Ronan

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    Ronan is the compelling legendary name of twelve Irish and Scottish saints that is now drawing some deserved attention; this cousin of the ascending Roman and Rowan was chosen by actor Daniel... Read More 

  • Rory

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    This spirited Gaelic classic, which became popular in Ireland via the illustrious twelfth century king Rory O'Connor, makes a highly energetic choice, now used for either sex. Rory's gender split... Read More 

  • Seamus

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    Parents who have tired of Sean are now contemplating Seamus, the Irish form of James, which has a lot more substance and verve.

    One of the name's most famous bearers is the 1995 Nobel... Read More 

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