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Popular Irish Baby Names

The top 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. You can also check out our curated lists of our favorite Irish baby names for boys and girls.

  • Aiden

    Aiden is a variation of Aidan, the anglicized version of the Irish Aodhán. Aidan/Aodhán was originally a pet form of the Irish name Aodh (pronounced 'ee'), who was the old Celtic god of the sun... Read More 

  • Ailbhe

    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

    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

    Aoife, pronounced EE-fa, is derived from the Irish word aoibh, meaning “beauty.” Aoife was borne by several different heroines of ancient Irish legend. In one tale, she was the fiercest... Read More 

  • Callum

    Callum was derived from Latin Columba, a unisex given name meaning “dove.” Callum was popular among early Christians because the dove was a symbol of purity, peace and the Holy Spirit. St. Columba... Read More 

  • Caoimhe

    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

    The name of an ancient Irish saint is in the contemporary Irish Top 50. While it's one of the rare Irish names for boys that... Read More 

  • Cian

    A handsome Irish name for boys, 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... Read More 

  • Ciara

    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

    Extremely popular in Ireland, Ciaran is also well used in England and is beginning to be adopted by parents in the U.S., though usually via the more American-friendly Kieran spelling. The Irish... Read More 

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