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NameMeaning of NameGenderOrigin
AIBHLINIrish/Gaelic form of Evelyn (hazelnut?) or Helen (light).femalegaelic

 

AIDANIrish/Gaelic name meaning Fireor Little fire.Variants include AdanAdeenAden

 

AIGNEISUNAGaelic forms of Agnes (pure)female

 

AILISGaelic form of Alice (honest)femalegaelic

 

AIMILGaelic form of Amelia (industrious)femalegaelic

 

AINGEALAGangelfemalegaelic

 

AINSLEYScottish/Gaelic. Named for the place. Originally a surname. Unisexual. Variants include AinsleeAinsleighAinslie

 

AIRLEASoathfemalegaelic

 

AISLINNIrish/Gaelic name meaning Vision; dream.Variants include AislinAislingAshling

 

AITHNEIrish/Gaelic name meaning fire.Feminine form of Aidan. Variants include AineAithneaEithne

 

ALANNARockor comely; beautiful.Also possibly a derivative of Old French Elaine (bright; shining) or Greek Helen (light). Variants include AlainAlainaAlaine

 

AMBERfiercefemalegaelic

 

AMHUINNlives at the alder-tree riverfemalegaelic

 

ANNABELANNABELLEANNABjoy

 

ARIENHname meaning unknownfemalegaelic

 

ASELMAfairfemalegaelic

 

BARABELLBARABALstrangerfemale

 

BEBHINNharmonyfemalegaelic

 

BEITRISGaelic form of Beatrice (makes others happy)femalegaelic

 

BREANDANBRENDAlittle ravenfemale

 

BRIGHDEmyth namefemalegaelic

 

CAIRISTIONACIORSTAGCIChristian

 

CARLINGlittle championfemalegaelic

 

CASSIDYCASIDHEcleverfemale

 

CATHASACHCACICASEYbrave

 

CATRIONACEITCAITCAI

 

CEALLACHwarrior maidfemalegaelic

 

CEARAspearfemalegaelic

 

CIARDAdarkfemalegaelic

 

COLEENCOLLEENgirlfemale

 

CONexaltedfemalegaelic

 

CUINIqueenfemalegaelic

 

DEIRDREDEIDRADEARDRIUragin

 

DIORBHALLGaelic form of Dorothy (God’s gift)femalegaelic

 

DONALDADOMHNULLADONIArules all

 

DOREENDORENEDOIRE-ANNsullen

 

DYMPHNAlittle poetfemalegaelic

 

EALASAIDdevoted to Godfemalegaelic

 

EDANAEIDEANNfieryfemale

 

EIBHLINGaelic form of Eileen or Evelyn (lightor life-giving)female

 

EILIDHlightfemalegaelic

 

EILIONOIRGaelic form of Eleanor (light)femalegaelic

 

ERINpeacefemalegaelic

 

ERLINAERLINEgirl from Irelandfemale

 

FIONNGHUALAflowerfemalegaelic

 

FRANGAGfreefemalegaelic

 

GHLEANNAlives in the valleyfemalegaelic

 

GIORSALGaelic form of Grizel (gray battle-maid)femalegaelic

 

GLENGLENNGLENNAGLEN

 

GRAINNEgracefemalegaelic

 

ISEABALISOBAILdevoted to Godfemale

 

ITAthirstyfemalegaelic

 

KERRYKERIAMdark-hairedfemale

 

KYNAintelligentfemalegaelic

 

LAOIDHEACHfrom the pasture meadowfemalegaelic

 

LEITIShappyfemalegaelic

 

LESLIELESLEYfrom the gray fortressfemale

 

LILIlilyfemalegaelic

 

LIUSAIDHKELLYKELLIEwarrior woman

 

MAIREARADMAIRGHREADpearlfemale

 

MAOLMINpolished chieffemalegaelic

 

MARSALIpearlfemalegaelic

 

MILDREADGaelic form of Mildred (mild counselor)femalegaelic

 

MOIBEALGaelic form of Mabel (lovable)femalegaelic

 

MORMAIRIMUIREALLbitter

 

MORAGGaelic form of Sheila (blind)femalegaelic

 

MUADHNAITnoblefemalegaelic

 

NARAhappyfemalegaelic

 

NUALLANfamousfemalegaelic

 

