Traditional Irish Names

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    Adair - "from the ford by the oak trees." Adare.
    Adamnan - "the timid one"; name of an abbot of Iona. Awnan, Adomnan, Adhamhan.
    Aed - derived from the word aedh "fire"; common in early Ireland; name of several early saints, and four Ui Neill High Kings.
    Aedan - (EH-thahn) dim. also can be Aed. Saint Aodhan of Fern performed many miracles, including healing the lame and blind son of a British king.
    Aeducan - common dim. also can be Aed in medieval Ireland. Aodhagan.
    Ahern - "lord of the horses."
    Ailbhis - (AL-vis) 6th C. Irish saint; perhaps a also can be Ailbhe. Anglecized as Elvis.
    Ailill - name of a legendary king of Connacht and husband of Medb.
    Ailin - (ay-LEEN) derived Old Irish=ail "noble."
    Alan - "handsome" or "peaceful."
    Alastar - (AH-lah-star) Irish= Greek Alexander, introduced to Ireland via Scotland; modern Gaelic form Alasdair.
    Alpin - "attractive."
    Alsandair - Irish also can be Alexander.
    Amargein - (aw-VEER-een) Old Irish=ama "singing, song" + gein "birth." Most celebrated bearer of the name was the druid poet and judge of the Sons of Mil, legendary ancestor of
    the Irish. He pronounced the first judgment given on Irish soil, and his magic ensured that the Sons of Mil would triumph over the Tuatha De Danann. A traditional name in the O'Clery
    Aodh - (AY) from Old Irish aid "fire." Another name of the god Dagda in Irish myth. Borne by six high kings and twenty saints in early Ireland. Name of two Irish rebels in Queen
    Elizabeth I's time, Aogh (Hugh) O'Neill and Aodh Rua (Red Hugh) O'Donnell. Anglicized as Hugh.
    Aodhan - (EH-dawn or AY-dawn) version of Old Irish Aedan, dim. of aed "fire." Aedan was the name of 21 early Irish saints. Popular name, often anglicized as Aidan (AY-dahn).
    Aonghus - (AYNG-ghus) Old Irish=oen "one" + gus "vigor." In Irish myth, Oengus was a god of youth and love, the son of the goddess Boand and god Dagda Oengus Tirech was
    the name of a legendary hero, said to be the ancestor of the O'Briens an MacNamaras. Five saints, including Oengus Ceile De bore this name. Angus.
    Ardal - (AHR-dawl) Old Irish=art "bear" + gal "fury, valor." Artegal, Arthgallo.
    Ard-Greimne - "high power"; father of Scathach and Aoife.
    Arlen - "pledge." Arland, Arlyn.
    Art - (ART) from Old Irish art "bear." Ancient Irish name, not a nickname for English Arthur (but both derive from a common Indo-European bear word arth). In legend, Art Oenfer (Art
    the Lonely) was a high king of Ireland and father of Cormac mac Airt. A later, historical Art, Art McMurrough, was a medieval king of Leinster who fought the English. Artagan.
    Artur - (AR-toor) Irish= Arthur, first recorded in Ireland in the 9th C. Artair, Arthur, Artus, Arth.

    Bain - short version of Bainbridge, "fair bridge."
    Bairre - (BAW-re) also can be names Bearach and Finnbarr, also used as a name in its own right; anglicized as Barry; Barra.
    Banning - "fair and small."
    Barram - version of Barrfhionn.
    Barry - "spearman."
    Beacan - (BE-kawn or BA-kawn) Old Irish=bec "little" + dim. -an. Saint Becan founded a monastery in Westmeath in the 6th C.
    Beagan - "small."
    Bearach - (BA-rak) Old Irish=berach "pointed, sharp." Berach was the name of many Irish saints, including the patron siant of the O'Hanlys. Berach.
    Bearchan - (BAR-uh-kawn or BAR-uh-hawn) Dim. of Bearach. Common name in early Ireland; name of numerous saints, including Bearchan of Inishmore in Galway, whose feast day is
    April 6.
    Belenus - name of a sun and fire god similar to Greek Apollo and connected with the druids. His name is seen in Beltane, the May 1 festival.
    Blaine - "thin" or "lean."
    Blair - "plain" or "field."
    Blathmac - (BLAW-vak) Old Irish=blath "flower" + mac "son." Popular in early Ireland. Blathmacc mac Con Brettan was an 8th C. poet.
    Bodb - (BOVE) Bodb the REd was a son of The Dagda and suceeded his father as king of the Tuatha De Danann. At Lough he had a sidhe, underground fairy palace.
    Bogart - "bog" or "marshland."
    Brady - "spirited." Bradaigh.
    Bram - Irish form of Abraham. Abracham.
    Bran - (BRAWN) from Old Irish bran "raven." Bran was the name of a pagan Celtic god in both Irish and Welsh myth. Popular in the Middle Ages.
    Brandubh - (BRAWN-doov) Old Irish=bran "raven" + dubh "black." Name of a medieval king of Leinster and 2 saints.
    Breandan - (BRAWN-dan) Poss. a borrowing of Welsh word brenhin "king or prince." In the medieval Latin tale, The Voyage of Saint Brendann, the 6th C. Irish saint known as Brendan
    the Navigator explored regions perhaps as far as N. America in a leather-clad boat, or curragh; Brendan; Brendis, Brannon, Bryn, Breanainn (BREH-neen).
    Breasal - (BREE-sal) "land of the young" or "land of the blessed." Hi Breasil was another name for Tir-na-Nog.
    Breck - "freckled." Brec, Brexton.
    Bress - son of Elathan of the Fomors who married the goddess Brighid. The Fomors were a sea-dwelling race who opposed the Tuatha De Danann over Ireland and loSaint
    Brian - (BREE-an) Of uncertain derivation, poss. from Celtic brig "high, noble." In Irish myth, Brian was one of the three sons of the goddess Danu of the Tuatha De Danaan. High King
    Brian Boru ruled Ireland from 1002-1014 and defeated the Vikings at the battle of Clontarf.
    Bricriu - a mischief-maker at the court of Conchobar, where he instigated a rivalry among the heroes Cu Chulainn, Conall, and Loegaire.
    Brogan - Saint Brogan was scribe to Saint Patrick during his meeting with the Fianna. Broccan.

    Caeoimhin - "gentle." Caemgen.
    Cahan - derived from cath "battle" or "warrior."
    Cairbre - (KAHR-bre) First legendary Sons of Mil to settle in Ireland. Two noted saints by this name: Bishop of Assaroe and Bishop of Moville.
    Cairell - name of several Irish saints.
    Cairpre - (KAIR-pre) the legendary Cairpre was the chief bard of the Tuatha De Danann and son of the god Ogma. Cairpre Liffechair wiped out the Fianna at the battle of Gabhra where
    he killed Fionn's grandson.
    Calbhach - from the word meaning "bald".
    Caley - alternate Irish= Caleb.
    Calhoun - "narrow woods." Coillcumhann, Colquhoun.
    Caoilte - (KWEEL-te) In legend, Cailte was a member of Finn mac Cumaill's warrior band. In medieval tale Colloquy of the Ancients, Cailte returned from the otherworld to tell Saint Patrick
    stories of Finn and other heros of old pagan Ireland.
    Caoimhin - (kwee-VEEN) Old Irish Caemgen: caem "gentle" or "beautiful" + gein "birth." 7th C. Saint Caemgen established the monastery at Glendalough in County Wicklow. Anglicized as
    Carrick - "rock." Caroq, Carraig.
    Casey - "brave."
    Cass - (KAHS) from Old Irish cas "curly." Popular name in early Ireland. Name of a legendary ancestor of the O'Briens, MacNamaras and O'Gradys.
    Cathal - (KOH-hal) "strong in battle, battle-mighty." Old Irish=cath "battle." Popular in the Middle Ages. Cathal Crobderg (Red-Handed Cathal) was a king of Connacht in the 13th C. Traditonal in the MacManus, Maguire and MacDonagh families.
    Cathbad - legendary name of the druid and son of Conchobar mac Nessa who prophesied Cu Chulainn's warrior valor and the sorrow that Deirdriu would cause Conchobar of Ulster.
    Cavan - from Caoimhin. Cavin.
    Ceallach - "bright-headed." Cellach, Kelly.
    Ceallachan - (CAL-a-kawn) Meaning uncertain: may mean "someone who frequents churches" or "someone who is warlike." Name of a 10th C. king, and a saint. Anglicized as Callaghan.

    Cearbhall - (KAHR-e-val or KEE-a-ruhl) Old Irish=name Cerball or Cerbhall. Name of early kings of Ossory and Leinster; traditional among O'Dalys. Cearbhall O Dalaigh was apresident of the Irish Republic; anglicized as Carroll.
    Chullain - (KUHL-in) a mythic name coming from Cu Chullain.
    Cian - (KEEN or KEE-an) Old Irish=cian "ancient, enduring." In legend, Cian was the son of Cian Cecht, god of healing of the Tuatha De Danaan. Also the father of the hero Lugh.
    Cianan (KEE-nahn, Kioan, Keon, Kean.
    Ciaran - (KEER-an) Old Irish=ciar "dark" + dim. suffix -an. 6th C. Saint Ciaran founded the monastery on Clonmacnoise. Kieran.
    Cillian - (KEEL-yan) "war or strife"; variant of Ceallach.
    Clancy - "red-headed fighter."
    Cluny - from a word meaning "meadow."
    Coinneach - (KUH-nukh or KI-nek) Old Irish=name Cainnech, from cain "good, beautiful." 6th C. Saint Cainnech founded monasteries in Scotland and Ireland, including Aghaboe in County Laois. The city of Kilkenny takes its name from him. Anglicized as Kenneth.
    Colm - (KUHL-uhm) from Latin columba "dove." 6th C. Saint Colm Cille (Columba) "dove of the church" is one of the most important Irish saints, w/ Patrick and Brigid. Born in Donegal to a branch of the royal Ui Neill clan, Colm Cille was banished to Scotland for allegedly copying a book without its owner's permission. Founded the monastery on Iona and converted pagan
    kings of Scotland to Christianity. Colum.
    Colman - (KOHL-mawn) Dim. of Colm. In early records, there were more than 200 Irish saints by this name. Given name of Saint Columbanus (c. 543-615), who founded several of most renowned monasteries in Eurpose, including Luxeuil in France and Bobbio in Italy.
    Comhghall - (KOH-gahn or CO-en) "fellow hostage."
    Conaire - (KAW-ni-re) Ancient Irish name, poss. from cu (con) "wolf, hound" + aire "farmer, landowner." Conor, Conlan, Conroy.
    Conall - (KAW-nal) "strong as a wolf"; Old Irish=cu (con) "hound, wolf." Conall Cernach was a legendary hero of Ulster. Conall Gulban was the great-grandfater of Saint Colm Cille and the ancestor of the O'Donnells, O'Gallaghers, and O'Dohertys.
    Conan - (KOH-nawn) from Celtic kuno "great, high"; "hound, wolf" or "wisdom." Of legend, Conan mac Morna was a member of Finn mac Cumaill's band. Six Irish saints also of this name. Conann.
    Conlaed - derived from connla "prudent, chaste" + aed "fire." Conlaodh.
    Conlaoch - (CON-la) son of Cu Chulainn and Aoife.
    Conleth, Conley - (KAWN-lay, KOHN-leth) from old and rare name Conlaed. Most famous bearer Conlaed, a 6th C. bishop of Kildare, head of school of manuscript illumination there.
    Conn - (KOHN) Ancient Irish name, poss. derived from cu (con) "hound, wolf." Conn Cethchathach (Conn of the Hundred Battles) was a high king of Ireland in legend. Claimed as an ancestor by the O'Connors, O'Donnells, O'Dowds, O'Flahertys, O'Neills, and O'Rourkes.
    Connacht - from the Irish County of the same name and spelling.
    Connla - "son of Conn." Conlaoch.
    Connlaio - variant of Conley and Conleth.
    Connor - (KAW-nor) Old Irish=Conchobar: cu (con) "hound, wolf" + cobar "desiring." In Irish epic The Cattle Raid of Cooley, Conchobar mac Nessa was king of Ulster. Modern Irish form Conor, Conchobhar (KROO-ar).
    Conri - (KAWN-ree) Old Irish=cu (con) "hound, wolf" + ri "king." An early recorded men's name. Conroy.
    Corcoran - "ruddy" or "red." Corc.
    Cormac - (KAWR-mak) from corbaid "defile" + mac "son"; or "charioteer." Cormac mac Airt was a legendary high king of Ireland, ancestor of the O'Neills. Also the name of many real kings, bishops and saints.
    Corrigan - froma word meaning "spearman." Corey, Corrin.
    Cosgrove - derived derived from gaelic meaning"victor" or "champion."
    Cowan - might be "hillside hollow."
    Coyle - derived derived from gaelic meaning"leader in battle."
    Craiftine - harper to Labraid Longseach; his harp was made of wood that had retained a secret about the king.
    Craig - "a steep rock" or "crag." Craigen.
    Credne - a bronzesmith god of the Tuatha De Danann and one of the triad of smiths. He helped Dian Cecht make the silver arm for Nuada.
    Criofan - (KREE-fan) Old Irish=name Crimthann "a fox." Crimthann was the name of ten of Finn mac Cumhaill's warriors, and of one Saint Crimthann. Crimthann, Crimathann.
    Crofton - "a small town with little houses and fields."
    Cu Chulainn - (KOO KUHL-in) Name of the hero of the early Irish epic The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Cu Chulainn's birth name was Setanta, and was given his adult name after he killed a watch dog of the smith, Culann. He then assumed the dog's place and duties and was renamed Cu Chulainn "hound of Culann." Other early names that begin with cu are Cu Maige (Hound of the Plain); Cu Mara (Hound of the Sea); and Cu Coigriche (Hound of the Border). Cu was a common title of Celtic chieftains.
    Cu Roi - name of a king of Munster, Cu Roi mac Daire; he had great Otherworld powers. Because his wife, Blanaid, loved Cu Chulainn, she helped kill Cu Roi.
    Cuirithir - a poet who loved a woman Liadin, but she refused to marry him and became a nun.
    Culann - variant of Cu Chulainn. Cu Chulain served the chief Culann in payment for killing his dog. Culin.
    Culley - might be "woods."
    Cunningham - might be "village of the milk pail."

