Irish baby names are hugely popular - and not just with us normal plebs, but with the Hollywood elite in LA and across the pond in Europe. Of course, despite the fact that the most popular baby names of Irish origin are Kaitlyn, Aidan and Liam (usual names) the Hollywood stars had to go for something different.
Although it must be said that there are humdrum names like Kieran, Aoife and an old-fashioned Malachy in the mix.
So here they are, the Hollywood modern versions of Irish names along with the all-important superstar connection.
Meaning: protect, shelter; gentle, beautiful, precious
Variant of: Caoimhe
“How I Met Your Mother” star Alyson Hannigan chose the name to honor her father’s Irish heritage.
Meaning: fair or pale
Variants: Fee, Ffion, Ffiona, Ffyona, Fione, Fionna, and Fyona.
Fiona Eve is the daughter of “Beverly Hills 90210’s” Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli.
Meaning: red-berry tree
A variant of Roanna, Roanne, and Rowen ( can be used for girls or boys).
Brooke Shields named her little girl Rowan back in 2003. The weird thing is she doesn’t have red hair.
Variant of: Usually used as a surname which dates back to the 1200s
Former couple Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger named their little girl Ireland in 1995. Now she’s all grown up and got her first modelling contract.
Meaning: beloved, friend, or dear
Variant of: Caroline, Caragh, Caralin, Kara
Reality TV exes Kate and Jon Gosselin, of “Jon and Kate, Plus Eight” gave this Irish name to one of their twin daughters in 2000.
Meaning: beautiful, radiant
Variant of: Eve, Aoibh
Aoife is the name of “Game of Thrones” actor Ciaran Hinds’ only daughter. They live in Paris with his wife Helene Patarot.
Meaning: “offspring of the challenger" or "angel from heaven”
Variant of: Delany
A solid surname that’s now used far more for girls than boys.
Meaning: Irish goddess and queen name
Chris O’Donnell sticks close to his Irish roots in naming his children. Along with Maeve, he has another boy called Finley.
Variant of: Tuilelaith
Meaning: Abundance, lady, or princess
This one is super popular with Patrick Dempsey, Simon LeBon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Damon Dash, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis all naming their little princesses Tallulah.
A variant of Caden or Kaden.
Kevin Costner chose this strong Irish moniker for his third son, in 2007.
A variant of a surname associated with Samuel Beckett and Saint Thomas Beckett, it’s now being used as a Christian name.
Malcolm MacDowell, Melissa Etheridge, Conan O’Brien, and Stella McCartney all have little boys named Beckett.
Meaning: messenger of God
Variant of: Malachie
Cork-born “Batman” and “Wind that Shakes Barley” star Cillian Murphy named one of his sons Malachy.
Variant of: Finn
“Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack, despite his Scottish-Canadian roots, gave his son this Irish name.
Meaning: without envy or park with deer
Variant of: Derby
“Grey’s Anatomy” heartthrob and father-of-three, Patrick Dempsey named one of his twins, born in 2007, Darby, along with his brother Sullivan.
Meaning: castle, stone fort
A variant of none. Name of an Irish place, the Rock of Cashel
Record breaking Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis named his County Wicklow born son Cashel, along with his brother Ronan.
Meaning: abundance, prosperity
Variant of: Raferty, Raffarty and Raffertey
Who could be more prosperous than the son of Jude Law and Sadie Frost.
Meaning: son of the red-haired one
Variant of: Flann, Flin, Flinn and Flyn
We’re not sure if they looked this one up but neither Orlando Bloom nor Miranda Kerr has red hair! Oh well.
Meaning: little dark one
Variant of: Ciaran
“The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies went for this popular Irish name and it was no surprise when she was spotted with her son and his head full of dark curls.
Variant of: a rare Gaelic surname, commonly known from Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”
“Batman” commissioner Gary Oldman and “Homeland” star Damien Lewis have both gone with this Irish name.
*Originally published in 2013.