ODHARNAITpalefemalegaelic

 

ONORAhonorfemalegaelic

 

PEIGIpegfemalegaelic

 

RAONAIDRAONAILDewefemale

 

ROSROISrosefemale

 

SEANASEONAIDgift from Godfemale

 

SILESILISSIGHLEGaelic form of Sheila (blind)

 

SINEfeminine form of Sean (God is gracious)femalegaelic

 

SIUBHANGaelic form of Joan (God is gracious)femalegaelic

 

SIUSANlilyfemalegaelic

 

TAITHLEACHquietfemalegaelic

 

TARAIrish/Gaelic name meaning rocky hillor from the crag of a tower.Variants include TarahTarra

 

TOIRDEALBACHmyth namefemalegaelic

 

ABBOIDabbey fathermalegaelic

 

ADAIRATHDARAATHDARfrom the oak-tree ford

 

ADHAMHGaelic form of Adam (man of the red earth)malegaelic

 

AHERNAHERINAHERNEowns many horses

 

AIDANAIDENAODHANAOD

 

AILINAILENAILEANhandsome

 

AINDREASmanlymalegaelic

 

AIRDSGAINNEfrom the height of the cliffmalegaelic

 

AIRLEASARLENpledgemale

 

ALLISTERALASTERALAIdefender of man

 

ALROYred-hairedmalegaelic

 

AODmyth namemalegaelic

 

AODHspiritmalegaelic

 

AODHHANAODHAGANardentmale

 

AONGHUSANGUSsuperior strengthmale

 

ARLENpledgemalegaelic

 

ARREGAITHELfrom the land of the Gaelsmalegaelic

 

ARTURARTrockmale

 

BACSTAIRbakermalegaelic

 

BAILLIDHstewardmalegaelic

 

BAINBHARAINBHEATHAINlives near the clear stream

 

BAINBRIDGEBAINBRYDGElives by the bridge over the streammale

 

BAIRDBARDpoetmale

 

BALFOURBAILEFOURfrom the pasture landmale

 

BANAINBANNINGlittle blond onemale

 

BARANnoble warriormalegaelic

 

BATAIRstrong warriormalegaelic

 

BEAGANBEAGENlittle onemale

 

BEALANTINGaelic form of Ballantine (brave)malegaelic

 

BEARACHBARRYBARRAspear

 

BEARNARDGaelic form of Bernard (bear warrior)malegaelic

 

BEATTIEBEATIEBEATTY

 

BEBHINNharmonymalegaelic

 

BHRUICbadgermalegaelic

 

BLAIRchild of the fieldsmalegaelic

 

BOWIEBOWBOWENBOWYN

 

BOYNEBOFINDwhite cowmale

 

BOYNTONfrom the white rivermalegaelic

 

BRADYBRADACHspiritedmale

 

BRENDANBREANDANBRENNAbrave

 

BROTHAIGHfrom Brodiemalegaelic

 

BRUSfrom Bruysmalegaelic

 

BUADHACHANvictoriousmalegaelic

 

CAILEANCAILENCAILLEN

 

CALEYCAOLAIDHEslendermale

 

CALHOUNCOILLCUMHANNfrom the narrow forestmale

 

CALUMCOLMservant of Saint Columbamale

 

CAMDENCAMDENEfrom the crooked valleymale

 

CAMERONCAMSHRONcrooked nosemale

 

CAMPBELLCAIMBEAULcrooked mouthmale

 

CAOLABHUINNfrom the narrow rivermalegaelic

 

CARLINCARLIECEARBHALLsmall champion

 

CARMICHAELCARAMICHILfriend of Saint Michaelmale

 

CARNEYCEARNACHvictoriousmale

 

CARRICKCARRAIGCHARRAIrocky headland

 

CARROLLCAROLCARLYCA

 

CASEYCATHASACHbravemale

 

CASSIDYCASIDHEclevermale

 

CATHMORCATHMORECATHAOgreat warrior

 

CAVANCAOMHANhandsomemale

 

CEALLACHwarriormalegaelic

 

CEANNFHIONNblondmalegaelic

 

CEILEACHANlittle championmalegaelic

 

CERINlittle dark onemalegaelic

 

CIANCEINancientmale

 

CIARDUBHANlittle black onemalegaelic

 