    Dagda - a god called the Good God. Daghda.
    Daigh - "flame or fire."
    Daimine - derived from word dam "deer" or "ox." Daimhin.
    Dáire - (DEH-ruh, DI-re or DAHR-uh) Old Irish word meaning "oak grove," "fruitful" or "fertile", and most likely the name of an early fertility or bull god; the Brown Bull of Cooley was owned by Daire mac Fiachna, and his refusal to loan his bull to Queen Medb was part of the reason for the fight between the Ulsterman and the men of Ireland. Dary, Darragh.
    Daley - might be "an assembly" or "a valley." Dawley, Dale.
    Dearg - "son of the Dagda."
    Declan - (DEK-lawn) Name of a 6th C. saint who founded the monastery Ardmore in County Waterford.
    Delaney - "descendant of the challenger."
    Demne - when Fionn was tutored by Finneces, he took this name.
    Desmond - (DEZ-mond) from a surname based on an old name for the territory of South Munster. Demond.
    Desmumhnach - "man of Muman" which was a tribe or territory in the Cork area of Munster before the Anglo-Norman invasion.
    Devine - "ox." Daimhin.
    Diancecht - (DI-an-ket) the great physician of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Miach, Cian, Cethe, and Cu, daughter Airmid.
    Diarmaid - (DEER-mit) Old Irish=name Diarmait. In legends and folktales, Diarmaid was a member of Finn mac Cumhaill's warrior band. He had a mark on his face that caused women
    to fall instantly and madly in love with him. Diarmait, Diarmuid, Dermod, Dermot.
    Digby - "a town with a ditch or dike."
    Dinsmore - might be means "fortified hill."
    Doherty - "harmful."
    Dolan - from a word meaning "dark-haired." Dolyn.
    Domnall - "world-mighty"; popular in ancient Ireland. Donal, Domhnall.
    Donal - (DOH-nal) Old Irish=name Domnall: domun "world" + gal "ardor, valor." Popular since the earliest times. Domnall was the name of five high kings including Domall Ilchelgach
    (Donal of the Many Treacheries), ancestor of the O'Neills and MacLoughlins.
    Donn - (DON or DOWN) Old Irish=donn, meaning both "brown" and "chief." Mythological god of the dead, who lived on an island off the of Munster. Popular until the end of the
    19th C., esp. with the Maguires and Kennedys. Donnagan, Donnan (DUN-ahn).
    Donnchadh - (DUN-uh-khuh) "brown lord"; Old Irish=name Donnchad: donn "brown" or "chief" + cath "battle." Name of the son of Brian Boru, King Donnchadh Donn (d. 1064).
    Traditional in O'Brien family. Donaghy, Donogh, Donagh (DOH-na).
    Donnell - related to Donal and Domnal; Doneal, Donnelly.
    Dooley - "dark hero."
    Doran - "stranger" or "exile." Deoradhain.
    Dow - "dark-haired. Dubg.
    Driscol - "interpreter." Driscoll.
    Dubaltach - "black-jointed" or "dark-limbed." Dubhaltach, Dualtach.
    Dubgall - (DOO-ahl) "dark or black foreigner"; refers to the Vikings, esp. from Denmark, who came to Dublin in 850. Dubghall.
    Dubhdara - (doov-DAW-ra) Old Irish=dub "dark" + dara "oak" = "dark man of the oak."
    Dubhghlas - from dubh "black" + glas "blue." More popular in Scotland than Ireland. Douglas.
    Dugan - variants Dubhan, Duggan.
    Dwayne - derived from "dark." Duwain, Duane.

    Eachan - "horseman."
    Eamon - (EH-mon or AY-mon)Irish forof Anglo-Saxon name Edmund. American Eamon de Valera (1882-1975) served as both president and prime minister of the Irish Republic.
    Aimon, Eamonn.
    Eanna - might be "birdlike."Ennae.
    Eion - from of Ian. Eann, Ein.
    Eireamhon - (AY-ra-vohn) Old Irish=name Eremon. In legend, Eremon led the expedition of the Sons of Mil to Ireland to avenge his uncle Ith, who was slain by the Tuatha De
    Danaan; which would make Eremon the chief ancestor of the Irish people.
    Eirnin - possible from iarn "iron"; male or female.
    Elatha - (AHL-a-hah) An old name meaning "art or craft."
    Eochaid - (OH-kad) Old Irish=ech "horse." May mean "horse rider." Real and legendary kings bore this name, horses were symbols of kingship and nobility in early Irish culture. Also
    a Saint Eochaid who was bishop of Tallaght, and another who was the abbot of Lismore. Eochaidh.
    Eocho - (OH-koh) Nickname for Eochaid that became its own name. Eocho mac Tairdelbaig was an ancestor of the O'Hallinan and O'Quinn families.
    Eoghan - (oh-GAHN or OHN) Old Irish=name Eogan "born of the yew tree": eo "yew" + gein "birth." Name of several early kings and saints. Eogan mac Damthacht was a celebrated
    Ulster hero. Earliest Saint Eoghan was a 6th C. bishop of Tyrone, and uncle of Saint Kevin. Eoin, Eogan.
    Eoin - (OH-en or OH-een) Irish= Latin Johannes. Irish names Eoin and Sean both derive from Johannes. Sean, from the French Jehan, was introduced to Ireland by Norman French
    centureis after Johannes became an Irish name.
    Erc - might be "battle boar." Earc.
    Eremon - he fought his brother Eber to see who should become king of Ireland. All later Irish kings claimed descent from him.
    Esras - master of wisdom in Gorias, one ofthe the four cities that the Tuatha De Danann came from; he later gave Lugh the victory spear, one of the Tuatha's treasures.

    Fallon - variant of Faolan. Fallamhain.
    Faolán - (FEH-lahn or FAY-lawn) Old Irish=faol "wolf" + dim. -an. Faolan was the name of fourteen saints, and ten warriors in Finn mac Cumhaill's band. Source of the surnames
    Phelan and Whelan. Anglicized Fallon, Faelan, Felan..
    Fearghus - (fay-REES) Old Irish=fer "man" + gus "strength, vigor." Fergus mac Roich, foster-father of Cu Chulainn, was a hero of the Irish epic The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Renowned
    for his strength and stamina both on the battlefield and the bedroom. Fergus Finbel (Fergus Wine-Mouth) was a poet of the Fiana. Classic, anglicized Fergus (FER-guhs).
    Fechine - might be from fiach "raven," or derived from gaelic meaning"battle." Fechin.
    Feidhlim - (FELL-em) "fortunate, lucky" or "ever good." Male or female name. Feidhlimidh.
    Fercetrniu - poet of King Cu Roi, whose wife caused the king's death; when the poet discovered this, he leaped over a cliff taking her with him to her death.
    Fergal - (FAYR-gal) Old Irish=fer "man" + gal "fury, valor" = "manly" or "valorous." Fergal mac Mael Duin was another ancestor of the O'Neills. Fearghal.
    Finneces - poet who lived by the River Boyne and guarded the Salmon of Knowledge for seven years. He planned to eat it himself to gain the knowledge, but his student Fionn mac
    Cumhail tasted it firSaint Finegas.
    Finnegan - "light skinned."
    Finnian - from finn "fair, pale-colored." Finnen.
    Fionn - (FYUHN) Old Irish=finn "bright, fair." Anglicized as Finn. Finn mac Cumhaill was a hero, poet and sometime outlaw who led a band of warriors known as the Fianna. Fiann,
    Fionnbharr - (FYUHN-var) Old Irish=finn "bright, fair" + barr "hair." Eight Irish saints by this name. Best known is 6th C. Saint Finnbarr, patron of Cork and of Barra in the Outer
    Hebrides. Anglicized as Finbar, Finnbarr; nicknames Barra, Bairre.
    Fionntan - (FIN-tan or FYUN-tawn) Old Irish=finn "bright, fair." In myth, Fintan was the consort of Cessair. Fintanwas the only one of the group to survived the great flood.
    Afterwards, he lived on for thousands of years as a salmon, an eagle and a hawk. Also the name of 74 early Irish saints.
    Fiontan - might be "white ancient" or "white fire."
    Fitzroy - "son of Roy."
    Flann - (FLAHN) Old Irish=flann "blood red." Flann has been the name of poets, scholars, abbots, saints, queens and kings. Flann Feorna was king of Kerry in the 8th C., and an
    ancestor of the O'Connors. Male or female name. Flainn, Floinn, Flannan, Flanagan, Flannagain, Flynn, Flannery.

    Gaeth - (GAYTH) Old Irish "intelligent, skillful."
    Gair - "small." Geir, Gaer.
    Galbraith - Old Irish meaning "Scotsman."
    Gallagher - from the word for "eager helper."
    Galloway - once referred to a Scotsman from Galloway, Scotland. Galway.
    Galvin - (GAHL-vin) Old Irish=gelbann "a sparrow."
    Garvey - from a word meaning "rough place." Gairbith.
    Gaynor - "son of the fair-skinned man." Gainor.
    Gearoid - (GAHR-ohd) Irish= Gerald, from ancient name Gelgeis, from gel "shining." May also mean "spear-might" and come from the Normans. Gearalt, Garalt.
    Genty - from a word meaning "snow."
    Gillean - "servant of Saint John." Gillan.
    Gillespie - "son of the bishop's servant." Gillis.
    Giolla Deacair - an Otherworld champion who owned a horse that could not be ridden. The hero Conan managed to mount the horse, but it carried him away to Tir Tairngire, and had to
    be rescued by Fionn.
    Gilroy - "devoted to the king." Gildray.
    Glenville - "village in the glen."
    Gobban - (GOH-ban) from the name Goibniu, the ancient god of smithcraft who worked for the Tuatha De Danann. Goban.
    Goibniu - god of blacksmiths known in Ireland and Wales, he forged all weapons for the Tuatha De Danann, they never missed their mark and the wounds inflicted were always fatal.
    Gorman - from a word meaning "dark" or "swarthy"; male or female name. Gormain.
    Guaire - common name of early Ireland meaning "noble or proud."
    Guthrie - "windy place."
    Guy - "sensible."

    Hagan - "youthful" or "young."
    Haley - from a word meaning "ingenious."
    Hoyt - from a word meaning "spirit" or "mind."

    Ibor - from iobar "yew tree." Saint Ibor opposed Saint Patrick because he was a "foreigner." Iobhar.
    Imar - probably the name Ivarr borrowed from the Norse-Vikings who invaded Ireland. Iomhar.
    Innis - "from the island." Innes, Iniss.
    Irv - "handsome." Irving.
    Iuchar and Iucharba - two brothers of Brian mac Tuirenn, who killed Lugh's father Cian.

    Jarlath - (JAR-leth) Name of 6th C. saint, teacher of Saint Brendan the Navigator. Brendan told Jarlath to drive his chariot east and build a church where his wheel broke; it broke in Tuam,
    and he founded a church that became a great center of learning and art. Modern Irish Iarlaith (YAR-lath or YAHR-le).

    Kacey - alternate spelling of Casey.
    Kavan - "handsome." Kavenaugh.
    Keallach - "little Kelly." Killian.
    Keary - "dark or dark-haired."
    Keelan - from a word meaning "slender."
    Keeley - "handsome." Kealey, Kealy.
    Keenan - "little Keene." Keanan, Kienan.
    Kellen - "mighty warrior." Kaelan, Kael, Kailen, Kallen, Kaylen, Kaylan, Kealan, Kelan.
    Keller - from a word meaning "little companion."
    Kelvin - "a narrow river." Kelvyn.
    Kendrick - from a word meaning "son of Henry." Keondric.
    Kennard - "brave chieftain." Kenner.
    Kennedy - (KI-ne-dee) Old Irish=Cennetig: cenn "head" + etig "ugly." Kennedy became a surname while still used as a first name. Cennetig mac Lorcain was the father of high king
    Brian Boru. Cennetig.
    Kenneth - variant of Cinaed. Kennet.
    Kenyon - "white or blond hair." Kenyan.
    Kermit - might be a variant of Dermot, or may mean "son of Diarmaid."
    Kildare - an Irish county.
    Kilian - (KIL-yan) Old Irish=Cillene, prob. from cell "church." Many saints bore this name including an abbott of Iona in Scotland. Cillene, Killian, Killy.
    Korey - variant of Corrigan.

    Labraid - "speaker." Labhraidh.
    Labras - "a laurel bush." Labhrás.
    Laegaire - (LEERY) might be "calf-herd." Laoghaire.
    Laisrean - from laisre "flame." Laisren.
    Laoire - (LAY-re) Old Irish=name Laegaire, may mean "calf-herder." Name of two saints and a king of Tara. Anglicized Leary.
    Larkin - "rough and fierce."
    Lawler - from an Irish word meaning "mutterer."
    Leary - variant of Laoire and Laegaire.
    Lennan - (LAN-awn) Old Irish work meaning "lover, sweetheart." Leannan.
    Liam - (LEE-am) "resolute protector, unwavering protector." Irish= William, short for Uilliam, derived from name Guillaume, introduced to Ireland by Normans.
    Lir - father of Manannan mac Lir, his second wife turned his other four children into swans.
    Lochlainn - (LOCH-lan or LOX-lin) Old Irish=word for the land of the Vikings. In fairy tales, Lochlainn was the imaginary abode of the princess-who-must-be-rescued. Popular in
    Middle Ages. Lochlain, Lakeland, Laughlin, Lochlyn, Loughlin.
    Loegaire - Cu Chulainn's charioteer who went to Mag Mell with him to rescue its queen from abductors; another tale says he died from a spear meant for the hero.
    Lonan - (LYO-nawn) Old Irish=lon "blackbird" + dim. suffix -an. Eight early saints had this name, including Saint Lonan Finn.
    Lorcan - (LOR-kawn) Old Irish=lorc "fierce" or "cruel" + dim. suffix -an. Several early kings with this name. Saint Lorcan O Tuathail (Laurence O'Toole) was archbishhop of Dublin at
    the time of the Norman invasion.
    Luchtaine - god of carpentry for the Tuatha De Danann and a member of the trio of smiths. Luchta.
    Lugaid - son of Cu Roi and Blanaid, and known as the Son of Three Dogs because his mother had lain with three men with cu in their name. When Lugaid cut off Cu Chulainn's head, the
    sword slipped and cut off his own hand.
    Lugh - (LOO) Name of a Celtic god, from lugu "light." Lugh is also known as a Celtic sun god, and Lleu in Welsh myth. Lughan (LOO-awn), Lughna (LOO-na).
    Lunn - "warlike." Lonn, Lun.

