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These 414 Gaelic names are names from the group of languages spoken by the Gaels such as the Irish and the Scottish. baby names of Gaelic origin, for gaelic, irish, ireland.

These boy names reached the apex of their popularity 2 decades ago (adoption of 10.8%) and are somewhat less common today (adoption 6.7%, 38%), with names such as Malcolm becoming somewhat outmoded. The more fashionable names for newborns among these are Declan (#122), Camden (#100), Nolan (#81), Finn (#234) and Rowan (#239).

Here is the list of Gaelic names for girls.


Aden - Bearach | Beattie - Caelan | Cailean - Cathal | Cathan - Conan | Conlan - Cunningham | Curragh - Dermot | Derry - Duane | Duff - Elwyn | Enda - Fergal | Fergus - Galbraith | Gale - Gillespie | Gillies - Hogan | Houston - Keenan | Keir - Kinnell | Kody - Macarthur | Macbride - Mc- | Mckenna - Nigel | Ninian - Riordan | Roark - Shane | Shanley - Tavish | Teagan - Ulick


AdenAden
"Fire." Adyn is also a marginally favored birth name. Variant of Aodh ..

AidanAidan
"Fire." Popular, and Aidan, Edan, etc. are comparable to common -dan surnames Zidan (top 78%), Aldan (99%). .. of the ancient Gaelic name Aedan ..

AllenAllen
"Precious." Usage of Allen as a birth name has faded circa the 1940s. Variant of Alan ..

Alpin
"Fair." Unusual as baby names, but Alpin, Macalpin, etc. are comparable to the more common Alvin. From Albinus (Latin) "white" via Ailpein.

AlvaAlva
"White." Alba (upper 2%) and Alva (5%) occur often as surnames. Also related to Latin Albin ..

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gaelic names: Aden, Aidan, Allen, Alva, Arlen, Barry

Aneislis
"Careful, thoughtful." Aneislis, Standish and Stanislas are rarely found as men's names. Anéislis has been used since ..

Aodh
"Fire." Rather unusual as a boys' name. .. of the Old Gaelic name Aed ..

Ardal
"High or bear-like valor." Ardan (top 97%), Aryal (95%) are common surnames.

ArlenArlen
"Pledge, oath." Arlen (top 29%), Arlin (52%), Arland (60%) and Arlan (93%) appear regularly as surnames.

Artair
Variant of Arthur. Aktair and Antair are kreatif variations. See also Artor.

Athol
"New Ireland." Athol and Atholl are not Top 2000 names. Place name ..

Bainbridge
"Pale bridge." Uncommon as children's names, but Bayne, Bainbridge, etc. are comparable to the more familiar Wayne. Also a place name for an ..

Baird1 [Bard1, .. more]
"Poet, one who sings ballads." Uncommon. Baird, var. (compare Byrd) ends with the androgynous -rd. From the English word "Bard" ..

Balfour
"Grazing land." Outside Top 2000. Also the name of a town ..

Banning
"Small fair one." Outside Top 2000. See also Manning.

Bannock
"Unleavened oat bread." Bannock and Bannoch are rare as children's names. The name may indicate an ancestor ..

Bard2 [Baird2, .. more]
"Minstrel, singer-poet." Rare, with the androgynous -ard ending for Bard, like Bernard. Variant of Baird ..

BarryBarry
"Fair-haired." Bari, Baris, Barree, Barrey and Baz are more novel as variations of Barry. .. of the Irish Gaelic name Barra ..

Beagan
"Small one." Beagan, Beagen, etc. are seldom adopted as boys' names.

Bearach
"Spear." Bearach is sparsely used as a given name. See also Barack. The source form of Barry.

Quick Reference

Index of all names [and variants] for Gaelic names for boys.

1. Aden - Bearach
Aden, Aidan [Edan], Allen, Alpin, Alva, Aneislis, Aodh, Ardal, Arlen, Artair, Athol, Bainbridge, Baird [Bard], Balfour, Banning, Bannock, Bard [Baird], Barry, Beagan, Bearach

2. Beattie - Caelan
Beattie, Blain, Blair, Bly, Bowie, Boyd, Boyne, Boynton, Braden, Brady, Bram, Brannon, Breck, Brendan [Brennan], Brennan, Brian, Brody, Brogan, Buchanan, Caelan [Caley]

3. Cailean - Cathal
Cailean, Caird, Cairn, Caley, Calhoun, Callan [Cailean], Calum [Colum], Camden, Cameron [Kameron], Campbell, Canice, Caolan [Caelan], Carlin, Carmichael, Carney, Carollan [Carlin], Carrick, Casey [Kasey], Cassidy, Cathal

4. Cathan - Conan
Cathan, Catlin, Cavan [Kavan], Cavanagh [Kavanagh], Ceallach, Christie, Cian [Keane], Ciaran [Kieran], Cillian, Clancy, Cleary, Cluny, Cody [Kody], Colin [Cailean], Collins, Colman, Colum, Comhghall, Conall [Conn], Conan [Conn]

5. Conlan - Cunningham
Conlan [Conley], Conley, Conn, Connor [Conn], Conroy, Conway, Corcoran [Cork], Cormac [Cormick], Cormick [Cormac], Cork, Corridon, Corwin, Cosgrove, Cowal, Cowan, Coyle, Craig, Cullen, Culley, Cunningham

