The 80 Most Popular Irish Boy Names to Inspire You

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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.

  1. Jack

  2. James

  3. Noah

  4. Daniel

  5. Conor

  6. Finn

  7. Liam

  8. Fionn

  9. Harry

  10. Charlie

  11. Cillian

  12. Adam

  13. Darragh

  14. Luke

  15. Rían

  16. Oisín

  17. Michael

  18. Tadhg

  19. Thomas

  20. Seán

  21. Alex

  22. Patrick

  23. Jamie

  24. Cian

  25. Oliver

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.

  1. Owen

  2. Aiden

  3. Ryan

  4. Nolan

  5. Connor

  6. Declan

  7. Brayden

  8. Gael

  9. Rowan

  10. Ayden

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).

  1. Callan

  2. Callahan

  3. Callum

  4. Cillian

  5. Finnegan

  6. Flynn

  7. Kellan

  8. Rory

Cal- names are definitely having a moment, along with names that are twists on Finn, but longer.

These Irish name are going to trend.

According to Nameberry — which just launched a new Baby Name DNA name generator that can also help with getting some inspiration — these are other options to consider:

  1. Cian

  2. Ciaran

  3. Cormac

  4. Eoghan

  5. Eoin

  6. Finian

  7. Gulliver

  8. Kieran

  9. Lorcan

  10. Odhran

  11. Quill

  12. Niall

  13. Rafferty

  14. Ronan

  15. Shane

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).

  1. Brien

  2. Caelin

  3. Derry

  4. Desmond

  5. Fallon

  6. Ferris

  7. Fitz

  8. Laoise

  9. Malone

  10. Paddy

  11. Phelim

  12. Seamus

  13. Teagan

  14. Torin

  15. Troi

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.

  1. Aibhne

  2. Daithí

  3. Ea

  4. Eamon

  5. Kennedy

  6. Kieve

  7. Nevan

  8. Padraic

  9. Páidí

  10. Pauric

  11. Raghnall

  12. Riordan

  13. Ruairí

  14. Saeran

  15. Seoras

  16. Suibhne

  17. Tigernach

  18. Tynan

  19. Uaine

  20. Verlin

Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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