St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Baby Names

March 16, 2016 — Leave a comment

St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday.  Many people due around certain holidays like to choose names that are inspired by the holiday.  Is anyone due this week and still looking for a name for baby?  How about an Irish name or a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired name?  Here are a few to help you along in your search:

Top Irish Names for Girls

Aoife – Pronounced ee-fa, Aoife is another popular name in Ireland that means “beautiful, radiant and joyful”.  In Irish legend, Aoife is known as the greatest woman warrior in the world.

Caoimhe – Having the same root and origin as the male name Kevin, Caoimhe means “gentle, beautiful and precious”.  It is pronounced kee-va.

Ciara – This one means “dark”.  It is pronounced kee-ra in the traditional Irish pronunciation, however see-ara is a pretty alternative.  It has held a spot in the top 5 of Irish baby girl names since 2003.

Maeve – Another one inspired from Irish legend, Maeve was a great warrior queen of Ireland.  The name means “the cause of great joy” and is pronounced may-vee.

Saoirse – Pronounced seer-sha, this one means “freedom and liberty”.  It has seen a rise in Ireland due to its patriotic feel.

Siobhan – Siobhan is the Irish version of Joan and means “God is gracious.”  It’s pronounced Shiv-awn and is a very popular name in Ireland.

Top Irish Names for Boys

Aiden – A very popular one in the US, it’s also popular in Ireland as well.  Aiden means “born of fire”.  In Ireland, it is usually given as a nod to St. Aidan of Iona.

Darragh – Darragh means “fruitful” or “fertile”. It is pronounced di-re.  This name is very popular in Ireland for boys and girl, however the girls’ version is usually spelled Daire or Dara.

 Liam – The Irish version of William is equally popular in Ireland as it is in America.  It means “strong protector”.

 Niall – This name means “passionate” and comes from another Irish legend.  It is pronounced nye-al and is similar to Neal or Neil.

 Sean – This is the Irish version of John and means “God’s gracious gift”.

St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Girls Names

Clover – An adorable reminder of the 4-leaf clover.  This name will give your baby girl a little bit of Irish luck.

Erin – This name means “peace” and is a poetic name for the country of Ireland.

Ireland – After St. Patrick’s adopted country, this one is a beautiful reminder of her birthday.

Patricia – The female form of Patrick.  This name means “noble”.

St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Boys Names

Anthony – Anthony means “highly praiseworthy”.

Celtic – Pronounced kel-tic.  The Celts were the ancient people of Ireland and Celtic was their culture and language.

James – A popular name associated with Irish culture and St. Patrick’s Day.  Jamie is a very Irish-sounding nickname.

Patrick – After the saint who brought Christianity to Ireland.  The legend regarding St. Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland is probably just that – a legend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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