Kate Monk's Onomastikon

(Dictionary of Names)


Irish Names of Celtic Origin

Celtic names and language were retained to a greater degree in the Irish Republic. In Ulster, they are more common among Catholics whilst Protestants tend towards English names. The large numbers of Irish who emigrated to America and Great Britain led to the adoption of quite a few personal names as part of the central stock and there has been a rise in their popularity in recent years with 'Kevin' being particularly successful, achieving Top 20 status both in the USA and UK.

Male

 

Given Name and Variants Diminutives and Derivatives Meaning
Abban, Abb« n, Ab« n   'little abbot'
€ bhartach    
Adomn« n, Adhamh« n, Adhamhnán, Adamnan, Eunan   'timorous'
Adanodan    
Ailbhe, Ailbe, Alby   albho, 'white'?
Ailgel, Ailill    
Ailín    
Aininn    
Ainmire    
Airechtach    
Airmedach    
Alabhaois, Alaios    
Alastrann    
Alchad    
Alstrom    
Amalgaid    
Amergin    
Anluan, Anlon   'hound/warrior?
Aodh, Aodha, Aoidh, € ed, € edh, Aedus Aodhaigh, Aodhán, Aodán, , Áedán, Aiden, Aidan, Edan, Aodhagán, € educ« n, Aogán, Egan 'fire'
Aodhfin    
Aonghas, € engus, Aonas, œ engus, Angus   'one choice', 'sole strength'
Ardar    
Árdghal, Ardal, Argal, Artegal, Arthgallo   ard 'high' or art 'bear' + gal 'valour'
Art Artan 'bear'
Artúr, Artuir   Arthur
Baeth Baetan  
Balor    
Bairne    
Baithaus    
Banan    
Banbhan    
Baothghalach    
Barrfind, Bairrfhionn, Barrin Bairre, Barre, Barra, Barry white-headed
Beacán    
Beag    
Beairtle    
Beanón    
Bearach, Berach   Pointed/sharp
Bearchán    
Beartlaí    
Becan    
Behellagh, Behillagh    
Benen    
Beolagh    
Beothach    
Bercan, Berchan, Bercnan    
Bergin    
Blanaid    
Boethis    
Bran    
Brandubh, Brandrub, Branduff    
Breadán    
Bréanainn, Breandán, Br¾ nainn, Brendan   'brand/flaming sword' or Welsh breenhin 'prince'?
Bresal, Bressal, Brasil, Breas, Breasal    
Brian, Brion   high/noble
Bricc    
Britanmael    
BrÙ g« n, BrÙ cc« n    
Brón    
Bruaidheadh    
Bruatur    
Bruddai    
Buadhach    
Buagh    
Buaigre    
Cadhla    
Caeilte    
Caentigern, Kentigern    
Cainchinne?    
Cainnech, Cainneach, Canice   handsome, fair one
Cairbre, Coirbre, Cairpre    
Caircil, Cearcill    
Caireall, Cairell, Coireall, Kerill    
Cairthinn    
Caiside    
Calbhach, Calvagh, Calbach   'bald'
Callough    
Caoilte    
Caoimhe Caiomhín, Caoimhín Caiomheán, Caomhgain, Cáemgen, Coemgen, Kevin, Kevan caomh 'kind/gentle, beloved/beautiful'
Caolán, Caolainn? Kelan    
Caraid    
Carantoc    
Cárthach, Cartach, Cartagh, Carthagh    
Cascorach    
Cassidan    
Cathal, Cahal, Cathald, Catheld, Cathaldus, Kathel   'battle + strong'
Cathan, Cah« n, Cahan, Kane   'battle + rule'
Cathaoir, CathaÍ r, Cahir, Cathfer, Caffar   'cath' battle + 'vir' man
Catharnach, Cathrannach?    
Cathasach    
Cathbadh, Cathbad    
Cathbharr    
Ceallach, Ceallagh, Ceallachán, Ceollach, Cellach, Kellach, Kelly   ceall 'monastery/church' or 'bright-headed'
Cearbhall, Cerbhall, Cerball, Cearul, Cearull, Carroll Cearbhallán 'cearbh', hacking?
Cearnach    
Cedach    
Celsus    
Celtchair    
Cenn    
Cesarn    
Chattan    
Chulain    
Cian, Kian, Kean, Keane Cianán 'ancient/enduring'
Ciabh« n    
Ciárán, Kieran, Queran?   'ciar' black
Ciardan    
Ciardha    
Ciardubhán    
Ciarrai    
Cillian, Cillín, Cill¾ ne, Killian, Kealan, Kilian, Killan   'ceallach' strife or 'ceall' church
Cinneíde, Cinneídigh Cinneíddin  
Cionadh, Cionaodh, Cin« ed, Cin« eth, Cin« edh, Kenneth    
