More Light Celtic Boys' Names like Liam and Finn

Nov 14th 2018


Two of America's most fashionable boys' names have a lot in common. They're trim, light, and Irish.

Liam, an Irish short form of William, has risen from rarity to mega-hit in the in the space of a single generation. It's now America's #1 boy's name. What's more, Liam's popularity as a nickname has helped keep William near the top of the charts even as other boys' classics have plummeted.

Finn, a Irish name meaning "fair" or "white," didn't even crack America's top-1,000 name list in the 20th Century. Today it's not only a hit on its own, but the engine behind the rise of names like Finley and Finnegan.

The quiet secret behind both names' appeal is balance. They're fresh, but rooted. They have a smooth, light sound, but are reliably masculine. They're petite, but not cutesy or diminutive. They're Celtic imports, but easy to spell and pronounce. Put that all together and you have a great recipe for success—one that has powered a steady stream of light Celtic favorites like Sean, Evan, Owen, Ian and Ryan.

If you're looking for more names with that same feeling, we've rounded up all of your top options. None  of the Irish, Scottish and Welsh names on our list rank among America's top 100, and each has a spark of the light, contemporary-yet-timeless spirit that makes Liam and Finn shine.


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Light Celtic Boys' Names

Rowan

Gael

Rory

Colin

Eamon

Ean

Shea

Ewan

Eoin

Aran

Ivor

Niven

Niall

Egan

Kian

Ronan

Keir

Fife

Torin

Ifan

Winn

Lyle

Kyle

Cael

Tynan

Teague

Vaughn

Blaine

 

 

Comments

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November 23, 2018 11:36 PM

We named our baby Callan, which is an Old Irish name. I think it would fit your criteria too!

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March 15, 2019 8:42 PM

I've always preferreed uncommon and unique names to the common ones we hear every now and then. Thanks for this wonderful blog and all the beautiful names here

 

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