20 MOST POPULAR Irish Gaelic baby names (2024)

Although many aspects of traditional Irish culture have declined in contemporary Ireland, these 20 popular Irish Gaelic names still thrive.

We can thank the Celtic revival for that, which was seen throughout the 19th century and 20th century.

That was a time of unified resurgence in interest in our Gaelic roots after the Great Famine of the 1840’s, which took a major toll on the Irish cultural identity.

Today, these girls and boys names are still as popular as ever, and with the Gaelic language on the rise again, hopefully, we’ll be seeing more traditional names make a comeback.

For now though, here are the 20 most popular!

For the Girls:

10. Siobhán

The name Siobhán can be spelt with or without a fada (e.g. Siobhán or Siobhan). This girls name originated from Ireland; it is a variation of the name Joan or Jane and means “God is gracious”.

Phonetically: shi-von

9. Deirdre

Deirdre was an extremely popular name for baby boomers in Ireland during the early ’60s and stretches back far into Irish tradition. The name, however, has some pretty dark undertones, meaning “raging”, “broken-hearted” or “fear”.

Phonetically: deer-dra

8. Aisling

This popular Irish girls name came into use in the early 20th century and is still as popular as ever. The name can be spelt as Aisling or Aislinn and means “dream” or “vision”.

Phonetically: ash-ling

7. Maeve

This Irish girls name has numerous many variations, including Maedhbh, Maebh Madb and Medb. This old Irish name means “she who intoxicates”.

Phonetically: may-veh

6. Saoirse

This name was popularized in recent years in media culture by award-winning Irish actress, Saoirse Ronan. The name itself means “freedom”.

Phonetically: seer-sha

5. Niamh

Niamh can also be spelt Niambh, Neve, Nieve, or Neave. It is an Irish female given name and means “bright” or “radiant”.

Phonetically: nee-ve

4. Róisín

This popular Irish girls name means “little rose” and is the Irish variation of the name Rosie or Rosaleen.

Phoneteically: row-sheen

3. Aoife

Aoife (also spelt Aife or Aeife) is an extremely popular Irish girls name. It is thought to come from the Irish word “aobh” which translates to mean “beauty” or “radiance”.

Phonetically: e-fah

2. Ciara

This is the Irish feminine version of the popular Irish boys name Ciarán, which means “little dark-haired one” or “little dark one” in the old Irish language. The name has been anglicised over generations and can also be seen as Keira, Kiera, Kyra or Kira.

Phonetically: ker-rah

1. Sinéad

This is one of the most popular Irish girls names on the go! It is the Irish form of Jane and means “God is gracious”.

Phonetically: shin-aid

For the Boys:

10. Colm

This popular Irish boys name means “dove” by translation. The name originally derives from Latin and is centuries old in Ireland.

Phonetically: coll-um

9. Aidan

This Irish boys name can be seen spelt in a variety of ways. Other variations include Aodhan or Aiden. The name itself means “firey” in the Gaelic language.

Phonetically: aid-en

8. Cian

This name links back to Irish history and legend and has been in use as a boys name in Ireland as far back as history stretches. Fittingly, it means “ancient” in Gaelic.

Phonetically: key-an

7. Pádraig

This is an extremely popular Irish boys name. The name was introduced to Ireland by our very own, Saint Patrick, and means “of the patrician class” (or “of the upper class”).

Other variations of this name include Pádraic and Páraic. This is the Irish version of Patrick.

Phonetically: pad-rig

6. Cormac

This popular Irish boys name has been on the go for centuries and is still as prevalent as ever. The name means “son of the charioteer”.

Phonetically: kor-mak

5. Daire

This Irish boys name can be spelt as Darragh, Dara or Daire. It can also be seen with or without a fada (e.g. Daire or Dáire). It means “wealthy” in the Gaelic language.

Phonetically: dar-ra

4. Ciarán

This popular Irish boys name can be spelt like Ciarán or Kiarán and can be seen with or without fadas (e.g. Ciaran or Kiaran). It means “little dark one” or “little dark-haired one”.

Phonetically: keer-awn

3. Niall

Niall is a common Irish boys name and is thought to translate to mean “passionate” or “champion”, although an exact understanding of the name does not exist.

2. Eoin

This popular boys name can also be seen spelt as Eoghan in Ireland. In tradition, this name means “born of yew (tree)” or “youth”.

Phonetically: o-win

1. Seán

Seán is an extremely popular Irish boys name in Ireland. It means “gift from God”.

Phonetically: s-awn

Read about more Irish first names

100 popular Irish first names and their meanings: an A-Z list

Top 20 Gaelic Irish boys names

Top 20 Gaelic Irish girl names

20 Most Popular Irish Gaelic Baby Names Today

Top 20 HOTTEST Irish Girl Names Right Now

Most popular Irish baby names – boys and girls

Things you didn’t know about Irish First Names…

Top 10 unusual Irish girl names

The 10 hardest to pronounce Irish first names, Ranked

10 Irish girl names nobody can pronounce

Top 10 Irish boy names that nobody can pronounce

10 Irish First Names You Rarely Hear Anymore

Top 20 Irish Baby Boy Names That’ll Never Go Out of Style

Read about Irish surnames…

Top 100 Irish Surnames & Last Names (Family Names Ranked)

The 10 most popular Irish surnames worldwide

The Top 20 Irish Surnames and Meanings

Top 10 Irish surnames you’ll hear in America

The top 20 most common surnames in Dublin

Things you didn’t know about Irish surnames…

The 10 Hardest to Pronounce Irish Surnames

10 Irish surnames that are always mispronounced in America

Top 10 facts you never knew about Irish surnames

5 common myths about Irish surnames, debunked

10 actual surnames that would be unfortunate in Ireland

How Irish are you?

How DNA kits can tell you how Irish you are

Find Your Dream Hotel in Ireland

On the hunt for the ultimate hotel for your Irish adventure? Explore a curated selection ranging from the charming heritage of boutique accommodations in Dublin's vibrant heart to the tranquil luxury of rural retreats and the captivating coastal vistas. Start your search below to find the perfect stay with our trusted hotel partner.

Get featured on Ireland Before You Die

Do you want to get your Irish business more online exposure? Especially to those interested in travelling the best places in Ireland? Then why not get a dedicated feature on Ireland Before You Die. Find out more here.

Related Posts


Ireland Before You Die is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Send this to a friend