    Mac Dara - (mahk-DAH-ra) Old Irish=mac "son" + dara "oak" = "son of the oak." Saint Mac Dara of Connemara is the patron of fisherman.
    MacBride - from the Irish meaning "son of the follower of Saint Brighid."
    Macarthur - "son of Aruthur." Mcarthur.
    Maccoy - "son of Hugh." Mccoy.
    Macrea - from the Irish meaning "son of grace." Mccrea, Mccrae.
    Mackenzie - "son of Kenzie." Mckenzie.
    Mackinnley - "son of the learned ruler." Mckinnley.
    Macklin - "son of Flann." Macland.
    Macmahon - "son of Mahon." Mcmahon.
    Mael Coluim - "servant or devotee of Colm." Maeolcholuim.
    Mael Iosu - "devotee of Christ"; at one time it was a name used among clergymen.
    Maelduine - his mother was a nun who was raped by his father Ailill. He made a skin boat and sailed among the Blessed Islands in search of his father's murderers.
    Maghnus - (MAKH-hus) "great"; variant of Manus, or the Norse-Viking Magnus.
    Mahon - "bear."
    Mal - Irish shortened version of names starting with "mal."
    Malachy - (MA-la-kee) (H) Used in Ireland as an anglicization for Irish names beginning with mael "servant or devotee" such as Mael Maedoc and Mael Sechlainn. Saint Malachy of
    Armagh was a church reformer in the 12th C. Maelachlainn, Milos.
    Malvin - Irish form of Melvin. Malvyn.
    Manannan mac Lir - (mah-NAN-awn mac leer) chief Irish sea god, son of the sea god Lir. see the Deities page for more info.
    Manus - (MA-nuhs) from Latin magnus "great." Borrowed from the Norse, who in turn borrowed it from Carolus Magnus, Latin name for Charlemagne. Mannuss.
    Marcan - (MOR-kawn) Old Irish=marc "horse" + dim. -an. Marcan mac Cennetig was the brother of High King Brian Boru and abbot of Killaloe. Saint Marcan of Clonenagh's Feast day
    - October 21.
    Mathghamhain - (ma-HOHN) Old Irish word for "bear" and popular in Middle Ages. Brother of High King Brian Boru. Mahon.
    Mayo - from the County in Ireland, meaning "yew-tree plain."
    Meallan - (MAHL-an) Old Irish=mall "lightening" + dim. suffix -an. Three early saints whose Feast days are Jan. 28, Feb. 7, and Oct. 26.
    Mel - no recorded meaning; Saint Mel was a bishop and patrion of Ardagh, County Limerick, and a nephew of Saint Patrick.
    Mellan - might be derived from an early word meaning "lightning."
    Merril - "bright sea." Meryl.
    Merritt - from a word meaning "valuable" or "deserving." Meritt.
    Miach - son of the Tuatha De Danann physician Dian Cecht; he was slain by his fther when he and his sister Airmid restored Nuada's physical hand.
    Micheal - (MEE-kal) Irish= Michael, "who is like God?"
    Midir - (MY-tir) a fairy king and another god of the Underworld, connected with the Isle of Falga (Isle of Man) where he had his palace. Midhir.
    Miles - Several derivations, including Latin miles "soldier." From the 17th C. on, Miles was used to anglicize names beginning with mael "servant or devotee," such as Mael Muire.
    Mochaomhog - name of a priest who cared for the swan-children of Lir. He made silver chains to hang around their necks so people could identify them as enchanted humans.
    Monahan - "monk." Monohan.
    Mongan - son of Manannan mac Lir and Caintigerna; some tales say he was the reincarnation of Finn mac Cumhail.
    Monroe - name derived from the mouth of Ireland's Roe River.
    Morann - (MOOR-an) Old Irish=name Morand, source unknown. Legendary judge of ancient Ireland who allegedly never gave a false verdict. Also the name of several if Finn
    mac Cumhaill's warriors. Morand.
    Morc - son of Dela, a Fomor King.
    Morfessa - a master of great wisdom who lived in Falias, onoe of the cities that the Tuatha De Danann came from. He gave the Tuatha the Stone of Fal, the inauguration stone for making
    a king.
    Moss - shortened also can be Maurice or Morris.
    Muirios - (MEER-ees) Old Irish=Muirgius: muir "sea" + gus "strength, vigor". Muirios was the name of several kings of Connacht.
    Murchadh - (MUR-kha or MOOR-uh-ka) Old Irish=muir "sea" + cath "warrior." Name of several early kings and warriors.
    Murtagh - variant of Murdock. Murtaugh.

    Naoise - son of Uisliu and served Conchobhar mac Ness, King of the Ulaidh; hell in love with Deirdre, who was promised to the king, and had to flee for his life. When they returned
    under a promise of forgiveness, Naoise was ambushed and killed. Naoisi.
    Nechtan - husband of the goddess Boann and keeper of a magic well of knowledge which had nine hazel trees around it.
    Nemhglan - the bird-like being who was teh father of Conaire Mess Buachalla by a human woman.
    Niall - (NEE-AL)(Celt) "champion"; or From the Old Irish poss. derived from nel "cloud." King Niall Noigiallach of Tara founded Ui Neill dynasty and ancestor to the O'Neills and Scotland's
    MacNeils. Neal, Neil, Neill, Nyle, Nealy, Niallán (NEE-a-lahn).
    Nuada - a god known in both Ireland and Wales; he lost his hand in battle and had to step down as king of the Tuatha De Danann, since they demanded that a king be perfect. He wore a
    flexible silver hand made by Dian Cecht, until Miach and Airmid replaced the physical hand by magic.

    O'Neil - "son of Neil."
    Oengus - variant of Aonghus. Aengus.
    Ogma - known as Sun-GFace and Honey-Mouthed, siilar to the Greek hero Hercules. He caried a huge club and was the champion of the Tuatha De Danann. Legend says he created the
    Ogham script alphabet.
    Oisin - (oh-SHEEN) Old Irish=oisin "fawn" or "deer." Finn mac Cumhaill's son, was poet of the Fiana. Two saints by this name (Oissine). Oissine, Ossian.
    Oran - (OHR-an) from odran, Old Irish word for "otter." Saint Odran is patron of Waterford.
    Oscar - (OHS-car) Old Irish=os "deer", prob. meaning "one who loves deer"; or "warrior." Legendary warrior, grandson of Finn mac Cumhaill.

    Padraig - (PAH-drig or PAH-dreek) from Latin Patricius "noble." Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was the first successful Christian missionary on the island. Patrick has only been a
    given name of children since 1700; considered too sacred earlier, children were given names Gilla Patraic "servant of Patrick" or Mael Patraic "devotee of Patraic." Padhraig, Paddy,
    Padraic, Patraig, Patrick.
    Patterson - Irish version of "son of Pat."
    Phelan - from a word meaning "wolf"; variant of Faolan.
    Piaras - (PEER-as or PEE-a-ras) "stone"; Irish= Peter, from French-Norman name Piers. Perais, Ferus, Pierce.
    Piran - "prayer"; the Irish saint of miners had this name.

    Quigley - from a word meaning "from the maternal side."
    Quillan - "cub." Quillon.
    Quinn - Irish variant of Conn, and the old spelling Cuinn.

    Raegan - "little king." Reagan, Reegen, Regan.
    Rafer - from a word meaning "rich, prosperous." Raffer, Rafferty.
    Ragallach - king of Connacht, he abandoned his infant daughter because of a prophecy that he would die at his daughter's hand.
    Reamonn - (RAY-moon) Irish= Raymond.
    Regan - see Raegan. Riagan.
    Rian - (REE-an) Dim. of Old Irish ri "king." Old first name is the source of surname Ryan, since adopted as a first name in N. America. Rigan, Rigan (REE-an).
    Riddock - "smooth field." Reidhachadh, Riddoc.
    Riocárd - (REE-kard)(OGer) "powerful ruler"; Irish= Richard, brought by the Normans. Richard, Risteard (REESH-tyard).
    Riordan - (REER-dawn) Old Irish=rigbarddan "royal poet."
    Roarke - "famous ruler." Roark, Ruarc, Ruark, Rorke, Ruaidhri, Rourke.
    Rogan - "red-headed." Ruadhagan, Rowe, Rowen, Rowyn, Rowin, Rowan, Ruadhan.
    Rónán - (ROH-nawn) Old Irish=ron "seal" + dim. suffix -an; or "a pledge." Ten saints, including Ronan of Lough Derg and Ronan of Lismore had this name. Ronan.
    Ross - (RAWS) from Old Irish ros "promontory." Popular; borne by kings, heroes, saints. Ross MacMahon, Archbishop of Armagh was an opponent of Cromwell.
    Ruadan - (ROO-an) Old Irish=ruad "red-haired." Son of Bress and Brighid, and fought with the Fomorians against the Tuatha De Danann. Ruadhan, Rhodan.
    Ruarc - (ROO-ark) Old Irish=arg "champion, hero", and source of surname O'Rourke. Anglicized Rourke.
    Ruairi - (ROO-e-ree) Old Irish=name Ruaidri: ruad "red" + re "king." Ruaidre Ua Conchobair, last high king of Ireland died in died in 1170. Ruaidhri, Rory.
    Ruarc - (ROO-ark) derived from the surname O'Rourke, from arg "champion, hero."
    Ryan - "little king." Rhyan, Ryne, Rian.

    Saoirse - "freedom" or "liberty"; male or female name.
    Scanlon - "little trapper."
    Séafra - (SHEE-a-fra or SHE-fra) "God's peace"; Irish= Jeffrey, brought by the Normans. Sheary, Geoffrey, Seafraid, Seathrun.
    Séamas - (SHAY-muhs or SHEE-a-mus) from James (H); "the supplanter, one who supplants." Seamus, Seumus, Shemus, Shamus.
    Seán - (SHAWN) "God's gracious gift"; Irish= John, der. from Norman French name Jehan. Shaun, Shane, Sion, Shawn, Seaghan (SEE-a-gun).
    Seanán - (SHAW-nawn or SHAH-nan) Old Irish=sen "ancient." Seanan was the name of 20 Irish saints, including Saint Senan of Iniscathy. Shannon, Senan, Sinon.
    Semias - master of wisdom from Murias, one of the four cities the Tuatha De Danann came from; he gave his cauldron Undry to the Dagda.
    Setanta - birth name of the warrior Cu Chulainn.
    Shanley - "small", or "ancient." Seanlaoch.
    Sierra - "black."
    Sithchean - a druid who disguised himself as a smith and tested all the sons of the King of Tara to see who was fit to be the next king; only Niall completed the test satisfactorily.
    Skelly - "storyteller"; might be from Viking influence and their word for bard, skald.
    Sleibhin - (SLE-veen) Old Irish=sleib "mountain", meaning "mountain man" or "man of the mountain." Saint Slebine was abbot of Iona in Scotland in the 8th C. Slevin.
    Sloan - "warrior." Sloane.
    Somhairle - Irish version of Normans name meaning "summer-farer" or "summer wanderer."
    Strahan - "minstrel." Sruthan, Strachan.
    Struthers - from a word meaning "brook." Sruthair.
    Sualtam - husband of Dechtire and foster-father of Cu Chulainn. His severed head warned men of Ulster about the attack by Maeve.
    Suibhne - (SHEEV-ne) Old Irish=Suibne, of several early saints and kings. King Suibne Gelt (Mad Sweeney) went insane at the battle of Mag Rath in 637 as a result of a curse put
    upon him by a saint he had insulted. Spent the rest of his life living in trees and composing nature poetry. Sweeney.

    Tarlach - (TAHR-lak) "abettor" or "instigator." Old Irish=Tairdelbach, prob. meaning "one who assists or aids." Popular during Middle Ages. Two kings: Tairdelbach, King of
    Munster, and Tairdelbach O'Connor, King of Ireland. Tairdelbach, Toirdhealbhach, Turlough..
    Tiarnach - (TEER-nahk) Old Irish=Tigernach, from tigerna "lord, superior, chief." Name of several saints, including Saint Tigernach of Clones. Tierney
    Tiarnan - (TEER-nawn) Old Irish=Tigernan: tigerna "lord, superior, chief" + dim. -an. Popular in early and medieval Ireland; name of several kings and saints, including Saint Tigernan
    of County Mayo. Tier, Tighearnach, Tiernan.
    Tigernach - from tigern "lord." Tighearnach, Tiarnach.
    Tigernan - from tigern "lord." Tighearnan, Tiarnan.
    Tomey - (TA-mahs) Irish= Thomas. Tomas.
    Tormey - Irish adaption of the Viking god Thor, "thunder spirit." Tormaigh.
    Torn - Irish version of Torrence. Toran.
    Treasach - (TRAH-sak) Old Irish=Tressach "fierce, warlike." Tracy.
    Trevor - "prudent." Trev, Treabhar.
    Troy - from a word meanings "foot soldier."
    Tulley - "at peace with God." Taicligh.
    Tynan - from the word "dark."
    Tyrone - (teer-OHN) Old Irish=tir "land" + Eoghain "of Eoghan" (man's name). Name of a County in Northern Ireland and used as a first name.

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Aedammair - from  aedh "fire." Aodhamair.
Aideen - Oscar's wife,he was  grandson of Finn mac Cumhail.
Ailionora - (e-le-NOH-ra) Irish = Eleanor.
Ailis - (AY-lish) "noble, kind." Irish = Alice,  from Norman French name Aliz.
Aine - (AW-ne)  Old Irish: aine "brilliance, wit, splendor, glory." Aine was the daughter of Fer I (Man of the Yew) and queen of the fairies of south Munster; was believed
to live  at  Knockany (Cnoc Aine, "Aine's Hill"). Aina, Anne.
Airmid - (AIR-mit) daughter of a  physician Dian Cecht who was  one of the Tuatha De Danann,  an expert in the use of herbs for medicinal purposes.
Aisling - (AH-shleeng)  Old Irish= aislinge "dream, or  vision." Once a man's name, but now a  popular  woman's name. Also = Ashling.
Alma - "good."
Ana - (AW-ne) Ana, or Anu,  Old Irish goddess a.k.a. Dana or Danu,  mother goddess of the  early settlers of Ireland, the Tuatha De Danaan.
Andraste - "victory." British war goddess worshipped by Queen Boadicia.
Anu - (AW-noo or AN-oo) Mother of the goddess of the Tuatha De Danann, Anu or Ana (AW-nee),  the goddess of fertility, cattle, good health, prosperity, and plenty. Anann.
Aoife - (EE-fe)  Old Irish=  Aife,a   goddess  means "beautiful,or  radiant."  Aife = woman warrior  After the hero Cu Chulainn, defeated her, she bore his only son, Connla.
Artis - "noble", or "lofty hill."

Badb - (BIBE) "boiling", "battle raven", or "scald-crow." A war goddess and wife of war god Net; sister of Morrigan, Anu, and Macha. Associated with the Cauldron of Life,
enlightenment, inspiration, wisdom. Badhbh.
Bairrfhionn - "fair-haired." Barrfind, Bairre, Barre, Barron.
Banba - according to ancient Irish legend, Ireland was first called "the island of Banba of the women." One of the three goddesses of sovereignity who Amerigin met when he invaded
Bean Mhi - (BEN-vee) "Lady of Meath." Benvy.
Beare - name of a Spanish princess who married Eoghan Mor. A peninsula on the southwest tip of Ireland is name for her.
Becuma - a woman from the Otherworld who married Conn Cetchathach, but lusted after his son Art.
Berrach - "pointed or sharp." Bearrach.
Bevin - (BAY-vin) Old Irish=be "woman" + binn "sweet, melodious." Name of several early Irish queens and saints, including a 12th C. abbess of Derry. Modern Irish Bebhinn.
Binne - (BEE-ne) Old Irish=binn "sweet, melodious." Binne was the name of several fairy women in legend.
Blair - a Celtic word meaning "from the plain."
Blaithin - (BLAW-heen) Old Irish=blath "flower."
Boann - (BOO-an) goddess connected with healing and water.
Brenda - from the Irish word for "raven", and a feminine also can be the male name Brendan. Brenna.
Briana - (BREE-a-na) Feminine also can be Brian.
Brid - (BREED) Old Irish goddess name from Celtic brig "power, renown, mighty." Most famous woman saint of Ireland is Brigid (patron saint of scholars), who was abbess of Kildare,
previously the site of the shrine of a pagan goddess of the same name. In myth, there were three sister goddesses of the Tuatha De Danaan named Brigid: goddess of poetry; goddess of
healing; and the goddess of smith work. Brighid (BRI-jid), Bride, Brigid, Brigit, Bridget, Berget, Bridey, Bryg, Gitta. Nicknames - Bridie, Bidelia, Bidina, Breda.
Bryg - (BREE) from Celtic root brig "high, mighty." Name borne by 13 early saints. Variant of the name Brighid.

