100 Traditional Irish Names for Girls

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Choose the perfect traditional Irish female name for your beautiful little princess, and uncover its meaning, origins, namesakes, and more!

The Irish language has given us so many beautiful, cool, and unique names that it can be hard to choose the one that’s right for your new daughter. Whether you’re looking for something rooted in Irish mythology or are hoping to evoke some of the stunning Irish landscape into your baby girl’s name, we have the perfect Irish girl names for you below, along with their meanings, origins, pronunciations, and more.


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100 Beautiful Irish Names for Girls

Bestow the beauty and majesty of the Irish culture on your perfect little girl by choosing one of these spectacular Irish female names.

Ailbhe

Ailbhe is a sweet but unique unisex name, borne by a 6th-century Irish saint who lived in County Tipperary. Ailbhe comes from the Old Irish word “albho,” meaning “white,” so we can’t help but imagine how especially adorable this name would be for a baby boy or girl born in the snowy wintertime. Ailbhe is soft-sounding and earthy, and would make a fine choice for your new arrival.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: White
  • Style: Unique, Pretty
  • Pronunciation: al-va
  • Variations: Ailbe, Alva
  • Namesakes: Saint Ailbe, a 6th-century Irish saint. Ailbhe Smyth, an Irish feminist and LGBTQ activist.

Ailionora

Ailionora is the simply stunning Irish form of Eleanor. This root comes from the Latin Alienor, with the glowing, radiant meaning of “light-hearted” or “shining one.” If you would like to name your new little warrior after an Eleanor in the family, Ailionora is a beautiful, unique option to consider.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Light-hearted, shining one
  • Variations: Eleanor
Unique, Sweet, Pretty

Ailis

Ailis is the sweet, Irish variant of the pretty name Alice. It may have derived directly from the Norman French name Aliz, from the same root as Elizabeth. Meaning either “noble” or “God is my oath,” Ailis is sweetly regal and heavenly. Ailis in Wonderland indeed!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Noble, or God is my oath
  • Pronunciation: ay-lish
  • Variations: Alice, Ailish, Eilish
Unique, Sweet

Áine

In Irish mythology, Áine is known as the goddess of summer, wealth, and sovereignty, giving this name the beautiful meaning of “radiance” and “brilliance.” For a baby girl born in the golden glow of summer, Áine is a particularly majestic and dazzling name. There aren’t any obvious variations to the name Áine, making it a totally one-in-a-kind, memorable name for any strong little girl.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Radiance, brilliance
  • Pronunciation: AWN-yah
  • Namesakes: Áine Ní Mhuirí, an Irish actress. Áine O’Gorman, an Irish footballer. Áine Lawlor, an Irish broadcaster.
Short, Pretty

Aoibheann

Aoibheann is a gorgeously traditional Irish female name and perfect if you like the name Eva but want something with a bit more flair. The name is derived from the Old Irish Óebfinn, with the stunningly symbolic meanings of “beauty,” “radiance,” or “fairness.” The simple but soft pronunciation choices of “ay-veen” or “eve-een” may not be the clearest from the long spelling of Aoibheann, but they sure are worth it.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Beauty, radiance, fair
  • Pronunciation: eve-een, ay-veen
  • Variations: Eavan, Eva
Unique, Pretty

Aisling

While you were pregnant with your daughter, did you ever experience vivid, beautiful dreams of the brilliant young woman she would turn out to be? Well, if so, Aisling might be an interesting name you’d like to consider. In Irish literature, the word “aisling” refers to a unique genre of poetry, which represents a dream or a vision, often in the form of a woman. Isn’t that sweet? Although Aisling’s first syllable is pronounced “ash,” it has a unique but attractive spelling. The ‘g’ at the end is optional – so it’s down to personal preference on that one!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Dream, vision
  • Pronunciation: ASH-ling, ASH-lin
  • Namesakes: Aisling Bea, an Irish comedian and actress.
Pretty, Sweet

Alannah

Alannah is a lovely name, with earthy undertones and a womanly style. It is derived from the Irish word “a leanbh” which means “child,” however, in Gaelic Alanna means “beauty.” Put them together, and you have the meaning “beautiful child,” which is exactly what your little girl is. Interestingly, Alannah is also rooted in Old High German, meaning “precious,” and has various other language origins. As an Irish name, however, Alannah is cheerful and friendly, a lovely name for a girl.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Little beautiful child
  • Variations: Alana
Sweet, Pretty

Aoife

The brilliantly dazzling name Aoife is a timeless classic and one which radiates the luck of the Irish from its perfect meanings of “beautiful” and “joyful.” In Irish legend, Aoife was known as being the greatest female warrior in all the world, adding that extra flair of power and myth to the name. Simply pronounced like “ee-fa,” Aoife is a glowing name, sure to cast light on all those who hear it.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Beautiful, joyful, radiance
  • Pronunciation: ee-fa
  • Variations: Eva, Ava
Short, Pretty

Beibhinn

Don’t let the spelling put you off, as Beibhinn actually has the very simple and soft pronunciation of be-veen. The name is composed of the Irish Gaelic words “bean” and “finn,” meaning “lady” and “fair,” respectively, giving this unique name the meaning of “fair lady.” Like the musical, in fact! Originally, this was the name given to describe the women amongst Viking settlers due to their fair, Scandinavian coloring. Beibhinn is also the name of various figures in Irish mythology and legend, including an underworld goddess and a giantess.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair lady
  • Pronunciation: be-veen
  • Variations: Bevin
Unique, Mythological

Blathnaid

Blathnaid – which is uniquely pronounced “blaw-nid” – is a pretty and sweetly floral name of Irish origin. In Irish legend, Blaithnaid (or Bláthnat) was a sweet maiden who was betrothed against her wishes, only to be rescued by her husband’s rival and true love, Cuchulainn. Floral names are always popular, and this one is certainly a unique alternative.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little flower
  • Pronunciation: blaw-nid
  • Variations: Bláthnat
Pretty, Unique, Nature-inspired
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Breena

It is said that the meaning of the sweet name Breena is “fairy palace,” a meaning which is likely to be adored by your little girl. It is similar in style to the name Briana, which means “noble,” but could also be derived from the name of the Celtic goddess Sabrina, who ruled the River Severn in Wales. Breena sounds fresh, airy, and modern – perfect for your strong little fairy.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fairy palace, or strong one
  • Variations: Sabrina, Bryna
Pretty, Unique

Brianna

Brianna is the feminine form of the Irish masculine name Brian, and both carry the wondrous meanings of “noble,” “strong,” and “virtuous.” These are rather majestic and powerful adjectives to live up to, but we love the sweet, girly lilt of this lovely name. There was a character in Edmund Spenser’s fantasy epic poem, The Faerie Queene, which gives it another layer of popularity. Particularly if given in honor of a family member named Brian, Brianna is a lovely choice for your daughter.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Noble, strong, virtuous
Pretty, Strong

