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"Ryan" is the most popular Irish-inspired boy's name in the U.S.

Top Irish baby names in America

\""Ryan"

"Ryan" is the most popular Irish-inspired boy's name in the U.S.

  • 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 “descendent 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 “descendent of Braonáin.” “Braonáin” can mean “sorrow”

  • Quinn: Anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Cuinn, meaning “descendent 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 saints’ 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”

  • Girls

    1. Brianna: Modern feminine form of Brian, an Anglicization of the Irish name Brion, meaning “noble”

    2. Kayla: Even though it’s probably a modern creation, it is similar to the Irish male name Cadhla, meaning “slender”

    3. Anna: Typically considered a Latin name, but Ana is also an ancient Celtic goddess known as the “Wealth Provider”

    4. 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”

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

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

    7. 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

    8. 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”

    9. 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

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

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

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