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.
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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!
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Pronounced “braw-don”, from the Irish for salmon
Means “little dove”
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Pronounced “ard-gawl” or “ard-awl”, the name means “high valour” and is derived from the Irish ‘ard’ (high) and ‘gal’ (valour).
Pronounced kahr-bra, meaning charioteer in Gaelic.
Pronounced “pron-she-iss”. The Irish form of Francis, originating from St. Francis of Assisi and means “little French man”.
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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.
Pronounced “cay-dawn”, meaning “little battle”.
Pronounced “air-nin”, meaning “iron”.
Means “silent” or “fierce” and was possibly used as a nickname for a brave warrior.
Fear Dhia means “man of God”. Ferdia was a warrior of Irish mythology.
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Pronounced “bay-vinn”, meaning “fair lady” in Irish.
Pronounched “ee-dah”, possibly derived from Old Irish ‘ítu’ (thirst).
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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 “she-vah”, meaning “good peace” from Irish ‘síth’ (peace) and ‘maith’ (good).
Pronounced “e-tane”, from ‘et’ (jealousy). She was a sun and horse goddess who was the lover of Midir.
Pronounced “daw-veen”, meaning “little deer” from ‘damh’ (deer) and the diminutive ‘in’.
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Pronounced “slaw-na”. She was the daughter of Brian Boru.
Pronounced “ab-rawn”, meaning April in Irish.
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.
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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.
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