Most popular Irish names outside of Ireland, revealed

The most popular Irish names outside of Ireland have been revealed!

We can all expect Irish names to be popular on the island of Ireland – that’s a given. But the spread of the Irish tentacles across the globe means Irish names are now some of the most popular in the world.

And it has now been revealed what exactly the most popular Irish names outside of Ireland are. They may be run-of-the-mill names in our part of the world here, but they have also risen to fame the world over.

Thanks to over 70 million people claiming Irish ancestry across the globe, here are the most popular Irish names outside of Ireland.

Most popular Irish names outside of Ireland – influence outside of Ireland

Declan is one of the most popular Irish names outside of Ireland.
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The most popular names outside of Ireland are the following: Liam, Finn, Saoirse, Conor, Riley, Erin, and Declan. No surprises here, are there?

Starting off with the last entry, Declan reached the top 100 names across the USA in 2019 and remains popular today. Anglicised from the Irish Déaglán, meaning ‘man of prayer’.

Conor is deemed to be one of the most popular Irish names in Australia. Indeed, it is one of the most common names on the Emerald Isle. Conor McGregor is also largely responsible for the popularity of ‘Conor’ today.

Outside of Ireland, the name Saoirse is one of the most popular Irish names in Canada. The name means ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’.

Other popular Irish names outside of Ireland – strong at home and abroad

Liam is one of the most popular Irish names outside of Ireland.
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Liam, perhaps surprisingly in this instance, is an extremely popular Irish name in Sweden. It is also popular in the US and Canada. Indeed, Ireland’s own Liam Neeson is perhaps its most popular proponent today.

Finn has spread its wings far and wide, gaining popularity in the Scandinavian nations of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. It is also popular in Germany and the US. Finn is anglicised from the Irish Fionn.

Riley is a popular Irish name in Canada, the US, and Australia, while Erin is popular in the Asian nations of Indonesia and Bangladesh.

What are the most popular names in Ireland? – where it all started

What are the most popular names in Ireland?
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Aside from the world itself, what are the most popular Irish names within Ireland itself? 2021 results revealed the most popular.

The top three boys’ names on the Emerald Isle were Fionn, Noah, and James. The three most popular girls’ names in Ireland in 2021 were Fiadh, Grace, and Emily.

Other popular names released by the Central Statistics Office include Conor, Rían, Charlie, Daniel, and Cillian for boys. For girls, Lucy, Mia, Éabha, Chloe, and Hannah were some of the most popular.

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