Irish or Celtic Name ideas?


Do you have any Irish or Celtic names suggestions? We already have a little Maeve and are looking for both boy and girl ideas that would go nicely.



April 17, 2012 5:56 PM

I have a Callum (Cal) . I love Maeve, btw! My two bots have Angus and Magnus as middle names, which are Scottish/Celtic.

Quinn is nice, I think. Rhiannon is a name I'm considering for a girl. Keeva is nice for a girl, but I forget the spelling. :)

Do you want an Irish spelling?

April 17, 2012 6:13 PM

Aw, Maeve is a lovely name for a little girl.

There was a nice set of Irish names in the last round of "Spot the Missing Sibling" (no. 5), which included Caoimhe (Keeva), which might be a starting point - they could be adapted into more intuitive spellings, like Meadhbh/Maeve.



April 17, 2012 7:34 PM

This site has a wealth of ideas and a pronunciation guide as well. Have a blast. There was a poster who is  mostly a lurker now due to having her own little one to keep her busy, anyway she adored Irish/Celtic names and could help you out as well if she sees this.

I like the idea of Siobhan which has become more recognizable as far as pronunciation in the US in recent years.  

ETA:Oops, I forgot to include the site. Here it is:

April 18, 2012 3:20 PM

i love celtic names a few of my favorites...for boys rhys,kilian and finn, for girls aine,brynn, lilias

April 18, 2012 8:01 PM

Thanks so much!

All are great names. And we don't need an Irish or Celtic spelling...I think we'd rather have something people could at least have a chance at pronouncing correct. (Surprising to me, Maeve is mispronounced a lot!)

April 19, 2012 8:58 AM

I second the name Killian.  I love that name and would love to see more little Killians around but I don't think I'll ever get to use it. Eamonn is also nice for a boy.  For girls, Ciara (Keira), Catriona, or Niamh (nee-iv) but that might be a little close to Maeve.

April 19, 2012 9:32 PM

The following are a mix of various "flavors" of Celtic: Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Irish-American. My favorites for a stylish pairing with Maeve are underlined (not sure if it's showing) and bold.


(Aine), Aisling/Aislin/Ashlyn, (Angharad), (Aoife),

Bethan, Bonnie, Brenna, Brianna, Bridget/(Brigid), Bronwen/Branwen, Brynne,

(Caiomhe), Caitlin/Kathleen, Carys, Catriona, (Ceridwen), Ciara/Keira, Clare, Colleen,

Deirdre, Dilys, Eileen, (Eirlys), Erin, Fiona/(Fionnuala)/Nuala,

Glenys, (Grainne), Guinevere, Gwendolen, Irelyn, Isla, Karan, Kelly, Kennedy,

MacKenzie, Mairead, Maura/Maureen, McKenna, Megan/Meaghan/etc., (Niamh/Neve), Oona,

Patricia, Regan/Reagan, Rhiannon, Riley, (Roisin),

(Saoirse), Shannon, Sinead, Siobhan, Skye, (Sorcha),

Teagan, Tierney, Wallis, Winifred, Wynne


Aidan, Alasdair/Alistair, Alban, Andrew/(Enda), Angus, Brannon/Brandon, Brendan, Brian, Bruce,

Callum, Cathal, Ciaran/Kieran, Clancy, Connor, Cormac, Craig,

(Daithi), Declan, Desmond, (Diarmuid), Donal, Donovan, Douglas, Dylan, (Eamonn), Evan/Ewan/Ian,

Fergus, Finn/(Fionn)/Finnegan/Finley, Flynn, Gareth, Gavin, Gregor, Jameson,

Kennett/Kenneth, Kerry, Kevin/(Caiomhin), Kirk, Lachlan, Liam, Llewellyn, Lloyd, Lorcan,

Malcolm, Murphy, Nolan, Ossian, Owen/(Eoghan), Patrick/(Padraig),

Rafferty, Rhys/Reese, Riordan, Riley, Ronan, Rory, Rowan/Roan, Scott, Sean, Seamus, Sullivan,

(Tadhgh), Tobin, Trevor, Wallace


I also like Ingrid and Griffin for you even though they're not exactly Celtic. Hope this helps!