Irish Baby Names | Irish Baby Boy Names

Irish baby names have been traditionally hot in US. Irish baby boy names are favorites and remain stylish classics. They have international flavor and they are considered strong and confident baby names. We have gathered the best Irish baby names so that you can browse the most popular names from Ireland, check the name meanings and decide if they fit your baby boy.

You don’t need to have Irish roots to pick one of the following Irish baby names. The time that parents chose baby names based on their own nationality has passed. We live in an international village and in the times of true globalization, men and women are free to choose whatever name they feel its best for their kids.

Why would you opt in for Irish baby names? There are some strong advantages, presented below:

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Advantages of Irish Baby Names

Most Irish baby names are tough and have a strong background. They are filled with history and heritage. Unlike the rest European baby names, Irish names are also considered lucky. But not with the conventional way. Irish people have suffered so many evil stuff throughout history with extraordinary positive attitude. Thus, the old saying “luck of the Irish” does not actually mean being lucky, but rather having a positive attitude towards obstacles in life.

If you want to teach your children a great lesson about enduring and tolerating negative situations, choose one of the following Irish baby names.

Irish Baby Boy Names

Cathal: derives from the word “Cath” which means battle. The meaning of Cathal is great warrior. St. Cathal was the patron saint of the Italian army during the Second World War. This typical Irish name was very popular in the Middle Ages, and it’s also very common nowadays in Ireland.

Cian: comes from the word cian which means enduring, ancient. The Irish legend describes Cian Mac Mael Muad as the son-in-law of Brian Boru who was leader of a huge army that started from Munster and defeated the Vikings in 1014. It was the legendary Battle of Clontarf where Cian Mac Mael Muad and Brian Bory fell as true heroes. Among the most popular baby names in Ireland, as it raised at no.8 in the 2003 charts of top baby names.

Ciaran: means the little dark one. Ciaran remain popular for centuries. As evidence, you will find more than 26 saints bering this name, with The most notable being St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise (circa 530 AD).

Cillian or Killian: derives from the word “cille” which means associated with the church.

Conor: the meaning of this popular Irish baby boy name (no.4 in Ireland) is lover of hounds. It is a spelling variation of the more uncommon Connor.

Cormac: derives from the word corbmac which means the son of the charioteer. The leader of Tara province, Cormac Mac Airt, was the most well known kings of ancient Ireland.

Daire: while this inspirational baby name has the wonderful meaning of being fertile or fruitful, it might sound too feminine for American boys. Other variations of this Irish baby name include Dara (which is even more girly for US parents) and Darragh. Did you know that Iran girls play with little dolls named Dara and Sara who are the Islamic equivalent of Ken and Barbie after the government put a ban in the classic Western dolls?

Daithi: speaking of fertile, the last king of Ireland who was bearing the name Daithi had 24 sons! Most of us can’t even handle two or three children, I can’t even imagine how would it be like to have twenty-four! Oh my, at least as a king he would have all the nunny help he would ever wanted!

Eoghan: means born of the yew tree.

Lorcan: originally meant the silent person but later got the meaning of fierce. It was used to describe someone as a brave warrior in battles. Research shows that it has some kind of association with the name Laurence, however Lorcan is now a given male name in its own right.

Neal: the origin of this old Irish name remains a mystery. Some historians suggest that it could from nel which means the cloud. One thing is for sure thought. Niall of the Nine Hostages was the King of Tara in the 4th century who won the throne after passing successfuly a tough test. He had to enter into a forrest along with his brother and find food and shelter without anyone’s help. However this was not an easy task and soon everyone became desperate. Then, a really ugly lady approached them and offered water to those who would agree to kiss her. Niall’s brothers were too proud to kiss her, so Niall made the first step. When he kissed her, the hideously uglyness transformed into a real beauty. She then offered Niall the sovereignty of Erin.

Odhran: means dark haired.

Oisin: one of the most popular boy names in Ireland. According to the Irish legend, Oisin was the son of the warrior Fionn Mac Cool (a reall cool surname, don’t you think?) and the goddess Sive.

Patrick: a spirited Irish classic that is so well tied to the Irish culture that it became a symbol in many banners and flags. Though it’s original source is Latin, it is known internationaly through St. Patrick who is the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that during the 5th century, he converted Irish people to Christianity. If you ever happen to visit Dublin on March 17th, you will be surprised by how much energy is released in the streets by Irish people who celebrate St. Patricks’s day is a sometimes notorious way with excessive drinking. But don’t let this spoil the fun, nor the overused diminutives Pat and Patsy ruin the day. If you want to opt in for a unique baby name, there are also other European variatons such as Patrizio (Italian), Patrice (French) and Patricio (Spanish).

Raymond or Redmond : the Irish variant of the combination of two German words, ragan and mund. When put together, their meaning changes to protector or counsellor. Thanks to Redmond O’Hanlon, the “Irish Robin Hood” who stole the money from the rich and gave it to the poor, this Irish boys name became especially popular in Northern Ireland.

Ronan: derives from the word ron which means seal.

Rory: a typical Gaelic name that means the red King. It became hot in Ireland thanks to the legendary 12th century king Rory O’Connor. It is now used for both baby boys and baby girls, making it one of the best unisex Irish baby names! Other variants include the boy name Ruairi and Ruaidhri that are more difficult to spell. Microsoft’s found Bill Gates chose Rory for his only son.

Ryan: a highly energetic choice which means the little king. Ryan has been one of the top Irish names in US for many years. It currently holds no.26 with the help of many celebrities named Ryan, such as Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds (born 1976) and one of the hottest guys in Hollywood these days, Ryan Gosling. His career saw a meteoric rise after his performance in 2004 drama “The Notebook” (watch the official trailer).

Tadhg: and finally, an Irish baby boy name that doesn’t mean king! We understand that this list of Irish baby names might have been too strong and tough for you. So we thought that it was more than necessary to have a much happier and melodic choice! Alas, Tadhag, means poet. Other name experts suggest it means philosopher. Either way, it moves away from kings, thrones and battles and enters the spiritual and inspirational realm.

Did you like our list of Irish baby names for boys? Do you have Irish roots and consider choosing one of the above Irish baby names for your baby boy? Leave us your comment, we would love to hear from you!

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3 responses to “Irish Baby Names | Irish Baby Boy Names”

  1. […] another imaginative spelling variation that derives from Kieran which is an Irish baby name that means the little dark one. Fact: girls will go “aaawwww” when they hear a boy […]

  2. […] version of Cian, who was a hero according to an ancient Celtic legend. Cian is still one of the Top Irish Names for boys but American parents prefer Kian to clarify spelling. Academy Award actress Geena Davis (known […]

  3. Helen Egbert says:

    Pronunciation guides for these names would be helpful. As an Irish ex-pat I’ve run into many an American who wished to honor their Irish heritage, but have been pronouncing their child’s name incorrectly. Embarrassing for them, hilarious to those who then must explain. This, I presume, would go for any name not of an English origin.

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