Bridget

The pretty and popular name Bridget is derived from the Irish Gaelic noun “brígh,” which carries the strong meanings of “power,” “strength,” and “virtue.” The name is largely inspired by the patron saint Brigit of Kildare, but may also be given in honor of the Irish goddess of fire, poetry, and wisdom. Meaning “exalted one,” we love the power and light behind this once-sacred name, and hope you choose it for your pretty new daughter.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Strength, exalted one.
  • Variations: Brighid
  • Namesakes: Saint Brigit of Kildare, a patron saint of Ireland.
Strong, Pretty, Popular

Cadhla

Like many popular Irish names, Cadhla is derived from the Irish surname Ó Cadhla. Surprisingly, it is pronounced like “ky-la,” which makes the name sound particularly feminine, despite its origins being more masculine in nature. With the stunning meaning of “beautiful,” Cadhla sounds just that – stunning – and will no doubt be appreciated by those who hear it.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Pronunciation: ky-la
Unique, Pretty

CailNín

CailNín, quite literally, means “girl” in Irish. So, it makes for a gloriously feminine and classic name for your little Irish girl, without offering any far-out meanings for her to live up to. CailNín sounds pretty, sweet, and even rather modern as a name, and makes a great alternative to names such as Kayleigh or Kayla.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Girl
  • Variations: Colleen
Pretty, Sweet

Caireann

Caireann comes from the same root as the Irish Latin name Cara, with the added diminutive on the end. As Cara means both “friend” and “beloved,” Caireann means the adorable “little friend” and “little beloved!” We love this sweet softener to what was already a beautiful Irish girl name, and Caireann is unique enough out of Ireland to really be memorable and loved.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little beloved, little friend
  • Pronunciation: kay-ren, care-in
  • Variations: Cara
Pretty, Sweet

Caitlin

Caitlin is a timelessly pretty name, with the sweet and wholesome meaning of “pure.” Although the name is rather popular, there are so many different spellings and variations that it can be easy to make the name unique to you and your daughter. To stay traditional to the name’s Irish roots, opt for Caitlin, which could be pronounced “cotch-LEEN.” Caitlin is actually the Irish form of the name Catherine (another popular name with boundless spelling options), which in turn came from the Latin Katharina. Caitlin, as well as her nicknames Cait or Katie, sounds beautiful and friendly, and we’re sure you’ll love this name as much as we do.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Pronunciation: cotch-LEEN, KATE-lin
  • Variations: Katelyn, Caitlan, Katilin, Cathleen, Catherine
  • Popularity: Caitlin comes from a root with many different spellings and variations, but this particular spelling is fairly common in the US. It peaked as the 44th most popular name in 1988.
Pretty, Popular

Caoilfhionn

Caoilfhionn joins the popular group of feminine names beginning with that hard “k-” sound and ending with the soft “lin” syllable. However, thanks to Caoilfhionn’s unique and traditionally Gaelic spelling, this name stands out from the crowd by far. It is actually derived from the Irish words “caol” (slender) and “fionn” (fair,) which are both attractive qualities but absolutely not necessary in a beautiful daughter. Despite the surprising length of this name, it’s unlikely to lead to any nicknames. Instead, it will remain in its grand, powerful, and beautifully Irish whole.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair, slender
  • Pronunciation: kee-lin
Unique, Strong, Pretty

Caoimhe

Holding the lovely meanings of “gentle,” “precious,” and “beautiful,” the name Caoimhe just radiates purity and sheer perfection. Don’t be disheartened by its unusual spelling, as Caoimhe is so much more traditional and warm than its harsher-spelled variant, Keeva. The pronunciation “KWEE-va” would be considered more popular than “KEE-va,” but both are simply irresistible. Will you choose Caoimhe as the name for your gentle, precious little beauty?

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Gentle, precious, beautiful
  • Pronunciation: KWEE-va, KEE-va
  • Variations: Keeva
  • Popularity: Caoimhe is a popular name in Ireland and peaked in the CSO Irish baby name popularity charts in 2011, ranking at number 14.
Sweet, Pretty

Caragh

Caragh is a pretty and more unique form of the name Cara, which comes from Gaelic and Latin origin. Meaning both “friend” and “beloved,” Caragh is delightful and warm in spirit, and the name is certain to be loved by all those who hear it.

  • Origin: Irish, Latin
  • Meaning: Friend, beloved
  • Variations: Cara
Sweet, Pretty
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Carrigan

An uncommon name with the softest, sweetest lilt, Carrigan is rooted in the traditional Irish surname Corrigan, but sounds like a fun twist on the adorable Carrie. Carrigan has the sharp meaning of “pointed” or “spear.” However, Carrigan is also the name of a township in Ireland’s County Cavan, whose original place name of Carrig-Nín was said to mean “little rock.”

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Pointed, spear, little rock
  • Variations: Kerrigan, Corrigan
Strong, Pretty, Locational

Catriona

With the meaning of “pure,” Catriona is wholesome, clean, and mighty as a name. Its rhythmic lilt makes the name sound almost like a wave – which is funny since Katrina and the Waves was the name of a popular British-American rock band in the 80s and 90s. Walk on sunshine with your baby girl, and give her the traditional Irish Gaelic name of Catriona.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Pronunciation: ka-tree-nah, ka-tree-O-nah
  • Variations: Katrina
Unique, Sweet, Strong

Clare

Clare is a brilliantly popular and glowing name indeed. This particular spelling of the name is considered the Irish form, derived from the English Clara, in turn from the Latin Clarus. Of course, it is best associated with the midwest region of County Clare in Ireland, named from the Irish word for a small bridge crossing a river, “clár.” A simple but timeless name, we can see why this short option is consistently popular and makes a delightful choice of name for a baby born with family ties to the County Clare area.

  • Origin: Irish, Latin, English
  • Meaning: Bright, Clear
  • Variations: Clara, Claire
  • Namesakes: Saint Clare of Montefalco, an Augustinian nun and saint. Clare Baldwin, an American journalist.
  • Popularity: In Ireland, Claire is a very popular given name. It was in the top 100 most popular baby names between 1964 all the way through 1996. It has since dropped down the charts considerably but remains a strong contender.
Popular, Locational, Short

Cliodhna

Cliodhna was the name of the majestic Irish goddess of love and beauty. According to legend, Cliodhna fell deeply in love with a mortal and left the godly Land of the Promise to be with him, but was tragically taken away by a passing wave in County Cork. Meaning “shapely,” Cliodhna has attractive qualities, and with its pretty lilt and mythological significance, this name sure is spectacular.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Shapely
  • Pronunciation: KLEE-oo-na
  • Variations: Cliona
Mythological, Pretty

Clodagh

Derived from the name of a river that runs through County Waterford in Ireland, Clodagh is a unique choice for a baby girl. It was first noted as a given name thanks to Lady Clodagh Beresford, the daughter of the 5th Marquess of Waterford in the late 1800s. Take inspiration from the soft, tranquil beauty of a river, and choose Clodagh as a cool name for your baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Named after a river
  • Pronunciation: CLOH-dah
  • Variations: Cloda, Cliodna, Claudia
  • Namesakes: Lady Clodagh Anson, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat and philanthropist. Clodagh Rodgers, a Northern Irish singer. Clodagh McKenna, an Irish chef.
Nature-inspired, Unique

Croía

Full of heart in both meaning and spirit, Croía is a romantic and lovely name for a girl. It isn’t pronounced “croya,” as its spelling may suggest, but instead “cree-ya,” which we think sounds much sweeter and feminine. Croía is a unique name, but we love its traditional simplicity.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Heart
  • Pronunciation: cree-ya
Sweet, Unique

Dara

Dara actually has origins in a wide range of cultures and languages, including Hebrew, Persian, Slavic, Indonesian, and more, making it a good option for a baby born of mixed heritage. However, as an Irish name, Dara holds the majestic meanings of “oak tree” and “wise.” For a name so short, these meanings are strong and noble, just like the hopes and wishes you hold for your tiny new baby. If you like names such as Tara, Sara or Kara, but want to be a bit different, consider Dara as a brilliant name for your baby girl or boy.

