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Boy Names of Celtic Origin

Celtic baby names and what they mean, with 31 results. These Celtic names are appealing to parents nowadays, though pronunciations can be tricky. Adoption of these boy names was at its highest in the 1970s (USAGE OF 2.4%) and is now significantly less (USAGE 0.7%, 69%), with names like Gus becoming somewhat outmoded. Tristan (#108) is the most trendy boy name among these, while Annin (TOP 58%) and Ohearn (7%) are familiar last names.

Celtic names

Aengus - Gavin | Gus - Tristan

Aengus - Gavin

Aengus1
"One choice." Unusual, but Aengus is comparable to common last names Ashmus (TOP 99%), Alexius (86%), with the -us suffix. See also Aonghus. Irish Gaelic form of Angus.

Ahearn
"Horse-lord." Aheain and Ahear are creative forms.

Albion

Albion
"White; rock, crag." Albion is an unconventional men's name, existing often (UPPER 89%) as a surname. .. sea, or from the Celtic "alp" ..

Angus

Angus, var. Aengus2
"One choice." Gus is a frequently occurring (TOP 52%) men's name. .. Celtic mythology: Angus Og is a ..

Annan
"From the brook." Afnan is a moderately common boys' name. See also Amnon.

Anwell
"Loved one." Rare as birth names, but Anwel, Anwell, etc. are similar to the more common Ansel.

Aonghas
"One choice." Aonghas and Aonghus are uncommon as boys' names. Modern Scottish Gaelic form and source ..

Arthur

Arthur
.. include artos, the Celtic word for .. Common, with usage of 0.071% for Arthur as a children's name in 2016, higher than 0.065% the year before.

Avon

Avon
"River." Avon is a rarely used first name, occurring commonly (UPPER 31%) as a last name. See also Yvon. In Welsh, "afon" ..

Brendan

Brendan
"Prince." Used frequently as birth names, Brendan, Bren, etc. sound like the familiar Brenton. From the old Irish personal name ..

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Celtic names: Albion, Angus, Arthur, Avon, Brendan

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Celtic names: Brent, Brian, Brock, Calder, Gareth, Gavin

Brent

Brent
"Hill, mount." Popularly used, with usage of 0.041% for Brent and variants as boys' names in 2016, but lower than 0.048% the previous year. Transferred use of the surname ..

Brian

Brian
"High, noble." Usage of Briano and forms was at a high 5 decades ago and has become less. Could also mean "strength" ..

Brock

Brock
"Badger-like." A highly conventional baby name (#450 LAST YEAR), Brock is also used commonly as a surname. Transferred use of the surname.

Calder

Calder
"Stream." Calder (TOP 4%) and Caulder (8%) occur often as surnames. Geographical name based on rivulets in ..

Cathal
"Battle rule." Adoption of Cathal and Cal as children's names in 2016 was up significantly compared to a decade ago. Name of a seventh century saint ..

Conall
"Strong wolf." Usage of Connell and forms was well-received among parents 66 years ago. Also possibly from a Gaelic phrase ..

Dougal
"Dark stranger." Dougal, like the similar Dugan, occurs more often as a last name.

Drummond
Surname. Unique. Drummond (cf. Diamond) ends with the unusual androgynous -ond.

Gareth

Gareth
"Gentle." A conventional baby name. Sir Gareth, noted for his modesty ..

Gavin

Gavin
"White hawk." Adoption of Gavin and variants as baby names in 2016 was down 13.9% compared to the previous year. Scottish form of the medieval name ..

Quick Reference

Summary Index of names [and variants] for Celtic names for boys.

1. Aengus - Gavin
Aengus, Ahearn, Albion, Angus [Gus, Aengus], Annan, Anwell, Aonghas, Arthur, Avon, Brendan, Brent, Brian, Brock, Calder, Cathal, Conall, Dougal, Drummond, Gareth, Gavin


Gus, Kimball, Kincaid, Moore, Murrow, Pembroke, Rankin, Reis, Tavis, Tremain, Tristan

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