100 Irish Girl Names and their meanings

Irish Girl Names

Do you want to get in touch with your Irish roots? Or you just want to impart on your little baby girl a name that has a hint of uniqueness to it? Irish girl names are timeless, often with a melodic sound that just rolls off the tongue.

It does not matter if you are on a quest for Irish girl names or Irish boy names; the Emerald Isle is full of inspiration. You can pick from the strong leaders from the past or Irish names pulled from the pages of your favorite literature. You can, of course, go with whatever Irish girl name that sounds most special.

While these Irish girl names might not all be super popular in some states yet, each one advertises Irish folklore and maybe a little bit of spice that will translate no matter where you live!

The names listed on these pages are primarily of popular names of Irish origin, Gaelic names, and some from Irish mythology. While few of them are very old, dating back to pre-Celtic times.

Others are frequently encountered Irish American versions (anglicized forms) well known in English cultures. Although there have been trends towards ‘Modern-International’ popular baby names in Ireland and a move away from the traditional names of Irish myth, some are in widespread use.

When meanings of names are given, the reality is that many baby names, including Irish names, have been in use for centuries, and despite what may be read from other sources, some have no clear meaning or definite origin.

Try choosing the best Irish name for you girls. Be it charmed, unique, famous, or unusual name, you will find them all on this list of pretty Irish girl names (with meanings) with both Celtic and Gaelic roots.

Selecting a name for your baby girl can be exciting and maybe a little overwhelming. There are a wealth of name choices out there. To help trim down your search, consider a name inspire by the Emerald Isle of Ireland.

Perhaps you or your spouse has Irish ancestry. Or you’re just intrigued by Irish culture. Or you just love the sound of an Irish name! 

Ireland has such a rich old history and colourful culture it’s no wonder Irish girl names are so prevalent in different cultures. For your new baby girl, choosing an Irish name can be a great starting point of your blessings for her.

Try your luck at some of the famous Irish girl names:

Best Irish Girl Names with Meanings

  • Adina

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Slender, Delicate

  • Aideen

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Jealousy

  • Aileen

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin and also Celtic origin meaning Bright, shining light

  • Aine

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Brightness, Splendor

  • Aisling

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin and Gaelic origin, meaning Dream, Vision

  • Alva

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning White

  • Annabella

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Loving

  • Aoife

Meaning: Aoife is an Irish name of Irish origin meaning Beautiful, Radiant

  • Arlise

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Pledge

  • Ashlyn

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Dream

  • Beatha

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Life

  • Bedelia/Bidalia

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Strength or Exalted One

  • Bevin

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Fair Lady, White Lady

  • Breena

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Fairy Place

  • Briana/Brianna

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Strong; honorable

  • Brigid

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Strength or Exalted One

  • Cara

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Dear, Friend, Face

  • Carey

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Dark, Black

  • Clancy

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Red-Haired Warrior

  • Dallas

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Skilled

  • Dara

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Pearl of Wisdom, or Oak Tree

  • Darby

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Free from Envy, or, from the Deer Estate

  • Deirdre

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Raging

  • Eileen

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Bright, Shining One

  • Elva

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Leader of the Elves

  • Emer

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Swift

  • Enya

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Fire

  • Ethne

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Kernel

  • Fania

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Ring

  • Finn

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning White, Fair

  • Glenna

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Glen

  • Imogen

Meaning: An old Irish name of Irish origin meaning maiden or Innocent

  • Ita

Meaning: Also an old Irish name of Irish origin meaning Thirst

  • Kady

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning First

  • Kailen/Cailin

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Girl

  • Kara

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Dear, Friend, Face

  • Kathleen

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Pure

  • Kayleigh

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Fair; Slim

  • Keira/Kira

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Little Dark One

  • Keely/Keeley

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Slender

  • Laoise

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Light; Radiant

  • Magee

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Son of Hugh

  • Makenna

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Happy One

  • Mairead

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Pearl

  • Moira

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Bitter

  • Nela

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Horn

  • Nessa

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Not Gentle

  • Noreena

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Honor, Light

  • Orna

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Little Pale Green One

  • Paili

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Bitter

  • Riley

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Courageous

  • Riona

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Queenly

  • Roan

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Little Redhead

  • Roisin

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Little Rose

  • Rory

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Red King

  • Ryleigh

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Irish origin and unisex name meaning Courageous

  • Saoirse

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Liberty; Freedom

  • Shannon

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Old and Wise

  • Sheena

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning God is Gracious

  • Sorcha

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Bright; Radiant

  • Talulla

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Lady of Abundance

  • Tara

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Rocky Hill

  • Tully

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin meaning Flood, Peaceful, Hill

  • Adara 

Meaning: The literal translation hails from Irish origin, meaning ‘ford at the oak tree,’ which makes Irish mythology. This is a beautiful Irish girl’s name.    