  • Origin: Irish, Hebrew, Slavic
  • Meaning: Oak tree, wise
  • Variations: Daire, Darra
Nature-inspired, Sweet

Darby

Darby is a great name for a girl, simple but sweet and full of fun. As an Irish name, Darby means “free from envy.” However, the name can also be traced back to Old Norse roots, where it would mean “from the deer settlement.” Darby could even be used as a form of Derby, a city in Derbyshire, England, which is also pronounced “dar-bee.”

  • Origin: Irish, Norse
  • Meaning: Free from envy
Sweet, Fun

Dearbhla

Dearbhla is a cool name for a sweet girl. It originates from an Old Irish root meaning “daughter of the poet.” So, if either you or your co-parent are particular lovers of literature or songwriting, Dearbhla could make for an extra-special choice of name for your baby girl. There are a few variations to this ancient Irish name, so be sure to choose the one you find most appealing.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Daughter of the poet
  • Pronunciation: DER-vla
  • Variations: Deirbhile, Dervla, Derbail
Cool, Sweet

Deirdre

According to Irish folk legend, there once lived a beautiful girl named Deirdre. She suffered a tragic heartbreak after King Conchobar of Ulster forced her to be his bride, slaughtering her true love Naoise in an attempt to gain her heart. This romantic but brutal tale may have left its tragic heroine to be known as “Deirdre of Sorrows,” but her given name lives on as a sweet, earthy name for baby girls today. Don’t let its meaning deter you, as we think you’ll agree that the first syllable, “dear,” makes the name sound loving and adorable. Let your daughter find her own legend with this beautiful name instead.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Broken-hearted, sorrowful
  • Variations: Deirdra, Derdriu
Earthy, Mythological
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Delaney

Delaney is a fun, upbeat-sounding name that works well for both males and females. It is a common surname, particularly in Ireland, France, and the US, but originates from the Gaelic “dubhsláine,” meaning “dark” and “slaine.” “Slaine,” of course, refers to the River Slaine (or Slaney), which runs through the southeast of Ireland. If your family lives on the banks of this river, Delaney would make a lovely, subtle nod to this region. If not, surnames always make for modern-sounding and stylish given names, and Delaney is no exception.

  • Origin: Gaelic, Irish
  • Meaning: Dark, defiant
Strong, Fun, Locational

Derry

Derry is a great, lively, and sweet name for a baby and one which would be particularly special to those from the city of Derry, in Northern Ireland. This city was named from the Old Irish Daire and holds the majestic and earthy meaning of “like an oak.” If you have heritage in Derry and want to celebrate your “roots” (like on an oak tree!), consider Derry as a fun and sweet name for your baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Like an oak
  • Variations: Daire, Dermot, Diarmuid, Derrie
Locational, Nature-inspired

Devin

Modern-sounding and cool, we love the name Devin as a great, unisex option for your newest arrival. Although it is more popular for baby boys in the US, we think its sweet but edgy sound makes it an adorable choice for a girl. Particularly with the meaning of “poet,” Devin is romanticized by its literary connotations. Whether for a boy or a girl, literature-loving or not, choose Devin for a stylish, strong name.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Poet
  • Variations: Devyn, Dev
Cool, Strong

Dillon

Meaning “faithful one,” Dillon is a brilliant, loyal name of Irish origin. It is recognized as both a surname and a unisex given name but shouldn’t be considered with the alternative name Dylan. Yes, we know they sound alike, but Dylan is actually a Welsh name, meaning “son of the sea.” Dillon, on the other hand, is Irish. The two spellings differ quite significantly but, to keep your daughter or son’s name traditionally and “faithfully” Irish, opt for Dillon as a lovely choice.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Loyal, faithful
Popular, Cool

Doireann

Doireann is a brilliant Irish girl name to consider for your new arrival. It somehow seems more modern than the English variation Doreen but is actually deeply rooted in Irish legend and mythology. Doireann means “tempestuous” or “sullen,” so quite a wild meaning for your new little whirlwind, but we love the cute sound of Doireann and its possible nicknames, such as Dory or Annie.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Sullen, tempestuous
  • Variations: Dorren, Doreen, Dorothy, Dolly
  • Namesakes: Doireann NNí Bhriain, an Irish radio producer.
Unique, Strong

Éabha

Unique spelling needn’t matter at all when a name is this pretty! With the adventurous meaning of “life,” Éabha breathes adventure and courage into those who hear it. If you are confident in choosing a name with a spelling that may cause some confusion amongst the non-Gaelic amongst us, Éabha is the delightful, traditional alternative to Ava, which is pronounced the same.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Life, to live
  • Pronunciation: AY-vah
  • Variations: Ava
Fun, Short, Unique

Eileen

If you’re a fan of the kind of music people play at weddings, Eileen may be quite a significant name for you. This “radiant” name is a form of Eibhlin, which is featured in the 17th-century love song Eibhlin a Ruin, popularly played at Irish weddings. Alternatively, if you’re British, you’re bound to know the punchy, get-up-and-dance song Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners. Whichever tune matches you the best, Eileen is a lovely name for a “beautiful” baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Beautiful, radiant
  • Pronunciation: ave-linn, ay-leen, ai-leen
  • Variations: Eibhlin, Aileen
Pretty, Sweet

Eilish

A heavenly, beautiful name, Eilish is the Irish version of the popular English name Elizabeth. It has recently become known thanks to the alternative pop musician Billie Eilish, so fans of hers are likely to love this option as a name for their baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pledged to God
  • Pronunciation: AY-leesh
  • Variations: Eilis, Elis, Elizabeth
  • Namesakes: Billie Eilish, an American singer-songwriter. EilNís Dillon, an Irish author.
Unique, Pretty, Earthy

Eimear

According to Irish legend, Emer was the wife of the hero Cuchulainn. She was said to have “the six gifts of womanhood,” which were beauty, voice, speech, needlework, wisdom, and chastity. A rather fabulous namesake to live up to, Eimear is unique and beautiful for your baby girl. Just make sure people don’t confuse it with Emma!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Swift
  • Pronunciation: ee-mer
  • Variations: Eimhir, Emer
Strong, Unique, Mythological

Eireann

If you are hunting for that perfect girl name to bring out the Irish heritage in your little daughter, you’ll be unlikely to find an option as fitting as Eireann. From the Gaelic Éire, Eireann literally translates as “from Ireland.” Whether your family lives in Ireland, or you just want to be sure your daughter always knows her roots, this is the perfect name to bestow the luck of the Irish on to your baby. The name has been anglicized to the more commonly-seen Erin, but if you want to stay as true to the original as you can, Eireann would be the spelling we’d suggest!

