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Popular Irish Baby Names

Popular Irish Names
  1. Fiona+ Fiona, which means fair and pale, debuted on the popularity chart in 1990 after American rock singer Fiona released three albums starting in 1985. Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Fiona Apple also drew attention to the name with her 1996 debut album, Tidal. Princess Fiona, the popular character in the 2001 film Shrek and its sequels, also had a positive impact on the name. Fiona peaked in 2004 at No. 327, the same year the fictional character with the same name was introduced in The Grim Grotto, one of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events books. Read more about Fiona
  2. Quinn+ Quinn is a surname used as a given name, as well as the short form of Quincy and Quintin. Its popularity was influenced during the 1950s and '60s by Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn, who was known as a painter, sculptor, and writer in later years. His son, Francesco Quinn, has followed in his footsteps as an actor. Now the name is featured on the popular TV show Glee. Read more about Quinn
  3. Finn+ In Irish folklore, Finn MacCumhail was a legendary hero known for his fairness. He had a band of warriors and huntsmen called the Fianna Eireann. Huckleberry Finn, the title character in Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a literary namesake. Finn has been widely used in the United States since 2000. The name also is popular in Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland. Finn originally described a native or inhabitant of Finland. Read more about Finn
  4. Ryan+ Give your child a royal name with Ryan, which means "little king." The name became popular in the United States in the 1940s. Now many famous people hold this name, including musician Ryan Cabrera, actor Ryan Gosling, and television host Ryan Seacrest. Read more about Ryan
  5. Liam+ Liam, short for William, is an irish name that is steadily rising in popularity in the United States, as well as Scotland and England. The name was ranked No. 49 by Social Security's 2009 popularity chart. Actress Tori Spelling named her first son Liam. Read more about Liam
  6. Ciaran+ Pronounced "keer-in," this name is versatile with several spelling options. The name first became popular in 1992 because actor Macaulay Culkin's little brother was named Kieran. Read more about Ciaran
  7. Tara+ Tara is derived from the name for a sacred hill in County Meath, Ireland, where the High Kings resided. The name became popular in the United States because of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind. Tara first debuted on the popularity charts after the release of the film version in 1939. Read more about Tara
  8. Breana+ A variation of Brianna, this name comes from the Gaelic expression meaning "exalted and high minded." Breana first became popular in the United States in 1988. Read more about Breana
  9. Erin+ This name is as Irish as a name can get! It literally means Ireland, as it is derived from Eireann, a poetic name for Ireland. The name first became popular in 1971 and in 2009 was ranked No. 194 by Social Security's popularity chart. Read more about Erin
  10. Kennedy+ Derived from the name of a Scottish and Irish clan, this name means "chief" or "helmeted." It is also recognized as the surname of the prominent political family that included President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. It is mostly used as a girl name, ranking No. 114 on Social Security's 2009 popularity chart. Read more about Kennedy