Irish Names for Modern Babies

Filed under: Holidays, Baby Names, Relationships, Expert Advice: Babies

Lots of Americans have Irish grandmothers named Bridget and Grandpa Patricks, moms named Eileen or Kathleen, uncles or dads called Sean.

But now, in time for St. Patrick's Day, there's a new generation of Irish names. With deep Gaelic roots, these names have been revived in modern Ireland and have started to immigrate to our shores, as well, sometimes with the help of a celebrity.

To make these names easier to understand for Americans, stick to Anglicized spellings -- they're on the right side of the slash. Or, use the Irish original and help with pronunciation; there's a guide in parentheses. These names are so beautiful, they're worth the effort.

Girls

Aine/Anya
Aislinn/Ashlyn
Aoife (Ee-fa)
Juno
Maeve
Niamh/Neve
Orla
Quinn
Saoirse (Seer-sha)
Tiernan

Boys

Ciaran/Kieran
Cillian/Killian
Cormac
Declan
Eamon (Ay-mun)
Finn
Lorcan
Oisin/Osheen
Ronan
Rory (works for girls, too)

Pamela Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz are the creators of nameberry.com.

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