Popular Irish Baby Names

Popular Irish baby names are very different in the US and in Ireland, with selections from each country rarely heard in the other. For more details on which Irish names are popular where, go to our popular names page. These are the most popular Irish names for boys and girls in both countries, and among Nameberry visitors..

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  • Aiden

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    Aiden has been a spectacular name success story--especially if all its various spellings were to be added together. Aiden cracked the Top 10 in 2010 and remained there until 2013, when it dropped... Read More 

  • Ailbhe

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    While Irish Gaelic spellings add intrigue to a name, they'll prove endlessly confusing. Ailbhe is pronounced like the less intriguing but infinitely simpler Alva.Read More 

  • Aoibhinn

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    Aoibhinn and its twin name Aoibheann may be popular in Ireland but most English-speakers would find the spelling baffling and the pronunciation impossible to divine. It's ee-van, or se-vin,... 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 

  • Callum

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    Callum, a charming Scottish boys’ namee just beginning to be heard in this country but high on the list in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is... 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 

  • Cathal

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    The name of an ancient Irish saint is in the contemporary Irish Top 50. While it hasn't immigrated to the U.S., it may follow brothers Aidan and Declan to our shores. The t is not pronounced.Read More 

  • Cian

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    A handsome Irish boys' name, very popular in that country, but in the US this traditional spelling might cause pronunciation problems. Still, whether Cian or Kian, it's simple and straightforward... 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 

  • Ciaran

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    Extremely popular in Ireland, Ciaran is also well used in England and is beginning to infiltrate the U.S., more popularly with the phonetic Kieran spelling. An all-around attractive name whose... Read More 

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