15 Irish Baby Names That Have Beautiful Meanings

You don't have to actually be Irish to give your baby an Irish name.

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Contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to actually be Irish to give your baby an Irish name. In addition to being totally unique, Irish baby names tend to have beautiful meanings as well. Sure, your friends and family (and your child’s future classmates) may struggle a bit with the pronunciation and spelling, but once they learn not to pronounce these names phonetically, other parents-to-be will no doubt be stealing your child’s name for their own.

If you want your child to share a name with an eminent writer, artist, actor, or a member of One Direction, a classic Irish name is the way to go. They may not be as well recognized as other classic baby names, but at least in Ireland, you’re probably more likely to meet a Saiorse than a Charlotte. Give your child a name they’ll treasure forever with one of these 15 beautiful Irish baby names.

irish baby names - siobhan
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Siobhan

Siobhan (pronounced sheh-VAHN) is an Irish Gaelic form of the name Joan, meaning "the Lord is gracious."

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irish baby names - niall
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Niall

Pronounced nye-al, this ancient name means "cloud" and was borne by many Irish High Kings.

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irish baby names - maeve
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Maeve

This ancient Irish queen's name (which is pronounced mayv) has become one of the most popular Irish names for girls in the US, meaning "she who intoxicates."

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irish baby names - liam
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Liam

This Irish short form of William is currently the fastest-rising Irish name in the US, meaning "resolute protection."

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irish baby names - saoirse
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Saoirse

Pronounced SEER-sha, Saoirse first became a popular name in Ireland during the 1920s revolution as a statement of freedom, since the name itself means "liberty."

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irish baby names - aiden
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Aiden

Meaning "little and fiery," Aidan was originally a shortened form of the Irish name Aodh, who was the old Celtic god of the sun and fire. Though now the popular spelling of the name is Aiden.

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irish baby names - rylee
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Rylee

Perfect for mighty boys and girls, this unisex name is a variation of Riley, which means "courageous."

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irish baby names - finley
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Finley

Another unisex name, Finley is of both Scottish and Irish origin, meaning "fair-haired hero."

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irish baby names - payton
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Payton

Intended for both boys and girls (though more popularly used for females), Payton means "fighting man's estate," making it a perfect name for regal babies.

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irish baby names - rory
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Rory

Yet another unisex name, Rory is popular in Ireland thanks to 12th-century king Rory O'Connor, with the name itself meaning "red king."

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irish baby names - molly
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Molly

Popularized by the traditional Irish song "Molly Malone" and by the 19th-century secret society of reformers known as the Molly Maguires, Molly is a name meaning "star of the sea."

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irish baby names - keegan
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Keegan

Even though Keegan means "son of Egan," it's becoming an increasingly popular name for girls as well in both Ireland and in the US.

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irish baby names - sloane
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Sloane

Just like Keegan, Sloane (which means "raider") was originally intended as a female name but is now becoming increasingly popular among males as well.

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irish baby names - emmett
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Emmett

Originally intended for boys but now used for both sexes, Emmett is a masculine variation on Emma meaning "universal."

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irish baby names - declan
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Declan

Pronounced DECK-lin, this name means "man of prayer," which makes sense, as it was popularized by early Irish missionary St. Declan of Ardmore.

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