  • Ailey 

Meaning:  Modern variant of Aileen, it means ‘bright or shining light.’ This Irish baby name is similar to the more popular English name Hailey. 

  • Bidelia

Meaning: This name is rooted in Bridget; it means “exalted one.” This famous Irish girl name is alternately spelt as Bedelia.  

  • Catlee

Meaning: This is a twist on the more traditional Catherine, with a nickname ‘Callie,’ it means “pure

  • Eilish: 

Meaning: An Irish baby girl name, it means “pledged to God.” It’s worth mentioning that an American anti-pop star Billie Eilish bare the name. 

  • Fia: 

Meaning: If you love the name Sofia, then give this a second look. Fia means “wild” or “weaver.”

  • Izett: 

Meaning: It has a bit of a French feel to it, actually, but this Irish girls’ name means “the fair” and will certainly help your little one stand out on the playground.  

  • Kera:

Meaning: Whether she’s “dark-haired” like the name suggests or grows into the other, it means of the name (‘sacred bells,’) your little fighting spirit will be a gift to the family and all she meets. 

  • Lana: 

Meaning: Deriving from Alana, the feminine Alan, this beautiful Irish baby name represents attractiveness and cheerfulness. Talented American singer-songwriter Lana Del Ray had this name. 

  • Maeve: 

Meaning: A one-syllable Irish name for girls means ‘intoxicates.’ Maeve appears in Irish mythology twice: once as Maeve of Connacht, a warrior queen, and the other as a queen of fairies.  

  • Neala: 

Meaning: The feminine version of Neal, meaning “cloud.” This precious Irish name is as soft and lovely as its owners.  

  • Orla:

Meaning:  This Irish baby means “golden princess,” perhaps making it perfect for your glowing new addition.

  • Saoirse: 

Meaning: This is a powerful Irish girls’ name that means ‘freedom.’ Your little girl will be in good company bearing this Irish girl name.

  • Siobhan: 

Meaning: Pronounced Shiv-on, this popular Irish name for girls means “God is gracious.” And pop-culturally, the name’s catching on stateside thanks to the hit show Succession.

Traditional Irish Girl Names

  • Africk

Meaning: The name sounds like it may mean Africa, it doesn’t. It was recorded as an Irish name as far back as the 11th Century and is still quite in use today.

  • Aibreann

Meaning: Aibreann is the Irish name for the month April.

  • Aideen

Meaning: This is a variant of ‘Etain.’  Aidan comes from the old Irish name which means ‘fire.’ With the -een, it means ‘little fire.’

  • Ailbe

Meaning: From a translation into Irish of the Latin Alba, it means  ‘white.’

  • Aileen

Meaning: From the old Irish word ‘ail’ it means ‘noble.’  -een is a diminutive, so ‘little noble.’

  • Ailis, Eilis

Meaning: Irish version of the names ‘Alice’ and ‘Elizabeth.’

  • Aine

Meaning: The name has two origins; A Gaelic origin where it means ‘radiance’ or ‘joy,’ and also an Irish origin and equivalent of ‘Anne.’

  • Aisling / Aislinn

Meaning: Among Irish baby girl names, this baby name means ‘a vision’ or ‘dream.’

  • Alannah

Meaning: From ‘leanh’ the Irish term for child, this is an affectionate usage of ‘child’, often translated as ‘darling child’ in Ireland.

  • Alma

Meaning: An early Irish unisex name used for both baby boys and girls. Alma means  ‘all good.’

  • Aoibheann

Meaning: ‘lovely’, the name is also sometimes a diminutive of Eve – ‘little Eve.’

  • Aurnia

Meaning: It means ‘Golden Lady.’

  • Banba

Meaning: Among old Irish names used for Ireland. It is a good suggestion for a beautiful name for your little one.

  • Betha

Meaning: From the Irish term ‘life.’

  • Blath, Bláthnaid, Blánaid, Bláthnat

Meaning: Blath means ‘flower’, the name is familiarly interpreted as ‘little flower.’ A name from Irish legend.