CINNARDfrom the high hillmalegaelic

 

CINNEIDIDHhelmetedmalegaelic

 

CINNFHAILfrom the head of the cliffmalegaelic

 

CLEARYCLEIRACHscholarmale

 

CLUNYCLUNAINACHfrom the meadowmale

 

COIGLEACHdistaffmalegaelic

 

COILLEACHCHOILLEICHguards the forestmale

 

COINLEAINwell-shapedmalegaelic

 

COINNEACHhandsomemalegaelic

 

COLINCOILINvirilemale

 

COLUMCOLUMBANUSCALUMdove

 

COMHGHANtwinmalegaelic

 

COMYNCUIMEANname meaning unknownmale

 

CONLANCONNLANCONLINhero

 

CONROYCONAIREwisemale

 

CONWAYhound of the plainmalegaelic

 

CORCORANCORCURACHANreddish-skinnedmale

 

COREYCORICORYCOIRE

 

CORMACCORMICKCORMACKcharioteer

 

COWANCOBHANdwells by the hillside hollowmale

 

COYLEsearches for battlemalegaelic

 

CRAIGCREAGdwells at the cragmale

 

CRIOSTOIRCRISDEANChrist-bearermale

 

CRONANdark brownmalegaelic

 

CUILEANcubmalegaelic

 

CUINNwisemalegaelic

 

CULLANCULLINCULLYhandsome

 

CULLEYCOLLECULLYdwells at the woodland

 

CURRANCURRCURNEYCUR

 

DAIBHIDHbelovedmalegaelic

 

DALLDALLASwisemale

 

DALYcounselormalegaelic

 

DARBYDIARMAIDDERMOT

 

DARRENDARYNDARONDEA

 

DARRYDARYDARDARCE

 

DEASACHDACEYDACYsoutherner

 

DELANOhealthy black manmalegaelic

 

DEMPSEYDIOMASACHproudmale

 

DEORSAfarmermalegaelic

 

DERRYred-hairedmalegaelic

 

DESMONDDEASMUMHANDESMman from south Munster

 

DEVLINDEVLYNDOBHAILENfierce

 

DEVYDEVINDEVANDAIMH

 

DILLONDIOLMHAINfaithfulmale

 

DOMHNULLDONALDdark strangermale

 

DONAHUEDUNCANdark warriormale

 

DOOLEYDUBHLOACHdark heromale

 

DUANEIrish/Gaelic name meaning little black-haired one; dark; swarthy.Some variants include DewainDewayneDuwain

 

DUFFDUBHTHACHDUFFYD

 

DUGALDDUGHALLdark strangermale

 

DUNCANDONNCHADHdark warriormale

 

EACHANNsteadfastmalegaelic

 

EACHTHIGHEARNhorse lordmalegaelic

 

EALADHACHgeniusmalegaelic

 

EAMONNEAMONrich protectormale

 

EANRUIGruler of the homemalegaelic

 

EARVINhandsomemalegaelic

 

EARNANearnestmalegaelic

 

EIDEARDrich guardianmalegaelic

 

EOGHANEGANEGONEOGHA

 

ERINpeacemalegaelic

 

FAGENFAODHAGANFAGINardent

 

FAOLANlittle wolfmalegaelic

 

FARRELLFEARGHALLvictoriousmale

 

FEARCHERFARQUHARvery dearmale

 

FERGUSFEARGHUSFERGHUSrock

 

FINIANfairmalegaelic

 

FINLAYFIONNLAOCHFIONNsmall

 

FLANNred-hairedmalegaelic

 

FLYNNFLINson of the red-haired manmale

 

FORBESFEARBHIRIGHwealthy or stubbornmale

 

FRANGFRANNSAIDHfrankmale

 

GABHANGaelic form of Gavin (from the hawk field)malegaelic

 

GAELBHANsparrowmalegaelic

 

GAIRGEARshort; small onemale

 

GALEIrish name meaning foreigner.Also Old English name meaning cheerful or happy.malegaelic

 

GALENGAYLENGALYNGAE

 

GALLstrangermalegaelic

 

GALLAGHERGALCHOBHAReager helpermale

 

GALLOWAYGALAWYAGALWAYof the strange Gauls

 

GALVINGAELBHANwhitemale

 

