Baby names of Irish origin are currently having a moment, especially when it comes to baby boys. According tot he Social Security Administration (SSA), the most popular boy name in America — Liam — is of Irish origin, and it's held the top spot since 2017. And there are plenty more Irish names floating around in the top 10, poised to climb the charts even further. Whether you want to honor your Emerald Isle heritage or just like the way these sound, these Irish boy names are certain to be high on your list of potential baby monikers
These are the most popular baby boy names in Ireland.
Ireland's Central Statistics Office (CSO) keeps track of baby names going back to 1964, if you're looking for a deep well of inspiration. According to the CSO, these are the top baby boy names of the moment.
As you can see, these run the gamut of popularity this side of the pond: Some, like Liam, Noah and Oliver, are also extremely popular in the United States. Others, like Darragh, Oisín (pronounced oh-SHEEN) and Tadhg (pronounced TI-guh, like the first syllable in the word "tiger"), didn't even make the top 1,000 names stateside.
These are currently the most popular baby names of Irish origin in the United States.
If you don't want to go too far out of the box, these names are currently high-rankers on the SSA's list of top baby names. All of Irish origin, they rank somewhere within the top 125 names.
Interestingly, the names Riley and Quinn are high up on the list of most popular baby names — for girls in the United States. But they definitely work for boys if you're looking for a gender-neutral baby name.
These Irish baby names are on the rise.
The SSA doesn't just keep track of the most popular names — they keep tabs on how that popularity is changing over time. These names haven't broken into the top 100 yet, but they increased in popularity over the last year (listed in alphabetical order).
Cal- names are definitely having a moment, along with names that are twists on Finn, but longer.
These Irish name are going to trend.
BabyCenter's name lists also goes deep into names of Irish origin. Here are some of their most-used names among the site's readers (listed alphabetically).
And finally, BabyNames.com has its own list — many of these are out-of-the-box choices for those looking for something new and unusual. Many of these also fall under the trend of using last names as first names.
Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
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