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: From Ireland
  • Pronunciation: ehr-an
  • Variations: Erin
Locational, Sweet, Pretty
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Eithne

Did you know that the first full-scale Irish-language opera was named Eithne? It was, and it was composed by Robert O’Dwyer. Eithne is also the name of several Irish saints, including the 6th-century mother of St. Columba. Eithne is pronounced like “EIN-ya,” which is unique but cool, and we love this name for a cute baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Kernel, grain
  • Pronunciation: EIN-ya
  • Variations: Enya, Ethnea, Eithlenn, Edna
  • Namesakes: Saint Eithne of Ireland, mother of Saint Columba. Eithne Coyle, an Irish republican activist.
Sweet, Pretty

Ériu

You’d be hard-pressed to find a name that better sums up the magic and spirit of Ireland so perfectly than Ériu. A short and pretty name, Ériu, is derived from the Gaelic word for Ireland itself, now known as Eire. In mythology, Ériu is seen as the beautiful goddess of Ireland, the magical land of abundance. Wouldn’t naming your baby Irish goddess after the actual Irish goddess be a perfectly fitting tribute? We think so!

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: From Ireland
  • Pronunciation: eh-ryu
  • Namesakes: Ériu, the mythological goddess of Ireland.
Locational, Mythological, Sweet

Etain

The pretty name Etain features strongly throughout Irish mythology, having been borne by the heroine of a particularly rich and ancient story in the Mythological Cycle of Irish legend. If you choose this name for your baby girl, you will no doubt have a fascinating time reading up on the stories of EtaNín together – a perfect way to keep Irish heritage rich in your child’s life. Etain holds the meanings of “passion” and “jealousy,” making her quite a fiery, strong-willed choice for a confident little girl.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Jealousy, passion
  • Variations: Aideen
  • Namesakes: ÉtaNín, an Irish mythological figure and sun goddess. EtaNín Ni Cuinn, a Queen of Munster.
Pretty, Mythological

Fallon

Fallon is traditionally a surname but may be used as a cool, unisex name. Its origin comes from the Irish clan names Ó Fallamháin and Ó Fallúin, which carry the strong meaning of “descendant of a rich king.” Wouldn’t that be the dream! Fallon also means “leader,” which is a confident, noble quality to choose for your baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Leader, descendant of a rich king
  • Namesakes: Jimmy Fallon, an American talk show host. Siobhan Fallon Hogan, an American actress.
Fun, Unique

Fiadh

Fiadh is a magical name indeed. Not only does it have mystical, woodland-inspired origins, but it has shot to the top of the Irish baby name popularity charts in recent years, almost as if by magic! The Irish word for “deer” is “fia,” hence where this delightful name comes from.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Deer, wilderness, respect
  • Pronunciation: FEE-ah
  • Popularity: Fiadh is a very popular modern name. In fact, it was the second most popular baby girl name in Ireland in 2020!
Animal-inspired, Nature-inspired, Earthy

Finola

Finola is a brilliant Irish girl’s name and one which is best associated with the legendary Irish tale of the Children of Lir. In the tale, the children were cursed by an evil stepmother and transformed into swans, condemned to spend hundreds of years on the lakes of Ireland. One of those children was named Fionnuala, whose name has been anglicized to Finola. As with many legends, some interpretations of the ending are pleasant, some are more grisly. Let your daughter write her own legend, and enchant her with this magical name.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: One with fair shoulders
  • Variations: Fionnoula
Sweet, Cool, Mythological

Fionn

Although it may be more commonly recognized as a boy name, we love Fionn for a beautiful baby girl. The name is a variation on the Irish Finn, but with that magical extra syllable to really set it apart from the crowd. The legendary warrior-hunter Fionn mac Cumhaill is a prominent figure in Irish mythology and known for gaining incredible wisdom after eating the enchanted “Salmon of Knowledge”. As well as this fun tidbit, Fionn’s sweet meaning of “fair haired” makes it an adorable choice for a baby born with delicious golden locks.

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fair haired
  • Variations: Ffion, Fiona
  • Namesakes: Fionn mac Cumhaill, a mythological Irish warrior.
Mythological, Short, Stylish

Gráinne

Out of all the Irish names you could choose for your little girl, Gráinne is the one with the most varied collection of powerful women behind it! Starting with Gráinne O’Malley, who was a 16th-century Irish figure who has gone down in history as the Pirate Queen. In ancient Ireland, Grainne was a grain goddess and patron of the harvest. Other legends include Grainne as the name of the daughter of Cormac Mac Art, the High King of Ireland, who was betrothed to Fionn Mac Cool. That’s a lot of history and legend to read together with your beautiful daughter, if you choose to give her this beautiful and sunny name!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Grain
  • Pronunciation: grawn-yah, grah-nya
  • Variations: Grainia, Granya, Grania
  • Namesakes: Gráinne O’Malley, a 16th-century Irish queen, chieftain, and pirate. Gráinne, a figure in ancient Irish legend.
  • Popularity: Gráinne ranked in the top 100 most popular baby names in Ireland from 1964 right through 2004, making it a very popular name indeed.
Nature-inspired, Mythological, Popular

Imogen

Imogen is a gorgeous Irish name, but one which actually has a bit of a cloudy origin. Its meaning is “girl” or “maiden,” so perfectly literal adjectives for your perfect baby daughter. However, the name itself is said to have originated as a misspelling of the name Innogen, which is of Irish Celtic origin. Imogen is considerably more commonly heard than Innogen so, if it was a mistake, it was one which paid off! A popular Imogen would be the character in Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline. Will you choose it for your beautiful little “maiden”?

