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15 Irish Baby Names That We're Totally Going to Steal

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You’ve heard the expression “luck of the Irish”? Maybe it has something to do with their aptitude for selecting delightful baby names with so many darling (if unnecessary) vowels.

Choose an Irish baby name from this list and every time you’re chasing after your two-year-old, you’ll instantly be transported to a world filled with tranquility, Celtic fiddle music and lush greenery as far as the eye can see.

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1. AOIFE

For a girl

Meaning: The Irish take on Eva or Ava (it’s pronounced similarly), this popular name is a tribute to “the greatest woman warrior in the world.”

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2. NORA

For a girl

Meaning: A shortened form of Eleanor, it’s derived from the Latin words for "honor" and "reputation."

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3. Eamon

For a boy

Meaning: It’s pronounced aim + on and means “guardian of the riches.”

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4. COLM

For a boy

Meaning: This one comes from Saint Columba, who was known for being a great poet and a scholar (e.g.: an excellent name for future smarty-pants).

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5. FIONNOULA

For a girl

Meaning: Loosely translates to “fair shouldered” (yeah, we don't know what that means, either) and is pronounced finn + ula.

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6. NESSA

For a girl

Meaning: “Ambitious, fierce.” Nice and original without sounding weird.

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7. LIAM

For a boy

Meaning: The Irish form of William, the translation means “strong protector.” (And the Neeson reference isn’t lost on us.)

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8. TEAGAN

For a girl

Meaning: This one might give your daughter a big head; it’s Irish for “beautiful.”

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9. QUINN

For a boy

Meaning: It’s one of the most common names in Northern Ireland, but stateside it still feels fresh and original.

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10. ART

For a boy

Meaning: Short for Arthur in America, the name--derived from the ancient word for “bear”--stands on its own across the pond.

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11. SINEAD

For a girl

Meaning: It’s the Irish form of Jane and means “God is gracious.” Worried about the O’Connor thing? Remember: the next generation definitely won’t get any “Nothing Compares to You” references.

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12. DILLON

For a boy

Meaning: An Irish spin on Dylan, it means “faithful,” “loyal” and “flash of lightning.”

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13. CATRIONA

For a girl

Meaning: In the U.S., we say Catherine, but it comes from the older Greek word for “pure.”

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14. ENNIS

For a boy

Meaning: It means “island.” In a sentence, no man is an Ennis (pronounced like the letter N + hiss).

15. CLOONEY

For a boy

Meaning: “Intriguing rogue.” Yeah, that makes sense.