6. Curragh - Dermot
Curragh, Curran, Dacey, Dargan, Dahy, Dailey [Daly], Dallan, Dallas, Daly, Dalziel, Darby, Darcy, Darrah, Darren, Darroch, Declan, Delaney, Delvin, Dempsey, Dermot [Diarmid]

7. Derry - Duane
Derry, Desmond, Devin, Devine, Devlin [Delvin], Diarmid, Dillon, Doherty, Dolan, Donahue, Donald [Donnell], Donnell, Donovan, Dooley, Doran [Dorran], Dorran [Doran], Douglas, Dow, Doyle, Duane [Dwayne]

8. Duff - Elwyn
Duff, Dugan, Dunbar, Duncan [Dunn], Dundee, Dunham, Dunlop, Dunmore, Dunn, Dwayne [Duane], Dwyer, Eachann, Eamon, Earvin, Edan, Egan, Eibhear, Eion, Elgin, Elwyn

9. Enda - Fergal
Enda, Ennis, Eoghan, Eoin, Erin, Ernan, Erskine, Ervin, Euan [Ewan], Eunan, Ewan [Euan], Fachtna, Fagan, Faolan [Phelan, ..], Farquhar, Farrell, Fay, Fechin, Felim, Fergal

10. Fergus - Galbraith
Fergus, Ferris, Fiachra, Fillan [Faolan], Finbar [Barry], Fingal [Finn], Finlay [Finn], Finn, Finnian, Fintan, Finnegan, Flann [Flannery, ..], Flannan, Flannery, Flynn, Forbes, Fursey, Fyfe, Gair, Galbraith

11. Gale - Gillespie
Gale, Gallagher, Galloway, Galvin, Gannon, Garret, Garron, Garvan, Garvey, Gaynor, Gilbride, Gilby, Gilchrist, Gill, Gillanders, Gillean, Gillecalum, Gillemartin, Gilleonain, Gillespie

12. Gillies - Hogan
Gillies, Gilmore, Gilroy, Gilzean, Girvin, Glen [Glendon], Glendon, Glenville, Gobban, Gordon, Gorman, Grady, Grant, Guaire, Guthrie, Hagen, Haley, Harkin, Hewney, Hogan

13. Houston - Keenan
Houston, Hurley, Ian [Eion], Innes [Ennis], Inver, Irving [Ervin, ..], Jarlath, Kaelan [Kellen, ..], Kameron [Cameron], Kane [Keane, ..], Kasey, Kavan [Cavan], Kavanagh [Cavanagh], Keane, Kearn, Keefe, Keegan, Keelan, Keeley, Keenan

14. Keir - Kinnell
Keir, Keith, Kellagh, Kellen [Keelan, ..], Kelly, Kennedy, Kenneth, Kenyon, Keon, Kermit, Kern [Kearn, ..], Kernaghan, Kerry, Kerwin, Kester, Kevin, Kieran [Ciaran], Killian, Kinnard, Kinnell

15. Kody - Macarthur
Kody, Kyle, Lachlan, Larkin, Laughlin, Lawler, Leary, Leith, Lennox, Leslie, Logan, Loman, Lorcan, Lundy, Lunn, Mac, Macadam, Macallister, Macardle, Macarthur

16. Macbride - Mc-
Macbride, Maccoy, Maccrea [Maccrea], Macdonald, Macdougal [Macdougal], Macfarlane, Macgowan [Macgowan], Machenry, Mackenzie, Mackinley, Macmahon [Macmahon], Macmurray, Macniel, Magee, Maguire, Malcolm, Mannix, Marmaduke, Mayo, Mc- [Mac]

17. Mckenna - Nigel
Mckenna, Mellen, Mochan, Monahan, Monroe, Moore, Morven, Muir, Munchin [Mannix], Mungo, Murdock, Muriel, Murphy, Murray, Nairn, Neal, Neil [Niall, ..], Nevan, Niall, Nigel

18. Ninian - Riordan
Ninian, Nolan, O-, Odhran [Oran], Oisin, Oran [Oren], Oren [Oran], Paddy, Parthalan, Phelan [Felim], Quade, Quigley, Quillan, Quinlan, Quinn [Quinlan], Rafferty, Regan, Reilly, Renny, Riordan

19. Roark - Shane
Roark [Rourke], Rogan, Rohan, Ronan, Rooney [Rowan], Rory, Roslin, Ross, Rourke, Rowan [Rohan], Roy, Ryan, Scanlon, Seamus [Shamus], Sean [Shawn, ..], Selkirk, Shamus, Shan, Shanahan, Shane

20. Shanley - Tavish
Shanley, Shannon, Shawn, Shea, Seaghdha [Shea], Sheehan, Sheridan, Sivney, Skelly, Slavin, Sloan, Somerley, Strahan, Struthers, Sullivan, Sweeney, Tadhg [Teague], Taggart, Taran, Tavish

21. Teagan - Ulick
Teagan, Teague [Teagan], Thurl, Tiernan, Tighe, Torin, Torquil, Torrence [Torin], Tracy, Troy, Tully, Tynan, Tyrone, Ulick

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