Caer - (kyair) "yew berry castle"; from the goddess Caer Ibormeith, a powerful shapeshifter and daughter of Ethal Anubail; loved by Aengus MacOg.
Cahan - from cath "battle" or "a warrior." An abbess of Kildare. Cathan.
Caillech - (CALL-yach or KEE-lek) goddess known as the Veiled One; teacher of the arts of war and viewed as a Destroyer aspect of the Goddess.
Caireach - (KEE-rek) Old Irish=name Cairech. Saint Cairech Dergain is the patron saint of the women of the Kelly and Madden families.
Caireann - (KAW-ran) Cairenn Chasdubh (Cairenn of the Dark Curly Hair) was mother of Niall of the Nine Hostages, legendary ancestor of the O'Neill family and of the high kings of
Ireland. Cairenn (kaw-REEN).
Caitriona - (kaw-TREE-a-na) Irish= Catherine, brought by Normans. Catariona, Cait (KAYT), Caitin (kay-TEEN), Caitlin (kayt-LEEN), Triona (TREE-a-na).
Caoilinn - (KAY-leen) Old Irish=name Caelfind: cael "slender" + finn "bright, fair." Saint Caelfind of Kerry's feast day is Feb. 3.
Casidhe - from a word meaning "clever." Casie.
Ceara - (KE-a-ra) Old Irish=name Cera, meaning may be "bright red." Cera was the name of a wife of Nemed, of legendary early invaders of Ireland.
Celach - "bright-headed"; more commonly given to males.
Cessair - (KAH-seer) Of legend, name of the granddaughter of Noah, who was said to have led the first settlers to Ireland-a band of 50 women and 3 men whom Noah allegedly refused
on the ark. All of Cessair's people perished in the great flood with the exception of Finian.
Ciar - (KEE-ar) Old Irish=ciar "dark." Saint Ciar of Killkeary has 2 feast days- Jan. 5 and Oct. 16.
Cliona - (KLEE-a-na) Old Irish=name Clidna. In legend, Clidna was the name of one of the three beautiful daughters of the poet Manannan mac Lir. A fairy of the same name was the
guardian spirit of the MacCarthys. Modern Irish Cliodhna.
Clodagh - (KLOH-da) from the name of rivers in Counties Tipperary and Waterford.
Cochrann - (KAW-kran) Old Irish=coch "red", might be meaning "a red-haired woman." In legends of Finn mac Cumaill, Cochrann was the mother of the irresistable Diarmaid.
Colleen - derived from the Celtic word for "girl."
Conchobarre - feminine version of masculine Conchobar. Conchobarra (KON-kho-var-ah).
Cori - derived from the word meaning "from the hollow."
Creidne - a woman warrior of the Fianna.
Cuimhne - an Otherworld woman who helped Morgan get his wife back from Brandubh, who kidnapped her.

Dairine - (daw-REE-ne) Old Irish=daire "fruitful" or "fertile." The name of a legendary princess of Tara.
Dallas - "wise." Dallys, Dalishya, Dalyce.
Darby - from the word meaning "free."
Daron - from the word meaning "great." Feminine version of Darren. Daryn, Daronica, Darnelle.
Dealla - (DAWL-la) Name of a legendary early invader of Ireland, a companion of the woman leader Cessair.
Dechtire - (deck-TIER-a) ancient Irish legend has her as the great-granddaughter of Angus mac Og, and half-sister of King Conchobar, and mother of Cu Chulainn.
Deirdre - (DYEER-dre) might be from an old word for woman, but usual meaning is "sorrow." Old Irish name popularized in the 20th C. In an early Irish tale, The Exile of the Sons of
Uisliu, Deirdre was the daughter of Feidlimid, who was King Concobar's storyteller. Derdriu (very old spelling), Dierdre, Dedre, Deidra.
Delaney - "descendant of the challanger."
Delbchaem - daughter of Morgan, king of Coinchend. A prophecy said that when she married her mother would die, therefore she was guarded by monsters. But Art got past all
obstacles and took her for his wife.
Derry - from the Irish word meanig "redhead."
Dervil - (Der-uh-vil) Old Irish=name Derbail, may mean "daughter of Fal (Ireland)" or "daughter of a poet"; der "daughter" + Fal, an ancient name for Ireland; may also mean "true
desire." Modern Irish Dearbháil, also written Dervla (DAYR-vla).
Devin - male or female name. Devany, Devyn.
Devnet - from Old Irish damnat "little doe." Damnat, queen of Munster, was the legendary ancestor of the O'Cahills, O'Flynns and O'Moriartys. Modern Irish Damhnait (DOW-net or
Doireann - (DAHR-an or DOHR-en) Old Irish=Doirend, poss. meaning "daughter of Finn"; may also mean "sullen"; or dim. of "gift of God." In legend, Doirend was the daughter of
the fairy king Midir, another was the granddaughter of the pagan god Dagda. Anglicized Dorren, Dorothy; Doirend, Doirind.
Doirind - see Doireann. Dairinn.
Doneele - feminine version of male name Don, from the Irish god of the Underworld.
Donnfhlaidh - "brown princess." Rarely found in history. Dunlaith, Dunflaith.
Druantia - (Druh-AN-tee-a or druh-an-TEE-a) a Gaelic-Celtic Goddess known as Queen of thd Druids and Mother of the tree calendar, an ancient method the Celts used to divide their
Dubh - from dub "dark." A druidess who drowned the rival for her husband's affections. Her husband shot her with his sling, and she fell into a pool that was then called Dubhlinn, or
Dubheasa - (doo-VAH-sa) Old Irish=dub "dark" + ess "waterfall", probably meaning "dark lady of the waterfall."
Dubh Lacha - wife of Mongan, who was born the same night as she. She was kidnapped by Brandubh and rescued with the help of Cuimhne.

Eabha - (AY-va) from From the Old Irish Eva. In legend, Eva was one of the wives of Nemed, and early invader of Ireland.
Eachna - (AK-na) Old Irish=ech "horse." Early legend has a Connacht princess named Eachna who was one of the loveliest and cleverest women in the world. Echna.
Eadan - (AH-dan) Old Irish=name Etan, borne in one tale by the beloved of the hero Cu Chulainn.
Earlene - "pledge."
Eavan - (E-van) Old Irish=aibinn "fair form." Name of several legendary Irish princesses. Modern Irish Aoibheann.
Ebliu - another name of the sun goddess; or the Irish word oiph "beauty, sheen, radiance." Eibhliu, Eblenn, Eibhleann.
Edana - "ardent or flame." Ethna, Eda, Eithna.
Eibhilín - (ay-LEEN) "light"; from French Aveline, brought by the Normans, and very popular among the Middle Ages' nobility. Eibhlihin, Eily, Ebliu, Aibhilin.
Eibhilín - (eh-y-LEEN) "light"; Eveleen, Eileen, Aileen, Ellen.
Eilinora - (EL-eh-nohr) from a Greek name meaning "light." Eileanoir, Lean (LEHN).
Eilis - (AY-leesh or EH-leesh) "consecrated to God." Irish= Elizabeth. Eilise.
Eithne - (AY-he-ne or ETH-nuh) "kernel" or "seed." Early Irish name. Mythical Eithne was the mother of the god Lugh. Also the name of many legendary queens, including the wives of
Conn of the Hundred Battles and Cormac mac Airt. Also the name of eight saints. Anglicized Ethna (ET-na), Enya (EN-ya).
Elatha - (AHL-a-hah) An old name meaning "art or craft"; a female or male name.
Elva - (AL-va) legend says she was the sister-in-law of the god Lugh.
Emer - (EE-mer or ah-VAIR) In legend, Emer was the wife of hero Cu Chulainn. She refused to marry him until he answered a series of riddles, for she would only marry the man who was
her equal in noble birth, beauty and wisdom. She is said to have the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, chastity, needlework, sweet speech, voice, and wisdom. Her story is retold in William
Butler Yeats' play The Only Jealousy of Emer. Eimer.
Ernine - from iarn "iron."
Etan - (eh-TAIN) a daughter of the great Tuatha De Danann physician Dian Cecht, who became the wife of the god Ogma.
Etaoin - (AY-deen) Old Irish=et "jealousy." Legendary heroine surpassed all other women in beauty and gentleness. Heroine in the tale The Wooing of Etain, telling of the
competition for her love between the fairy king Midir and the mortal king Eochaid Airem. Eithne.

Fand - a goddess of healing and pleasure in Ireland and Isle of Man, who married the sea god Manannan mac Lir.
Fianait - (FYAN-it) Old Irish word for "deer." Two early saints by this name. Fionnait.
Fedelm - name of Conchobhar mac Nessa (king of Ulster, Fedelm Noichrothach (Nine-Times Beautiful). Feidhelm (FAY-delm).
Fenella - feminine version of the name Finn. Fionnghuala.
Fethnaid - daughter and accomplished harp player of Fidach, a bard of the Tuatha De Danann. Her death was considered to be one of the three great losses of the Tuatha. Fethnat.
Fidelma - (fee-DEL-ma) Old Irish=name Fedelm. Fedelm Noichrothach (Fedelm Nine-Times-Beautiful) was the daughter of King Conchobar mac Nessa of Ulster, and a woman warrior.
Also six Irish saints by this name. Modern Irish Feidhelm (FAY-delm).
Finnsech - "fair or blonde lady." Finnseach.
Fionnabhair - (fyuhn-OOR) Old Irish=name Finnabarr: finn "bright, fair" + siabhre "phantom, fairy", Irish equivalent of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (Guenivere). Legendary Finnabarr was a
daughter of King Aillil and Queen Maeve of Connacht. Fionuir.
Fionnuala - (fi-NOO-a-la or fin-Noo-la) Old Irish=finn "bright, fair" + guala "shoulders." Popular in Middle Ages; later anglicized as Finola (fi-NOH-la); nickname Nuala (NOO-a-la);
Fionnguala, Fionnula, Gweneth, Finvola, Fenella (Scotland).
Flann - (FLAHN) Old Irish=flann "blood red." Flann has been the name of poets, scholars, abbots, saints, queens and kings. Flann Feorna was king of Kerry in the 8th C., and an
ancestor of the O'Connors. Flannacan, Flanna.
Flannery - from the Irish for "redhead."
Flidais - an Irish goddess of forests, woodlands, and wild creatures.
Fodla - "sovereignty." An ancient goddess with Banba and Eriu.
Fuamnach - a wife of Midir, the fairy king, and very jealous of his other wife Etain. She got rid of Etain by using magic and turning her into a fly.

Geileis - (GAY-leesh) Old Irish=name Gelgeis: gel "shining, bright" + geis "swan." Name of several early Irish princesses. Also Geillis.
Glenna - from a Gaelic word meaning "glen" or "valley." Glynis.
Gobnait - (GOHB-nit) Old Irish=gobha "a smith." Name of early saint and abbess of Munster. One of her miracles was to overcome an army by unleashing her bees on them. Her
beehive, a holy relic, was kept for many years by the O'Herlihy family. Anglicized Gobnet.
Gormlaith - (GOORM-la) Old Irish=gorm "splendid" + flaith "queen, sovereignty"; other sources say it beans "Blue princess" or "illustrious princess." Popular in Middle Ages,
name of many queens, including wife of Brian Boru. Sometimes anglicized as Gormley.
Grania - (GRAW-nya) Old Irish=grainne "grain, seed." Prob. name of an ancient Irish grain goddess. In a medieval tale, Grainne was betrothed to Finn mac Cumhaill, but eloped with
Diarmaid. Grania Mhaol Ni Mhaolmhaigh (Grace O'Malley) was a chieftainess of the Burkes of County Mayo and renowned for her seafaring skills and fought against Queen Elizabeth I's
forces. Granna, Grain, Grainne (GRAW-ne) most modern).
Granuaile - a variation of the name Grania, but also the name of an actual Irish woman who lived from 1530-1603.

Isibeal - (ISH-a-behl or i-se-BEL) From Norman French name Isabel.
Isleen - (ish-LEEN) "vision." Islene.
Ite, Ide - (EE-te) Old Irish=ite "thirst or devouring." Saint's name said to signify the thirst for divine love. 6th C. Saint Ite was abbess of Killeedy in County Limerick. Composed a famous
lullaby to baby Jesus. Ita.

Jilleen - from the Latin name Juliane or Julius, meaning "youthful."

Kacey - variant of Casie.
Kaitlin - variant of Caitlin.
Keara - "saint"; variant of Ceara.
Keavy - "gentleness, beauty, grace."
Keelin - "slender, fair." Keely, Keelia.
Keena - from the Irish word for "brave."
Kelly - from the Gaelic word for "warrior woman." At an ancient shrine of the goddess Brigit at Kildare, there were sacred priestesses and warrior women called kelles, and its possible the
name and surname came from them.
Kenna - version of male name Kenneth. Kennice.
Kennocha - (ken-OH-kuh) "beauty."
Kerry - from a Gaelic word for "dark, dark-haired"; Keriann.
Kevyn - "beautiful." Keva.
Kiley - from the word for "attractive." Kyli, Kylee.

Labhaoise - (LAU-ee-shuh) "holiness"; Louisa, Louise.
Laoise - "radiant girl"; might be the same as Luigsech, from the god Lugh.
Lasair - (LOH-seer) Old Irish=lassa "flame." Several queens and saints with this name, including Saint Lassar of Meath. Luighseach, Luiseach, Luigsech.
Liadan - (LYAH-dan) From the Old Irish, probably meaning "gray lady." A poetess who was the beloved of poet Cuirithur, even though she was a nun. Another Liadan was the mother of Saint
Ciaran of Seir. He was conceived after she swallowed a star that had fallen into her mouth while sleeping.
Luiseach - (LOO-seh or LEE-sak) "bringer of light"; Feminine also can be Lugh, and name of an early saint. Luighseach, Lucy.

Mab - (MEEV) "drunk woman" or "wolf queen"; a goddess and fairy queen. Mabh.
Macha - (MAH-ka) Old Irish goddess name meaning "battle" or "crow." One of the three war goddesses of the Tuatha De Danaan. Name is associated with the royal site of Ulster, once
Emain Macha (Twins of Macha), now Navan Fort, and nearby ecclesiastical site founded by Saint Patrick, Armagh (Ard Macha "Hill of Macha"). Saint Macha is patron of Killiney. Mania,
Maeve - (MAYV) from Old Irish Medb "intoxicating" or fragile." Medb Lethderg was a name of the goddess of sovereignty at Tara. Said to be the wife of 9 successive kings, including
Conn of the Hundred Battles, his son Art, and Art's son Cormac mac Airt. Modern Irish Meadhbh. Medb.
Máire - (MAW-zhe, MAW-re or MEH-ree) "bitter"; Irish= Mary. The name was considered too sacred to name a child and was not used before the 17th C. Children were given
Mael Muire "devotee of Mary." Moira, Maura, Maurya, Mairin (maw-REEN).
Máiréad - (MAW-rayt or MAW-reed) from Greek margaron "pearl." Popular due to admiration of Saint Margaret, queen of Scots in 11th C. Peig, Peigi are popular Irish-language
nicknames. Margaret, Maighread (MEH-reed).
Mairin - (maw-ZHEEN, maw-REEN) Dim. of Maire, also Maureen.
Margo - (MOHR-gaw) Legend fairy and mother of Etain.
Margreg - Irish version of Latin Margareta. Popular in Ireland after Malcolm III of Scotland married Margareta of the Hungarian Court, who later became a saint. Mairghread.
Medb - "intoxicating" or "she who makes men drunk." Medb, Maedhbh, Meadhbh.
Mell - (MAHL, MAH-la) Old Irish=mall "lightning." Mell, sister of Saint Kevin, was the mother of seven saints. Mella (MAH-la).
Mess Buachalla - translation is "Cowherd's Fosterchild." Name of the daughter of Etain and Cormac.
Moina - "mild." Moyna.
Mona - (MOH-na) Old Irish=name Muadnat, derived from muad "noble, good." Saint Muadnat of Drumcliffe. Muadnat, Muadhnait (MOO-uh-nit).
Moninne - a version of the name Blinne. A Saint Moninne worked at a Kildare hospital in the time of Saint Brighid where she healed the sick and gave generously to the poor. She established
a community at the foot of Slieve Gullion in Killevy, County Armagh.
Mór - (MOHR) Old Irish=mor "great, tall." Popular until the 19th C. Moire, Morin, Moya, Moirin, Mre, Moreen.
Moriath - daughter of a Gaelic king, she was wooed and won by Craiftine.
Morrigan - (MOHR-ee-gan) called the Great Queen, Irish goddess of war, but never took part in a battle. Later tales have her as the queen of the Fairies. Morrighan, Morgan.
Muadhnait - from muad "noble, good." A Saint Muadnat founded a monastery in Drumcliffe, County Sligo.
Muireann - (MEER-an or MOHR-in) Old Irish=muir "sea", may also mean "sea-white" or "sea-fair." Wife of Finn mac Cumhaill's son Oisin. A legendary Queen Muireann was
ancestrss of the kings of Connacht. Four abbesses of Kildare also had this name.
Muirin - (MEER-een) Old Irish=muir "sea" + gein "birth" or "born of the sea." In the 6th C., a 300 year old pagan mermaid with this name was captured in Lough Neagh by fisherman
of Saint Comgall. Comgall baptized her, enabling her to go to heaven. Muirgen, Muirenn.
Muiriol - (MEER-ol) Old Irish=Muirgel muir "sea" + gel " bright, shining." Muirol was the name of several early queens of Leinster.
Muirne - (MEER-ne) Ancient name meaning "high-spirited." Muirne Munchaem (Lovely-Shouldered Muirne) was the mother of Finn mac Cumhaill. Myrna, Morna.
Murine - sister-in-law to Lugh and mother of Fionn. After Fionn's father's death, Murine was unable to protect him, so she left him in the car of a druidess and a woman warrior.
Myrna - derived from the Irish word for "beloved."

