Here’s a list of Irish baby names, with a focus on names that are still alive in Ireland. There are hundreds more unique baby names in the Irish language, but we've passed over those that have fallen out of use.
The bolded version on top of each listing is the one that seems most popular in Ireland now -- that's sometimes an old Celtic name and sometimes a modernized version. It’s followed by other versions used in Ireland, with a pronunciation key.
Where historians disagree on the origin or translation of an Irish baby name, we’ve included several possible definitions (translations are from old Irish/Gaelic). If you think one is wrong, or you want to add some unique baby names that are Irish, please contact me.
Maire ir: Mears, Maille, Mariead, Maureen p: “moy+ra"
Irish form of Mary, popular due to the association with the Virgin Mary. Was considered too holy to use as a given name in Ireland up to the 17th century.
Mallaidh p: “mal+ee"
The old Irish form of Molly, a name derived from Mary.
Muireann ir: Murainn p: “moo+eer+en"
Translates from old Irish as “long haired."
Niamh p: “neeve"
Gaelic word meaning “bright."
Patricia ir: Padraigin p: “pa+tri+shuh"
Feminine version of Patrick.
Rioghnach ir: Regina p:"ree+na" or “ree+oh+na"
Translates as “queen" or “queenly."
Sadhbh ir: Sive, Sally p: “she+veh"
Translates as “goodness."
Sinead ir: Sina, Shinead p: “shin+aid"
Irish for Jane, the feminine version of John.
Siobhan ir: Siubhan p: “shu+vahn"
Irish form of Joan.
Triona p: “tree+nuh"
Shorter version of Catriona, an Irish and Scottish form of Katherine.
Tara ir: Teamhair p: “ta+ruh"
One of the more unique baby names in Irish. Was not used as a name through most of Irish history, only as the name of the most famous hill of kings in the center of Ireland. The use of Tara as the estate’s name in “Gone With The Wind," however, breathed new life into it as a girls Irish name.