  • Origin: Irish, Celtic
  • Meaning: Girl, maiden
  • Variations: Innogen, Imogene
Popular, Pretty

Laoise

If the name Laoise was a color, it’d be a glittering gold. Meaning “light” and “radiance,” what more would you expect from such a glowing name? Although the spelling of Laoise might make one think it is derived from other feminine names such as Louise or Lois, Laoise is actually a sweet variant of the masculine name Lugus, after the Celtic god of craftsmanship.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Light, radiance
  • Pronunciation: lee-shuh
Unique, Earthy, Pretty
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Larkin

Larkin is a delightfully airy, sing-song name for a chirpy little girl. Don’t let its feisty meanings of “rough” or “fierce” put you off, as we think this name holds nothing but power and sunshine. A sweet surname-turned-first name, Larkin could be named after the prominent and popular English poet Philip Larkin, who penned The Whitsun Weddings. Although Larkin is derived from the Irish Gaelic Lorcan, we love how much it reminds us of the adorable lark birds.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Rough, fierce
  • Variations: Lorcan
  • Namesakes: Philip Larkin, an English poet. Linda Larkin, an American actress. Larkin Grimm, an American singer-songwriter.
Earthy, Pretty

Lennon

If you are planning on raising your daughter on classic British pop, Lennon is a great choice of name to consider. After all, you have John Lennon of The Beatles to use as the coolest namesake! Aside from this musical reference, Lennon is a soft, sugary name of Irish origin, having derived from the Irish name Leannán. Romantically, this sweet name means “lover,” so it would perfectly capture the warmth you feel for this beautiful new arrival. Just want to add a hint of musical reference to your daughter’s name? Use Lennon as a quirky middle name instead.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Lover
  • Variations: Leannán
  • Namesakes: John Lennon, an English musician and founding member of The Beatles.
Cool, Strong

Líadan

Líadan is a lovely and unique name of Irish origin, but one with a rather harrowing meaning. In Irish folklore, Líadan was a brilliant poet who chose to become a nun. The separation from her lover left her so bereft, she passed away from grief. “Grey Lady” is a name often given to a lot of ghosts these days, but you’re welcome to bypass this small factor and choose Líadan as a beautiful name for your little darling. She can write her own history, after all!

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Grey Lady
  • Pronunciation: lee-din
Mythological, Pretty, Cool

Madigan

Names beginning with ‘Mad-‘ are always popular and can offer the fun nicknames of Mads or Maddy. However, bypass Madeleine and Madison and choose the adorable Madigan as a great alternative of Irish origin. Meaning “little dog,” Madigan is a brilliant option for canine lovers. Madigan has a lovely lilt to it and sounds delightfully earthy in tone.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little dog
Cool, Animal-inspired

Maeve

In Irish mythology, there was a great warrior Queen of Connacht called Madb (or Maeve,) who was considered a beautiful goddess of sovereignty. So, Maeve has become a powerful and stunning name for your new little queen-goddess! Maeve’s meaning is either “she who intoxicates” or “she who rules,” both impressive and alluring descriptions. Top it off with a pretty spelling, and you have an awesome name for a strong, independent woman!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: She who intoxicates, she who rules
  • Pronunciation: mayv
  • Variations: Méabh, Maiv, Maev
  • Namesakes: Madb, Queen of Connacht in Irish mythology. Maeve Binchy, an Irish author.
  • Popularity: In the UK, Maeve entered the top 100 most popular baby girl names after climbing a huge 124 places up the boards since 2019!
Short, Strong, Mythological

Mairead

Mairead is the Irish form of the name Margaret and is a pretty alternative that is lesser-heard outside of Ireland. Meaning “pearl,” Mairead is a lovely name for a little jewel and gives the name shiny, ocean-inspired connotations. There are a couple of different pronunciation options with Mairead, but your little pearl may still find her name shortened to Marie if she doesn’t put people right!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Pronunciation: mawr-aid, mur-aid
  • Variations: Maighread, Margaret
  • Namesakes: Máiréad Nesbitt, an Irish musician. Mairead Maguire, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist from Ireland.
Unique, Sweet

Mallaidh

Mallaidh is a brilliant, ancient name. It is the Irish Gaelic form of the Hebrew name Molly, which comes from the same root as Mary. Mallaidh does have the rather unpleasant meaning of “bitter” – unless you really like black coffee, in which case this is a brilliant namesake – but also the feisty meaning of “rebellion.” Pronunciation-wise, Mallaidh has a very similar sound to the softness of Molly, but fresher-sounding as “mah-lee.”

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bitter, or rebellion
  • Pronunciation: mah-lee
  • Variations: Molly, Mary
Pretty, Unique

Mealla

A unique name, Mealla is a beautiful Irish option to consider. Mealla is said to have been derived from the Old Irish for “lightning,” bringing a stormy, feisty flair to the name. Alternatively, another possible interpretation for Mealla would be the sweet-as-can-be meaning of “honey.” Either variation – sweet or stormy – is lovely, and you could even suggest that the meaning of Mealla’s name varies depending on her mood!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Lightning, or honey
  • Pronunciation: meh-la
Sweet, Nature-inspired

Megan

Sweet, rural, and timeless, it’s not hard to see why Megan remains such a popular name. Its Irish roots come from the Gaelic Miadhach, meaning “honorable,” which also evolved into the common Irish surname Mehigan. Thanks to the recent royal wedding, many people may elect to spell Meghan with that extra ‘h,’ but this is down to preference. Whichever way you choose, you can’t go wrong with this gem.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Welsh
  • Meaning: Honorable
  • Variations: Meegan, Meghan, Mehigan, Miadhach
  • Namesakes: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Megan Mullaly, an American actress. Megan Thee Stallion, an American rapper.
  • Popularity: Megan is a timelessly popular name in the US. In the year 2000, it was the 18th most popular girl’s name, according to the SSA. It has since slipped down the charts, but still remains comfortably in the top 1000.
Popular, Sweet, Earthy

Moira

Moira – an Irish Gaelic derivative of the name Mary – is a brilliantly strong, confident name for a girl. “Bitterness” and “beloved” may be an odd juxtaposition of meanings, but we love this name nonetheless. Plus, Moira is also of Greek origin, where it has the magical meaning of “destiny.”

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Greek
  • Meaning: Bitterness, or beloved
  • Pronunciation: MOY-ra
  • Variations: Moyra, Mary
Strong, Pretty
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Molly

A truly lovely and popular name, Molly sounds friendly and loving to those who hear it. Molly is an Irish/English form of the Hebrew name Mary, which has brought so many variations it is hard to count! Unfortunately, all the derivatives from Mary carry the meaning of “bitterness,” and Molly is no exception. But, don’t let that put you off, as Molly really is an upbeat and classically simple name, which is sure to be remembered.

  • Origin: Irish, English, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bitter
  • Variations: Mollie, Mary, Malle
Sweet, Pretty

Morrigan

Morrigan is an absolutely awesome, badass name your baby girl is sure to be proud of. As if its powerful meaning of “great queen” wasn’t enough to love already, Morrigan was actually an Irish mythological goddess. The goddess of war and death, Morrigan ruled over fate and frequently appeared in the form of a crow, offering encouragement and striking fear where she felt it was necessary. If that isn’t a brilliantly strong namesake for your determined little daughter, we don’t know what is!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Great queen
  • Namesakes: Morrigan, the mythological Irish goddess of war.
Strong, Mythological

Moya

Moya is an undeniably cool name, with its modern-sounding lilt and stylish spelling. However, Moya is, in fact, an Irish name from the same root as the English name Mary, meaning “bitter.” A sweet variant to Moya would be Maire, which sounds prettier but not as confident as the badass Moya.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Bitter, or exceptional
  • Variations: Moia, Maire
  • Namesakes: Moya Brennan, an Irish singer. Moya Dyring, an Australian artist.
Short, Sweet, Cool

