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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.

  • 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”

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