GANNONGANNIEGIONNANfair-skinned

 

GAOTHAIREfree windmalegaelic

 

GARVEYGAIRBHITHGARBHArough

 

GAYNORGAYNERson of the blond manmale

 

GEARALDGaelic form of Gerald (spear mighty)malegaelic

 

GILCHRISTIrish name meaning Christ’s servant.malegaelic

 

GILLEASBUIGsacred and boldmalegaelic

 

GILLEANIrish name meaning servant of Saint John.Variants include GillanGillenand Gillian. Name is related to Gilchrist

 

GILLE-EATHAINGaelic form of Gillian (youthful)malegaelic

 

GILLESPIEIrish name meaning son of the bishop’s servant.malegaelic

 

GILMOREIrish/Gaelic name meaning servant of the Virgin Mary.Variants include GillmoreGillmourand Gilmour.

 

GILROYGIOLLARUAIDHserves the redheadmale

 

GIOLLAMHUIREdevotedmalegaelic

 

GIOLLANAEBHINworships the saintsmalegaelic

 

GIRVENGERVINGIRVYNG

 

GLENGLENNGLEANNfrom the glen

 

GLENDONfrom the dark glenmalegaelic

 

GORAIDHGODFREYGod’s peacemale

 

GORDANGORDAINheromale

 

GORMANlittle blue-eyed onemalegaelic

 

GOWa smithmalegaelic

 

GRADYIrish name meaning nobleor renowned.VariantGradeyexists.

 

GUINblondmalegaelic

 

GUTHRIEIrish name meaning windy spot.VariantGuthry exists. HOGANHAGAN

 

HURLEYHURLYHURLEEtide

 

IAINGaelic form of John (God is gracious)malegaelic

 

INNISScottish name meaning island.malegaelic

 

IOMARarchermalegaelic

 

IRVINGhandsomemalegaelic

 

KANEKAYNEKAINEtribute

 

KEEFEKEIFERcherishedmale

 

KEEGANKEGANsmall and fierymale

 

KELLERlittle championmalegaelic

 

KELLYKELLEYwarriormale

 

KELVINfrom the narrow rivermalegaelic

 

KENDRICKson of Harrymalegaelic

 

KENNEDYhelmetedmalegaelic

 

KENYONblondmalegaelic

 

KERMICHAELKERMICHILfrom Michael’s fortressmale

 

KERMITfreemalegaelic

 

KERNKERNEKEARNlittle dark one

 

KERRspearmalegaelic

 

KERRYson of the dark-haired manmalegaelic

 

KERWINKERWYNKERWENlittle black one

 

KEVINKEVYNattractivemale

 

KEYson of Aidanmalegaelic

 

KIERANblackmalegaelic

 

KINNARDfrom the high hillmalegaelic

 

KINNELLfrom the head of the cliffmalegaelic

 

KYLEhandsomemalegaelic

 

LABHRUINNlaurelmalegaelic

 

LACHLANNfrom Scandinaviamalegaelic

 

LAWLERmumblesmalegaelic

 

LENNONLEANNANlittle cloakmale

 

LENNOXLEAMHNACHlives near the place abounding in elm treesmale

 

LESLIELESLEYLIOSLIATHfrom the gray fortress

 

LIAMhelmetedmalegaelic

 

LOGANLOGHANfrom the hollowmale

 

LONLONNfiercemale

 

LUCASlightmalegaelic

 

LUTHAISfamous in battlemalegaelic

 

MAC ABHAIRDson of Bairdmalegaelic

 

MAC ABHIADHTAICHEson of Bhiadhtaichemalegaelic

 

MAC ADHAIMHMACADAMMACson of Adam

 

MAC AILEANMACLEANMACAson of the handsome man

 

MAC ALASDAIRMACALADAIRson of Alasdair

 

MAC AN ABAMACNABfather’s sonmale

 

MAC AN BHAILLIDHson of the stewardmalegaelic

 

MAC AN BHARAINson of the noble warriormalegaelic

 

MAC AN BHREATANNAICHson of the Britonmalegaelic

 

MAC AN TSAGAIRTson of the prelatemalegaelic

 

MAC AN T-SAOIRson of the carpentermalegaelic

 

MAC ARTUIRMACARTURMACson of Arthur

 