Muireann

If you grew up dreaming of mermaids and hope your daughter does the same, you’re certain to love the name Muireann. This sweet Irish name means “sea-white,” giving off those salty, fresh, and lively vibes which remind us of standing next to the breaking waves on the oceanfront. In Irish legend, Muireann was the name of a 6th-century mermaid who was captured by a fisherman and eventually transformed into a woman at the hands of Saint Comghall. If that isn’t a magical story to have behind your name, we don’t know what is!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Sea-white
  • Pronunciation: mur-in
  • Variations: Moirin, Miren
Nature-inspired, Mythological

Murphy

Murphy is a delightful, warm, and carefree Irish name, which is most notable for being the most common surname in the Republic of Ireland. We all know by now that surnames make for cool, modern-sounding given names, so consider Murphy as a fun choice for your little girl. Especially with the powerful and stormy meaning of “sea warrior,” you’d be hard-pressed to find a more impressive name for your new little mermaid.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Sea warrior
  • Pronunciation: mur-fee
  • Popularity: Murphy is the most common surname in the Republic of Ireland!
Cool, Fun

Nessa

The story behind the name Nessa is a good one, as she was once a legendary princess of the Ulaid. Feisty and loyal, the princess was originally named Assa, meaning “gentle.” However, upon her quest to avenge her foster father’s death, she became known as Ní-assa, meaning “not gentle.” This is allegedly where Nessa gets its meaning, which is a pretty cool story. So no, Nessa doesn’t have to be a shortened version of Vanessa or Agnes. It is its own strong, feisty, and pretty Irish girl name in its own right.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Not gentle
  • Variations: Ness
Unique, Pretty, Mythological

Niamh

An ethereal name, Niamh is rooted in Irish mythology. As the tale goes, Niamh – the daughter of the sea God Manannan – fell deeply in love with Oisin, living happily for three hundred years in the Land of Youth. She also rode a magical white horse named Enbarr, which sounds pretty awesome! Meaning “brightness” or “radiance,” Niamh casts a beautiful glow on all those who hear it.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Brightness, radiance
  • Pronunciation: NEEV
  • Variations: Neve, Niaṁ
  • Popularity: Between 1993 and 1995, Niamh was peaking as the second most popular baby girl name in Ireland! It remains a popular name to this day.
Mythological, Popular, Pretty

Nora

Nora is experiencing quite the comeback in the US baby girl name popularity charts, which is fantastic to see as this is a truly lovely name for a sweet little girl. Nora is said to have derived from the Latin Honora, meaning “honor.” It’s popularity and usage in Ireland have left it considered an Irish girl name and an honorable one at that.

  • Origin: Latin, Irish
  • Meaning: Honor
  • Variations: Noreen
  • Popularity: Nora was in the top 100 baby girl names in the US back in the 1900s. Although it slipped for a period, it remained in the top 1000 names. It gained a comeback in popularity in the 2010s, peaking at rank 28 in 2017!
Sweet, Pretty, Short

Oilbhe

The olive tree is known for being a symbol of peace, so to give your beautiful daughter a name inspired by this magnificent tree is a lovely and heartwarming choice. Oilbhe is an Irish girl name with this meaning, and we love how warm and unique the name is. Many may associate Oilbhe with the similar-spelled Ailbhe, which means “white.” We like both variations but love the nature-inspired vibe to Oilbhe in particular.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Olive tree
  • Variations: Olive, Elva
Nature-inspired, Unique

Oona

Oona is a name that simply oozes sweetness. Meaning “lamb,” Oona is bright and lively, making it an especially perfect choice for a baby born in the springtime. It has a simple pronunciation with a few different spelling options, but we prefer Oona for its double ‘o’ softness.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Lamb
  • Variations: Oonagh, Una
  • Namesakes: Oona Chaplin, a Spanish actress. Oona O’Neill, an actress and wife of Charlie Chaplin.
Sweet, Animal-inspired, Short
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Orlaith

If you look at your beautiful newborn daughter and all you see is a radiant, glowing, golden princess, Orlaith is definitely her name. The name is Irish Gaelic in origin and is often related to the High King of Ireland Brian Boru, as it was the name borne by his sister. A popular and more accessible variant of Orlaith is Orla which, interestingly, also works as a masculine name of Danish origin!

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Golden princess
  • Variations: Orla
Pretty, Strong

Quinn

A popular surname and unisex given name, Quinn is a strong name of great wisdom and wit. Although Quinn sounds cool and modern, it is actually derived from the Old Irish given names Ceann or Conn, which mean “intelligence,” “wisdom,” or even perhaps “chief.”

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Wise, intelligent
  • Variations: Quin, Conn, Ceann
  • Namesakes: Quinn Cummings, an American actress, entrepreneur, and writer. Quinn Ojinnaka, an American football player and wrestler.
  • Popularity: Quinn is a popular unisex name, which has so far peaked at rank 76 in the US baby name charts in the year 2017.
Short, Sweet, Strong

Reagan

Regal Reagan, one might say, as this fantastic Irish name means “little ruler.” Reagan is so full of inspiration and possibility, in fact, that it was the surname of the 40th President of the United States! Regan has also featured as a character in Shakespeare’s King Lear, as well as being the name of the young girl in The Exorcist. But maybe don’t use that horror movie reference as a namesake for your sweet girl!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little ruler
  • Variations: Riagán, Regan
  • Namesakes: Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. Reagan Wilson, an American model. Reagan Gomez-Preston, an American actress.
  • Popularity: Reagan has been in the US baby name charts since 1993, breaking into the top 100 most popular to peak at rank 97 in 2016.
Popular, Strong, Pretty

Riley

Riley is a hip, popular name derived from the Old Irish surname Ó Raghallaigh. Although it is still a surname today, Riley makes for a modern-sounding and upbeat given name for both boys and girls, with a strong, confident meaning of “brave.”

  • Origin: Irish, Old English
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Pronunciation: RYE-lee
  • Variations: Ryleigh, Ryley, Reilly
  • Popularity: Riley is a very popular name in the US. As a feminine name, it has been in the top 50 most popular names since 2008, according to the SSA.
Popular, Fun, Pretty

Rionach

Rionach is a strong, majestic name for a baby girl. In Irish legend, Rionach was the spouse of the High King of Ireland Niall of the Nine Hostages. Rionach has a sharp, heavy spelling and pronunciation, which only emphasizes its strength as a name but, if you’d prefer something a little softer, you could opt for the variant Riona, which means the same.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Queenly
  • Pronunciation: ree-in-ock
  • Variations: Riona
Pretty, Strong

Róisín

Floral, delicate and pretty, Róisín is a lovely and traditional Irish name for a girl. It is made from the Gaelic elements “róis,” meaning “rose,” and “Nín,” meaning “little.” Together, of course, this makes the delightfully sweet meaning of “little rose,” an adorable variation on the popular flowery name. Róisín’s spelling may not be the most obvious to those unfamiliar with the Gaelic languages, but we think this adorable exception of a name is certainly worth the confusion.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Little Rose
  • Pronunciation: ROH-sheen, roh-SHEEN
  • Variations: Rosheen, Rose, Rosaleen
  • Popularity: A rare name in Ireland, Róisín remains a popular choice for baby girls back in Ireland.
Nature-inspired, Pretty