Naomh - from the Irish word for "a saint."
Narbflaith - "noble princess"; listed in records as the name of a series of princesses and the name of a wife of an abbot of Trim, County Meath.
Neala - femimine version of Niall, "champion."
Nessa - (NES-ah) An From the Old Irish, Nessa was the name of the mother of Conchobar mac Nessa, great legendary king of Ulster. Her original name was Assa "gentle", until one day she
came home and found her 12 foster fathers murdered by an outlaw band. She avenged their deaths and changed her name to Ni-assa "ungentle", or Nessa.
Nevina - feminine also can be Nevin, "worshipper of the saint."
Nia - variant of Welsh name Niamh. Nya.
Niamh - (NEE-av) Old Irish=Niam "luster, sheen, brightness, radiance, brilliance" Legendary princess of Tir-na-nog (the Land of Youth), took Finn mac Cumhaill's son Oisin to the
otherworld. Niam, Nia.
Nila - feminine version of male names Neil and Niall. Nyla.
Nola - short version of Fionnula. Nuala.
Nora - (NOH-ra) Irish version of Latin name Honora. Norah.

Orla - (OHR-la) from Old Irish or "gold" + flaith "sovereignty, queen." Name of King Brian Boru's sister and daughter. Popular in the Middle Ages, and again today. Orlaith.
Ornice - "olive-coloured."

Padraigin - (PAH-dri-geen) Recent feminine also can be Padraig, from Latin word for "noble."
Payton - also can be male name Patrick or Padraig.

Quincy - "fifth."

Rionach - (REE-uh-nak) Old Irish=name Rignach "queenly." Queen Rionach was legendary ancestor of the MacLoughlins, O'Donnells, O'Gallaghers, O'Gormleys, and O'Neills.
Rioghnach, Riona.
Rori - from the word meaning "famous" or "brilliance."
Ros - (ROHS) derivation unknown, poss. from Germanic hros "horse" or English "rose." Roise, Roisin (row-SHEEN).
Ryann - feminine version of Ryan, "little ruler."
Rylee - variant of Riley. Rylyn.

Sadhbh - (SAH-eev or SAYV) Old Irish=Sadb, prob. meaning "sweet" or "goodness." Name of several real Irish princesses, including daughters of Conn of the Hundred Battles,
Queen Medb of Connacht, and King Brian Boru. Sive, Sadhbba, Sadbh, Sabhbh, Sabha (SE-va).
Saoirse - from Irish saor "freedom or libery"; also a male name.
Saorla - (SAYR-la) Old Irish=name Saerlaith: saer "noble" + flaith "queen, sovereignty."
Saraid - "clear, bright."
Scathach - (SKAW-hak) Old Irish=scath "shadow, shade." Scathach was a legendary woman warrior and prophetess who gave final battle training to Ulster hero Cu Chulainn; she
was also known as Scota and Scatha..
Sceanbh - wife of the harper Craiftine, her betrayal with Cormac caused the harper to try to kill Cormac.
Seana - variant of names Sine an Shauna.
Seanait - (SHAY-nat) Old Irish=name Segnat, derived from seig "a hawk."
Shanley - "the hero's child." Shanleigh.
Shannon - (SHAH-non) "wise one"; name of the longest river in Ireland, from the old Irish goddess Sinann, granddaughter of Manannan Mac Lir. Not used as a first name in Ireland.
Sierra - derived from word for "black." Seara.
Sile - (SHEE-la) "blind"; Irish= Cecilia. Sheela, Sheila.
Sine - (SHEE-na) in County Derry, a variation of Sinead. An Irish= French Jeanne and Jeanette. Sina, Seena, Sheena, Shena, Shana, Shauna, Shay, Shona, Shonda, Shawnda,
Shonta, Shunta.
Sinead - (shi-NAYD) Irish version of French-Norman names Jeanne and Jonet. Sine (SHEE-na).
Siobhan - (shi-VAWN) from French-Norman name Jeanne, fem. also can be Jean (equiv. of English John). Siban, Shibahn, Siobhanin (shi-VAWN-een).
Siomha - (SHEE-va) Old Irish=name Sithmaith: sith "peace" + maith "good." Sithmaith was the name of 8th C. abbess of Clonburren. Sheeva.
Sláine - (SLAH-nye or SLAHN-nuh) "good health"; used in medieval times by the MacNamaras and O'Briens. Slany.
Sloane - "warrior."
Sorcha - (SOO-ruh-ka or SOHR-e-khuh) Old Irish=sorchae "bright, radiant." Popular from the Middle Ages to present.

Taillte - in legend, the foster-mother of the god Lugh, and daughter of a Spamish king who married Eochaid of the Tuatha De Danann. She and Lugh were honored by games in honor of
the dead at Mag Taillten in County Meath. The town is now known as Teltown on the River Blackwater. Until the 18th or 19th C.'s, "Teltown Marriages" were held in the ring-fort of Rath
Dugh. If, after a year and a day the couple did not wish to continue the marriage, they returned to the fort, stood with their backs to each other, and walked away. Tailltiu, Tailtiu.
Tara - (TAH-ra) "tower"; Old Irish=Temair. In legend, Temair was wife of Eremon, leader of the ancestors of the Irish, Sons of Mil. Temair gave her name to the hill of Tara, the
traditional seat of Irish kingship. Teamhair (TOHR).
Teamhair - (TOHR) probably "eminence" or "elevated place." Possible version of Tara.
Tierney - from the word meaning "noble." Tiernan.
Tipper - "water pourer."
Tlachtga - daughter of Mog Ruith, she traveled throughout the world with her father and learned his magic. Druids lit their Samhain fires on her mound twelve miles from Tara.
Trevina - "prudent"; feminine version of Trevor. Treva.
Troya - derived from Irish word for "foot soldier."
Tullia - "peaceful, quiet." Tuila, Tulliah.
Tuiren - an Otherworld woman who was Fionn's aunt and married to Iollan, one of the Fianna.

Uathach - "specter"; daughter of Scathach, and became the mistress of Cu Chulainn after her husband died.
Una - (OO-na) from Old Irish uan "lamb." Legendary daughter of a king of Lochlainn. Popular in Middle Ages. Oona, Oonagh.
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Abaigeal - (AB-i-gel) "father's joy." Abigail, Abaigh, Abbie
Abigail - Anglicized also can be Irish Gobnait, reasons unclear. Pet forms: Abbie, Abbey.
Addie - Irish pet also can be Adelaide.
Affrica - (Gael) "pleasant, agreeable." Name of a 12th Century queen of the Isle of Man, not from the continent. Africa, Afric, Afrika.
Agata - "good"; variant of Greek name Agatha.
Aghna - (EH-nuh or EE-nuh) "gentle, pure." Irish for Agnes. Aigneis, Ina.
Ághaistín - (IrGael) cognate of Augustine, feminine also can be Latin name Augustinus. Aibhistín.
Aideen - variant of Etain.
Aifric - (A-frik) (Celt) "pleasant"; Afric, Africa, Aphria.
Aignéis - (AG-nesh) "gentle, pure." Aghna, Agnes.
Ailbhe - (AL-vyuh) "noble, bright." From Celtic albho, "white." Ailbe (AL-fe),
Alvy, Elva [boy's name also]). Anglicized Alby, Albert for males.

Aileen - "light";Irish forof Eileen and/or Ellen. Ailey, Eibhlin.
Ailidh - (A-lee) "noble, kind." Alley.
Ailís - (AY-lish) "noble, kind." Alicia, Elsha, Ailis, Ailse, Alice.
Ailíse - also can be Alicia, which is a also can be Alice.
Allsún - also can be Alison, dim. of Alice. Allison, Allyson, Alyson.
Aimilíona - (a-mil-EE-nuh) "industrious." Amelia.
Áine - (AN-yuh) (Celt,IrGael) "joy", "brightness", "fasting", "praise", or "radiance."
 Traditional name of the queen of fairies, an important and varied role in Celtic mythology. Also used

as an Irish also can be Aina, Anne.
Aingeal - (AN-gel) "messenger." Irish Gaelic word for angel; and IrGael also can be
 Angela, the fem. also can be Latin male name Angelus. Angela.

Ainsley - "one's own meadow"; occasionally used as a female name; probably
originally a local name, either Annesley in Nottinghamshire, from Old English An "one, only" + leah "wood

or clearing"; or Ansley in Warwickshire, from OE ansetl "hermitage" + leah. Ainslee.
Aisling - (ASH-ling or AH-shleeng) (IrGael) from word meaning "dream,
vision, inspiration." Adopted as a given name as part of the Irish revival in the 20th C. Aislinn, Ashling.

Aithne - (ATH-nyuh) "fire." Aine, Ena, Ethne.
Alana - "attractive, fair, peaceful." Influenced by the Anglo-Irish term of
 endearment alannah, Gaelic a leanbh "O child." Alaina, Alannah, Alanna.

Alastríona - (al-is-TREE-nah) "defender of mankind"; feminine also
can be Alistair. Alastrina, Alastrine, Alexandra, Alexandrina.

Alby - anglicized from of Ailbhe.
Alma - (Celt) "all good"; from Latin almus "loving, good."
Alva - Irish anglicized also can be Gaelic name Almha. Uncertain origin; earlier form Almu.
Alvy - variant of Elva.
Alyson - also can be Alice, "noble"; Allison, Allyson, Alison.
Amanda - most likely a literary invention; from Latin= "worthy of love." Pet form: Mandy.
Ánna - (differs from native Aine) "grace." Anne.
Anne - Anglicized also can be Irish Áine.
Annstás - (AN-stahs) "resurrection." Anastasia.
Aodhnait - (EH-nat) ancient Irish name of unknown meaning. Enat, Ena, Eny.
Aoibheann - ((W)EE-vuhn) ancient Irish name; traditional, meaning "foar form"
or "beautiful sheen." Aoibhin, Aoibhinn, anglicized Eavan.

Aoife - ((W)EE-fyuh) "life, beautiful, or radiant." Of uncertain origin;
 probably a derivative of aoibh "beauty." Aife, sometimes anglicized Eva.

Areinh - (A-reen)(Gael) "pledge."
Arlana - (Celt) "pledge."
Arlene - "a pledge."
Ashling - Irish anglicized also can be Aisling.
Asthore - from a stoir "loved one."
Attracta - Irish Latinized version attractus "attracted, drawn" of Gaelic name
 Athracht. Saint Athracht or Attracta was a contemporary of
Saint Patrick who lived as a recluse in Sligo.

Báb - (BEHB) pet name. Babe.
Baibín - Irish Gaelic pet also can be Bairbre.
Báirbre - (BAR-bruh) "a stranger." IrGael also can be Barbara; pet form Barbara, Baibín (BAB-een).
Bébhinn - (BEH-vin or BAY-vin) be "woman" + binn "white or fair lady; sweet, melodious." Bevin, Befind.
Benvy - "Lady of Meath." Bean Mhi (BEN-vee).
Bernadette - (fem. of Bernard) "courage of a bear."
Bevin - "lady with a sweet song."
Bidelia - "high one." Bedelia.
Blair - (Celt) "from the plain."
Blanche - "white."
Bláthnaid - (BLA-na) from blath "flower", "blossom, flower-bud."
Blathnat (BLA-nat), Blaithin (BLAW-heen), Blanaid, Florence.

Blayne - from of Blaine, "thin or lean."
Blinne - dim. of Mo-Ninne (Moninna), an Irish saint.
Brazil - "brave, strong in conflict."
Breck - "freckled."
Breena - "dark hair", or "fairy palace."
Brenna - "raven maid, dark-haired."
Bretta - "from Britain." Bret, Brett, Brit, Brite, Brittany, Brita.
Briana - (BREE-a-na) female also can be Brian, probably from brig, "high,
noble"; might be "strong" and a variant of Brighid. Breanne, Brina,
Breanna, Breann, Briona, Bryna, Bryana,

Brianna - also can be Brian; "the strong." Briana.
Bride - "strength." Briget, Bridget, Brietta.
Bridget - "resolute strength." Brigit, Briggitte.
Bríghid - (BRIDE) "strength." Brid (BREED), Bride, Breeda, Brigid.
Brigid - "strength." Bridget.
Brina - "protector", or "speckled."
Brit - "speckled, spotted, freckled." Version of Bretta; Britta.

Cait - (KAYT) "pure." Variant of Caitriona; also can be Catherine.
Caitlin (kayt-LEEN), Cailin (kay-LEEN or KAY-leen), Caiti (KAT-ty).

Caitlin - (KAT-leen) "pure." Caitilin.
Caitrín - (KAT-reen) "pure." Caitriona, (kat-TREE-nuh) Catherine.
Caoilfhionn - (KEE-lin) "slender, fair." Keelin.
Caoimhe - (KEE-vy) "gentleness, beauty, grace." Keavy.
Cara - "friend." Carrie, Carry.
Carmel - "vineyard."
Cece - also can be Cecilia, "blind."
Cecily - also can be Cecilia, "blind."
Christine - "Christian."
Ciannait - (KEE-nat, or KIN-nat) ancient Irish name; Kinnat, Keenat.
Ciar - (KEER) saint(s') name; ciar "dark" or "black." Ciara (KEE-a-ra), Ceire (KEHR), Kiera, Keara.
Cinnie - "beauty."
Clare - "bright, clear."
Clodagh - (KLOH-dah) name of a river in County Tipperary.
Cordelia - "jewel of the sea."
Cristín - (KRIS-teen) "Christian." Cristiona (kris-TEE-nuh).

