100+ Irish Baby Names For Girls

Irish Baby Names For Girls

Irish baby names are popular all over the world, and it’s not surprising. Ireland may only have a population of about five million, but up to 70 million people believe they are of Irish descent. Although the majority of people in Ireland speak English, there are some areas where Gaelic is the main language used. Many of the Irish names below come from Gaelic or Celtic names, places, and words.

Ireland is charming and full of culture, history, and ancient legends. It is known for its lush green landscape and for its traditional symbols such as the clover and the Celtic cross. And, for a small country, Ireland and its people have had a great influence on the world by making contributions to art, science, literature and much more.

So whether you want to honor your heritage, or love the charm, beauty, and mystery of the Emerald Isle, take a look at these 100 Irish names to keep in mind for your little one.

Very good / Brianna Gilmartin

Popular Irish baby names for girls

Here are some of the most popular and unique Irish baby names for girls, along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information.

Aisling

  • Origin : Irish
  • Pronunciation : ASH-ling or ASH-lin
  • Meaning: Dream or vision
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Aislinn, Aislin, Aislin, Aesling, Ashlyn, Aislyn, Aislene, Ashlyn, Ashlynn, Ashley, Ashe, Ash
  • Famous homonyms : Comedian Aisling Bea, Actress Aisling Franciosi
  • Peak Popularity : Aisling is a unique name in the United States. However, it is popular in Ireland where it has been in the top 100 for more than 15 years.

Fun Fact : Aisling OConnor is one of the main characters in the book, Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy.

Alana

  • Origin : Irish, German, Hawaiian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beautiful or small stone
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Alanna, Alannah, Alaina, Alaine, Alayna, Alyn, Allyn, Elaine, Alani
  • Famous Namesakes : Dancer Alana Patience, Surfer Alana Blanchard
  • Peak Popularity : Alana appeared on the list of America’s 1,000 Best Girl Names in 1944. It was the most popular in 2007 when it reached number 143, and was number 200 in 2018.

Fun Fact : Alana Thompson is more commonly known as Honey Boo Boo from the TLC reality show that featured her family Here Comes Honey Boo Boo .

Aoife

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Pronunciation : EE-fa
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Aioffe, Aoif, Aife, Aeife, Efa, Efah, Eva, Ava
  • Famous namesakes : Olympian Aoife Hoey, singer Aoife ODonovan
  • Peak Popularity : Aoife is not common in the US and is not in the top 1,000. However, it is all the rage in Ireland, appearing at number 17 in 2017.

Fun fact : Aoife was a great warrior princess and heroine in Irish mythology.

Arlene

  • Origin : Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Devotion or promise
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Arleen, Arline, Arleyne, Arleine, Arlen, Arlena, Arlyn,
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Arlene Dahl, entertainer Arlene Klasky
  • Peak Popularity : Arlene has been one of the top 1,000 names for more than 100 years. Its best year was 1934, when it reached number 53. In recent years it has dropped and is no longer in the top 1,000 in 2005.

Fun fact : Arlene is a cat that appears in Garfield comics created by Jim Davis.

Brenda

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, English
  • Meaning: Sword on or on fire
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Brienda, Brendah, Brenna, Brennan, Bren, Brynn
  • Famous namesakes : Actress Brenda Blethyn, singer Brenda Lee
  • Peak Popularity : Brenda became one of the 1,000 biggest names in 1925 and rocketed up the charts. It was a top 100 name for 1939 and remained in the top 100 until 1978. It has experienced a downward trend over the past 20 years and is about to drop out of the top 1,000 list.

Fun Fact : Brenda Walsh is one of the leads in the ’90s teen drama Beverly Hills 90210 .

Brianna

  • Origin : Irish, Celtic, English
  • Meaning: From the high hill, noble and strong
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Briana, Breanna, Bryanna, Breanne, Brianne, Breena, Brielle, Brea, Bree
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Brianna Hildebrand, Actress Brianna Reed
  • Peak Popularity : Brianna reached the top 1,000 in 1976 and the top 100 in 1988. She was most popular in 1999 with a rank of 14, and was 132 in 2018.

Fun Fact : Brianna Keilar is a journalist and host of the cable news program CNN Right Now .

Bridget

  • Origin : Irish
  • Meaning: High-level, strong and powerful
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Bridgett, Bridgette, Brigit, Brigid, Brigid, Brighid
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Bridget Fonda, Gymnast Bridget Sloan
  • Peak Popularity : Bridget is one of the top 1,000 names for more than a century. It was number 531 in 1900 and number 718 in 2018.

