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Irish Baby Boy Names A - C

Irish Baby Boy Names A - C





Irish Name Pronounced Meaning English & Other Variants
Abban ab-awn Meaning "the little abbot" in Irish. St. Abban was an Irish Saint who settled in England during the 5th century. As a hermit, he attracted quite a following, however little is known about Abban, and his year of death is not recorded. Aban
Adomnan, Adhamhnan adov-nawn In Irish, means "the fearful one." Saint Adomnán was born in Ireland and later became Abbot of the Iona Abbey in Scotland. He proved to be a man of great charachter and intellectual strength. His best known work is "Life of Columba" (a.k.a. Vita Columbae) detailing the life of Iona's founder, Saint Columba. He was also extensively involved with educating people on the "Law of Innocents," a set of laws designed to protect non-combatents from harm during times of war. Eunan
Aed, Aedh, Aodh aid Thought to mean "fire" in the early Irish language. One of the significant namesakes was Aed Dub mac Suibni, an Irish king of the territory that we now know as northern Ireland. Aed is credited with killing the last pagan king in Ireland. He died in the year 588. Aed is also a figure from Irish mythology and is referenced as a god of the underworld. Hugh
Aedan, Aedhan, Aodan, Aodhan aid-awn See Aed, Aedh, Aodh Aiden
Aedan, Aodhan, Aidan aye-den Aedan is a Gaelic name that translate into "little fiery one" or similar. These names (and their derivatives) have soared in popularity in the US and UK over recent years. Famous namesakes include Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne and St. Aedan of Ferns. Hayden, Aodh
Aengus, Aonghus, Oengus, Angus an-gus Meaning "one choice." Derives its roots from two Celtic words, oino "one" and guss "choice". Also thought to refer to great strength. Said to be the god of love, youth and poetry in Irish mythology. N/A
Aibhne av-nee Is a name used mainly in County Derry, although its exact meaning is unclear. Was anglicized in different forms depending on where people with the name moved to. Eveny, Bradley, Brodie
Ailbe, Ailhbe all-bay Meaning "white" or "noble" or "king". Saint Ailbe is credited with having founded an important moastary in Emly, a village in County Tipperary during the 6th century. Legend has it that he was left in the forest as a baby, and was protected and raised by wolves. Saint Ailbe remains the patron saint of Emly to this day. Alvy, Alby
Ailill al-ill Ailill means "elf" or "elf-like" and according to Irish mythology, Ailill was the King of Connacht, and husband to Quenn Maebh. He was the owner of an extremely fertile bull called Finnbhennach. The bull had apparently been born into the herd owned by Maebh, but transferred itself into Ailill's ownership in order to increase its status. Maebh soon doscovered that this cased an inequlity in wealth between herself and her husband, so she started the Cattle Raid of Cooley in order to steal another bull by the name of Donn Cuailnge so that they would both be on equal terms again. N/A
Ailin al-een Thought to mean "rock" or "handsome". The anglicized version of Ailin, Alan, has always been a very popular name, but was particularly popular in the earlier part of the 20th century. In addition, it was the middle name of the 21st US President, Chester Alan Arthur, a President of Irish descent. Alan, Allan, Allen, Alen
Ardan awrd-awn Means "self-esteem" or "elation" in Irish. The name dates back to the times of Irish mythology where Ardan was an Irishman who traveled to Scotland as part of a party that fled Ireland to protect his borther's true love, Deirdre. Ardan and his brothers won great fame as as warriors, but were eventually tricked into returning to Ireland where they met with their demise. N/A
Bairre, Barra bawr-a See Fionnbhar Barry
Bairrfhionn bar-fion See Fionnbhar Berrin
Bearach, Berach, Berrach ber-ak Meaning "pointed" or "sharp." The most famous namesake is St. Berach, a popular 6th century Irish Saint, and is still remembered to this day in County Roscommon. Many miracles were attributed to St. Berach, the MacCoilidh family (now the Cox family) was appointed as custodians of goods related to him. N/A