Damhnait - (DEV-nat) "poet" or "fawn." Devnet, Downet, Dymphna.
Dana - "from Denmark"; also a version of the goddess Danu.
Darcy - from French d'Arcy, meaning "from Arcy."
Davan - also can be David, "beloved."
Dearbháil - (DER-vahl) from From the Old Irish Derbail, may mean "daughter of Fal (Ireland)" or "daughter of a poet"; der "daughter" + Fal, an ancient name for Ireland; may also mean "true
desire." Modern Irish Dearbháil, also written Dervla (DAYR-vla).
Deirdre - ancient Irish name, mythological herione, "young girl." Derdriu, Deidra, Derdre.
Devnet - (Downet) "poet."
Doireann - (DAHR-an or DOHR-en) from Old Irish Doirend, poss. meaning "daughter of Finn"; may also mean "sullen"; or dim. of "gift of God." In legend, Doirend was the daughter of
the fairy king Midir, another was the granddaughter of the pagan god Dagda. Anglicized Dorren, Dorothy; Doirend, Doirind.
Doreen - "moody."
Duana - "song." Dubhain.
Dympna - (IrGael; Celtic) or Dymphna; suitable one, virgin saint. An Irish saint. Her place of martyred death is marked by a monument in Gheel, Belgium, where she had fled for her life and
virtue, as her own father (an Irish king, as the story goes) was
determined to wed her, his own daughter, following the death of his
 wife and queen (Dymphna's natural mother). She is

traditionally the patroness of those with mental illness and nervous
afflictions, but has lately been adopted (in light of her personal history)
by victims of incest and other sexual abuses.

There exists a worldwide Saint Dymphna Devotion prayer community
to which one may subscribe through the Franciscan Fathers.

Éadaoin - (eh-DEEN) fem. of Edwin "happy friend." Edwina.
Edana - "ardent, flame, fiery, zealous."
Eibhilín - (ay-LEEN) "light"; from French Aveline, brought by the
 Normans, and very popular among the Middle Ages' nobility. Eibhlihin, Eily, Ebliu, Aibhilin.

Eibhilín - (eh-y-LEEN) "light." Eveleen, Eileen, Aileen, Ellen.
Eileánóir - (EL-eh-nohr) "light." Eleanor, Lean (LEHN).
Eileen - "bringer of light"; version of Helen. Eilene, Eleanore, Ellen, Elen, Elan, Ilene, Helen, Eily, Ellie.
Eilís - (EH-leesh) "consecrated to God." Eilise, Elizabeth.
Eimíle - (EM-i-lee) "industrious." Emily.
Eithne - (AY-he-ne or ETH-nuh) "kernel or seed." Ethna, Etney.
Elizabeth - "consecrated to God." Elia, Lizzie, Bessie, Betsey, Betty.
Emily - "industrious."
Ena - from the Celtic word for "fire." Enat.
Erin - "peace." The name for Ireland which comes from an ancient goddess
whose name was Eriu. Eriu was one of the three queens of the Tuatha
De Danann and daughter of the Dagda.

Erina, Eryn, Eriu (ERR-I-oo).
Erlina - Gaelic name meaning "girl from Ireland."
Etain - "shining."
Evelyn - "life."

Fainche - (FAN-chuh) Saint Name. Fanny.
Fallon - "grandchild of the ruler" or "in charge." Falen, Fallan.
Fanny - Saint Name.
Feenat - "deer."
Fianait - (FYAN-it or FEE-nat) old Irish word for "deer." Fionnait, Feenat.
Finola - "white shoulder."
Fiona - (FYUN-a or FEE-nuh)(Celt) from the word finn "brillian, white, fair." Finna, Fionn.
Fionnuala - (fi-NOO-la) also can be Fiona; "fair shoulders" or "white, fair." Fionnula, Finola, Nuala.

Gemma - (JEM-ma) "precious stone."
Glynis - "valley."
Gormghlaith - (GOR-em-lee) "blue lady." Gormly.
Gráinne - (GROH-nyuh) "sun" or "sun goddess" or "grace, love"; ancient name borne by 16th Century queen. Grania.
Guennola - from the Celtic word meaning "white."
Gwendolyn - "white brow." Pet form: Gwen.
Gweneth - "fair."

Helen - "light." Nell, Lena, Neill.
Hilde - "battle maid"; name of Irish abbess. Hildy.

Íde - (EED-uh) "thirSaint" Ida, Ita.
Ina -Irish forof Agnes.
Isibéal - (ISH-a-behl) "consecrated to God." Isabel.

Juliane - "youthful." Jill, Jillian, Gill, Gillian, Sheila.

Kacey - "brave." Kacy.
Kassidy - "clever."
Kathleen - "pure." Katharine, Kathryn, Kathie, Kate.
Keara - from a saint name.
Keavy - "gentleness, beauty, grace."
Keelin - "slender, fair." Keely, Keelia.
Keira - "black haired."
Kelly - "warrior woman"; "farm by the spring" Kellie, Kelli, Kaley.
Kennocha - (ken-OH-kuh) "beauty."
Kerry - "dark, dark-haired." Keriann.
Kiana - from Quiana; "soft, synthetic material."
Kiara - "small and dark."
Kiley - "attractive, good looking." Kyli, Kylee.
Kinnat - "ancient." Keenat.

Labhaoise - (LAU-ee-shuh) "holiness." Louisa, Louise.
Lasairíona - (las-a-REE-nuh) from lasaire "flame" + fion "wine"; Lassarina, Lasairfhiona,.
Lavena - from the Celtic word for "joy."
Liadan - (LYAH-dan) From the Old Irish, probably meaning "gray lady."
A poetess who was the beloved of poet Cuirithur, even though she was a nun.
Another Liadan was the mother of Saint

Ciaran of Seir. He was conceived after she swallowed a star that had fallen into her mouth while sleeping.
Lil - pet also can be Elizabeth. Lile (LIL-ee), Lilly, Lelia.
Lucy - "bringer of light."
Luighseach - (LOO-seh or LEE-sak) "bringer of light"; feminine also can be Lugh,
 and name of an early saint. Luighseach, Lucy.

Máda - (MEH-duh) from Mathilde.
Madailéin - (MAD-e-lehn) Magdalene. Madeline, Maighdlin (MEHD-leen).
Maeve - (MEHV) "fragile." Meave, Meaveen.
Maille - also can be Molly, from Mary; "the perfect one."
Máire - (MAW-zhe, MAW-re or MEH-ree) "bitter"; Irish also can be Mary.
The name was considered too sacred to name a child and was not used before the
 17th C. Children were given

Mael Muire "devotee of Mary." Moira, Maura, Maurya, Mairin (maw-REEN).
Máiréad - (MAW-rayt or MAW-reed) from Greek margaron "pearl." Popular
due to admiration of Saint Margaret, queen of Scots in 11th C. Peig, Peigi are popular Irish-language

nicknames. Margaret, Maighread (MEH-reed).
Mairsil - fem. of Marcel "warlike." Marcella, Mairsile.
Maitilde - "battle maiden." Matilda, Maiti, Matty.
Mallaidh - (MAL-ee) "bitter." Molly, May.
Margaret - "a pearl." Maggie, Meg, Meggy
Marsali - "a pearl."
Marta - "bitter."
Maureen - from the Celtic word for "great." Moreen.
Mave - "mirth."
Mavelle - from the Celtic word for "songbird". Mavie.
Meadghbh - (MEEV) "agile." Meaveen, Mabbina.
Meagan - a variation of Medb.
Meara - "merry."
Melva - from the Celtic word for "chief"; "mill worker"; also can be Melvin.
Melvina - (Celt) "cheiftain."
Meriel - "shining sea." Meriol, Muriel.
Mhari - (VAH-ri) Irish/Old Gaelic. Variation of Maire.
Michaela - feminine also can be Michael.
Mide - (MEE-duh) variant of Ide. Meeda.
Moira - "the great."
Mona - (MOH-na) from From the Old Irish Muadnat, derived from muad "noble, good."
Saint Muadnat of Drumcliffe. Muadnat, Muadhnait (MOO-uh-nit).

Moncha - "adviser." Monika.
Mór - (MOHR) "great." Moire, More.
Morgan - "sea dweller."
Morna - from muirne "beloved, affection."
Moya - "great."
Muireann - (MEER-an or MOHR-in) "of the long hair"; from Old Irish muir
 "sea", may also mean "sea-white" or "sea-fair." Wife of Finn mac Cumhaill's son Oisin. A legendary Queen

Muireann was ancestrss of the kings of Connacht. Four abbesses of Kildare also had this name. Morrin.
Muirgheal - (MOHR-e-guhl) "sea-bright" or "sea-fair." Muirgel, Murel, Muriel.
Murphey - "sea warrior." Murphy.

Niamh - "bright."
Nainsi - (NAN-see) "grace." Nancy, Nance, Nan.
Noel - "born at Christmas."
Nóra - (NOH-ra) "honor"; version of the Latin name Honoria. Nora, Honora.
Noreen - (IrGael) Irish spelling of Nora or Eleanor.
Nuala - short also can be Fionnuala.

Odharnait - (OHR-nat) "pale, olive-colored." Ornait, Orna, Ornat, Odarnat
from the word for "otter" or word for "sallow female."

Oilbhe - (OL-iv) Irish spelling of Olive.
Onora - version of Honora.
Oona - "one"; version of Una. Oonagh, Ona.
Orghlaith - (OHR-e-lath) from a word meaning "golden lady"; Orlaithe, Orla.
Ornóra - "honor." Honor, Honora.

Paili - (PAHL-ee) "bitter." Polly, Poll, Pal.
Patricia - "noble."
Pegeen - "a pearl."
Philomena - "powerful friend."
Proinnséas - (PRON-sheh-uhs) "free." Frances, Fanny. Ranait - (RAN-eh) "grace, prosperity." Renny.
Regan - "royal." Reganne, Regeen.
Regina - "queen."
Renny - "grace; prosperity."
Richeal - (RICH-ehl) name of a saint.
Rigru Roisclethan - the queen of Been Edair, a place in the Otherworld.
When Conn Cetchathach was about to kill her son at Tara, she appeared as a wailing woman.

Riley - "valiant." Rileigh, Rylie, Rylee.
Ríoghnach - (REE-nuh) Irish saint. Riona, Regina.
Riomthach - one of the five sisters of Saint Colman of County Cork. Riofach.
Riona - (REE-nuh) from the word for "saint"; saint name; also can be Regina, "queen."
Rita - dim. of Margaret, "a pearl."
Róise - (ROH-shuh) "rose." Rose, Roisin (ROH-sheen).
Rosemary - combination of Rose and Mary.
Rowena - derived from the word meaning "white mane" or "white hair"; might be "slender and fair."

Sadhbh - (SAH-eev or SAYV) Fr. Old Irish Sadb, prob. meaning "sweet" or "goodness."
 Name of several real Irish princesses, including daughters of Conn of the Hundred Battles, Queen

Medb of Connacht, and King Brian Boru. Sive, Sadhbba, Sadbh, Sabhbh, Sabha (SE-va).
Sarah - "princess"; or also can be Sorcha (Old Irish) "clear, bright."
Sean - "god's gracious gift."
Séarlait - (SHEHR-let) Irish spelling of French-Norman Charlotte, "petite, feminine."
Selia - variant of Sheila.
Seosaimhthín - (SHOH-sa-veen) Irish spelling of Josephine, "god will add." Seosaimhin.
Shannon - (SHAH-non) "wise one"; name of the longest river in Ireland, from the old Irish
 goddess Sinann, granddaughter of Manannan Mac Lir. Not used as a first name in Ireland.

Shawn - "god's gracious gift."
Shea - variant spelling of Irish sidhe (shee) "fairy palace"; might be "hawk-like, stately." Shae, Shealy, Shay.
Sheelah - "blind, gray eyes." Sheila, Shelagh, Sheelagh, Shiela, Sheilag.
Sheena - "god's gracious gift" Shena.
Sheila - "blind." Sheela.
Síle - (SHEE-la) "blind." Cecilia, Cicily, Celia, Selia, Sheila, Sheela.
Sinéad - (SHEE-naid) "gracious." Jane, Janey, Sine.
Siobhán - (shuh-VAHN) "gracious." Joan, Hannah.
Sissy - also can be Cecilia, "blind."
Sive - "sweet."
Sláine - (SLAHN-nuh) "health." Slany.
Sorcha - (SOHR-e-khuh or SOO-ruh-ka) "bright, radiant." Sarah, Sally.
Steise - (STEH-shuh) dim. of Annstas (Gr) "resurrection."
Súsanna - "lily."
Sybil - dim. of Elizabeth. Sibby, Sibi, Siobaigh (shuh-BEH).

Tara - "tower, crag."
Tessie - per also can be Teresa, "harvester."
Theneva - (prob. Irish Gaelic) Saint Theneva, with her son, Saint Kentigern
(Mungo) the patron saints of Glasgow. Might be also: Theneu, Thenu, and Denw.
 The daughter of a Pictish

Toiréasa - (toh-REH-suh) Irish also can be Teresa "harvester." Theresa, Tessie.
Treasa - "strength"; used as an equivalent of Teresa, but no connection. Treise, Toiréasa.

Ula - (Celt) "sea jewel" or "gem of the sea." Uli, Ulicia.
Úna - (OO-nuh) derived from old word uan "lamb"; also listed as "unity"; ancient
 Irish name; the O'Carroll family had a bean sidhe (banshee) with this name. Winifred, Uny, Oona, Unity.

Ursula - "little bear."

Vanessa - "butterfly."
Vevina - also can be Gaelic Bébhinn, "sweet lady."
Vivienne - from Latin= "living."

Whiltierna - from faol "wolf" + tiarna "lord". Faoiltiarna.
Winifred - from Wenefreda, Latin= of Welsh Grewfrwei, "blessed reconciliation."
Withypol - might be from English withy "twig, willow" + poll "head."
Wony - also can be Una.

Yseult - variant of Welsh Iseult. Ysolte.
Yvon - "archer." Yvonne, Yvonn, Yvone.

Zaira - name invented by Irish writer C.R. Maturin, in his novel Women; or, pour et contre (1818).
Zinna - name appearing in the Toler-Aylward family of Shankhill Castle.
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Árón - might be "high mountain";Irish forof Aaron.
Abbán - (A-bahn or ah-BAN) "little abbot."
Abram - "high father"; version of Abraham. Ábraham.
Achaius - also can be Eochaidh.
Adam - (H) "son of the red earth." Adhamh (A-thuhv). Anglicized version of Irish
 Gaelic Ádhamh; Scottish Gaelic Ádhamh. Pet form: Adie.

Adamnan - "little Adam."
Adrian - "of the Adriatic"; from original form Latin Hadrianus. Aidrian.
Aeneas - "worthy of praise"; anglicization of Aengus. Aenéas.
Aghy - also can be Eochaidh.
Aichlinn - might be a also can be Echlin.
Aidan - (Celt) "flame, fire, fiery"; derived from word aedh "fire." Edan, Aodhan (EH-thahn);
 anglicized also can be Irish Aodán; dim. of Aodh; Edan.