Fun Fact : Bridget Jones is the subject of Helen Fielding’s comedy novel Bridget Jones’s Diary and other fun books and movies based on the character.

Caitlin

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, French, Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Caitlyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Catelyn, Katelyn, Cailin, Cait, Cate, Kate
  • Famous Namesakes : Musician Caitlin Crosby, actress Caitlin Thompson
  • Peak Popularity : Caitlin was one of the top 100 names from 1985 to 2002. Her highest rank was 44th in 1988.

Fun Fact : Caitlin Sanchez is one of the voice actors behind Dora, the young and adventurous protagonist of the Nickelodeon animated children’s series Dora the Explorer .

Caoimhe

  • Origin : Irish, Celtic
  • Pronunciation : KEE-va or KWEE-va
  • Meaning: Charming and beautiful
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Keeva, Kivah, Keevah, Keyva, Kiva
  • Famous Namesakes : Peace Activist Caoimhe Butterfly
  • Maximum popularity : Caoimhe is not common in the United States, but it is popular in Ireland, where it was number 23 in 2017.

Fun Fact : Caoimhe is a traditional Irish girl name and the feminine form of Caoimhín or Kevin.

Face

  • Origin : Irish, Latin, Italian and others
  • Meaning: A friend
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Kara, Carra, Karra, Carah, Karah, Cari, Kari
  • Famous Namesakes : Writer Cara Lockwood, actress Cara Seymour
  • Peak Popularity : Cara has been a consistent top 1,000 name since 1953. Her highest rank was 184 in 1985. But, her popularity has been declining, ranking in the 800s for the last few years.

Fun Fact : Irene Cara is an actress, singer, and songwriter best known for her role in the 1980 musical drama Fame and her award-winning song “Flashdance…. What a Feeling ».

Casey

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, English
  • Meaning: Vigilant and brave
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Kacie, Kasey, Casey, Kaysee, Kaycey, Caysie, Kasie, Kaysie, Cassie
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Casey Burke, Actress Casey Wilson
  • Peak Popularity : Casey appeared as one of the top 1,000 names for girls in 1967. It peaked at number 80 in 1986, but has since followed a downward trend and is at risk of falling out of the top 1,000.

Fun Fact : Casey is the name of an Australian research station located just outside the Antarctic Circle in Antarctica.

Cassidy

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Smart or with curly hair
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Cassidie, Cassidi, Kassidy, Cassadee,
  • Famous Homonyms : Singer Cassidy Catanzaro, Singer Cassadee Pope
  • Peak Popularity : Cassidy is a unisex name, but it is more common for girls. It peaked for boys in 1984 and for girls in 1999.

Fun Fact : “Cassidy” is the name of a song by The Grateful Dead.

Colleen

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, Celtic
  • Meaning: A little girl
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Coleen, Collene, Colene, Collyne, Colline
  • Famous namesakes : Journalist Colleen McEdwards, actress Colleen Camp
  • Peak Popularity : Colleen has been a popular name in the United States for over a hundred years. It reached a rank of 92 in 1966, but has fallen out of favor in recent years and is now less common.

Fun Fact : Colleen is from the word cailín which means girl or young woman in Irish. It is not a common name in Ireland. Instead, it was common among Irish-Americans and Irish immigrants in other countries.

Deirdre

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Sadness
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Deirdra, Deirdrah, Deidre, Deidra
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Deidra Hall, Actress Deirdre Lovejoy
  • Peak Popularity : Deirdre was one of the top 1,000 names in the US from 1944 to 1990. It was most popular in 1961 when it reached number 333.

Fun Fact : In Irish mythology, Deirdre is the tragic heroine of the ancient tale, Deirdre of the Sorrows .

Delaney

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, French, English
  • Meaning: Of The Dark Challenger
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Delainie, Delanie, Dalaney, Delainny
  • Famous Namesakes : Athlete Delaney Collins, Singer Delaney Gibson
  • Peak popularity : Delaney reached the top 1,000 in 1991. It reached 169 in 2004 and 248 in 2018.

Fun Fact : Delaney is a brand of hardware products, such as door handles and doorknobs, available at building supply locations throughout the United States.

