50 Traditional Irish Boy Names (2023)

Do you have ancestors from Ireland? Are you just a really big fan of St. Patrick’s Day? Whatever your reasons, Irish boy names can be an excellent choice for your son. The names we’ve picked out below are likely to sound familiar, yet most people out of touch with Irish culture have no idea they actually originate from the nation.

Sally Rooney’s Normal People was a standout TV show of 2020, and it got plenty of people excited about Ireland – if you’re one of them, the name of Connell is bound to hold special appeal since it’s the name of the hero and protagonist. Plus, Connell means “strong wolf” in Irish, which is a pretty cool origin.

Another popular name is Cian (pronounced kee-an), which means “ancient” in Old Irish. It also has some Gaelic origins.

Rory means “red-haired king” – you’d struggle to find a more unusual name meaning than that! It’s common in both Scotland and Ireland, by men of all hair colors.

Flynn “descendent of Flann” in Old Irish; in turn, that has a meaning related to having a red-haired complexion. If you couldn’t tell already, the Irish aren’t ashamed of their red hair! Flynn is both a surname and first name, but preferably not both at the same time.

St. Declan is an ancient Irish saint dating back to the fifth century known for performing various miracles, and his legacy has lived on via the popular Irish name Declan. Its meaning dates back to “full of goodness” – the name checks out.

Aaron

Meaning: High mountain
Origin: Irish

Aidan

Meaning: Little and Fiery
Origin: Irish

Bard

Meaning: Minstrel, Poet
Origin: Irish

Benen

Meaning: Mild, name of Irish saint
Origin: Irish

Berkeley

Meaning: The Birch Tree Meadow
Origin: Irish

Blaine

Meaning: Slender, Angular
Origin: Irish

Brady

Meaning: Broad Meadow or Large-Chested
Origin: Irish

Brendan

Meaning: Prince, King
Origin: Irish

Brennan

Meaning: Raven, brave, sorrow
Origin: Irish

Brody

Meaning: From the muddy place
Origin: Irish

Burke

Meaning: Burg or fortification
Origin: Irish

Calhoun

Meaning: From the Narrow Forest
Origin: Irish

Callahan

Meaning: Bright-Headed
Origin: Irish

Cashel

Meaning: Stone fort, castle
Origin: Irish

Cilian

Meaning: Little Church
Origin: Irish

Clancy

Meaning: Red warrior
Origin: Irish

Colm

Meaning: Dove
Origin: Irish

Conor

Meaning: Wise, strong willed, hound-lover
Origin: Irish

Cory

Meaning: From the Hollow
Origin: Irish

Cullen

Meaning: Holly Tree
Origin: Irish

Darcy

Meaning: From Arcy
Origin: Irish

Declan

Meaning: Full of Goodness, man of prayer
Origin: Irish

Derry

Meaning: The People’s Ruler
Origin: Irish

Devin

Meaning: Poet
Origin: Irish

Dillon

Meaning: Loyal
Origin: Irish

Donal

Meaning: World Mighty
Origin: Irish

Donnelly

Meaning: Irish surname
Origin: Irish

Eamon

Meaning: Wealthy Protector
Origin: Irish

Eoin

Meaning: God is Gracious
Origin: Irish

Faolan

Meaning: Little Wolf
Origin: Irish

Fergus

Meaning: Man of Force
Origin: Irish

Ferris

Meaning: Rock
Origin: Irish

Finbar

Meaning: Fair-Haired
Origin: Irish

Finn

Meaning: Fair or White
Origin: Irish

Finnegan

Meaning: Little fair one
Origin: Irish

Fintan

Meaning: White Fire or White Bull
Origin: Irish

Flynn

Meaning: Son of the Red-Haired One
Origin: Irish

Gallagher

Meaning: Descendant of Foreign Helper
Origin: Irish

Garret

Meaning: Spear Strength
Origin: Irish

Grady

Meaning: Noble, Illustrious
Origin: Irish

Hugh

Meaning: Mind, Intellect
Origin: Irish

Ivo

Meaning: Yew Wood, Archer
Origin: Irish

Keegan

Meaning: Son of Egan
Origin: Irish

Keenan

Meaning: Ancient
Origin: Irish

Keir

Meaning: Dark, Black
Origin: Irish

Kellen

Meaning: Little Rock
Origin: Irish

Larkin

Meaning: Rough, Fierce
Origin: Irish

Lennon

Meaning: Small Cloak or Cape
Origin: Irish

Liam

Meaning: Resolute Protection
Origin: Irish

Nevin

Meaning: Holy
Origin: Irish

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