Bradan, Braeden bray-den Derived from an old Irish surname "Ó Braidan" meaning "salmon." The salmon is an extremely important animal symbol in Irish mythology and represented knowledge. There is an old Irish story about the Salmon of Knowledge. It was caught from the River Boyne as he who ate it first would receive all of the salmon's knowledge. However, as it was being cooked, a servant burnt his thumb on the fish, and quickly put his finger in his mouth to ease the pain. That actually made the servant the first man to taste the Salmon of Knowldge and it was the servant that received the benefits. That same servant would become known as Finn McCumhail (McCool), one of Ireland's most famous mythical figures. Any name ending in -aden proved extremely popular in the US during the 1990's and the early 2000's. Brayden
Breacan, Breccan brek-awn Meaning "freckled" or "speckled." and was a fairly common name in early Ireland. More than a dozen saints have held this name, but probably the most well-known namesake was an Irish trader who routinely travelled between Ireland and Scotland. On one voyage with 50 ships, the entire fleet was destroyed and all perished by a natural whirlpool just off the coast of Scotland. N/A
Breandan bren-dawn Meaning "prince" or "king." An old Irish tale tells of St. Brendan's journey to Tir na nOg (Land of Eternal Youth) encountering a sea monster along the way. There are many variants of the story with some surmising the St. Brendan reached the Americas. It is thought that, as time passed, perhaps the legend of St. Brendan has overshadowed the actual events. A beautiful sculpture of St. Brendan exists today in County Cork, and St. Brendan is the patron saint of the US Navy. Brendan
Breasal, Brassal bray-sol Meaning "brave" and was also another term for "Land of the young." Breasal Boidhiobhadh was a King of Oreland during the 2nd or 3rd century and ruled for approxiamtely a decade. There was a great cow plague during his reign, which is the origin of his surname. "Bo" is the Irish word for a cow. Basil
Brion bree-an Meaning "strong" and/or "noble." Brian Boru was one of Ireland's most famous Kings and defeated the Vikings during the Battle of Clontarf, just outside of Dublin, in 1014. In earlier Irish history, Brion was half-brother to Niall Noigiallach (Niall of the Nine Hostages). See Niall for more detail. Brian
Brocc, Broc bruk Means "badger" or "sharp-faced" in Irish. The word "broc" is Irish for a badger. The anglicized name of "Brock" is the more common variant of the name. Brock
Brogan, bro-gawn Although often used as a surname, Brogan is alo used as a first name. There are at least two Irish saints that have borne this name. One of them was reputed to have been scribe to St. Patrick. Broccan
Buadhach, Buach, Buagh boo-ahk, boo-ah Means "victory" in Irish. Victor
Cabhan kav-an In Irish, generally the name means "a hollow place," however, in parts of Ulster, it also means "round, grassy hill." Heavily associated with County Cavan. Kevin, Kevan
Caemgen kame-jen See Caoimhin, Caoimhghin N/A
Cairell, Coireall care-ell Today, we are unsure of the meaning of this name in old Irish. However, history does tell of an Irish king named Cairell mac Muiredaig Muinderg. Kerrill, Karel
Calbhach cal-vach Means "bald" or "shaved head" in Irish. Was also the name of an ancient king of Ui Falgha, An Calbhach mac Taidhg who ruled that area from 1517 to 1525. Ui Falgha was an old kingdon in Ireland that was later absorbed into what we now call County Offaly. Charles, Calvagh
Caoimhin, Caoimhghin kweev-een Meaning "beautiful birth." Saint Caomhin is the patron saint of one of the Aran Islands, Inis Oirr. Kevin, Kevan
Carrig ka-rig In Irish, means "rock." Also used as a place name (i.e. Carrick-On-Shannon). Carrick
Cas, Cass kahs The old Irish word cas meant "curly-haired." The most famous namesake of this name was Cas mac Conall Echlúath, an ancient king of Munster in Ireland. Cassair, Ross
