89 Irish Baby Girl Names You Haven’t Heard

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89 Enchanting Irish Baby Girl Names: Toddler skipping through grassy field.

Ireland is a beautiful, wild country, and Irish names are no different. I’ve always loved Irish baby girl names (yes, I might be biased because of my Irish heritage). Here are 89 of my favorite Irish baby girl names for your little fae.

I’m including a quick guide on the pronunciation of Irish baby girl names because they are insanely confusing.

Aednat – This is the feminine of the name, Aidan, meaning “little fire.”

Ailbhe – The name, Ailbhe, is a girl’s name of Irish Gaelic origin meaning “noble”,  “bright”.

Aibreann – Aibreann is of Celtic origin, and it is used mainly in Gaelic. The meaning of Aibreann is “April”.

Aine – Áine (roughly pronounced “on-yah” or “awn-yah” depending on location) is an Irish female given name. It means “radiance” and was the name of the Irish Celtic goddess of wealth and summer.

Aisling – Aisling, meaning a “dream” or “vision”. Other names. Short form(s) Ash. It refers to an aisling, a poetic genre that developed during the late 17th and 18th century in Irish language genre poetry.

Alanis – The name, Alanis, is of Irish origin. The meaning of Alanis is “rock” or “handsome”. It is also of English origin, where its meaning is “beautiful” or “handsome”.

Alannah –This means “precious” or “child” Alana, Alanna, or Alannah is a female given name. It can be derived either from the Old High German word for “precious” or from the Irish language term “a leanbh” for “child”. In Gaelic, Alanna is the term for “beauty” or “serenity”.

Aoibheann – The name, Aoibheann, means “fair radiance” and is of Irish origin.

Aoife – Also spelled Aífe, Aeife, is probably derived from the Irish Gaelic aoibh, which means “beauty” or “radiance”.

Betha – The meaning of the name, Betha, is “life”, “livelihood”, or “pledged to God” It’s a diminutive of Elizabeth.

Brianna – The name, Brianna, means “high” or “noble” and is of Irish origin.

Bridget/Bridgid/Brighid – Bridget, Brighid, or Brigid is a Gaelic/Irish female name derived from the noun brígh, meaning “power, strength, vigor, virtue”. An alternate meaning of the name is “exalted one”.

Bebhinn – The meaning of the name, Bebhinn, is “harmony”.

Caireann – Caireann is one of the popular Irish baby girl names, meaning “little friend” or “little love”.

Caitlin – The name, Caitlin, means “pure” and is of Irish origin.

Caoimhe – A fairly common feminine name in Ireland, Caoimhe is pronounced kee-va and means “beautiful”, “gentle”, or “kind”.

Cara – Cara means beloved in Latin, and the names Carina, Cherie, and Cheryl derive from it. Cara also means “friend” in Gaelic. Kara, the alternative spelling, is from the Cornish word, meaning “love”. 

Ciara – This charming name means “little dark one”.

Claire – A medieval name derived from Latin clarus ”clear, bright, famous.” St. Claire, a follower of St. Francis of Assisi, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the “Poor Clares,” has always been very respected in Ireland, and the name is still popular today.

Cliodhna – The name, Cliodhna, is an Irish baby girl name, meaning “shapely”. Cliodhna and its phonetic form, Cliona, are both well-used in modern Ireland though they are ancient mythological names.

Chloe –  This name derives from the Ancient Greek khlóē (χλόη), meaning “blooming, young green shoot, green foliage or shoots of plants”, (an epithet of goddess Demeter).

Cordelia – The name, Cordelia, is of Celtic origin and means “of the sea” or “jewel of the sea.”

Daimhin – From damh “deer” and the diminutive -in it means “little deer.”

Daire – The name, Daire, means “fruitful” or “fertile” and is of Irish origin.

Delaney – The Gaelic meaning for this name is “child of dark defiance” – beware! In English, it means “from the alder grove”. Delaney is an Irish surname derived from the Gaelic Ó Dubhsláine, Dubh, meaning black and Slaine for the River Slaine (Slaney).

Deidre – The name, Deirdre, means “she who chatters” and is of Irish origin.

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).

Eabha – The name, Eabha, is a charming option for Irish baby girl names, meaning “life”.

Ealga – This name means “noble, brave.” The poetic name for Ireland, Innis Ealga, means “The Noble Isle.”

Eileen – The name, Eileen, means “beautiful bird” and is of Irish origin.

