Unusual, unique, and even exotic sounding Irish baby names are becoming hugely popular but how do you pronounce these unfamiliar syllables, what do these Irish names mean and what are their English name language equivalents? We have a definitive list of Irish baby names for boys and girls so you can research the meaning and listen to the audio so you can learn how to pronounce names in Irish correctly and hear the gaelic name as well.
I grew up in Ireland and have always had an interest in the origin of Irish names and now you can listen to Frank McCourt, Pulitzer prize-winning author of "Angela's Ashes" and the best-seller "Teacher Man" offer you 200 gaelic Irish names and there meanings for your baby girl or baby boy. Make sure your speakers are turned up as Frank helps with the Irish name pronunciation of each one and gives you the meaning and an associated tale in his own inimitable Irish way.
Start your journey by visiting our Irish boy names or Irish girl names pages. We have divided the pages up by letter so that you can easily find your names in Irish, meaning and name origin.
Or view individual entries for popular Irish names, such as the meaning of Aiden, or find out the history and correct pronunciation of the classic girls name Siobhan.
I’ve asked the 10-year-olds of Coolderry National School in County Offaly, Ireland to share their versions of the legendary sources of a lot of these Irish baby names, complete with artwork. Notice how the names of the students reflect the tremendous growth of Gaelic names and Irish names in Ireland from 27 different ones in 1901 to over 180!.
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Now if you’ve come to our site to choose an Irish name – listen to Frank, see if the meaning and story capture your imagination, then coo it, croon it and finally shout it out as if you were calling the wee’un in from play. Sound right? Good! If not there's plenty more Celtic baby names on the list.
And a special thanks to Frank McCourt and Brendan Hanamy, School Principal and the children of Coolderry National School for their support and help with this Irish names project.
Best, Martin Sheerin
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