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.