Rowan

Rowan is a name vividly red in color but in a beautiful, natural way. The rowan tree is a beautiful shrub that bears tiny, scarlet berries in the fall. They are believed to be sacred and protective against harm and evil magic. As well as having this sweet tree inspiration to the name, Rowan means “little red one,” painting the name in shades of love, warmth, and passion. Especially for a baby born with red locks, Rowan is a gorgeous choice of name.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little red one
  • Pronunciation: row-ahn
  • Variations: Roan, Rohan
  • Namesakes: Rowan Atkinson, an English actor also known as Mr. Bean. Rowan Blanchard, an American actress. Saint Rowan, one of the Apostles of Ireland.
  • Popularity: A name only recently popularized, Rowan has ranked in the US top 1000 baby girl names since 2003, and the baby boy names since 1991.
Nature-inspired, Popular

Ryanne

Ryanne is the sweet, feminine form of the popular Irish name Rian or Ryan. The name is derived from the Irish word for king, “ri,” and the diminutive “in,” giving the name the cutest, most majestic meaning of “little king.” Ryanne is a beautiful option for your new little queen, especially if named after an important Ryan in the family.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little king
  • Pronunciation: rye-an
Strong, Pretty

Sadhbh

Who needs vowels when you’re so sweet and lovely? Sadhbh is a brilliant and adorable name for a baby girl, although it may take a while for readers to suss out that you actually pronounce it the same way as you would the kitchen utensil. Sadhbh is a name that features throughout various tales of Irish mythology, adding richness to this stunning name. For instance, Princess Sadb ingen Chuinn was the daughter of Conn of the Hundred Battles, a legendary High King of Ireland. With the meanings of “sweet” and “lovely,” you can’t go wrong with a name as perfect as Sadhbh.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Sweet, lovely
  • Pronunciation: SYVE
  • Variations: Sadb, Saoibh, Sive
Unique, Sweet, Mythological

Saoirse

Saoirse is a name popularized thanks to the multi-Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan. With a meaning of “freedom,” Saoirse is innovative, airy, and adventurous, and we love this choice for a strong-willed baby girl. The pronunciation of Saoirse may not be the clearest from its unusual spelling, but we love it nonetheless.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Freedom, liberty
  • Pronunciation: SEER-sha, SUR-sha
  • Namesakes: Saoirse Ronan, an American-born Irish actress.
  • Popularity: Saoirse is not the most commonly-heard name in the US, but it has featured in the top 1000 baby girl names since 2016.
Strong, Earthy
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Shannon

The longest river in Ireland is called the River Shannon, so if you or your family live along its banks, this would make a particularly lovely, nature-inspired name for your baby girl. Shannon is also a town in County Clare, so you can really see why the name has proved so popular in Ireland! The River Shannon was actually named in honor of Sionna, an Irish mythological goddess known for her wisdom. There is some intriguing folklore surrounding the River Shannon, which would be fascinating to read up on with your little girl as she gets bigger.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Wise river
  • Variations: Sionainn, Shanna, Sionna
  • Popularity: Shannon peaked in popularity as a girl name in Ireland in 1995, ranking as the 11th most popular name that year.
Locational, Nature-inspired

Shay

Short but sassy, Shay is a great name for either boys or girls. Shay has the most regal meanings of “esteemed” or “majestic,” making it a fitting choice for your new little queen. Shay may sound like a nickname for a longer name, but you may appreciate the simplicity of it, and it sounds confident and stylish as it is.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Esteemed, majestic
  • Variations: Séaghdha, Shae
  • Namesakes: Shay Mitchell, a Canadian actress.
Unique, Short

Sheelin

Settled between the Counties of Westmeath, Meath, and Cavan in Ireland is Lough Sheelin, a freshwater lake with an especially magical meaning. Lough Sheelin means “lake of the fairies,” granted thanks to the beautiful mystique of fairies on and around the water. So, as a delightful given name, Sheelin is full of magic and innocence, and we love how pretty it sounds in addition.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Lake of the fairies
Pretty, Mythological, Locational

Sheenagh

Holding the heavenly meaning of “God is gracious,” Sheenagh is a unique but pretty choice of name for a baby girl. Believe it or not, Sheenagh comes from the same root as the English name Jane, whose line also includes the popular Irish name Sinead. Dropping the ‘gh’ at the end and spelling this name Sheena may soften its appearance on paper slightly without changing its pronunciation, but this would lose Sheenagh’s Irish flair.

  • Origin: Irish, English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: shee-na
  • Variations: Jane, Sinead
  • Namesakes: Sheenagh Pugh, a British poet and author.
Unique, Strong

Sibeal

There are so many name variations derived from the Hebrew name Elisheva, but Sibeal is a fantastic, Irish form to consider. Meaning “God is my oath,” Sibeal is heavenly and loving, with a soft lilt and pretty spelling to go with it. Sibeal is actually an anagram of Isabel, which comes from the same root, so would make a beautiful but unique tribute to someone special of that name.

  • Origin: Irish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Style: Unique, Sweet
  • Pronunciation: shib-eel
  • Variations: Sybil, Isabel, Elisheva

Síle

Síle is one of those names which will undoubtedly lead to mispronunciations, but this certainly shouldn’t put you off using it for your beautiful baby girl. Meaning “musical,” Síle has the rhythmic pronunciation of “she-la,” so nice and easy to remember. The name is the Irish Gaelic form of the Latin Cecilia, who was the patron saint of music and musicians.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Musical
  • Pronunciation: she-la
  • Variations: Sheila, Cecilia, Sheelagh
Unique, Short

Sinead

You might not have guessed it, but Sinead is actually an Irish variant of the English name Jane! Soft and unique, Sinead’s meaning of “God is gracious” sets it apart as an especially heavenly name. Certainly, one to be cherished by your beautiful little addition!

  • Origin: Irish, English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: shin-ade
  • Variations: Sinnead, Synead
  • Namesakes: Sinéad O’Connor, an Irish singer/songwriter. Sinéad Burke, an Irish writer, academic, and disability activist.
Strong, Pretty

Siobhan

Traditional, heavenly, and unique, Siobhan is a brilliant name to choose for your baby girl. Siobhan is actually from the same root as the Irish name Sinead, as both are Irish forms of the English names Jane. Surprising, really, as all these names seem so different! But, if you are hoping for a strong name with a religious meaning for your precious daughter, Siobhan is a great choice to consider.

  • Origin: Irish, English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: shiv-AWN
  • Namesakes: Siobhan McKenna, an Irish actress.
  • Popularity: Siobhan is a surprisingly uncommon name in the US, having only featured in the top baby girl name charts between 1979 and 1987.
Pretty, Unique

Síofra

Superstitious? You’ll be intrigued by the strange meaning behind this stunning Irish baby name! According to folklore, there were once evil sprites or fairies who stole away innocent infant humans and replaced them with mysterious “changeling” children in their cribs. Kind of creepy if you think about it, and we’re not sure we’d want to hear you thinking your child might be a strange changeling. But, if you think your beautiful baby girl is magical and a bit too good to be true, maybe Síofra is a cool choice of name to consider for her?

