How did you pick your child’s name? Was tradition or family ancestry important, or did you pick a name solely because you liked the sound of it?
With our first daughter, we choose a name based on the sound of it, but also the meaning behind it. Amanda, a Latin name meaning “she must be loved”. Oh, how I instantly fell in love with the name when I learned the meaning behind it. We named our next daughter Katelyn and our son, Malachy, both names with roots in the Irish culture. We didn’t pick them because they were Irish, but it turns out their names, and Irish names in general continue to top the list of popular baby names.
If you’re searching for an Irish name for your baby, check out the list put out by Irish Central of the top Irish baby names in America:
Ryan: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Ríain, meaning “descendant of the little king”
Brandon: Anglicization of Breanainn, which possibly means “sword.” Also an English surname meaning “hill top”
Logan: From the Irish surname O’Loughan, which is often mistranslated to mean “duck,” which is actually from the Gaelic word “lacha”Austin: Anglicization of the name Aghaistín, the Irish form of Augustine, a Latin name meaning “great” or “magnificent”
Kevin: Anglicization of the Irish name Caoimhín, meaning “beautiful birth”
Connor: Modern form of the Irish name Conchobhar, meaning “dog lover.” Usually spelled Conor in Ireland
Kyle: Anglicization of the Irish word “coill” meaning “woods.” More commonly used in Scotland, where it is from a place name meaning “narrow.”
Aidan: Anglicization of Aodhán, meaning “little fire”
Brian: Anglicization of the Irish name Brion, meaning “noble”
Sean: Irish form of John, which means “gift from God”
Brianna: Modern feminine form of Brian, an Anglicization of the Irish name Brion, meaning “noble”
Kayla: Even though it’s probably a modern creation, it is similar to the Irish male name Cadhla, meaning “slender”
Anna: Typically considered a Latin name, but Ana is also an ancient Celtic goddess known as the “Wealth Provider”
Megan: Though technically not a Celtic name (it’s a Welsh pet form of Margaret), it’s similar to the Irish surname O’Meegan, meaning “descendent of the brave warrior”
Kaitlyn: American form of the Irish Caitlín (Irish version of Catherine)
Makayla: Another modern creation possibly stemming from the Irish man’s name “Cadhla,” meaning slender
Kaylee: This name is a modern invention based on the names Kay and Lee, but it also sounds like “céilí,” the Irish word for a gathering
Kylie: Usually considered an Australian Aboriginal name meaning “boomerang,” but like the name Kayla, it’s also a form of Kiley, an Anglicization of the Irish name Cadhla, meaning “slender”
Riley: Riley is an English surname meaning “rye field” or an Anglicization of the Irish surname O’Reilly, or Ó Raghaillaigh, meaning from “descendant of Raghaillaigh,” an Irish chieftain
Erin: A poetic name for Ireland. The name is not usually used in Ireland, but it’s recently gained in popularity in the North
What’s your favorite Irish baby name? How did you pick your baby’s name?
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