Anglicized form of Aodhán. When combined with variants like Aiden, Ayden, Aydan, and Aden, Aidan was the most popular name for boys in the U.S. in 2006.
St Aidan was the founder of the monastery of Lindisfarne in north England. He is credit
A modern respelling of Aidan. May also be a variant of Eden. When combined with variants like Ayden, Aydan, and Aden, Aiden was the most popular name for boys in the U.S. in 2006.
Angus is the anglicized form of the Scottish and Irish Gaelic name Aonghus. It is both a first name and surname.
Brady is a surname that has recently come into use as a first name. 'The Brady Bunch' was a 1970s TV show which aimed to present the challenges involved in blending a family - Mike Brady and his three sons having Carol Martin and her three daughters join
Brendan is an Irish saint whose travels are narrated in the immram "The Voyage of St. Brendan".
Respelling of Brendan.
Respelling of Brendan.
The name Brian has historically enjoyed popularity in Ireland, no doubt influenced by Brian Boru, a great High King of Ireland. The name is shared by Queen guitarist Brian May, 'The Beach Boys' songwriter Brian Wilson, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian
A common respelling of the name "Brian," Bryan also occurs quite regularly as a surname.
Surname of American sports celebrity Kobe Bryant and newscaster Bryant Gumble.
In the Old Testament, Caleb and Joshua were among the Israelites who left Egypt for Canaan with Moses. They were the only two who lived to see the promised land. Caleb is sometimes translated as "faithful" or "loyal," probably because a dog displays the
Many Western U.S. cities and towns are called "Carson" after American explorer and frontiersman Kit Carson.
Cohen is either a Jewish surname from the Hebrew 'kohen' (priest) or an anglicised Irish surname from 'Ó Cadhan' (descendant of Cadhan).
Cohen is not a personal name in Hebrew. In the Jewish faith, a kohen is assumed to be a direct male de
Coleman is a name and (more commonly) a surname with several different origins. As both an Irish and an English surname it is derived through Old Irish from the Latin 'columba' ('dove'). It can also be an anglicization of the Irish Gaelic surname Ó Clumhá
Conor is particularly popular in Ireland - it was the 3rd most popular name there in 2006.
Cullen is the surname of the lead characters, the Cullen family, of Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' series of novels.
St Declan was an early Irish saint, who preached in Ireland prior to the arrival of St Patrick.
Declan Costello was Attorney-General of Ireland in the 1970s. Declan Donnelly is a British TV presenter, one half of 'Ant and Dec'.
Popular anglicized form of the Irish form of John.
It may also be an anglicized form of Irish Eoghan.
Ervin is a variant of the surname Irvine, which has three separate origins. It can be from one of two places in Scotland, either Irvine or Irving. Both places are named for a Celtic river whose name probably meant 'green water'. It can also be derived fro
Evan is considered to be Welsh and is, like Ieunan, a form of John and means "God is gracious". Evan and Even are used also in Britanny where they are linked to John the Baptist. These forms overlap in Ireland and Scotland with forms of Eoghan, which are
Though it has gained some popularity as a female name in the U.S., Finley is masculine in all other English-speaking regions.
Gannon is predominantly a surname. It is an anglicised form ultimately derived from the Gaelic name Fionnán, which is itself derived from 'fionn' (white, fair).
Gavin is a form of Gawain. Gawain was one of King Arthur's knights of the Round Table.
Gerald Ford was the 38th President of United States of America. He became President following the resignation of Richard Nixon. President Ford was adopted as a boy; his birth name was Leslie Lynch King Jr.
There have been various saints nam
St. Gregory is the patron saint of singers and students. He was the first pope named Gregory.
The Gregorian Calendar was named after Pope Gregory XIII, who devised it.
