Aidan, Brayden, Colin, Riley; Kayla, Morgan, Megan, Kaitlyn - you've probably come across a newborn in the past decade with at least one of these names.
What do they all have in common? These top names in the U.S. all have Irish roots!
For example, the trendy name "Aidan" is the Anglicization of the Gaelic word Aodhán, meaning "little fire," while "Kayla" is a modern creation inspired by the Irish man’s name Cadhla, meaning "slender."
If you're an expectant parent looking for an Irish name, or if you just want to figure out what your own name means, you've come to the right place.
We've done all the hard work of gathering the top Irish names in America into one place. All you have to do is sit back and choose one, or two...
Ryan: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Ríain, meaning "descendant of the little king."
Brandon: Anglicization of Breanainn, which possibly means "sword.” Also an English surname meaning “hill top.”
Logan: From the Irish surname O’Loughan, often mistranslated to mean “duck,” which is actually from the Gaelic word “lacha.”
Austin: Anglicization of the name Aghaistín, the Irish form of Augustine, a Latin name meaning “great” or “magnificent.”
Kevin: Anglicization of the Irish name Caoimhín, meaning “beautiful birth.”
Connor: Modern form of the Irish name Conchobhar, meaning “dog lover.” Usually spelled Conor in Ireland.
Kyle: Anglicization of the Irish word “coil” meaning “woods.” More commonly used in Scotland, where it is from a place name meaning "narrow.”
Aidan: Anglicization of Aodhán, meaning “little fire.”
Brian: Anglicization of the Irish name Brion, meaning “noble.”
Sean: Irish form of John, which means “gift from God.”
Owen: Usually a Welsh name. It can be an Anglicization of the Irish names Eoin (form of John) and Eoghan, meaning “born of the yew.”
Cody: Anglicization of the Irish surname of Norman origin, Mac Óda, meaning “descendant of Otto.”
Patrick: Ireland’s patron saint’s name, which is Latin for “noble.” Padric is the Irish variant.
Brayden: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Bradaoin, meaning “salmon.”
Tristan: Celtic name whose meaning has been debated, but possibly means “tumult,” or “uproar.”
Colin: Can be either an Anglicization of Coilean, an Irish name meaning “whelp,” or Cóilín, an Irish short form of Nicholas.
Riley: Riley is an English surname meaning “rye field,” or an Anglicization of the Irish surname O’Reilly, or Ó Raghaillaigh, meaning “descendant of Raghaillaigh,” an Irish chieftain.
Liam: Shortened form of Uilliam, the Irish form of William, a Germanic name made of two words meaning “desire” and “protection.”
Caden: Anglicization of the Irish surname MacAodháin, or possibly a name from the Irish name Cathán, meaning "battle."
Oscar: Anglicization of Osgar, meaning “deer lover.”
Brady: A name meaning “spirited,” and an Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Bradaigh.
Alan: Anglicization of the Irish name Ailín, meaning “handsome.”
Brendan: Anglicization of Breandán/Breannain, a major Irish saint, meaning “prince.”
Nolan: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Nualláin from “nuall,” which means “nobleman.”
Donovan: Celtic name meaning “strong fighter.”
Corey: Anglicization of the Irish surname Mac Gothraidh, from a place name meaning “hill hollow.”
Brody: Usually Scottish, this name can also be an Anglicization of the Irish surname Mac Bruaideadha, which comes from an Irish place name meaning “ditch.”
Miles: Anglicization of “Maol,” the beginning of Irish names, meaning “devotee of (insert saint here).”
Griffin: Usually a Welsh name, but it can be an Anglicization of the Irish name Críofán or of the Irish surname Ó Gríobhtha, meaning “descendant of the griffin-like.”
Keegan: Anglicization of the Irish surname Mac Aodhgáin, “Aodhagán” meaning “small and passionate,” or “fiery.”
Brennan: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Braonáin, meaning “descendant of Braonáin.” “Braonáin” can mean “sorrow.”
Quinn: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Cuinn, meaning “descendant of Conn.” “Conn” means “leader” or “chief.”
Micheal: Irish form of Michael, meaning “Who is like God.”
Declan: Form of the name Deaglán, an Irish saint’s name of obscure meaning.
Dorian: Although it is based on the name Dora, which has no Irish roots, the name was coined by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde for his book, “The Portrait of Dorian Gray.”
Brianna: Modern feminine form of Brian, an Anglicization of the Irish name Brion, meaning “noble.”
Kayla: Even though it’s probably a modern creation, it is similar to the Irish male name Cadhla, meaning “slender.”
Anna: Typically considered a Latin name, but Ana is also an ancient Celtic goddess known as the “Wealth Provider.”
Megan: Though technically not a Celtic name (it’s a Welsh pet form of Margaret), it’s similar to the Irish surname O’Meegan, meaning “descendant of the brave warrior.”
Kaitlyn: American form of the Irish Caitlín (Irish version of Catherine).
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