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Irish Girls Names

The 100 most popular Irish Girls Names are shown in the table below. Irish baby names evolved over the centuries based on the historical events of the time. From the time of the Celts to the Vikings, to the Gaelic classes, the Anglo-Norman invasion and the subsequent subjugation and then rebellion, the origin of Irish names can be very involved.

The 100 Most Popular Irish Girls Names
Rank Name Gaelic Equivalent Meaning / Origin
1 Chloe   Meaning 'green shoot' in Greek
2 Aoife Aoife Gaelic form of the name Eve. Aoife was a daughter of King Dermot of Leinster who married the Norman invader Strongbow.
3 Sarah Sorcha, Sive, Saraid Hebrew: 'princess'
4 Ciara   Saint Ciara Saint, Tipperary, 679 a.d.
5 Niamh   Gaelic: 'bright', Princess of the land of Promise who left with Ossian for the Otherworld
6 Emma   Germanic: 'universal'
7 Rachel Ráichéal Hebrew: 'ewe'
8 Rebecca   Hebrew
9 Lauren   A feminine form of Laurence, from 'Laurentius' meaning 'laurel'
10 Megan   Welsh origin: strong
11 Amy   From French name Amée meaning 'beloved'
12 Laura   Latin: 'laurel'
13 Katie Catraoine Greek. Catherine and Kate are variants.
14 Emily Eimile Feminine form of Roman name Aemilius
15 Shauna Sháuna Feminine form of Sean/Shaun
16 Nicole   Feminine form of Nicholas, Nicola is variant
17 Roisin Róisín Gaelic: Rose, Rosaleen is a variant
18 Sophie   Greek: 'wisdom', Sophia is variant
19 Kate Catraoine Greek. Catherine and Katie are variants.
20 Shannon   Placename - the longest river in Ireland
21 Hannah   Greek: 'he has favoured me'. A form of Anne. Johanna and Nora are variants
22 Caoimhe   Gentle, graceful, beauty
23 Jessica    
24 Ellen    
25 Aisling   Dream, vision
26 Sinead Sinéad Gaelic form of Jane which is a feminine form of John.
27 Leah    
28 Anna   Greek: 'he has favoured me'. A form of Anne. Johanna and Nora are variants
29 Tara Teamhair Placename: the seat of the High Kings of Ireland
30 Grace Gráinne Gaelic: 'grain goddess', from Gráinne, Grania was Finn MacCools betrothed who elooed with Dermot. Grace O'Malley was an Irish warrior princess.
31 Saoirse   Gaelic: Freedom
32 Áine   Gaelic: 'joy'/'praise'. Often used for Anne. Áine was the queen of the South Munster Fairies.
33 Jennifer   Cornish version of Guinevere menaing 'white wave'. Guinevere was King Arthur's wife.
34 Jade    
35 Eimear Eimhear Emer was the wife of legendary Gaelic hero Cuchulainn.
36 Orla Orfhlaith Gaelic: 'golden lady'. Orlagh and Aurnia are variants.
37 Mary Máire Hebrew: Miriam, Greek: Mariam, Latin: Maria. Maire, Marion, Marian, Molly, Mollie, Moira and Maura are among the variants.
38 Clodagh   Placename: a County Tipperary river
39 Claire Clár Latin; 'bright', Saint Clare of Assissi 1253 ad. Clare is a variant.
40 Michelle   French feminine form of the name Michael. Michele and Michaela are variants.
41 Caitlin Caitlín Gaelic form of Catherine, Katelyn is a variant
42 Olivia Oilbhe/Ailbhe A form of the name Olive which is of Latin origin. Elva is a variant.
43 Lucy   Feminine form of the Latin name Lucius.
44 Courtney    
45 Louise Labhaoise Feminine form of the name Louis. Louisa is a variant.
46 Holly    
47 Lisa   From Elizabeth
48 Danielle   Female form of Daniel
49 Grainne Gráinne Gaelic: 'grain goddess', Grania was Finn MacCool's betrothed who elooped with Dermot. Grace is a variant. Grace O'Malley was an Irish warrior princess.
50 Kelly Ceallach Gaelic: 'strife. Widespread Irish surname.
51 Catherine   Greek. Kate and Katie are variants.
52 Leanne    
53 Ruth Rút Biblical name
54 Chelsea    
55 Kayleigh Ceilí Gaelic: party, celebration
56 Fiona Fíona Gaelic: 'fionn', meaning 'fair'.
57 Elizabeth Eilís Hebrew: 'my God is satisfaction'. Saint Elizabeth was mother of John the Baptist. Eliza, Liz, Elsie and Elsa are among the variants.
58 Alison Allsún From the name Alice
59 Michaela   A feminine form of the name michael.
60 Ava    
61 Eva Aoife Latin form of the name Eve. Aoife was a daughter of King Dermot of Leinster who married the Norman invader Strongbow.
62 Robyn    
63 Emer Eimhear Emer was the wife of legendary Gaelic hero Cuchulainn.
64 Molly Maili/Maille/Mailsi A form of the name Mary.
65 Maeve Meadhbh Gaelic: 'intoxicating one'. Maeve was a Queen of Connaught who invaded Ulster, defended by Cuchulainn.
66 Andrea   Feminine form of Andrew.
67 Zoe    
68 Aimee    
69 Jane Sinéad Gaelic feminine form of John.
70 Lauryn    
71 Maria Máire Hebrew: Miriam, Greek: Mariam, Latin: Maria. Mary, Maire, Marion, Marian, Molly, Mollie, Moira and Maura are among the variants.
72 Natasha   Russian: 'christmas', a form of Natalie.
73 Rachael Ráichéal Hebrew
74 Nicola   Feminine form of Nicholas, Nicole is variant
75 Sorcha Sorcha, Sive, Saraid ">Hebrew: 'princess'
76 Ella    
77 Siobhan Siobhán Gaelic form of Joan. Judith and Julia are variants.
78 Stephanie   A female form of Stephen
79 Abbie Abaigeal From Abigail meaning 'father rejoiced'
80 Alannah Aleanbh Gaelic 'a leanbh': 'O child'. Alana is a variant
81 Erin   Gaelic word for Ireland.
82 Katelyn Caitlín Gaelic form of Catherine, Caitlin is a variant
83 Victoria Victeoiria Latin: 'victory'
8 Gemma   Italian: 'gem'. Saint Gemma Galgani 1903.
85 Melissa   Greek: 'bee'.
86 Eve Éabhla Hebrew: 'lively'.
87 Allana Aleanbh Gaelic 'a leanbh': 'O child'. Alana is a variant.
88 Alice Ailís Germanic 'Adelaide': 'noble sort'.
89 Karen   Danish form of Catherine
90 Clara    
91 Alexandra   Feminine form of Alexander, Greek: 'helper of man'.
92 Isobel Isibéal French forms of Elizabeth. Isabel and Isabella are variants.
93 Abigail Abaigeal From Abigail meaning 'father rejoiced'
94 Aishling   Dream, vision
95 Lorna   From the 1860 novel Lorna Doone.
96 Georgia   Feminine form of George, Greek: 'farmer'.
97 Jodie    
98 Margaret Mairéad Greek: 'pearl', Saint Margaret 1093 ad. Peg, Peggy and Margot are variants.
99 Kathleen Caitlín Gaelic form of Catherine, Caitlin is a variant
100 Alanna Aleanbh Gaelic 'a leanbh': 'O child'. Allana is a variant.


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