Most popular Irish baby names in America


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 “descendent of the brave warrior”

Kaitlyn: American form of the Irish Caitlín (Irish version of Catherine)

Makayla: Another modern creation possibly stemming from the Irish man’s name “Cadhla,” meaning slender

Kaylee: This name is a modern invention based on the names Kay and Lee, but it also sounds like “céilí,” the Irish word for a gathering

Kylie: Usually considered an Australian Aboriginal name meaning “boomerang,” but like the name Kayla, it’s also a form of Kiley, an Anglicization of the Irish name Cadhla, meaning “slender”

Riley: Riley is an English surname meaning “rye field” or an Anglicization of the Irish surname O’Reilly, or Ó Raghaillaigh, meaning from “descendent of Raghaillaigh,” an Irish chieftan

Erin: A poetic name for Ireland. The name is not usually used in Ireland, but it’s recently gained in popularity in the North

Claire: This is a French name meaning “clear,” but “Clare,” an alternate spelling, is a county in Ireland

Molly: Irish pet form of Mary, or Mallaidh in Irish, that means “star of the sea”

Kennedy: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Cinnéide, meaning “helmet head”

Kelly: Anglicization of the Irish surname “Ó Ceallaigh,” which possibly means “brave warrior”

Cassidy: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Casaide, which hasan obscure meaning but may translate to “clever” or “curly-headed”

Ashlyn: Anglicization of the Irish name Aislinn (or Aisling), meaning “dream” or “vision”

Kiara: Form of Ciara, pronounced “KEE a ra,” an Irish name meaning “dark.” Often pronounced “see-Ahr-a” in the U.S.

Reagan: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Ríagáin, which comes from “sovereign” or “king”

Delaney: Anglicization of the Irish surname “Ó Dubhshláine, meaning “descendant of the dark-haired man of the River Slaney”

Alana: Feminine form of the name Alan, which means “handsome.” Also an Anglicization of “a leanbh, an Irish term of endearment meaning “O child”

Mckenna: Anglicization of the Irish surname MacCionnaith, interpreted as both “ardent love” and “firesprung”

Brenda: Feminine form of the Irish name Brendan, an Anglicization of the Irish saint Breandán/Breannain whose name means“prince”

Shannon: Area and river in Ireland that possibly means “little wise one”

Kara: Form of Cara, the Irish word for “friend”

Kira: Another Anglicization of Ciara, an Irish name meaning “dark”

Kathleen: Another Anglicization of the Irish Caitlín, a form of Catherine

Bridget: From the Irish name Brighid, meaning “exalted one.” St. Brigid is a patron saint of Ireland.

Patricia: This is the feminine form of Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint’s name which is Latin for “noble”

Shayla: Modern Anglicization of the Irish name Síle, meaning “blind.” Also Anglicized as “Sheila”

Tara: Anglicization of the old Irish name Teamhair, which means “eminence” or “distinction.” Also the name of the ancient hill in Co. Meath that was the center of pagan activity

Brenna: Modern feminine form of the name Brennan, an Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Braonáin, that can mean “sorrow”

Logan: From the Irish surname O’Loughan, which is often mistranslated to mean “duck,” which is actually from the Gaelic word “lacha”

Fiona: An Irish name (spelled Fíona) pronounced as “Feena,” meaning “vine”

Ryan: Feminine Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Ríain, meaning “descendent of the little king”

Aileen: Anglicization of the Irish name Aibhilín/Eibhilín, an Irish form of Evelyn or Helen which can mean “bright light”