MAC ASGAILLson of Asgaillmalegaelic

 

MAC BHEATHAINson of the man who lives by the clear streammalegaelic

 

MAC BHRIAINson of the strongmalegaelic

 

MAC DARAICHson of the man from the ford by the oak treesmalegaelic

 

MAC GHILLE AINDREISson of the one who served the manly onemalegaelic

 

MAC GHILLE-BHUIDHEson of the one who serves the blondmalegaelic

 

MAC GHILLE-DHUIBHson of the one who serves the dark manrmalegaelic

 

MAC GHILLE-DHUINNson of the one who serves Brownmalegaelic

 

MAC GHILLE-EASPUIGson of the one who serves the sacred and boldmalegaelic

 

MAC GHILLE-LAIDERson of the one who serves the strong armedmalegaelic

 

MAC GHILLE MHICHEILCARMson of the one who served Saint Michaelmale

 

MACNAIRson of an heirmalegaelic

 

MALCOLMColum’s servantmalegaelic

 

MALONEYMAOLDHOMHNAIGHdevoted to Godmale

 

MALVINMAOLMINpolished chiefmale

 

MANUMANNISgreatmale

 

MAOLTUILEquietmalegaelic

 

MARCUShammermalegaelic

 

MARTAINNwarlikemalegaelic

 

MAYOlives near the yew treesmalegaelic

 

MICHEILGaelic form of Michael (godlike)malegaelic

 

MONROEfrom the red swampmalegaelic

 

MORVANMORVENMORVYN

 

MUIREACHMoorishmalegaelic

 

MUNGANGaelic form of Mungomalegaelic

 

MURCHADHprotector of the seamalegaelic

 

MURTHUILEsea tidemalegaelic

 

NEACALpeople’s victorymalegaelic

 

NEALLNIALLNEILchampion

 

NEVINNEVYNNEVINSworships the saints

 

NOLANNOLANDNUALLANfamous

 

ODHARNAITORANODRAN

 

PADRUIGGaelic form of Patrick (noble)malegaelic

 

PARTHALANson of the furrowsmalegaelic

 

PEADARGaelic form of Peter (rock)malegaelic

 

PHELANlittle wolfmalegaelic

 

PIARASrockmalegaelic

 

POLlittlemalegaelic

 

PROINSIASfrankmalegaelic

 

QUIGLEYdistaffmalegaelic

 

QUINLANwell-shapedmalegaelic

 

QUINNwisemalegaelic

 

RAFFERTYRABHARTACHwealthy RAGHNALLRAONULL

 

RAIBEARTGaelic form of Robert (shining fame)malegaelic

 

RILEYRAGHALLACHvaliantmale

 

RIORDANRIOGHBHARDANroyal bardmale

 

RISTEARDGaelic form of Richard (strong ruler)malegaelic

 

ROONEYRUANAIDHred-hairedmale

 

RORYruddymalegaelic

 

ROYredmalegaelic

 

RUAIRIDHfamous rulermalegaelic

 

RYANlittle kingmalegaelic

 

SCULLYtown criermalegaelic

 

SEORUSfarmermalegaelic

 

SEOSAMHHe shall addmalegaelic

 

SEUMASsupplantermalegaelic

 

SHOLTOSIOLATteal duckmale

 

SIMheardmalegaelic

 

SKELLYSKELLEYSGUELAICstoryteller

 

SLEVINSLEVYSLAVIN

 

SLOANSLOANESLUAGHANwarrior

 

SOMHAIRLESOMERLEDasked of Godmale

 

STIABHANGaelic form of Stephen (crowned)malegaelic

 

TAGGARTson of a prelatemalegaelic

 

TAITHLEACHquietmalegaelic

 

TEAGUETAIDHGTADHGpoet

 

TEARLACHTEARLEYTEARLYmanly

 

TIOBOIDboldmalegaelic

 

TOIRDEALBHACHmyth namemalegaelic

 

TOMAStwinmalegaelic

 

TORMODfrom the northmalegaelic

 

TORRANCETERRENCEfrom the knollsmale

 

TULLYTULLEYTUATHALpeaceful

 

TYNANTEIMHNEANdarkmale

 

UILLEAMhelmetedmalegaelic

 

UISDEANintelligentmalegaelic

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