Cnán    
Coan    
Cobhran    
Cognat    
Colcu    
Comhghall, Comhgall, Comgal, Comgell, Congal, Cowal   'together + pledge/hostage'
Comhghán, Comghán, Comgán, Comman? Congan   'together born' ie twin
Conaing    
Conall, Connell   'wolf + strong'
Con« n, Conan, Conant   'cu' hound
Conchobar, Conchobhar, Conchubhar, Conchubor, Conchúr, Cnochúr, Conquhare, Conaire?, Connor, Conor   'lover of hounds/wolves?'
Congalach    
Conganchas    
Conn   'chief'
Connlaeth, Connlaoth, Connlaodh, Connlaogh, Connlaoi, Conleat, Conl« ed, Conleth, Conla, Conley   'chief' + 'lord' (conn + flaith)
or 'prudent/chaste' + 'fire' (connla + « edh)
Coplait    
Cormac, Cormacc, Corb  
corbaid
'defile' + mac 'son'
Cothric    
Couleth    
Cridan    
Crimhthann    
Crofinn    
Cromanus    
Crónán, Cronin   swarthy'
Crosson    
Cruamthain    
Cuán   little hound
Cuileann, Cuileán, Cuilén, Cuilinn, Cullen Cuilenn« n?  
Cuimín, Comyn   'cam' twisted
Cuinn    
Cuirithir    
Cumall    
Cúmhaighe, Cúmhaí    
Curoi    
Curran    
Cuthacar    
Daig, Daigh   'flame/fire'
DaimÍ ne, DaimhÍ n, DaimÍ n, Davin   dam 'deer/ox'
Dálach, Daly, Daley   dál 'assembly'
Damaen, Daman, Dámnh    
Dara, Darach, Daragh, Darragh, Darrah, D« ire, Daire   'oak' or 'fertile'
Déaglán, Decl« n, Declan    
Deicola    
Dela    
Demna    
Desle    
Desmond, Desmumnach, Deasún Dessi 'man of Muman'; ie from South Munster
Devlin    
Diarmait, Duirmhuid, Diamit, Diarmaid, Diarmuit, Dermot, Kermit Darby 'without envy?'
Dieul    
Dimnaus    
Disisbod    
Diuma, Dimma    
Doibhilin    
Doireidh    
Domhnall, Domnall, Donál, Dónall, Dónall   'world + mighty'
Donn, Don   brown/king
Donnabhán    
Donnán, Donan    
Donnchadh, Donnchad, Donncha, Dunchad, Donagh, Donogh, Donough, Dunecan   'brown' + 'battle or lord'
Donndubhán, Donndubán, Donovan   donn' brown + 'dubh' black
Donngal    
Doran   'desc of Deoradhán' exile/wanderer
Dorchaidh    
Dubhaltach, Dubaltach, Dubultach, Dualtach Dualta, Duald (Dudley) 'black-haired/dark-limbed'
Dubhán, Duban Duane, Dowan?   'dark/black'
Dubhdara, Dubhdarach   'black' + 'of oak'
Dubheidir    
Dubghall, Dubgall, Dougal   'dark foreigner' (ie a Dane)
Dubhghlas, Dubhglas, Dughlas, Douglas   'dark' + 'blue'
Duigenan    
Dungal« ch    
Eachann Ea  
Eachdhonn    
Éadbhard    
Éanna, Énnae, Enda   'birdlike'?
Earna Earnán  
Echen    
Éibhear, Éibhir, Heber    
Éigneach, Aneas, Aeneas Éigneachán violent fate, death
Eimar    
Eiméid    
Éimhín, Éimíne, Evin, Evan   ¾ im 'ready/prompt'?
EirnÍ n, ErnÍ ne, Ernin, Ernan   iarn 'iron'?
Eithear    
Elochad    
Emianus    
Ennae    
Eochaidh, Echaid    
Eogabail    
Eóghan, Eogan   'born of the yew'
Eolus    
Erc, Ercus    
Eremon    
Fachnan    
Fachtna, Fiachna   'hostile'?
Faebhar    
Fáilbe, Fáilbhe    
Failge    
Faolán, F« el« n, Felan, Foelan, Fillan   'wolf'
Farann« n    
Faughnan    
Feagh    
Fearadhach, Fearadagh, Farry   'manly'
Feardorcha, Ferdorcha, Fardoragh, Ferdorccha   Man + dorcha 'dark'
Fearghal, Fearghall, Fergal, Ferghil, Ferol   fear 'man' + 'gal' valour
Fearghas, Fearghus, Fergus   'man' + gus 'vigour'
Feichín, FechÍ n, FechÍ ne, Fehin, Fechin   'fiach' raven
Feidhlim, Feidhlimidh, Fedelmid, Feidlim, Féilim, Felim, Felimy, Phelim   'ever good'?
Feuillan, Fillan    
Fiachra, Ficare, Fiach   fiach 'raven'; or 'battle king'
Find Findan  
Finegas    
Fingar    
Fínghín, Finghin, Fingin, Fínín, Fineen   wine + born
Finn, Fionn Fionnán, Finnian, Finian, Finnén, Fionán, Fianan white/fair
FÍ nnachta    
Finnchad   White + battle