Eileen

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Light
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Ilene, Aileen, Eilene, Ailene, Ailene, Eilean, Evelyn, Eveline, Aveline, Helen, Ellen
  • Famous Namesakes : Astronaut Eileen Collins, Actress Eileen Davidson
  • Peak Popularity : Eileen has been one of the top 1,000 names for more than 100 years. It was number 367 in 1900, in the top 200 from 1913 to 1969, and recently it hovers around 700.

Fun Fact : “Come on Eileen” was a huge hit for the Dexys Midnight Runners who reached number one in the United States in 1983.

Erin

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, Celtic
  • Meaning: From Ireland
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Erinn, Errin, Eryn, Eran, Erun, Eren, Erie
  • Famous Namesakes : Sportscaster Erin Andrews, Activist Erin Brockovich
  • Peak Popularity : Erin became popular in the United States in the 1950s. She was in the top 100 from 1971 to 2005, peaking at number 18 in 1983. Recently, she is in the 400 category. In Ireland, Erin was among the top 100 in 2017.

Fun Fact : Erin go Bragh is the English version of the Irish Gaelic expression Éirinn go Brách which means Ireland forever.

Finley

  • Origin : Irish, Scottish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Have a light skin tone
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Finlay, Finnley, Finlea, Finleigh, Fynley, Phynley, Finnea, Finn
  • Peak Popularity : Finley reached the top 1,000 in 2005, and has exploded in popularity. It was number 163 in 2018.

Fun fact : Finley is the name of Elvis Presley’s granddaughter.

Fiona

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, English
  • Meaning: Vine
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Fionna, Fionah, Fianna, Fiana, Finola
  • Famous Namesakes : Singer Fiona Apple, Actress Fiona Fullerton
  • Peak Popularity : Fiona appeared as one of the top 1,000 names in 1990. She has had a steady rise in popularity, peaking at 181 in 2017.

Fun Fact : Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz, is a princess and the protagonist of the animated film Shrek and its sequels.

Gráinne

  • Origin : Irish
  • Pronunciation : GRON-ya
  • Meaning: The grain or crop
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Granya, Graunya, Grawnya, Gronya, Grainia, Grace
  • Famous Namesakes : Musician Grainne Duffy, Athlete Gráinne Murphy
  • Peak Popularity : Gráinne is a rare name in the United States, not appearing on the top 1,000 list in the last 120 years.

Fun Fact : The Search for Diarmuid and Gráinne is a famous romantic legend from Irish mythology.

Kathleen

  • Origin : Irish, English, Old French, Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Alternate Spellings and Variations : Cathleen, Kathline, Kathlene, Cathlean, Kathy, Kathie, Kathi
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Kathleen Turner, Producer Kathleen Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity : Kathleen has been extremely popular for over 100 years. It was number 171 in 1900 and one of the top 200 names until 2000. It broke the top 10 in 1949 when it was ranked number 9. It has experienced a decline in the last 15 years and recently ranks in the rank of the 800.

Fun Fact : The “K” in the best-seller JK Rowling is Kathleen’s name. It was her grandmother’s name.

Keira

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: A brunette, dark-haired
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Cera, Ciara, Ciarra, Cairah, Keera, Keerah, Ceara, Kierra, Kiara, Kira, Kyra
  • Famous People : Actress Keira Knightley
  • Peak Popularity : Keira reached the top 1,000 in 2000. She reached 110 in 2006 and was ranked 365 in 2018.

Fun fact : High above the city of Wollongongong in Australia, the Mount Keira Lookout at Mount Keira Summit Park offers beautiful views of the city and the coastline.

Kelly

  • Origin : Irish, Scottish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Brave or intelligent warrior
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Kelli, Kelley, Kellie, Kellee, Keleigh
  • Famous Namesakes : TV host Kelly Ripa, actress Kelly Preston
  • Peak Popularity : Kelly was one of the top 100 names from 1959 to 2000. His highest rank was 10 in 1977. He has dropped to 600.

Fun Fact : Kelly Clarkson is a successful singer-songwriter who became a sensation after winning the first American Idol contest in 2002.

Kelsey

  • Origin : Irish, Old English, Norse
  • Meaning: Victory of the fierce ship or island
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Kelsie, Kelsi, Kelsy, Kelsy, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kelsee, Kelci, Kellsey, Kelsay
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Kelsey Chow, Comedian Kelsey Cook
  • Peak Popularity : Kelsey became one of the top 1,000 names for girls in 1977. She was one of the top 100 names from 1987 to 2001 and is still popular.