  • Bronagh

Meaning: ‘Bronach ‘ means ‘sad’ or ‘sorrowful’ in Irish. Not so popular among baby girl names

  •  Caoilfhoinn

Meaning: From the Irish words for ‘slender’ and ‘fair.’ Few Irish saints possessed this name.

  •   Caoimhe

Meaning: The name is from the Irish word ‘caomh’ which can sparsely mean ‘gentle, beautiful or graceful.’

  • Cara

Meaning: Also spelt as ‘Kara;’ In Irish ‘cara’ means ‘friend.’

  • Cathleen

Meaning: An Irish variant name of ‘Katherine’ or ‘Kathleen’. Note that in Irish terms, there is hardly a letter K, so it is always spelt with a C. A Fun Fact, “The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne” is quite a famous romantic legend in Irish mythology. 

  • Catriona

Meaning: Another Irish variant for Katherine.

  • Cliona, Clíodhna

Meaning: From the Irish word ‘clodhna,’ it means ‘shapely.’ In Celtic mythology, Clíodhna was an Irish Goddess.

  •   Clodagh

Meaning: Known to be associated with the name of a river in Tipperary (The Clody). Many Irish rivers were named after Celtic gods and goddesses.

Beautiful Unisex Irish Names

  • Bryn

Meaning: A unisex baby name of Welsh origin. It means ‘hill.’ 

  • Darcie

Meaning: It means “from the fortress” the name works for babies of both gender. It is an Irish Gaelic name.

  • Dillon

Meaning: From the Irish world, it means ‘lightning,’ Dillon is a unisex baby name that appeals to modern tastes while still brooding from Irish roots.  

  • Fallon

Meaning: A solid usual Irish baby boy name meaning “leader,” Fallon is growing in popularity with the girl child as well. 

  • Keegan 

Meaning: Spelled traditionally like this or alternatively as Keagan, it’s a traditional Irish boy’s name with roots in an Irish surname, but now it is used just as frequently for girls.  

  • Kieran 

Meaning: While more traditionally to males, this Irish name can work for little lassies too. Another variant is Kiernan, which is more common for girls. Both Irish names mean “dark.”

  • Quinn 

Meaning: Like many other Irish baby names, this one descends from classic surnames. Quinn is very popular in the Western States for both boys and girls—and if you prefer more extended versions for use, Quincy, Quinlan, and so on is available.

Trendy Irish Girl Names, Variants and Meanings

Below is the list of carefully selected trendy names for your beautiful baby girl. Modern day names with their roots, associated variants and clear meanings. Enjoy!

  • Aisling, Ashley, Ashe, Ash, Ashley

Meaning: It means Dream or vision

  • Alana 

Origin: Irish, German, Hawaiian, Hebrew

Meaning: ‘Beauty,’ or ‘serenity.’

  • Arlene

Origin: Irish, Celtic

Meaning: In its Irish form, it means Devotion, pledge, or promise

Variants: Arleen, Arlen

  • Brenda

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Nordic, English

Meaning: Torch, flame, or glowing sword

Variants: Brienda, Brenna, Brennan, Bren

  • Caitlin

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, French, Greek

Meaning: An Irish name that means ‘Pure.’

Variants: Kaitlin, Katelyn, Cailin, Cate, Kate

  • Caoimhe

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, Celtic

Meaning: It means ‘charming, dear, and beautiful.’ 

  • Casey

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, English

Meaning: It means Vigilant, watchful, or brave

Variants: Kacie, Kasey, Caysie, Kasie, Cassie

  • Cassidy

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: In Irish origin, it means Clever

Variants: Cassidie, Cassidi, Kassidy, Cassadee

  • Colleen

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: An Irish name that means ‘a damsel’ or ‘lass’

Variants: Coleen, Colene

  •   Deirdre

Origin: Irish and Gaelic

Meaning: An Irish name that means ‘Sorrowful,’ ‘broken-hearted,’ or ‘fear’

Variants: Deirdra, Deirdrah

  • Delane

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, French, and English

Meaning: From the Irish history, it means ‘Child of dark defiance’

Variants:Delainie, Delanie, Dalany

  • Erin

Origin: Gaelic, Celtic

Meaning: A Gaelic name suspect to have Irish roots. It means ‘Peace’