Casey kay-see Meaning "watchful" or "brave" in Irish. N/A
Cassan kahs-awn See Cas, Cass N/A
Cathair, Cahir, Cathaoir kaw-hear Means "battle lord" or "warrior." There was a Saint Cahir in Donegal, Ireland, although little is actually known about him. N/A
Cathal, Cahal, Cahill kaw-hal From the old Irish, means "strength or rule in battle." This has always been a popular name in Ireland. Cathal Brugha was an Irish revolutionary who was very active in the fight for Ireland's independence. He became the first Ceann Comhairle (Head of the Council) fo Dail Eirinn. Other namesakes of note include the legendary king of Leinster, reported to have had thiry-three sons. Charles
Cathan, Cahan kah-hawn Meaning "warrior" in Irish. Also the surname of a famous Irish clan in Ulster - what is now Northern Ireland. The Ó Catháin were descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages. The clan;s long battle with the English ended in the early 1600's with the forfeiture of their lands, and the execution of their Chief in the Tower of London. Kane
Ceallach, Cailleach kell-awk Means either "bright-headed" or "war." There is some ambiguity remaining with the exact meaning of this name. In Irish history, there was a Saint Ceallach, who served as Abbot of Armagh. He was born in 1080 and passed away in 1129. Kelly
Cearbhall kare-val Means "brave in fighting" and "valorous in battle." The most recent famous namesake was Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, who served as the 5th President of Ireland. He was a political radical and an intellectua, and challenged many of the conventions that had been previously taken for granted. Carroll
Cearnaigh ke-yar-nee Means "victorious" or "successful," generally in battle Also used as an Irish surname, Ó Cearnaigh. Carney, Cearney, Kearney
Cearul kare-ul See Cearbhall Carroll
Cian kee-an Means "ancient" in Irish and is the name borne by a figure in Irish mythology. Cian was said to be able to turn himself into a pig at will, and is known as the father of Lug - an Irish hero and High King of ancient Ireland. Cian was also the name of King Brian Boru's son-in-law. Keane, Kian
Ciaran keer-awn In Irish, this name means "little dark one" or " dark-haired one." I was, and still is, a very popular name in Ireland. There are at least five Saints who have borne this name, as well as numerous famous politicians, athletes, and statesmen. Kieran
Cillín, Cillene kill-een Means "fierce and loyal" in old Irish. Both Cilléne Fota and Cilléne Droichtech served as consecutive Abbots of Iona - the most prestigious religious position during the Dark Ages of Europe. Cilléne Droichtech served as Abbot for 26 years, from 726 to 752. Killian, Cillian
Cinnead, Cináed kin-ayd Polular in Ireland during medieval times and means "born of fire" in Irish. Cináed Ua Hartacáin was an Irish poet who dies in 975. He was the chief poet to Leath Cuinn, an ancient geographical division of Ireland. Kenneth, Cinneath, Cináeth
Clearie klee-ree Meaning "scholar" in Irish. The anglicized version of Cleary has proved quite popular. Also used as a surname - O'Clearie and O'Cleary. Cleary
Coilin, Coilean koh-lin In Irish, refers to "pup" or "cub." A popular Irish name, that is also gaining more use in the US. Colin, Collin
Coinneach, Cainneach kon-ach In Irish, this means "the handsome one." Saint Canice is now remembered as the patron saint of Kilkenny. Canice, Kenneth
Colm, Colum koh-lum See Columba Colman
Colmcille koh-lum-kill See Columba. Note: the addition of "cille" at the end means "church," so Colmcille is "dove of the church." N/A