Famous Gregorys include actor Gregory Peck, and characte
Irvin is a variant of the surname Irvine, which has three separate origins. It can be from one of two places in Scotland, either Irvine or Irving. Both places are named for a Celtic river whose name probably meant 'green water'. It can also be derived fro
Irving is a variant of the surname Irvine, which has three separate origins. It can be from one of two places in Scotland, either Irvine or Irving. Both places are named for a Celtic river whose name probably meant 'green water'. It can also be derived fr
Kale is an anglicized spelling of the Irish name Cáel. It is also the Hawaiian form of Charles, pronounced "KAH leh." Kale is also the name of a leafy green vegetable, similar to cabbage.
Keegan derives from the surname MacAodhagáin, meaning "son of Aodhagáin." Aodhagáin is another form of the name Aodh, meaning "fire."
Keegan is the surname of former England football manager and player Kevin Keegan.
Of uncertain derivation.
It is perhaps an altered form of the Irish Kelan (from the Gaelic word for "slender").
It might also be a shortened form of the Scottish surname McKellen (Gaelic Mac Ailein "son of Alan", or Mac Cailein "son of Coli
Kenneth was particularly popular from the 1930s to 1960s, when it was in the US top 20. It has since declined in popularity, and in 2006 was the 128th most popular male name. It currently retains popularity in the East coast states.
Kevin of Glendalough was an early Irish saint who is credited for spreading the popularity of the name Kevin (originally Caoimhín).
Perhaps the most famous Kevin today is Kevin Bacon, an American actor to whom - it is alleged - anyone in
This name is a short form of the Irish name Uilliam (William) which is now use independently as a given name. As a Hebrew name, Liam means "my people; I have a nation".
Famous bearers include 'Oasis' singer Liam Gallagher, former Irish Tao
Originally a surname which was derived from a Scottish place name
St Luke was the author of the Biblical books of Luke and of the Acts of the Apostles. He is traditionally seen as being a physician or a doctor.
Luke was ranked as the 17th most popular boy's name in the UK in 2006, but was rated 43rd in t
Famous Neils include the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, writers Neil Gaiman and Neil Postman, and singers Neil Diamond and Neil Tennant of the 'Pet Shop Boys'. Neil Kinnock is a British politician, who was leader of the Labour Party in the
Oren is a Hebrew Old Testament name meaning ash or pine. The son of Jerahmeel.
It may also be a variant of Irish name Oran, derived from Odhran.
Oscar is a Scandinavian name derived from the Old English os "god" and gar "spear".
It is also an Irish mythological name: Oscar was the name of Oisin's son and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail. It almost certainly means "lover of deer" o
St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
Notable bearers include actor Patrick Stewart, French football or soccer player Patrick Vieira, 'Dr Who' actor Patrick Troughton, astronomer Patrick Moore and actor Patrick Dempsey.
There have been various St Ronans, including a Celtic bishop who preached in Cornwall and Brittany. The town of Locronan in Brittany is named after him.
There are several famous Irishmen named Ronan - singers Ronan Keating and Ronan Tynan,
In the Old Testament, Samuel was the son of Hannah, a prophet and a judge who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Samuel was the 25th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006 and the 8th most popular in the UK.
Came originally from Old English to mean Scotsman.
Robert Scott was the leader of the losing team in the 'Race to the Pole', and died on his return. Walter Scott was a novelist.
'Beam me up, Scotty' is a phrase associated wi
The Irish form of John. Famous bearers include actors Sean Connery - the first James Bond, Sean Bean, Sean Astin - Samwise Gamgee in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Sean "Puffy" or "P. Diddy" Combs and Sean Penn.
Anglicized form of Séamus.
Anglicised form of Sean.
Respelling of Sean, an Anglicized variant of Seán.
Can also be a nickname for Seamus.
From the English word, steward, or caretaker of the house.
Used almost exclusively as a surname.
Troy, as a surname, derives from the French city of Troyes. The ancient Greek island of Troy is, presumably, why Troy has become popular as a first name. The meaning is unknown. The name can also be an anglicisation of the Gaelic Troightheach, which me
From the name of a County in Northern Ireland, meaning "land of Eoghan, land of the noble".
An Irish form of William.
Respelling of the Gaelic word 'aisling'.