Variants: Erinn, Errin, Eryn, Eran, Erun, Eren, Erie

  • Finley

Origin: Irish, Scottish, Gaelic

Meaning: In Irish, it means Fair, or holy

Variants: Finlay, Finlea, Finleigh, Fynley

  • Fiona

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, English

Meaning: In Irish, it means fair or vine

Variants: Fionna, Fionah, Fiana

  • Gráinne

Origin: Irish

Meaning: It means Love

Variants: Granya, Grainia, Grace

  • Keira

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Greek

Meaning: It means Dark hair or little dark one in Irish

Variants: Ciara, Ciarra, Kiara, Kira, Kyra

  •    Kelly

Origin: Irish, Scottish, Gaelic

Meaning: Bright-headed or intelligent

Variants: Kell, Kellie, Kell, Kelleigh

  • Kelsey

Origin: Irish, Old English, and Norse

Meaning: Ship victory or fierce island

Variants: Kelsy, Kelcie, Kelcy, Kelsee, Kellsey, Kelsay

  • Kennedy

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Scottish

Meaning: Helmet-headed, or fierce

Variants: Kenedy, Kennady

  • Kerry

Meaning: It means ‘the people of Cair.’

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Variants: Kerri, Keri, Kerrie, Kerrey

  • Maeve

Origin: Irish, Celtic, Greek, Latin

Meaning: It means Intoxicating

  • Maureen

Origin: Irish

Meaning: It means Bitter, of the sea, or wished-for

Variants: Maurine, Maura, Moira

  • Molly

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: It means Bitter, of the sea, or wished-for

Variants: Mollie, Moli, Molley, Maille

  • Mona

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Scottish, Italian Greek, and Samoa

Meaning: Noble or aristocratic

Variants: Moana, Monna, Monica

  • Mureal

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Celtic, Latin

Meaning: The Irish name  means of the bright sea

Variants: Murial, Muirel,  Merial,  Meryl

  • Niamh

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: Of Irish origin, it means Radiant and bright

Variants: Niam, Neve, Nieve

  • Nora

Origin: Irish, German, Italian, and Spanish

Meaning: The name means Honor

Variants: Norah, Noreen, Norene, Honora

  • Órla

Origin: Irish, Celtic, and Danish

Meaning: Golden princess

Variants: Orlah,

  • Reagan

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: It means little ruler, or a king’s child.

  • Róisín

Origin: Irish

Meaning: Little rose

Variants: Rose, Rosie, Rosaleen, Roshen

  • Shauna

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, English

Meaning: It means God is gracious

Variants: Shawna, Seana, Shanna, Shona

  • Shay

Origin: Irish, and Gaelic

Meaning:, it means Admired, respected, or stately

Variants: Shai, Shea, Shae, Shaye, Shey, Shayla

  • Sheila

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Latin

Meaning: An Irish name of Irish origin, it means ‘Heavenly’

Variants: Sheilah, Shela, Sheala, Síle

  • Sheridan

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: Of Irish origin, it means Seeker, searcher, or wild

Variant spelling: Sirideán, Sheradan, Sherydan, Sherry

  • Sinéad

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Hebrew

Meaning: Means God’s gracious gift or God forgives

Variants: Sinead, Jean, Jeanette

  • Siobhan

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Scottish

Meaning: God is gracious

Variants: Shevon, Shavonne, Chevon, Chevonne

  • Sláine

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: An Irish name that means Health

Variant spelling: Slaine, Slain, Slayne, Slaene

  • Sloane

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, Celtic

Meaning: An Irish name, it means ‘warrior’

Variants: Sloan, Slone

  • Tara

Origin: Irish, Gaelic, English, Indian (from Sanskrit), Persian

Meaning: It means a high place or from the hill; a star

Variants: Tarra, Tarah, Tarin, Taryn

  • Teagan

Origin: Irish, Gaelic

Meaning: It means ‘a poet’

Variant spelling: Tegan, Tega, Teagen, Teague

  • Úna

Origin: Irish, Celtic, Gaelic, Scottish, Scandinavian, and Latin

Meaning: It means ‘one, only’ or ‘lamb’

Variants:  Ona, Oonagh

Conclusion

Ireland is an enchanting country, full of culture, history, and ancient legends. The land is well-known for its lush, green landscape and traditional heritage, such as the shamrock and the Celtic cross.

For a small country, Ireland and its people- the Irish, have had a significant influence on the world, contributing to art, science, culture, literature, and much more.

So, whether you want to honor your heritage, or you just love the charm, beauty, and mystery of the Emerald Isle, takes a look at these numerous beautiful names and suggestions to consider for your little beautiful woman.

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