A land of folklore and mythical tales passed down through generations, Irish legends have made a huge impression on the country’s culture.
Can you think of any more perfect name for your baby girl than one from Irish mythology? If not, then here are ten Irish legends to name your baby girl after.
These timeless names have a heroic air to them with meanings such as strength, beauty, and brightness. So, if you’re looking for a name fitting for your little goddess, then you’ve come to the right place.
10. Oonagh – queen of the fairies
Oonagh, the last High Queen of the fairies, is one of the best Irish legends to name your baby girl after. Said to be so beautiful that she rendered men speechless, Oonagh was known for her golden hair that was so long it touched the ground.
As well as her beauty, Oonagh was also known for her wit and cunning as she devised a plan to protect her husband Fin from the giant Benandonner.
9. Méabh – the warrior queen of Connacht
If you want your baby girl to grow up into a strong woman, there is no better name to give her than Méabh.
Méabh is the queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology and was known as a decisive and forceful leader.
8. Emer – the six gifts of womanhood
Emer was the wife of Cúchulainn, the great hero of the Ulster Cycle.
Legend says she possessed the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, a gentle voice, sweet speech, needlework, wisdom, and chastity.
7. Sadhbh – meaning sweet and goodness
Sadhbh is a name that has grown in popularity across Ireland in recent years, and for good reason.
Sadhbh was the mother of Oisín and the wife of the famous Fionn mac Cumhail. Meaning ‘sweet’ and ‘goodness’, this is the perfect name to give your baby girl.
6. Niamh – meaning bright
One of the most popular Irish girls’ names, Niamh has fascinating roots in Irish mythology.
In Irish, Niamh means ‘bright’, and in Irish mythology, Niamh was the daughter of the god of the sea in the Irish Fenian Cycle. She fell in love with Oisín, the son of Sadhbh and Fionn mac Cumhail and brought him to live with her in Tír na nÓg, the Land of Youth.
5. Bébinn – the goddess of childbirth
Bébinn, the goddess of childbirth, is up there with the top Irish legends to name your baby girl after.
The ultimate symbol of femininity and strength, the name Bébinn is a combination of the Irish Gaelic word ‘bean’ meaning ‘woman’ and the adjective ‘binn’ meaning ‘melodious’.
4. Céibhfhionn – the goddess of inspiration
Céibhfhionn, pronounced ‘kay-von’, was the water goddess of inspiration, intelligence, knowledge, and creativity in Irish mythology.
This beautiful name means ‘fair locks’ and is the perfect name for your fair-haired baby girl.
3. Cliodhna – from the Land of Promise
Cliodhna is one of the most important goddesses from Irish mythology. Meaning ‘shapely’ in Irish Gaelic, Cliodhna was the Queen of the Banshees of the Tuatha Dé Danann or Land of Promise.
Associated with the southern region of Ireland, Cliodhna was associated with love and beauty and was the patron of County Cork.
2. Aoife – the warrior princess
Another perfect name for a strong young woman is Aoife, another Irish warrior princess with a beautifully melodic name, meaning ‘beauty’.
Known as ‘The Handsome’ or the ‘Greatest of Female Warriors’, Aoife is an Irish variation of the English name Eva. She was an Irish noblewoman, Princess of Leinster, and Countess of Pembroke.
According to the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology, Aoife went to war against her own sister Scathach but was defeated in combat by Cúchulainn, who she later became the lover of.
1. Ériu – the goddess of Ireland
One of the most perfect Irish legends to name your baby girl after that will remind you of the Emerald Isle is Ériu.
Ériu is represented as the goddess of Ireland and is often viewed as a modern-day personification of the Emerald Isle.
Modern variations of this beautiful name include Eire and Erin, so there is plenty to choose from when you want to name your baby girl after the Emerald Isle itself.