Finntan, Fionntán, Fintan, Fiontan, Fiontán   'white/fair' + 'ancient' or 'fire'
Fionnbhárr, Fionnbhar, Findbarr, Finbar Bairre, Barry, Barra 'white head'
Fios    
Flaithbertach    
Flaithrí, Flurry, Florry   'flaith' prince/leader + 'rí' king
Flann, Flainn Flannán, Flannacán (Florence) 'red/ruddy'
Flannchadh   'red warrior'?
Fochmare    
Fogartach    
Foillas    
Forgael, Forgall    
Fortchern    
Frainc    
Froichan    
Fuatach?    
Fulan, Firlan    
Fursa, Fursey    
Gaithan    
Gall, Goll    
Gallech    
Garbhán, Garb« n, Garvan   garb 'rough'
Garfhidh    
Garnard, Garnat    
Gilian    
Glaisne    
Glassan    
Gnathach    
Gobb« n, Gob« n, Gobann, Goban   goba 'smith'
Gordan    
Gorm« n, Gorman   'dark/swarthy'
Gosan, Gusan    
Gráda    
Guaire   'noble/proud'
Herygh    
Hewney    
Huydhran    
Iarbonel    
Iarlaith, Iarlaithe, Iarfhlaith, Jarlath   'ior' ? + 'flaith' leader
Iobhar,  bhar, Ibhor, Ibor, Abaris   iobar 'yew tree'
Ighneachán    
Imchath    
Incha    
Indract    
Ingnathach    
Ióéil    
Íosóg    
Irial    
Irimia    
Iucharba    
Iúd    
Iúil    
Joavan    
Kenncoh    
Kescog    
Labhcás    
Labraid, Labhraidh, Lowry   'speaker'
Labr« s, Labhr« s Libra? (Laurence)   'laurel bush'
Lachtna   'milk-coloured'
Laegh, Leagh, Laoghaire, L« egaire, Laeghaire, Leary   'calf-herd'
Laistranus    
Laoighseach, Laoiseach   from Laois, Leinster
Laisr¾ an, Laisr¾ n Molaisse, Molaise lasair/laisre 'flame' + 'fíon' wine
Lavren    
Leann« n, Lenn« n   'sweetheart/lover'
Lithgean    
Lochlainn, Lochlann, Leachlainn, Laughlin, Loghlin   from Norway, land of the lochs?
Lodan    
Lomán, Lomm« n   lomm 'bare'
Lonán   lon blackbird
Lorcán, Lorcann, Lorccán   lorcc 'fierce/dumb/cruel'?
Lua    
Luchta    
Lugh, Lughaidh, Lugaidh, Lughaid, Lugaid, Luger, Lewy   bright/shining
Lysagh    
Machar    
Maduta    
Maedoc, Maidhc, MaodhÙ g    
Mairid    
Manchan    
Manus    
Mathghamhain, Mathúin, Mathghamhaim, Mathgamain, Mahon   bear
Meadhran, Medran    
Meallán, Mell« n, Mellan, Mullin?   'lightning'
Medabh    
Mel    
Meldan    
Melkorka    
Melrone    
Meubred    
Midir, Midhir, Mider?    
Mirin    
Mo-Bioc    
Mochoemoc    
Mochta, Mochteus, Mochua    
Mochumma    
Modomnoc    
Mogue    
Molling    
Moloi, Molua, Moluag    
Mong« n    
More    
Morna    
Muchin    
Mughran    
Muirghean    
Muirgheas, Muirgius, Muiris   'muir' sea + 'gus' choice
Muiriartach, Muicheachtach, Muireadhach, Muirchertach, Muiredach, Muiríoch, Murtagh, Murty, Briartach Muirí muiredach 'lord/master' or 'seaman/mariner'
Munnu    
Mura, Muranus    
Murchad, Murchadh, Murcha, Murrough, Muru   'sea-battler'
Naoise, NÙ ise    
Nathi    
Nemid    
Nevan    
Niadh    
Niall, Neal, Neill, Neil   nel 'cloud', or passionate? champion?
Ninian    
Notal    
Nuallán   nuall 'champion'
Odhrán, Odr« n, Odran, œ r« n, Oran, Odhar   odhar 'dun/sallow'
Ógán    
Oisín, OissÍ ne, Ossian, Oisin, Osheen   os 'deer'
Oscar   'deer' + cara 'friend'
Otteran    
Ounam    
Phelan    
Piran    
Rádhulbh    
Raghallach, Reilly, Riley    
Riaghan, RÍ ogh« n, RÍ an, RÍ g« n, Rian, Ryan, Royan   ri 'king'
Rónán, Ronan, Rownan   rón 'seal'
Rórdán, Riordan, Reardan, Rearden, Ríoghbhardán   king + poet/bard
Ros    
Ró adhán, Ró ad« n, Rhod« n, Rodan, Ruan, Rowan   'red-haired'
Ruaidhrí, Ruaidrí, Ruairí, Rudraighe? Rory, Roderick, Roricus   'red/great' + 'king'
Ruidhe    
Saebhreathach, Sáerbrethach, Saorbhreathach    
Saoirse   'freedom' (mod.)
Sanctan    
Saranus    
Scelianus    
Scolaidh, Scolaighe    
   
