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Most unusual Irish baby names

Posted on March 05 2015

How long did it take you to name your baby?  If the truth be told, our gorgeous little baba was named when she was a whopping 5 weeks old.  The poor thing was literally called baba until then.

A mental note to myself for future reference is to 'choose the baby name well in advance'.

I had thought about an Irish baby name, but in the end, we decided on the lovely name 'Lucy', which at 3 years and 4 months, she can proudly spell and nearly make the shapes of the letters with her hands.

Sooo, while on the subject of baby names, I did a little research and found some really unusual Irish baby names.  Definitely worth a read, but I can't guarantee your child will be able to spell their own name by the time they turn 3,  like my Lucy ;)

Here in Ireland, we have an additional decision-making factor thrown in – will you go for an Irish name?

There are hundreds of beautiful Irish names that stand the test of time – classics like Aisling, Niamh, Ciara, Cian, Cillian and Liam.

But what if you want an Irish name that’s a little bit unique and different?  Check out my top findings below.

 

Girls’ names:

Tuiren

Pronounced Tir-en, meaning 'beauty'

Sadhbh

Pronounced Sive, Sivan or Saeve

Meaning Sophie or Sarah.

Caoileann

Pronounced like Keelin, it comes from Caol, meaning “slender”

Fionn

Meaning “white or fair”

Etain

In Irish mythology, Etain was a beautiful fairy who was turned into a butterfly –

Teagan

Meaning “beautiful”.

Fiadh

Pronounced Fia, meaning “wild” or “wild deer”

Líadan

In Irish mythology, Líadan was a poetess who became a nun

Síohmha

Pronounced “Shee-va”

Meaning “good peace”

 

Boys’ names:

Lugh

Lugh was a Celtic Sun God, and father of Cú Chulainn.

Ruadhán

Meaning “red” or “red-haired”

Cabhan

Cabhan means “Grassy hill” or “hollow” and is of course, the Irish name for County Cavan.

Cumhal

Pronounced “Coo-al”

Meaning “strong wolf” or “friendship”.

Quinn

Quinn is a familiar surname in Ireland, but it is becoming increasingly popular as a first-name (possibly aided by characters in Glee and Homeland)

Luan

Luan is an old Irish name meaning “warrior”, “strong” and “warlike”

Cael

Meaning “slender”, and in Irish mythology,

If you do choose a less than common Irish name, make sure to check the meaning, check for the correct spelling, and check for the correct pronunciation (there may be more than one). And remember that you are opening your child up to a lifetime of explaining – for better or for worse.

Some see an unusual name as a burden, while others see it as a conversation opener – especially if there’s an interesting story behind it. Maybe stick with Liam after all.

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