There have been various Alexandras in royalty: Alexandra of Hesse was the wife of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, Alexandra of Denmark was the wife of British King Edward VIII and Princess Alexandra is a cousin of British Queen Elizabeth II.
Variant of Alison, a Norman French diminutive of Alice.
Since 1963 in the US, Allison has been more popular than Alison.
The name is borne by news anchor Allison Stewart, Canadian singer Allison Crowe, and actresses Allison M
According to Irish legend, Aoife was the greast female warrior in the world. This is currently a very popular name in Ireland.
Nickname for names beginning with 'Bri' or the 'Bree' sound such as Bridget or Brianna.
Modern feminine form of Brian
Modern feminine form of Brian
Bríd was the name of a Celtic fire goddess. St Brigid or Bridget of Kildare was a 5th century saint, who formed the monastery at Kildare. Many of the qualities associated with Bríd have since become associated with her.
St Bridget or Birgi
Elaboration of Bridget.
Ciara is an Irish name derived from the Irish Gaelic word "ciar," meaning "dark." It is traditionally pronounced "KEER ah," with a hard K. This name is the original version of the anglicised variants Keira and Kira. In the US, Ciara is frequently prono
Alternative spelling of Ciara.
Short form of the name Cora.
Deirdre was a character of legendary beauty from the Ulster Cycle, a compilation of ancient Irish lore. Deirdre was engaged to marry Conchobar, the king of Ulster, but instead fell in love with his nephew, Naiose. Deirdre and Naiose fled to an isolated
Anglicized form of Eibhlín.
Originally used in Ireland as a form of Helen or Evelyn. Could also be related to Gaelic in which it means 'pleasant'.
Latinate form of Eve, Eva was also used to Anglicize Aoife in Ireland, an old name believed to be derived from aoibh (beauty). Eabha is the Gaelic form of Eva.
Eva Braun was the companion and later the wife of Adolf Hitler. Eva Perón (also
Famous bearers include actress Fiona Shaw, singer Fiona Apple, British journalist Fiona Bruce and Princess Fiona from the 'Shrek' films.
Fiona pinnata is the name of a species of sea slug. It is the only species belonging to the Fiona genu
In the USA, there are currently two state governors named Kathleen: Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas.
Kathleen Turner is an American actress.
Keira is the anglicised form of Ciara, an Irish name derived from the Irish Gaelic word "ciar," meaning "dark." Actress Keira Knightley is a famous bearer.
Lillian Bounds was the wife of animator Walt Disney. Lillian Gish and Lillian Roth were American actresses, and Lillian Hellman was a playwright. The name was most popular around 1900, and these four examples of bearers of the name Lillian were all born w
Anglicization of the Gaelic name Maebh (also Méabh, Madhbh, Medb).
Medb was the great warrior queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Her name might be related to mad (child), or to meisce and mean "the cause of great into
Of Celtic origin, perhaps derived from the Gaelic 'mohr' (great).
It is also used as an Anglicized form of Máire.
Alternatively, Maura is a feminine form of the Latin Maurus (dark-skinned).
Anglicized form of Máirín.
Anglicized form of Máire.
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Muadhnait, a diminutive form of muadh (noble); hence, the meaning "little noble one".
It has sometimes been taken as connected with Greek monos (single, only) or chosen with reference to Leonardo Da Vinci'
In Irish mythology, Niamh is a goddess and one of the queens of Tír na nÓg, the land of eternal youth. She was the lover of the poet-hero Oisín.
Anglicized form of Órfhlaith.
Diminutive form of Róis, the Irish form of Rose.
This is the Irish form of Joan.
A name of Devi, the Divine Mother, used in the Tantras.
Una appears as a name in Spenser's "Faerie Queene," and her character is considered a personification of Truth and the Church. She is set up in opposition to the antagonist Duessa (from the Greek word for "two"), who is set up as the "False Church."
Victoria was the Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike.