Columba koh-lum-bah Although a very famous Irish name, this name bears its roots in Latin and means "dove." Saint Columba was a very influential Irish missionary and is descended from Nial of the Nine Hostages on his father's side. According to tradition, Saint Columba copied a manuscript containing the Book of Psalms, and was refused premission to keep it. As a result, a great battle erupted, killing many men. In order to seek forgiveness for these deaths, Saint Columba banished himself to the Isle of Iona, in Scotalnd during the year 563. His mission there would be to convert as many as possible to Christianity. The Iona Abbey beacame a powerhouse for Christianity during these times. It was often visited by royalty seeking advice in religious and political matters. Saint Columba only returned to Ireland once after he exiled himself from Ireland. He died on the ISle of Iona and is buried there. Columb
Comhghall, Comgall koh-awl Derived from an old Irish term meaning "fellow hostage." In those days, people were often traded as part of peace agreements between fighting sides. Saint Comhgall was the founder of the monastary in Bangor, Ireland. Cowal, Cole
Conail, Conall koh-nal Means "great" or "all mighty" in Irish. According to Irish mythology, Conall Cernach was a great Ulster warrior and was said to always sleep with the head of a man from Connacht under his knee. When once invited to a feast hosted by Cet mac Magach (a warrior from Connacht with which Connall had an ongoing rivalry), he told of some of the feats that he had accomplished. Cet admired those feats, but stated that if Cet's brother were present, his feats would easily outshine Connall's. At that point, Connall tossed Cet his brother's severed head. Connal eventually met his demise in the town of Ballyconnell, in County Cavan. Connell
Conan koh-nawn Believed to mean "wolf" or "hound" in Irish. Conan mac Morna was a close ally of Fionn cac Cumhail in Irish mythology. While often thought of as a bit of nuisance, his loyalty to Fionn was immense, particularly during a fght. N/A
Conchobhar kohn-koh-var Meaning "lover of hounds." Conchobar Maenmaige Ua Conchobhair was the King of Connacht who defended his part of Ireland during an attempted Norman invasion. The invasion was unsuccesful, and the Normans huriedly retreated. His reign lasted from 1186 to 1189, when he was assasinated. Conor, Connor, Conchobar, Conn
Connlaodh kon-lay Thought to mean "pure fire" in old Irish. Conley
Connlaoth kon-lay See Connlaodh Conleth
Conlaoch kon-lah Means "high chief." In Irish mythology, Conlaoch was the son of Cuchulainn, King of Ulster. Cuchulainn had never set eyes on his son, but when the son grew older, he invited him to visit. Conlaoch was under a curse from his mother never to reveal his name, even under penalty of death. Upon arrival in Ulster, Conlauch was confronted by Cuchulainn, who demanded his name. Conlaoch refused and was mortally wounded by the King's magic spear. It was only then that Cuchulainn recognized his son by the gold ring that Conlaoch was wearing. Connla
Cormac kohr-mac Means either "chariot driver" or "raven." Many famous namesakes exist in Irish history including two bishops, an archbishop, a prince, and a king. The most well-known is likely Cormac Ulfada (also called Cormac mac Airt) who was High King of Ireland from 227-266. Like much of Irish history at this time, there is a blurring between historical fact and legend. Cormac was known for his fairness, wisdon, and generosity, becoming one of Ireland's most famous ancient Kings. He is also credited with leading the first raids on the Romans in Britian. Heeventually died from choking on a fish bone. Cormack, Cormick
Cronan krohn-awn Means "small dark one." Saint Cronan is an Irish Saint who, in the year 610, founded an Abbey in Roscrea as well as a school. One of the miracles attributed to him was that he caused the sun to shine continuously for 40 days and nights in order to allow one of the monks to transcribe all four Gospels in a single sitting. Cronin
Cuchulainn koo-kul-inn Means "Cullan's hound" in Irish. Thought to be the son of gods in Irish mythology, Cuchullain is a legendary figure. He earned his name as a young boy when he killed the fierce hound in self-defence that belonged to Cullan. He then took the hound's place until a new hound could be reasred and trained. N/A

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