Fun Fact : The diamonds were mined from the Kelsey Lake diamond mine in Colorado from 1996 to 2001.

Kennedy

  • Origin : Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning: Boss with helmet
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Kenedy, Kennedi, Kennedey, Kennedie, Kennedie, Kennidy, Kennedee, Kennadi, Kennady
  • Famous Tocayos : Former MTV VJ Kennedy
  • Peak Popularity : Kennedy is a name for both genders, although it is used more often for girls. A top 100 name for girls since 2011, which peaked at 58 in 2017.

Fun fact : The Kennedy family is one of the most prominent political families in American history.

Kerry

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: The people of Cair
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Kerri, Keri, Kerrie, Kerrey, Kery, Keree, Kerie
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Kerry Washington, Actress Kerry Ellis
  • Peak Popularity : Kerry was on the list of the 1,000 most popular girls from 1943 to 1997. It reached its highest rank of 145 in 1971. It is not so common anymore.

Fun Fact : County Kerry, in the south west of Ireland, is home to mountains, lakes, coastlines and Killarney National Park.

Maeve

  • Origin : Irish, Celtic, Latin
  • Pronunciation : MAYV
  • Meaning: Intoxicating
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Maive, Maev, Meave, Maebh, Maebh, Maiv
  • Famous Namesakes : Writer Maeve Binchy, Actress Maeve Kinkead
  • Peak Popularity : A traditional Irish name, Maeve has been one of the 1,000 most popular names in the United States since 1997. It has seen a steady rise in popularity over the past 20 years and has reached 334 in 2018.

Fun Fact : Maeve Ryan was a central character in Ryans Hope, an American soap opera about an Irish-American family who lived in Manhattan from 1975 to 1989.

Maureen

  • Origin : Irish
  • Meaning: Bitter, loved or desired
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Maurine, Moreen, Morrine, Máirin, Maura, Moira, Máire
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Maureen OSullivan, singer Maureen McGovern
  • Peak Popularity : Maureen has been common in the United States for over a century. It was a top 200 between 1933 and 1971. After that, use of the name has declined, and it is seen much less today.

Fun Fact : Maureen McCormick was Marsha, Brady’s oldest and most popular daughter, on the hit ’70s television show The Brady Bunch .

Molly

  • Origin : Irish
  • Meaning: Bitter, loved or desired
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Mollie, Molli, Mallie, Molley, Mahley, Maille
  • Famous Namesakes : Comedian Molly Shannon, Actress Molly Ringwald
  • Peak Popularity : Molly is a traditional name that has been around for centuries. It was number 411 in 1900 and has been in the top 100 for most of the last 30 years. In 2018, they were 158. Molly is also popular in Ireland, where she was in the top 100 in 2017.

Fun fact : The legend of Molly Pitcher is based on real women who brought jugs of water to soldiers during the Revolutionary War. When the men fell, they picked up their weapons and fought instead.

monkey

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, Greek and others
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Monah, Monna, Monca, Monya, Monica
  • Famous Namesakes : Former Miss Universe Mona Grudt, Actress Mona Marshall
  • Peak Popularity : Mona is a classic name. It was number 400 in 1900 and was in the top 1,000 list until 1986.

Fun Fact : Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

Muriel

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, Celtic, Latin
  • Meaning: Bright as the sea
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Murial, Mureal, Muireal, Muriol, Merial, Muirgheal, Meryl
  • Famous Namesakes : Designer Muriel Brandolini, Actress Muriel Evans
  • Peak Popularity : Muriel is an old name. It was number 211 in 1900 and consistently ranked as one of the 1,000 biggest names until 1964. Now it is rare.

Fun Fact : Muriel Heslop is the star of Muriels Wedding , a 1994 Australian comedy about friendship and adventure.

Niamh

  • Origin : Irish
  • Pronunciation : NEEV
  • Meaning: Radiant and bright
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Niambh, Niam, Neve, Neave, Snow
  • Famous Namesakes : Athlete Niamh Briggs, Writer Niamh OConnor
  • Peak Popularity : Niahm is not a household name in the United States, but it is in Ireland. In 2017 it was ranked in the top 100 in Ireland.

Fun Fact : Golden Haired Niamh is an Irish mythological goddess from Tír na nÓg, the Celtic otherworld and the land of youth and beauty.