Ailbe - (AL-vyuh or AL-fe)(OGer) "noble, bright." Ailbhe, Alvy, Albert.
Ailbhe - from Celtic albho "white". Ailbe, Alby, Albert, Ailbhis (AL-vis).
Ailfrid - Irish Gaelic also can be Alfred, from OE ælf "elf, supernatural being" + ræd "counsel."
Ailill - "sprite."
Ailín - (A-lin or ay-LEEN)(Gael) derived from Old Irish ail "noble". Alan, Allen.
Aindréas - (AHN-dree-ahs)(Gr) "manly"; IrGael also can be Andrew. Aindrea, Aindrias, Aindriú.
Ainmire - "great lord."
Ainsley - "one's own meadow"; occasionally used as a female name; probably originally
 a local name, either Annesley in Nottinghamshire, from Old English An "one, only" + leah "wood

or clearing"; or Ansley in Warwickshire, from OE ansetl "hermitage" + leah. Ainslee.
Alaois - (A-leesh)(Teut) "mighty battle." Aloys, Aloysius, Alabhaois.
Alastar - Irish Gaelic from of Alexander. Alistair, Allister, etc.
Albany - from Fionn, from find "white, fair"; anglicized as Albany from Latin albus "white."
Albert - (OGer) "noble, bright." Ailbe, Alby.
Albion - (Celt) "mountain."
Alby - anglicized from of Ailbhe.
Alexander - (Gr) "helper or defender of mankind." Alex, Alick, Alsandair, Alsander, Alastrom, Alastrann.
Allister - (Gr) "defender of mankind." Alastar, Alistair, etc.
Alphonsus - Irish; Latinized also can be Alfonso, used as an equivalent of Gaelic name
Anluan. Uncertain origin, could be composed of an intensive prefix + an element meaning "hound" or

"warrior." Pet forms Fonsie, Fonso.
Ambrós - Irish Gaelic also can be English Ambrose, from Greek Ambrosios "immortal."
The surname MacAmbrois is anglicized as McCambridge.

Amhlaoibh - (A-leev)(Norse) "ancestral relic"; IrGael also can be Olaf, an
Old Norse name introduced to Ireland by Viking settlers. Anglicized Auliffe, Olave, Auliff, Humphrey.

Andrew - (Gr) "manly."
Angus - (Gr) "unique choice, chosen one, unique strength." Scottish and Irish;
anglicized also can be Gaelic Aonghus or Aonghas, composed of Celtic elements meaning "one" and

"choice." Name of an old Celtic god, and is first recorded as a personal name in Adomnan's
"Life of Saint Columba," where it occurs in the form Oinogus(s)ius as the name of a man for

whom the saint prophesied a long life and a peaceful death. Almost certainly the name of an 8th
 C. Pictish king variously recorded as Omnust and Hungus. Aengus, Aonghus, Aonghas,

Enos, Oengus, Ungus. Short form Gus; pet form Angie; feminine form Angusina.
Annraoi - (AHN-ree)(Teut) "ruler of an estate." Henry, Harry.
Anrai - Irish Gaelic also can be Henry. Einrí.
Antain(e) - Irish Gaelic cognate of English Anthony.
Antoine - (AN-ton)(L) "inestimable." Anntoin, Antoin.
Aodh - (EH or AY)(Celt) from aed "fire." Another name for the god The Dagda. Hugh, Ea.
Aodhfin - "white fire."
Árdal - (OGer) "eagle power"; version of Arnold; Irish anglicized also can be Gaelic
name Ard(gh)al, from ard "high" or art "bear" + gal "valour." Artegal, Arthgallo.

Art - Irish and Scottish, now as an informal shortening of Arthur.
Artúr - (Celt) "noble, bear man." Art, Atty. IrGael also can be Arthur.
Auliffe - Irish anglicized also can be Amhlaoibh.
Austin - (L) "venerable." Águistín (AH-guhs-teen).

Bainbridge - "fair bridge."
Baird - "bard, poet, ballad singer, traveling minstrel." Bairde, Bar, Bard, Barr.
Bairrfhionn - (BAR-fin)(Celt) "fair-haired" or "good marksman." Barrfind, Barram, Barre,
 Barra, Bairre, Barry.

Bairtleméad - Irish Gaelic also can be Bartholomew.
Barclay - Scottish, Irish; transferred use of the Scottish surname, which was taken to
Scotland in the 12th C. by Walter de Berchelai, who became a chamberlain of Scotland in 1165.

Probably derived from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, which is from OE beorc "birch tree"
+ leah "wood or clearing". In Ireland, its been anglicized in the also can be Parthalán.

Barra - (Celt) "good marksman." Bearach (BAHR-akh), Bearchan, Barry.
Barry - Irish anglicized also can be Gaelic name Barra (Old Irish Bairre),
a short also can be Fionnb(h)arr (see Finbar). Pet forms: Baz, Bazza (Australia).

Bartel - (Aramaic) "ploughman." Bartholomew.
Bartley - (Aramaic) "ploughman." Barclay, Berkley, Parthalan.
Batt - from Bartley (Aramaic) "ploughman." Bat.
Beacán - (BE-kawn)(Celt) "small." Becan.
Bearnárd - (BEHR-nard)(OGer) "having the courage of a bear." Barney;
Irish, Scottish Gaelic also can be Bernard.

Beartlaidh - (BEHRT-lee)(Aramaic) "ploughman." Bartley.
Benen - (BEH-non)(L) "blessed." Beineón (BEH-non), Bineán (BIN-ahn).
Bevan - (Celt) "youthful warrior."
Bowie - (BOO-ee)(Gael) "yellow-haired, blonde." Bow, Bowen, Boyd.
Bran - "raven."
Brasil - (Celt) "battle, brave, strong in conflict." Breasal, Basil, Brazil.
Bréanainn - (BREH-neen)(Celt) "sword." Brendan, Breandán.
Brendan - (Gael) "raven." Bran, Bram, Broin (bree-AHN), Brennan.
Bret - (Celt) "from Brittany."
Brett - (Celt) "native of Brittany." Britt.
Brian - (BREE-an) (Celt) from Brig "high, noble"; "the strong." Brant, Bron, Bryon, Bryan.
Brody - "man from the muddy place, ditch."

Cailean - (CAL-lan)(Gael) from Gaelic word for "child." Cailan, Colin.
Cairbre - (KAHR-bruh)(Celt) "charioteer." Carbry.
Callaghan - (KAL-uh-khahn) name of two Irish saints. Ceallachán (KEL-uh-khahn).
Callough - (KAHL-uh) "bald." Calvagh, Calbhach (KAHL-ahkh).
Caoimhghin - (KWEE-ven)(Celt) "kind, gentle." Kevin, Kevan.
Caolán - (KWEE-lahn) "slender." Kealan, Kelan.
Carlin - (Gael) "little champion." Carley, Carlie, Carling.
Carlus - (OFr) "full-grown, manly."
Carney - (Celt) "warrior" or "victorious." Cearnach, Kearn, Karney, Kearney, Car.
Carroll - (Gael) "champion." Carly, Carolus.
Cassidy - (Gael) from a word meaning "clever"; or "curly hair."
Cathal - (KA-hal or KOH-al)(Celt) "strong in battle, battle-mighty." Cahal (KA-hal).
Cathaoir - (KAH-heer)(Celt) "battle lord" or "warrior." Cathair (KA-heer).
Cearbhall - (KAHR-e-val)(OFr) "full-grown, manly." Carroll.
Cecil - (L) "blind." Siseal (SEE-sil).
Cedric - (Celt) "chieftain."
Chad - (Celt) "defender."
Cian - (KEEN) "ancient." Céin, Kian, Kean, Cain.
Cianán - (KEE-nahn) dim. of Cian. Kienan, Kenan.
Ciarrai - (KEH-ehr-ree) masculine version of the Irish County Kerry.
Cillian - (KEEL-yan) "war or strife." Keallach, Killian.
Cinnéide - (kih-NEH-juh) "helmeted-head." Kennedy.
Cleary - derived from a word meaning "learned."
Coinneach - (KUH-nukh or KI-nek) "fair one." Canice, Kenny.
Coireall - (kohr-EE-ahl)(Gr) "lord." Kerrill, Cyril.
Colin - "victor." Collin, Cailan, Cailean, CHulainn, Culin.
Colla - an ancient Irish name.
Colm - (KUHL-uhm) "dove." Colum, Columba, Colman.
Comán - (KOH-mahn) "bent."
Comhghan - (KOH-gahn, or CO-en) "twin." Cowen.
Conall - (Celt) "high-mighty." Connell.
Conán - (KOH-nahn)(Celt) "widsom, intelligent." Conn.
Conary - (KOH-ner-ee) ancient Irish name. Conaire.
Conchobhar - (KON-kho-var or KROO-ar) derived from cu "hound,
wolf" + cobar "desiring" = "wolf-lover" or "lover of hounds."high will,
desire." Conchobhar, Conor, Connor, Conny,

Conn - (Celt) "reason, intelligence." Cuinn (KWIN), Con.
Connlaoi - (KOHN-lee) "chaste fire." Conley, Conleth, Connolly.
Connor - "wolf-lover."
Conor - "wise aid"; also can be Connor.
Conroy - (Celt) "wise man." Conn.
Conway - (Gael) "hound of the plain."
Corey - "raven; from the hollow." Cori, Cory.
Cormac - "charioteer."
Cory - "helmet." Corey, Cori.
Crimthan - (Irish) Criomhthann old, rare name meaning "fox";
common among the Kavanaghs of Leinster. First name of Saint Columcille;
Saint Criomhthann's feast day is May 23.

Críostóir - (KRIS-ter)(Gr) "Christ-bearer"; version of Christopher. Criostal (Scotland & N. Ireland).
Cú Uladh - (koo-ULL-uh) "hound of Ulster." Cooley, Cullo, Cooey, Covey.
Cúmheá - (kuhm-EH) "hound of the plains." Cooey, Cuulagh, Cooley, Cullo, Covey.
Curran - (Gael) derived from a word for "hero." Currey, Curr, Curney.

Daibhéid - (DEH-vid or da-VEECH)(H) "beloved." Daighi, David, Daibhead (same pronun.)
Dáire - (DEH-ruh, DI-re or DAHR-uh) Old Irish word meaning "oak grove,"
"fruitful" or "fertile", and most likely the name of an early fertility or bull god;
the Brown Bull of Cooley was

owned by Daire mac Fiachna, and his refusal to loan his bull to Queen Medb
was part of the reason for the fight between the Ulsterman and the men of Ireland. Dary, Darragh.

Dáithí - (DAH-hee) "swiftness, nimbleness." Dahy.
Dallas - (Gael) "wise." Dall.
Damhlaic - (DAW-lik)(L) "like the Lord." Dominic, Doiminic (DOH-min-ic).
Daniel - (H) "beloved."
Daray - (Gael) "dark"' version of French-Norman name D'aray. D'aray, Dar, Darce.
Darby - (Gael) "free man."
Darren - (Gael) "great." Daron, Darrin, Darrion.
David - (H) "beloved."
Declan - Saint Name. Déahglán (DEK-lan).
Delano - (deh-LAH-no)(Gael) "dark" or "a healthy black man."
Dempsey - (DEM-se)(Gael) "proud."
Dermot - "free man" or "free from envy." Dermod, Darby, Darcy.
Derry - (Gael) "red-headed"; "great lover", "an ancient hero." Also a city in Northan Ireland.
Desmond - clan name, from South Munster, "man of the world." Demond.
Devin - (Celt) "a poet." Dev.
Devlin - (Gael) "brave or fierce." Devlyn.
Devnet - "poet."
Diarmaid - (DEER-mit)(Gael) "free man"; legendary member of the warrior band of
Finn mac Cumaill. He had a beauty mark on his forehead that made any woman who saw it to fall madly

in love with him. Diarmait, Diarmuid, Dermot, Dermod.
Dillon - (Gael) "faithul" or "faithful."
Dominic - (L) "like the Lord." Damhlaic.
Don - "brown stranger"; also can be Donald; Irish lord of the Underworld or Land of the Dead.
Donahue - (Gael) "dark hued" or "dark warrior"; related to Don, the Irish god.
Dónal - (DON-al or DOH-nal)(Celt) from domun "world" + gal "ardor" or "valor";
"world-mighty." Domhnall, Donall, Donald.

Donald - (Celt) "world ruler, brown stranger." Donal, Doughal, Don.
Donnan - (DUN-ahn) "brown."
Donnchadh - (DUN-uh-khuh)(Celt) "brown lord"; "strong warrior." Donogh, Donaghy.
Donnelly - (Celt) "brave, dark man, a brave black man."
Donovan - (Celt) "dark or brown warrior." Donvan.
Dougal - "dwells by the dark stream" or "dark stranger, from the dark water.
" Dubhghall (DOO-gal, or DOO-ahl), Dubgall, Douglas, Douglass, Duglas.

Doyle - (Celt) "dark stranger." Doy.
Drummond - (Celt) "unclear."
Duane - (Celt) "song." Dewain, Dwayne.
Dubhán - (DUH-ven, or DUH-wen) "dark, black." Dowan, Duggan, Duane, Dwayne, Dubhagain.
Duer - (Celt) "heroic."
Duff - (Celt) "dark-faced; black-faced."
Dunham - (Celt) "dark man; black man."

Ea - (EH)(Celt) "fire" also can be Aodh. Hugh.
Eadoin - "blessed with many friends."
Eamon - (EH-mon)(A.S.) "wealthy guardian."
Earnán - "knowing, experienced."
Edan - (Celt) "flame, fiery, zealous."
Egan - (EE-gan)(Celt) "ardent or fiery." Aodhagán (EH-uh-gahn), Egon, Eagon.
Éibhear - (EH-ver) meaning unknown, perhaps (OE) "strong as a bear." Ever.
Éimhin - (EH-veen) from eim "prompt" or "ready" or "swift, active"; male or female. Evin.
Énán - Saint Name. Eanan (EH-nahn).
Ennis - (Gael) "sole or only choice."
Eoghan - (oh-GAHN)(H) "god's gracious gift." Eoin (same pronun.).
Eoghan - (YO-wun)(Gr) "well-born." Owen.
Eóin - (OH-en)(H) "god's gracious gift." John.
Eóin Baiste - (OH-en BAHSH-chuh) John the BaptiSaint
Erin - (Gael) "peace." An alternate name for Ireland, from the goddess Eriu. Eryn.
Evan - "young warrior"; Irish also can be John. Ewan, Ev.
Eveny - name used in Derry County. Aibhne.

Fagan - "little fiery one."
Faolán - (FEH-lahn or FAY-lawn) "wolf" + dim. -an. Faelan, Felan.
Farrell - (Celt) "heroic, courageous." Fearghal (FAHR-gahl), Farr.
Fearghus - (FAHR-gus or fay-REES)(Celt) from Fer "man" + gus "strength, vigor"; "super-choice." Fergus.
Felix - (L) "fortunate, or lucky." Feidhlim (FELL-em).
Feoras - (FEE-uh-rus)(Gr) "stone." Pierce.
Ferris - (Gr) "the rock"; also can be Peter. Farris.
Fiachra - (FEE-uh-khruh) "battle-king" or "eagle." Saint Name. Fiachna, Fiach, Feary.
Finghin - (FIN-jin) "fair birth"; variant of Fionn, Fionnbarr. Fineen, Finnin, Fionan, Finian, Finbar.
Finlayv - (Gael) "little (blond) fair-haired soldier." Finlay, Findlay, Findley, Finlea, Finn.
Fionan - (FIN-ee-ahn) "fair." Finnian, Fionn.
Fionnbharr - (FIN-ver) "fair head." Finbar, Finnbarr, Barram, Bairrfhoinn.
Flann - "blood red" or "redhead, ruddy." Male or female name. Flainn, Floinn,
Flannan, Flanagan, Flannagain, Flynn, Flannery.

