20 Vintage Irish Baby Names You Might Not Have Heard Of

Jill Holtz

August 2, 2022

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You’re probably familiar with popular Irish baby names like Megan, Sean, Tara and Conor, but our list of 20 vintage Irish baby names includes some more unusual names that aren’t as familiar.

Irish baby names have always been a popular choice for many new parents, carrying on family traditions and embracing the history of these Celtic names. However, many Irish names are still considered unusual, perhaps due in part to the unique spelling and pronunciation.

We’ve rounded up 20 great choices for Irish baby names that still have plenty to offer when it comes to choosing a name for your new bundle!

Vintage Irish Baby Names for Boys

Ardgal or Ardghall

Pronounced “ard-gawl” or “ard-awl”, the name means “high valour” and is derived from the Irish ‘ard’ (high) and ‘gal’ (valour).


Pronounced “braw-don”, from the Irish for salmon.


Pronounced “cay-dawn”, meaning “little battle”.


Pronounced kahr-bra, meaning charioteer in Gaelic.


Means “little dove”.

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Pronounced “dag-daw”, means “good god”. In Irish myth, Dagda (called also The Dagda) was the powerful god of the earth, knowledge, magic, abundance and treaties.

One syllable baby names


Pronounced “air-nin”, meaning “iron”.


Fear Dhia means “man of God”. Ferdia was a warrior of Irish mythology.


Means “silent” or “fierce” and was possibly used as a nickname for a brave warrior.


Pronounced “pron-she-iss”. The Irish form of Francis, originating from St. Francis of Assisi and means “little French man”.


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Vintage Irish Baby Names for Girls


Pronounced “ab-rawn”, meaning April in Irish.


Pronounced “aw-n-eeah”, this is a Latinized form of the name of Orflath, a daughter of the 12th-century Irish chieftain Donal Óg McCarthy.


Pronounced “bay-vinn”, meaning “fair lady” in Irish.


Pronounced “daw-veen”, meaning “little deer” from ‘damh’ (deer) and the diminutive ‘in’.


Pronounced “e-tane”, from ‘et’ (jealousy). She was a sun and horse goddess who was the lover of Midir.


Pronounched “ee-dah”, possibly derived from Old Irish ‘ítu’ (thirst).

Places baby names


Pronounced “mor-nah”, meaning “high-spirited, festive”. Muirne loved Conall who was from an opposing tribe. Her father, a druid, opposed the match and had Conall killed, but not before Muirne had conceived a son, who grew up to be the legendary warrior Fionn Mac Cool and who later avenged the death of his father.


Pronounced “nyass-ah”. In Irish legend she was the mother of Conchobhar, king of Ulster. According to some versions of the legend she was originally named Assa meaning “gentle”, but was renamed Ni-assa “not gentle” after she sought to avenge the murders of her foster fathers.


Pronounced “she-vah”, meaning “good peace” from Irish ‘síth’ (peace) and ‘maith’ (good).


Pronounced “slaw-na”. She was the daughter of Brian Boru.

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Published On: August 2nd, 2022 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: January 21st, 2023 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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