Nora

  • Origin : Irish, Italian, English and others
  • Meaning: Honor
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Norah, Norra, Norreh, Noreen, Norene, Norine, Honora
  • Famous Namesakes : Writer Nora Roberts, Actress Nora Dunn
  • Peak Popularity : Nora is a classic name that has been popular for over a century. It was number 83 in 1900 and peaked at number 28 in 2017.

Fun Fact : Renowned chef Nora Pouillon opened Restaurant Nora, the first certified organic restaurant in the United States.

Fringe

  • Origin : Irish, Celtic, Danish
  • Meaning: Golden Princess
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Orlah, Orrla, Orlagh, Orlaith
  • Famous namesakes : Actress Orla Brady, singer Órla Fallon
  • Peak Popularity : Orla is a rare name in the US that has not appeared in the top 1,000 list in the last 120 years. However, it is well known in Ireland.

Fun fact : Órla was the sister of the ancient 10th century Irish king Brian Bórumha mac Cennétig or Brian Boru.

Quinn

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Descendant of the boss
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Quin, Quynn, Qwinn, Quinne, Qwinne, Quenn, Quiyn
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Quinn Shepard
  • Peak Popularity : Quinn is a gender-neutral name most commonly given to girls. It made the list of the 1,000 best girl names in 1979 and has been in the top 100 since 2015.

Fun Fact : Tarquinn “Quinn” Blackwood is a character in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles . The series begins with the 1976 classic novel Interview with the Vampire .

Reagan

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Little ruler, son of the king
  • Alternate spellings and variations : Rheagan, Regan, Ragan, Raegan, Raygan, Reghan, Raghan, Reaghan, Raeghan, Reganne, Reaganne, Rheagan
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Reagan Gomez-Preston, Actress Reagan Dale Neis
  • Peak Popularity : Reagan is very popular with girls. I peaked at number 97 in 2016.

Fun fact : Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States of America.

Riley

  • Origin : Irish, English
  • Meaning: Brave or of the rye field
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Rylie, Reilly, Reilley, Rylee, Rilee, Rileigh, Ryleigh, Ryley
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Riley Keough, singer Riley Biederer
  • Peak Popularity : Riley is a unisex name. It has been one of the top 1,000 names for boys for over 100 years and has become one of the top 100 names for boys for one year in 2002. Riley has been one of the top 100 names for girls since 2002 and has peaked at number 22 in 2016.

Fun Fact : The Disney Pixar movie Inside Out takes place inside Riley Anderson’s head .

Roisin

  • Origin : Irish
  • Pronunciation : ROW-sheen or ROSH-sheen
  • Meaning: Rosita
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Rose, Rosie, Rosaleen, Rosheen
  • Famous namesakes : Athlete Roisin Mc Gettigan, Comedian Roisin Conaty
  • Popularity Peak : Roisin is an unusual name in the United States. But, it is popular in Ireland and was in the top 100 in 2017.

Fun Fact : The LÉ Róisín (P51) is a military ship of the Irish Navy and an offshore patrol vessel.

Shannon

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Possess great wisdom
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Shannen, Shannan, Shannan, Shannun, Shannin, Shanon, Shannyn, Siannon
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Shannon Woodward, Writer Shannon Hale
  • Peak Popularity : Shannon was one of the top 100 names for girls from 1968 to 1998. She reached her highest rank of 17 in 1976. After a decline, she is no longer in the top 1,000.

Fun fact : The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland.

Shauna

  • Origin : Irish, Gaelic, English
  • Meaning: God is merciful
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Shawna, Seana, Shana, Shona
  • Famous Namesakes : Writer Shauna Cross, Producer Shauna Robertson
  • Peak Popularity : Shauna was popular from 1949 to 1999, but hasn’t been in the top 1,000 since 2000.

Fun fact : As part of the United States Olympic team, Shauna Rohbock and her partner Valerie Fleming won the silver medal in the two-woman sled event at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.

Shay

  • Origin : Irish
  • Meaning: Admired and respected
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Shai, Shea, Shae, Shaye, Shey, Shey, Shayla
  • Famous Namesakes : Actress Shay Mitchell, Actress Shay Astar
  • Maximum Popularity : Shay is not very common. It reached its highest position for girls in 1971 with a rank of 893.

Fun fact : In ancient Egypt, Shai (Shay) was the God of Fate and Destiny.

Sheila

  • Origin : Irish, Latin
  • Meaning: Blind
  • Alternative spellings and variations : Sheilah, Sheela, Sheala, Shelagh, Sheelagh, Síle,
  • Famous homonyms : The singer Sheila E., actress….
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