Thursday, February 19, 2015

Best Irish Baby Names for Your Lil' Leprechaun

Irish baby names run the gamut from classic to quirky...Diarmuid, anyone? We love it! Plus, what's better than listening to a native Irish speaker? We're feelin' lots of love for the Irish, so here are our top 10 picks for the most sham-ROCKIN' Irish names! 


MEANING: From brigh: “high, noble, strong.” This name is particularly common in Ireland, it's famous because of Brian Boru, a High King of Ireland who defeated a whole bunch of Viking invaders back in the day. Check out these modern Brians and Bryans who SERIOUSLY rock!

Famous rockin' Brians:

  • Bryan Adams (Canadian)
  • Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)
  • Brian Jones (guitarist of Rolling Stones)
  • Brian May (guitarist of Queen)
  • Brian Eno (Roxy Music)
  • Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music... double Brians!)
  • Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys, y'all) 
Roxy Music (double the Brian, double the fun)


MEANING: In Irish, "dorcha" means “dark, dark-haired” or “descendant of the dark one.” Works as both a boy's name, a girl's name, and a surname!

Famous Rockin' Darcys:

  • D'Arcy Wretzky (bassist, Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)


MEANING: “Little warrior.”

Famous Rockin' Conans:

  • Conan O'Brien... although we certainly would never refer to him as "little," he makes this list because he has great dance moves, and can definitely play guitar.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes author)


MEANING: Liam is the the Irish form of William, originally a German name meaning "desire"  + " helmet."  This has been one of the top 10 baby names for the last few years and we don't think it's going anywhere!

Famous Rockin' Liams:

  • Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
  • Liam Payne (One Direction)
  • Liam Howlett (bassist of The Prodigy)
  • Liam Lynch (quirky songwriter)
  • Liam Wilson (Dillinger Escape Plan)
Can’t we all just get along, Liam? We love your name, your jams AND your sweet mop top. We just wish you and your bro could be friends again. For the music.  
Liam Gallagher


MEANING: Teagan is the Irish form of the Welsh name Tegwin, which means “beautiful.”

Famous Rockin' Teagans:

  • Tegan Quin (Tegan + Sara)


MEANING: From the Irish word "cluain," which means  “a green plain or pasture” or may mean “an intriguing rogue"

Famous Rockin' Clooneys:

Well... obviously we're thinking about George, who as far as we know doesn't play music, but he seems pretty cool anyway, and spot on with the "intriguing rogue" part!

MEANING: fionn meaning “fair, white, beautiful” it is the feminine form of Fionn. Of Scottish origin it is quite a popular name in Ireland.

Famous Rockin' Fionas:

  • Fiona Apple 
  • Fiona (evil record exec in Josie & The Pussycats)


MEANING: “One from Desmond,” Desmond being an area of South Munster, one of the four provinces of Ireland. Popular diminutives are Des and Dessie.

Famous Rockin' Desmonds:

  • Desmond Jones (character in the Beatles' song "Ob La Di, Ob La Da"
  • Desmond Dekker, duh! (reggae royalty)
PRONOUCE: “shin + aid”
ENGLISH: Jane, Janet, Janette
MEANING: Irish form of Jane, which means “God is gracious.” Probably wasn't thinking about that when she ripped up the photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live!

Famous Rockin' Sineads:

  • Sinead O'Connor (this is the only Sinead we know of... you know any?!)
MEANING: Sean is the Irish form of John, which means “God’s gracious gift.” Well, we're just lucky to be able to share in the musical gifts of these super talented Seans and Shawns!

Famous Rockin' Seans:

  • Sean Combs (Puff Daddy, P. Diddy)
  • Sean Kingston
  • Sean Paul
  • Sean Lennon
  • Shawn Crahan (drummer, Slipknot)
  • Shawn Colvin (she's a lady! Remember that song 'Sunny Came Home?!)
Does your little one have a cool Irish baby name? Share with us in the comments! For more Erin Go Bragh awesomeness, check out our collection of cool personalized St. Patrick's Day Gifts for the whole family. 

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