Seachnall    
Séafra, Seafraid    
Séaghdha, Ségdae   hawklike/fine/godly?
Seanán, Senan, Seanach, Senach   sen/sean old/wise
Séarlan    
Sedna    
S¾ g« n, Seaghán? Segenus    
Sheary    
Shiel    
Siadhal, Siaghal    
Siochfioldha    
Sinon    
Siran    
Siseal    
Sól    
Starn    
Steimhin    
Suibhne, Suibne, Sweeney, Sivney?   'well-going'?
Suthan    
Tadhg, Tadg, Tadc, Tegue, Teigue, Teige, Taig, Taidgh, Tiege Taidhgín 'poet/philosopher'
Tathai    
Tiamhdha    
Tighearnach, Tighernach, Tiarnach, Tiarna, Tierney   tighearna 'lord'
Tighearnán, Tigern« n, Tiarnán, Tiernan   ''
Tiomóid    
TÍ rech« n    
Toirdhealbhach, Toirdhealbharch, Tairdelbach, Toirealach, Tárlach, Tirloch, Traolach, Turlough, Turley, (Terence)   'instigator/abettor'
Tomaltach?    
Torrianus    
Treon    
Tó athal, Tuathal, Toal   ruler of a tribe
Tyrone   placename
Uaithne    
Uallachán    
Uar    
Uileos    
Uillen    
Úistean    
Ultán, Ultan   'an Ulsterman'
Urthaile    
Usliu    
Uthmaran    
Vigean    
Wyllow    


This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.

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