A notable bearer of this name is Queen Victoria who reigned between 1819 - 1901 and is the longest reigning British monarch. Victoria was not a common name when Qu
Casey was first used as an honorary nickname for American folk hero Jonathan 'Casey' Jones. He acquired his nickname from his birthplace, Cayce, in Kentucky. Casey is also a last name, an anglicised form of the Irish Gaelic surname Ó Cathasaigh. This mean
Anglicised form of the Gaelic surname Ó Caiside ('descendant of Caiside'). This surname is currently also used as a first name for both genders. It was the surname of Wild West bank and train robber Butch Cassidy, and American singer Eva Cassidy.
Derived from the Irish surname of debated origin.
It may be derived from the Germanic first name Godfrey (God's peace), and may have been encouraged by the Gaelic 'cuairteoir' (visitor).
It might also come from the Gaelic 'coire' (a cauldro
A spelling variation of the male name Corey. As a female name it is a nickname of a Cor- name such as Cornelia or Cora.
As a Hebrew male name, Dara may be derived from 'dar' meaning "mother-of-pearl", if written with the letters Dalet Resh Hey. Dara may also be written with the letters Dalet Resh Ayin. It is in such case a Biblical name of unknown meaning. Dara was a son o
Delaney is a surname derived alternately from an Old English word for "alder grove," or the Irish surname Ó Dubhshláine, "Dubhshláine" being a combination of the Gaelic words "dark" and "defiance."
Anglicised form of the Gaelic surname Ó Damháin, which means 'descendant of Damhán'.
Erin is taken from the Gaelic Eirinn, meaning "of Eire" - Eire being the Irish name for Ireland. Erin was used as a poetic name for Ireland for several centuries but it is not normally bestowed as a given name in that country.
It became po
Of German roots, Evelyn is an English variant of Aveline. Aveline is itself related to Ava, Medieval short form of Germanic names beginning with the element "avi", of unknown meaning, possibly "desired".
It can also be considered a cognate
The name Gillian is pronounced with a 'J' sound (hence its alternative spelling 'Jillian'), but it is occasionally found pronounced with a hard 'G'. Gillian Anderson is an American actress known for her role in TV show The X-Files.
A common spelling of this name, it is found mostly on females. It was the 25th most popular name in the US in terms of spelling. If you go by sound and combine all the HAY lee pronunciations together (eg Hailey, Hayley, Haley, Hayleigh etc.) then Hailey (
In theory, Keelan which comes from the Irish Caoilfhinn (slender and fair), could be used equally on boys and girls. In practice, it is more widely used for girls.
An Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cadhla.
Keenan is probably a diminutive of Kean, respelling of Cian or Anglicized form of Ó Cathán, meaning "descendant of Cathán".
It also serves as the Anglicized form of Gaelic Cianán, "little ancient one", a name that sometimes suggested a reincarnated
A respelling of the Irish surname Kelly.
County Kerry is located in the Munster region of the Republic of Ireland.
The name of the county may mean "country of the children of Ciar", ciar meaning "dark" and probably implying "dark hair and brown eyes".
Became popular in names such at Katie-Leigh, Jodi-Leigh.
Lindsey is a variant spelling of Lindsay, but can also come from a Middle English phrase meaning "Lelli's island."
From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which is derived from Welsh mor (sea) or mawr (great), and can (bright, white) or cant (circle, completion).
This name is common as a surname in both Wales and Ireland and is becoming increasingly popular
Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Ríagáin ("descendent of Riagán").
The meaning is uncertain. It is likely to be related to rí and thus means "like a king", or it may come from ríogach and mean "impulsive".
Ronald Reagan was th
In Shakespeare's 'King Lear', Regan is one of King Lear's daughters, who turns against her father once she has been given her inheritance.
Anglicized form of Ruaidhrí.
As a girl's name, Rory is a pet form of several names including Aurora or Aurelia.
Famous male Rorys include comedians Rory Bremner and Rory McGrath, and actors Rory Cochrane and Rory Culkin. Fam
This name could have also originated with the surname, Eustace.
Also an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Treasach ('warlike, fierce')