Eireann – This name is of Gaelic origin, meaning “belonging to the Erainn”, Erainn being the 2nd of the Celtic groups to come to Ireland.

Eithne – Eithne is a female personal name of Irish origin, meaning “kernel” or “grain”.

Eimear – The name Eimear means Swift and is of Irish origin. In Irish legend, Emer was Cuchulainn’s wife and possessed the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech, needlework, wisdom, and chastity.

Emlyn – The name, Emlyn, means “to strive, excel, or rival” and is of Welsh origin. 

Fiadh – The name, Fiadh, means “untamed” or “wild” and is of Irish origin.

Finley – Finley has the meaning “white warrior” (from Gaelic “fionn” = white/fair + “laogh” = warrior).

Fiona – It can be considered either a Latinised form of the Gaelic word fionn, meaning “white” or “fair”. or an Anglicisation of the Irish name Fíona (derived from an element meaning “vine”). 

Gail – Probably a spelling of Gale/Gail, influenced by the word, Gael, the Celtic tribe from which the Irish are descended, according to legend. Perhaps it comes from the Irish Gaelic word, inighean, meaning “daughter.”

Geileis – This name means “white swan” or “shining, bright”. It’s also derived from the Irish word geis, meaning “swan”.

Gormlaith – Derived from Irish gorm “blue” or “illustrious” and flaith “princess, lady”. This was the name of a wife of the 11th-century Irish ruler Brian Boru.

Grainne – The meaning of the name, Grainne, is “charming” or “love”. Grianne was a legendary Gaelic heroine who eloped with Diarmuid.

Hiolair – The name, Hiolair, is an Irish variant of Hillary. It means “joyous” and “cheerful”. This name of Irish origin is a variation of Leiann and Leianna. It means a ‘lady of great beauty who is fair and radiant’.

Iona – St. Colmcille founded his monastery on Iona, the island between Ireland and Scotland, in 563 AD, and thus the name is associated with “blessed”.

Jilleen – This Irish variation has been derived from the Latin origin name, Juliane, which means “young” or “child-like”.

Kathleen – The name, Kathleen, means “pure” and is of Irish origin.

Kayleigh – A form of Kayley, which is from the Irish surname from the Irish Gaelic caol, meaning “slender”.

Keela – Keela is a gorgeous baby girl’s name from Ireland, meaning “beautiful” or “handsome”. it is derived from the word, Cadhla, which means implies “a beauty that only poetry can capture.”

Kelly – Kelly means “descendant of Ceallach” and “warrior” (from Old Irish “ceallach” = war/strife).

Kiara – Kiara is a melodic Irish name meaning “dark” or “little” that many parents have been gravitating towards as of late. Another version of the name would be Chiara.

Kira – THis is the feminine form of Kieran, an Anglicized form of the Irish Ciarán, which is derived from the Gaelic ciar (black) and the diminutive suffix -an: hence, “little dark one.” The name was originally bestowed upon those babies born with dark hair or a dark complexion.

Laoise – Contrary to what you might first think, this name is not a tribute to County Laois – it is, in fact, the feminine form of Lugus, the Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship. The name translated means “light”.

Leah – In the Celtic, Irish and Gaelic language, the name, Leah, means “the light of the sun”, but it also derives from the Irish word “Ó Laochdha”, meaning “heroic”.

Leianne – This name of Irish origin is a variation of Leiann and Leianna. It means a “lady of great beauty who is fair and radiant”. Maeve. This popular Irish baby girl name means “causing a lot of happiness” or “exhilarating”.

Lorna – The Irish name, Lorna, is of Latin origin. The name was famous after the novel Lorna Doone. Lorna means “forsaken”.

Maeve – The name, Maeve, means “intoxicating” and is of Irish origin.

Maire – The name, Maire, means “of the sea” or “bitter” and is of Irish origin.

Maolisa – Maol + Iosa means “follower of Jesus.” It’s a name first used by clerics as early as the tenth century.

Mairead – Mairead, Máiréad, or Mairéad, is a feminine name and the Irish variation of the given name Margaret, which means “pearl”.

Maura/Maureen – The name, Maura/Maureen, means “of the sea” or “bitter” and is of Irish origin. 

Meghan – The name Meghan is the Celtic/Irish spelling of the name. It derives from the ancient clan, Meeghan, and means “brave warrior.”