Flannery - also can be Flann; "redhead."
Flinn - also can be Flynn; "son of the redhaired man."
Flynn - (Gael) "son of the red-haired man." Flin.
Forbes - (Bael) "prosperous or headstrong."
Frederick - (Teut) "peaceful ruler." Feardorcha (fee-ar-e-DOHR-ekh-e).

Gale - "strange." Gael, Gaile.
Galen - (Gael) "calm"; or "small but lively."
Galvin - (GAHL-vin) from Old Irish gelbann "sparrow."
Gannon - (Gael) "light or fair-complexioned." Gannie.
Garbhán - (GAHR-van) from garb "rough." Garban, Garvan.
Garrett - (Teut) "brave spearman" or "with a mighty spear." Garret, Garett.
Gearóid - (GEHR-ed)(Teut) "spear-mighty." Garrett, Gerald.
Gilchrist - "servant of ChriSaint" Ghilchrist, Giolla Chriost, Gilvarry, Gil, Gilley.
Gilmore - (Gael) from words meaning "devoted to the Virgin Mary."
Gilvarry - "servant of Saint Barry." Giolla Bhearaigh (GIL-a VER-ee).
Giolla Bhríghde - (GIL-a BREED) from words meaning "servant of Saint Brighid" or "Saint Brigid." Gillbride.
Giolla Chríost - (GIL-a KREEST) "servant of ChriSaint" See GilchriSaint
Giolla Dhé - (GIL-a DEH) "servant of god." Gildea.
Glaisne - (GLAS-nee) a favored name in Ulster up to modern times. Glasny.
Glen - (Celt) "glen or narrow valley" or "a secluded, woody valley." Glyn, Glenn.
Gofraidh - (GO-free-y) "god's peace"; variant of the Old German name godfrey. Goffraidh, godfrey, Gorry.
Gordon - (Gael) "hero"; a Scotch-Irish name used in Ulster. Gordain.
Grady - (Gael) from a word meaning "noble" or "illustrious." Gradleigh, Gradey.
Greagoir - (GREG-or)(Gr) "vigilant." Grioghar, Gregory.
Guy - (Celt) "sensible."

Hannraoi - (HAN-ree)(Teut) "ruler of an estate." Henry, Einri (EHN-ree).
Harkin - from an old word for "dark red."
Heremon - also can be Irving; "handsome and fair."
Hogan - (Gael) similar to Hagan, it means "youth."
Hurley - (Gael) from a word for "sea tide." Hurlee.

Iarfhlaith - (YAR-lath) Saint Name; Saint Iarlaith was born in Tuam and
ordained in 468 and built the first monastery and school at Cloonfush. Iarlaith, Iarlaithe, Jarlath.

Innis - (Celt) "from the island."
Ionhar - (YOWR, or YO-ver)(Teut) "archer." Ivor.
Íoseph - (YO-sef)(H) "god will add." Iosep, Joseph.
Irving - (Gael) "handsome and fair." Earvin, Ervin.

Jonathan - (H) "god gives."
Joseph - (H) "god will add."

Kane - (Gael) "tribute, warrior." Kayne, Kaine.
Kearney - (Celt) "warrior." Carney.
Keefe - (Gael) "cherished, handsome, lovable."
Keegan - (Gael) "little and fiery." Keagen, Kegan.
Keir - (KEER)(Celt) "dark-skinned."
Keiran - (Celt) "dark-skinned."
Kern - (Gael) "little black one, dark." Kearn, Kerne, Kieran.
Kerry - (Gael) "dark hair" or "son of the black one." Keary.
Kerwin - "small and dark" or "little jet-black one." Kervin, Kerwyn.
Kevin - (Celt) "kind, gentle, lovable."
Kieran - "small and dark-skinned."
Kiernan - "dark-skinned."
Kyle - (Gael) "handsome; one from the strait" or "a narrow piece of land." Kyele, Kiel.

Labhrás - (LAU-rahsh)(L) "laurel." Labras, Laurence.
Laughlin - "servant of Saint Secundinus." Lanty, Lany, Leachlainn, Loughlin.
Laurence - (L) "crowned with laurel."
Leachlainn - (LEKH-len) "servant of Saint Secundinus." Laughlin, Lochlainn, Lanty.
Léon - (L) "lion."
Liam - from Uilliam (Teut) "resolute protector, unwavering protector."
Lochlain - (LOKH-lan) home of Norseman: Lakeland. Lochlainn, Lochlann, Laughlin, Lochlyn.
Logan - (Gael) from a word meaning "meadow" or "from the hollow."
Lomán - (LO-man) from the word lomm "bare." Lomman.
Lúcás - (LOO-kahsh)(L) "bringer of light." Lucan.
Lughaidh - (LOO-ee)(OGer) "renowned warrior." Lewy.
Lynch - from a word meaning "mariner." Linch.

Macallister - "son of Alistair." Mcallister.
Maclean - from "son of Leander." Mclean, Maclaine.
Maeleachlainn - (MAL-uh-khlin) "servant of Saint Secundinus." Malachy, Milo, Miles.
Mahon - "bear."
Mairtin - (MAHR-teen)(L) "warlike one." Martin, Martain.
Maitias - (muh-THY-uhs)(H) "gift of god"; version of Mathias. Matthias, Maithias.
Maitiú - (MATH-yoo)(H) "gift of god"; version of Matthew.
Malone - "church-going" or "servant of Saint John." Maloney.
Mannix - from a word meaning "monk." Mainchin (MAN-e-kheen).
Maolruadhan - (mal-ROO-ahn) "servant of Saint Ruadhán." Melrone.
Meilseoir - (MEL-shyahr)(H) "king." Melchior.
Melvin - (Celt) from an Irish word meaning "armored chief"; or "mill worker."
Mal, Malvin, Melvyn, Melwynn.

Micheal - (mee-HAHL or MEE-kal)(H) "who is like god?" Michael.
Morgan - (Celt) "sea warrior" or "lives by the sea"; might be derived from
 the war goddess Morrigan. Morgun.

Morven - (Celt) "mariner." Morvin.
Muireadhach - (MUR-e-thekh) from muiredach "lord, master"; or "sea-lord."
 Murry, Murray, Muiredach, Muirioch.

Mundy - "from Reamonn."
Murchadh - (MUR-kha or MOOR-uh-ka) from muir "sea" + cath "warrior" =
"sea-warrior." Murrough, Murphey, Murchach, Murphy, Morgan.

Murphy - "sea warrior." Murphy.
Murray - (Celt) "seaman." Murry..

Naomhan - (NAU-ahn) "holy." Nevan.
Neal - (Celt) "champion." Neale, Nealon.
Neasán - (NESH-ahn) Saint Name; variant of Nessa. Nessan.
Neil - (Celt) "champion." Neal, Niall.
Nessan - "stoat."
Nevan - "holy." Naomham (NAU-ahn).
Nevin - (Gael) "worshipper of the saints, nephew." Nevins.
Niall - (NEE-AL)(Celt) "champion"; or From the Old Irish poss. derived from
nel "cloud." King Niall Noigiallach of Tara founded Ui Neill dynasty and ancestor
to the O'Neills and Scotland's

MacNeils. Neal, Neil, Neill, Nyle, Nealy, Niallán (NEE-a-lahn).
Niece - (NEES)(Celt) "choice." Aonghus, Neese.
Nioclás - (NEE-klahs)(Gr) "victory of the people." Nicholas.
Niocol - (NEE-col)(Gr) "victory of the people." Nicol.
Nolan - (Gael) "famous" or "noble." Noland, Nolin.
Nyle - (Celt) "champion."

Odhrán - (OH-rahn) from odhar "dun-colored"; from an old name for "otter";
or "pale green." Oran, Orrin, Odran.

Oilibhéar - (OH-li-vehr)(ONorse) "ancestor's relic"; for of Norse Oliver. Oliver.
Oistin - (OHS-teen)(L) "venerable." Austin.
Oscar - (OHS-car) from Old Irish os "deer", prob. meaning "one who loves deer";
or "warrior." Legendary warrior, grandson of Finn mac Cumhaill.

Owain - (Celt) "born to nobility" or "lamb, young warrior." Owen, Uaine, Ewen, Eoin.
Owney - From the Old Irish meaning "elderly." Oney.

Paddy - (L) also can be Patrick; "noble, nobleman."
Pádraig - (PAH-dreek)(L) "noble." Patrick, Padraic, Padhraig, Paddy.
Parlan - see Bartholomew "ploughman"; or Parthlán. Patholon, Parthalan (PAR-ha-lahn).
Parthalán - (PAR-ha-lahn)(Aramaic) "ploughman." Parlan, Bartholomew, Bartley.
Patrick - (L) "noble." Pat, Patty.
Patterson - "son of Pat."
Peadar - (PA-der)(Gr) "stone." Peter, Peadair.
Pembroke - (Celt) "bluff, headland."
Piaras - (PEER-as or PEE-a-ras)(Gr) "stone." Perias, Ferus, Pierce, Piers.
Pilib - (Gr) "lover of horses." Philip, Filib.
Proinnsias - (PRON-shee-as)(Teut) "free";Irish forof Francis (of Assissi). Frank.

Quinlan - "strong" or "well-shaped, athletic." Quinlin.

Rafferty - "rich, prosperous."
Raghnall - (RAN-al)(Teut) "wise or mighty power"; from the Norse-Vikings.
Reginald, Reynald, Randal.

Réamonn - (RYEH-mon or RAY-moon)(Teut) from ragan "counsel" + mund
"protection"; "mighty protector";Irish forof Old German Raymond, brought by the Normans in

the invasion. Remann, Raymond, Mundy.
Revelin - also can be Rolan; "famed throughout the land."
Reilly - "valiant." Riley.
Renny -Irish forof the French Rene, "small but strong." Raighne.
Riocárd - (REE-kard)(OGer) "powerful ruler"; Irish also can be Richard,
brought by the Normans. Richard, Risteard (REESH-tyard).

Rodhlann - (ROH-lan)(L) "fame of the land";Irish forof Roland. Rowland, Rowland.
Roibeárd - (ROH-bahrd)(Teut) "of shining fame." Robert, Roibart.
Roibhilín -(ROH-ve-lin) "shining fame"; From the Old Irish, dim. of Robert and
 Irish version of Robin. Roibin, Roibeard, Ravelin, Ravelyn, Revelin.

Roibín - (ROH-bin) dim. or Roibeard. Robin.
Rónán - (ROH-nawn) Fr. Old Irish ron "seal" + dim. suffix -an; or "a pledge."
Ten saints, including Ronan of Lough Derg and Ronan of Lismore had this name. Ronan.

Ronat - "seal."
Rooney - "redhaired." Ruanaidh.
Rory - (Teut) "famous ruler"; variant of Ruairi. Ruaidhri, Roderick.
Ruaidhri - (RWE-e-ree)(Teut) "famous ruler"; from Teutonic Roderick. Rory, Roderick.
Rylie - also can be Riley; "valiant."

Scully - (Gael) from a word meanign "town crier." Scolaighe.
Séafra - (SHEE-a-fra or SHE-fra) "god's peace"; Irish also can be Jeffrey,
brought by the Normans. Sheary, Geoffrey, Seafraid, Seathrun.

Séamas - (SHAY-muhs or SHEE-a-mus) from James (H); "the supplanter,
one who supplants." Seamus, Seumus, Shemus, Shamus.

Seán - (SHAWN) "god's gracious gift"; Irish also can be John, der. fr.
 Norman French name Jehan. Shaun, Shane, Sion, Shawn, Seaghan (SEE-a-gun).

Seanán - (SHAW-nawn or SHAH-nan) Fr. Old Irish sen "ancient."
Seanan was the name of 20 Irish saints, including Saint Senan of Iniscathy. Shannon, Senan, Sinon.

Searbhreathach - (SAR-vra-huhkh) "noble judge";Irish forof Justin.
Séarlas - (SHAHR-las)(OFr) "full-grown, manly";Irish forof Charles. Searlus.
Sedric - also can be Cedric; "chief."
Seoirse - (SYAHR-sha)(Gr) "farmer"; also can be George.Seorsa.
Seosamh - (SHOH-sav)(H) "god will add"; Irish also can be Joseph. Seosaph.
Shanahan - "clever, wise." Seanachan.
Shane - (H) "gracious gift of god, god is gracious."
Shannon - "wise one"; from the River Shannon.
Shea - "courteous" or "hawk-like, stately." Seaghda, Shae, Shaye, Shay.
Sheehan - "little, peaceful." Shean, Siodhachan.
Sheridan - "wild one" or "untamed." Seireadan.
Síomón - (SHEE-mohn)(H) "god is heard";Irish forof Simon.
Siseal - (SEE-sil)(L) "blind;" Irish also can be Cecil.
Slevin - (Gael) "mountaineer." Sleibhin.
Steafán - (STEF-ahn)(Gr) "crowned with laurel." Stephen, Stiofan.
Sullivan - "black eyed." Suileabhan, Sully.
Sweeney - "small hero"; variant of Suibhne. Suidhne.

Tadhg - (TAYG)(Gr) "poet" or "honors god"; also can be Timothy.
 Tadc, Tiomoid, Teague, Taidgh, Tiege.

Taggart - from a word meaning "son of the prieSaint"
Téadóir - (TEH-dohr)(Gr) "divine gift."
Teagan - "attractive."
Teague - "bard" or "poet, philosopher." Teagan.
Thady - (Aramaic) "praise";Irish forof Thaddeus.
Tiarchnach - (TEAR-nakh) from tigern "lord." Tiarnach, Tierney, Tighearnach.
Tiernan - "lordly"; Tierney.
Tiomóid - (TEE-mohd)(Gr) "honors god." Timothy, Tim.
Tomaisin - (TA-ma-seen)(H) "twin";Irish forof Thomas. Tommy.
Tomás - (TA-mahs)(H) "twin."
Torin - "chieftain." Toryn.
Torrance - (Gael) "tender, gracious, good, from the knolls"; also can be Terrence. Torrans, Tory.
Tremain - (Celt) place name for  house of stone.

Uaine - (OON-yuh) From the Old Irish, also can be Owen; "young warrior."
Owain, Oney, Owney, Hewney.

Uileog - (IH-lig) dim. of Uilliam and Liam. Ulick.
Uilliam - (UHL-yahm, or WIL-yam)(Teut) "resolute protector"; from Old German Wilhelm. William, Liam.
Uinseann - (WIN-shen)(L) "conqueror";Irish forof Vincent. Uistean, Uisdean.
Úistean - (OOSH-tchen, or ISH-tchen)(Teut) "intelligence." Euston, Hugh.
Ultan - "an Ulsterman." Also: A famous bishop.
Uscias - master of wisdom who lived in Findias, one of the four cities the Tuatha
De Danann came from. He gave Nuada the sword that killed all enemies.

Vailintín - also can be Valentine, Latin= "healthy."
Vaughn - (Celt) "small." Vaughan.

Wynne - (Celt) "white, fair." Winn, Wynn.

Y - also can be Aodh, found in 15th C. documents.

Zephan - listed as a name of an Irish saint.
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