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Fairy, changeling
  • Pronunciation: SHEE-fra, sheh-fra
Unique, Sweet, Mythological

Sláine

Sláine is a majestically mythological name of Irish origin, suitable for both regal boys and girls. In Irish history and legend, Sláine was the daughter of Brian Boru, a High King of Ireland, as well as being the name borne by the legendary first High King, Sláine mac Dela. With a meaning of “health,” Sláine is pure and hopeful, and would make a fantastic unique but pretty name for your healthy baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Health
Mythological, Unique
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Sorcha

A luminous name meaning “brightness,” Sorcha is certain to cast a glow over your beautiful new baby girl. Sorcha is actually an Irish Gaelic variation on the anglicized names Sarah and Sally, although you wouldn’t think it to hear it. Sorcha has a sharp pronunciation and unique spelling, but we think it is a hip, pretty, and edgy name to consider for your cherished daughter.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Brightness
  • Pronunciation: SURK-ha, sor-aka
  • Variations: Sorca, Sorsha
Unique, Pretty

Tara

Lara, Kara, Sara, Mara… how about Tara? Tara is a name with meanings and origins in many different languages; however, as an Irish name, Tara holds the meaning of “hill” or “tower.” The Hill of Tara is located in County Meath in Ireland and is an ancient ceremonial site holding great significance in Irish legend. Tara is soft-sounding but holds a certain edginess from its hard “T-” beginning. Short and sweet, this is a lovely name for a high-flying girl.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Hill, tower
  • Popularity: In Ireland, Tara ranked consistently in the top 100 baby names from the 1970s right through to the early 2000s.
Locational, Nature-inspired

Tegan

You wouldn’t believe just how many adorable meanings hide behind Tegan, which already sounds like the cutest of names! In Gaelic, Tegan can be traced back to mean “little poet” or “little storyteller,” connoting delightful imagination and dreaminess. However, Tegan could actually also be considered a Welsh girl’s name, derived from the word “teg,” meaning “loved one,” or “darling.” Furthermore, Tegan would mean “special thing” as a Cornish given name. All of these meanings are beautiful sentiments to bestow upon a little girl you have high dreams and wishes for.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish
  • Meaning: Little poet, little storyteller, loved one
  • Variations: Teegan, Teagan
Sweet, Pretty

Temhair

In Ireland, there is an ancient ceremonial burial site atop a hill in County Meath, known as Teamhair in the Irish language. If your family hails from near this area, the name may already hold great meaning to you. If not, you will undoubtedly be impressed by the regal and mythological context of this hill, known as the inauguration location of the historical and legendary High Kings of Ireland. Culturally, this hill is of great significance, making Temhair a powerful name for a girl. It is unique as a given name, but would also make a great middle name too.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Great height
  • Variations: Temair, Tara
Nature-inspired, Locational, Mythological

Tierney

Although it may sound particularly feminine in the modern day, Tierney is actually a unisex name, which was derived from the Gaelic word “tiarna,” meaning “lord.” Several saints have borne the name Tierney, which was traditionally used as the surname Ó Tiarnaigh. We love the regal connotations to this name and hope you will too!

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Lord, master
  • Pronunciation: TEER-nee
  • Variations: Tiarna, Tierneigh, Tiernan
  • Namesakes: Tierney Thys, an American marine biologist and explorer. Tierney Sutton, an American jazz singer.
Pretty, Sweet

Tipper

Tipper is a fun, cutesy surname-turned-first name, and we would love to hear this name take off in popularity. Tipper is related to the name Taber, which means “a well in Irish.” So, either would make a beautiful name for your little wish-come-true daughter! As well as this, Tipper is linked to County Kildare in Ireland, with a parish in that region bearing the name, and was even the nickname of Al Gore’s former wife – the former second lady of the US. Fun-loving and upbeat, choose Tipper for a memorable name for your baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: A well
  • Variations: Taber
  • Namesakes: Tipper Gore, an American author, activist, and former second lady of the United States.
Locational, Fun

Troya

Troya is a feminine alternative to the popular masculine names Troy or Troi. The names mean “descendant of the footsoldier,” which references the name given by the Irish to the migrants from the French city of Troyes. Of course, Troya also reminds us of the ancient Greek city of Troy, where the historical Trojan wars famously took place. A strong, powerful name with a feminine twist, we love Troya as a sweet option for your baby girl.

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: Descendant of the footsoldier
  • Variations: Troi, Troia
Cool, Pretty

Tullia

Tullia is a brilliant and chirpy name, with the tranquil, honorable meaning of “peaceful.” It is considered an Irish name but is also rooted in Latin from the masculine and family name Tullius, from ancient Roman times. As well as sounding like a mispronunciation of the completely-different name Tallulah, Tullia sounds graceful and almost floral, somehow reminding us of a pretty little tulip.

  • Origin: Irish, Latin
  • Meaning: Peaceful
Pretty, Unique

Ultana

Ultana would be a brilliant name for a baby girl born with heritage from the historical north Irish region of Ulster. Ultana is a feminine variant of the masculine Ultan, which translates as “from Ulster.” Two 7th-century Irish saints bore the name Ultan, and although Ultana sounds somewhat like a type of dried grape (sultana), we still love it as a perfectly unique, locational option for your new little daughter.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: One from Ulster
Unique, Locational

Yseult

Yseult is a variation on Iseult, which may also be used as Isolde. All these names famously relate to the legend of Iseult, an Irish princess who was betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. After mistakenly drinking a love potion with his nephew Tristan, Iseult and Tristan fell deeply in love. The ending to the tale is distressingly tragic, but romantic nonetheless, and Yseult makes a passionate, mythological, and unique name for a baby girl today.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fair
  • Pronunciation: ee-solt
  • Variations: Iseult, Isolde
Unique, Mythological
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Irish Names FAQs

What is the Most Popular Irish Girl Name?

There are so many popular Irish girl names because they’re all so perfect! Aoife is a classically popular option, and names such as Niamh, Maeve, and Quinn are all growing in popularity outside of Ireland. In Ireland, however, the name Fiadh has proved monumentally popular in recent years, climbing right up the charts to be the second highest-ranking girl name.

What is the Rarest Irish Girl Name?

It isn’t hard to find a rare Irish girl name for your unique little daughter. Names such as Tipper, Croia, Sheelin, and Liadan are all rarely heard. Sadhbh was a hugely popular name in medieval Ireland but is much more uncommonly heard now, too.

What Irish Name Means Queen?

Many Irish names hold a majestic, regal meaning! We particularly love the names Rionach (or Riona,) which means “queenly,” or Morrigan, which means “great queen” and holds many an awesome namesake.

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About the Author

Madeleine Lily Webb

Madeleine is a writer from somewhere near Manchester, England. Madeleine's background in languages and linguistics has led to baby names becoming one of her favorite topics to write about. When she's not fallen down a rabbit hole of stories behind unique names, Madeleine can be found hanging out with her cat, taking photos of flowers, or dancing.
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