Muireann – The name, Muireann, is a girl’s name of Irish origin, meaning “sea white” or “sea fair”. Muireann comes from a mythical mermaid who was transformed into a woman by a saint.

Neala – Neala, as a girls’ name, is of Irish and Gaelic origin and means “champion”. It’s the feminine of Neal, and also a form of Neilina.

Niamh – Niamh is an Irish feminine given name (meaning “bright” or “radiant”), anglicized as Neve, Nieve, or Neave /ˈniːv/. In Irish mythology, Niamh is the daughter of the god of the sea, Manannán mac Lir and one of the queens of Tír na nÓg, the land of eternal youth.

Nuala – Nuala is an Irish female given name, derived from Irish mythology – being either a diminutive form of Fionnuala (“fair shoulder”), the daughter of Lir, or an alternate name for Úna (perhaps meaning “lamb”), wife of Finvarra, king of the fairies.

Oonagh – Oonagh as a girl’s name is of Greek, Scottish, and Irish origi, and means “pure” or “holy”.

Orla – Órla, (pronounced OR-lah), is a female given name of Celtic origin. The root form of the name is Órfhlaith, interpretable as “golden princess” as it combines the Gaelic elements ór (“gold”) and fhlaith (literally “prince”), its full feminine form being banfhlaith.

Orlaith – The name, Orlaith, means “gold queen” and is of Irish origin.

Patricia – The feminine form of Patrick, this charming Irish baby girl name means “noble”.

Quinn – The name, Quinn, is of Irish origin, meaning “descendent of Conn”. Quinn is one of the first Irish unisex surnames, a strong and attractive choice on the rise for both genders, though there are now far more girl Quinns than boys.

Raicheal – This name means “yew” or “female sheep”.

Regan – The name, Regan, is a girl’s name of Irish origin, meaning “little king”.

Riona – The name, Riona, means “queen” and is of Irish origin.

Roisin – Sometimes anglicized as Roisin or Rosheen, is an Irish female given name, meaning “little rose”. The English equivalent is Rose, Rosaleen, or Rosie.

Saoirse – Saoirse is an Irish female given name meaning “freedom”, which became popular in Ireland in the 1920s.

Sarah – While frequently, the name refers to Sarah, Abraham’s wife, in the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Old Testament, and the Islamic Quran. In Hebrew, and Persian, it means woman of high rank, often simply translated as “Princess”.

Shalene – This is an Irish Gaelic name, an anglicized form of “Séaghdha”, meaning “stately, majestic, courteous; also learned, scientific, ingenious or hawk-like”, although Séaghdha is exclusively male.

Shay – The name, Shay, means “hawk” and is of Irish origin.

Sile – The name, Sile, means “heaven”.

Siomha – Síthmaith (or Síomha) is an Irish-language feminine name derived from Irish síth, meaning “peace”, and maith, meaning “good”. The name, Síthmaith, was used in early medieval Ireland. Síthmaith of Clonboreann (died 771) was an attested bearer of the name. It translates to “good spirit”.

Siobhan – Siobhán is a female given name of Irish origin, meaning “God is gracious”.

Sinead – The name, Sinead, means “God is gracious” and is of Irish origin.

Shannon – Shannon (“old river”) is an adorable option for Irish baby girl names, Anglicised from Sionainn. Alternative spellings include Shannen, Shanon, Shannan, Seanan, and Siannon. The variant Shanna is an Anglicisation of Sionna (“possessor of wisdom”).

Tallulah – The name, Tallulah, is a girl’s name of Irish, Native American origin meaning “lady of abundance, or leaping water”.

Tamsin – Thomasina or Thomasine is the feminine form of the given name, Thomas, which means “twin”. Thomasina is often shortened to Tamsin. Tamsin can be used as a name in itself; variants of Tamsin include Tamsyn, Tamzin, Tamsen, Tammi, and Tamasin.

Tara – The name, Tara, means “tower” or “hillside” and is of Irish origin.

Teagan – Teagan is an Irish female or male given name that means “attractive”, “beautiful”, or “perfect”.

Toireasa – The meaning of the name, Toireasa, is “strong”.

Tracy – The Irish surname, Tracey, is derived from the native Irish O’Treasaigh septs. The name is taken from the Irish word “treasach” meaning “war-like” or “fighter”. It is also translated as “higher”, “more powerful”, or “superior”. 

Vanessa – This name means “butterfly”.

If you liked this article, check out my list of Empowering Scandinavian Baby Girl Names.

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