Best Irish Language Names For Boys 👦: Are you expecting or have you already given birth to a healthy, handsome baby boy, and can’t think of a name for him? Do not worry! In this blog, we cover some of the best Irish language names our readers can give to their newborn boys. Continue reading to learn more.

 

Just last week, we blogged and shared with our readers the best Irish names we have available for girls. Today, we will be doing the same, but this time, we will share some for the boys.

 

Irish names, both for boys and girls, have gained popularity for the past decade or so (and continues to get popular), especially in the US of A.

 

Why do you think that is the case? Cén fáth, dar leat, atá amhlaidh?

 

Well, first of all, Irish names have significant meanings, usually having something to do with nature, looks, social status and more. But is this enough reason why Irish names are popular? The answer is no – there is another reason. Another reason why Irish names are popular is because of how ‘cool’ they are.

 

What do we mean by that? The term ‘cool’, to give you a bit of context, simply implies the ‘awesomeness’ of Irish names because plenty of them have ancient or mysterious roots, many of which came from gallant warriors, royalty and other significant historical figures.

 

So, has this gotten you more motivated to name your baby in Irish? If so, then we suggest you read more below to discover the best Irish language name for boys. Mar sin, an bhfuil níos mó spreagtha ionat do leanbh a ainmniú i nGaeilge? Más ea, molaimid duit níos mó a léamh thíos chun an t-ainm Gaeilge is fearr do bhuachaillí a fháil amach.

 

 


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What are the best Irish language names for boys?

 

Are you in search of the best Irish name for your baby boy?  An bhfuil tú sa tóir ar an ainm Gaeilge is fearr ar do leanbh?

 

Worry not, there are a number of options you could choose from, with plenty of them having a certain beauty and significant meaning at the same time.

 

Have a fun time picking! Bíodh am spraoi ag piocadh!

 

Irish boys’ names

 

Aidan (pronounced as AY-dən)

 

First on the list of best Irish language names for boys is Aidan. This Irish, Scottish and/or Welsh name means ‘little fire’.

 

Aidan, as some of you may not know, is the modern version of the Celtic names Aodhan and Aeddan. It’s popular in Ireland as it constantly ranks within the top 100 Irish boy names since the 1960s.

 

In the US, it was popular in the early 2000s but has recently lost momentum, ranked #261 in 2020. Notable namesakes include St. Aidan, who founded the famous monastery on Lindisfarne island, and Irish actor Aidan Gillen, who played Littlefinger in the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones.

 

Conor (pronounced as KO-nor)

 

Next on our list of Irish boys’ names is Conor.

 

The name Conor translates to “lover of hounds”. It can also mean ‘high desire’, as derived from the Irish word ‘coachuhhar’.

 

Conchobhar MacNessa was the king of Ulster. And did you know that, according to the legend, he was born on the same day as Jesus Christ Himself? Quite a fascinating fact, if you ask me!

 

Bradan (pronounced as BRAY-duhn)

 

Another Irish language name for boys is Bradan. The Irish name Bradan means a ‘salmon.’

 

It derives from an Irish myth in which a salmon falls into the Well of Wisdom and receives all of the world’s knowledge. Legendary warrior Fionn Mc Cool accidentally eats some of the fish’s fat while cooking it for his master, Finn Eces, making him the wisest man in the world.

 

There are many ways to spell this “so-fish-ticated” name, including Brayden, Braden, Bradyn, Bradin, and Bradun, so choose whichever floats your boat!

 

Patrick (pronounced as PAT-rick)

 

A name a bit more common than the others mentioned above, we now have the name Patrick.

 

Patrick is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Padraig, from the latin Patricius which means “nobly born.”

 

The patron saint of Ireland is named Patrick, if you did not already know (i.e., St. Patrick).

 

Art (pronounced as… well, ART!)

 

Now, next on our list of Irish language names of boys is Art. The Irish name Art means ‘a bear’.

 

But ‘bear’ (pun intended) in mind that Art is not a shortened version of ‘Arthur’. Instead, it is its own complete name. It comes from the Celtic word ‘artos’, which means ‘a bear’.

 

The name Art, however, does not mean the animal bear. It implies, instead, that the name-bearer will be a champion with bear-like qualities, such as strength and agility. Today, Art is most commonly used as a nickname for Arthur, Artur, and Arthuro. We do, however, think that Art in itself is a very good name and should be used more often!

 

Cian (pronounced as KEE-an)

 

Finally, for our last entry is Cian.

 

This Irish name might be the perfect one for you little baby boy! Its Celtic meaning translates as ‘enduring’ and is a wonderful traditional Irish name.

 

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