Cool Irish Names for Babies

Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz

St. Martin's Griffin

Chapter one

IRISH IN AMERICA

For many years, lively Irish names have been a prime export to the UK and the U.S.—dating back to the eras of Bridget, Kathleen and Eileen, Kevin, Kelly, Brian, Shannon, and Sean. The last couple of decades have seen a new, ever- increasing burst of popularity of Irish names as reflected in the latest report from the Social Security Administration of the top names in the United States. Below are the names with Irish brogues currently on those lists, starting with the most popular and including old per sis tent favorites like Ryan and Brian, newer and cooler entries like Maeve and Kellen, hip surnames like Finnegan and Sullivan, and those that have become unisex, such as Riley and Finley.

THE TOP IRISH NAMES IN THE USA

Girls

RILEY

KENNEDY

KEIRA/KIERA

CASSIDY

KELLY

KELLY

McKENNA

CAITLIN

CIARA

BRIDGET

TEAGAN

KATHLEEN

SHANNON

RYAN

CASEY

AILEEN

TARA

QUINN

MAEVE

KEELY

FINLEY

IRELAND

SHEA

boys

AIDAN/AIDEN

RYAN

BRANDON

KEVIN

CONNOR/CONNER/CONOR

SEAN

BRIAN/BRYAN

LIAM

BRADY

BRODY

RILEY/REILLY

PATRICK

COLIN

NOLAN

SHAWN

SHANE

DONOVAN

BRENDAN

KEEGAN/KEAGAN

QUINN

BRENNAN

CASEY

GRADY

DECLAN

DARREN

ROWAN

FINN

SHAUN

MICHEAL (Irish spelling)

KELLEN

MILO

RONAN

BLAINE

KIERAN

TYRONE

FINNEGAN

KEENAN

BECKETT

SULLIVAN

SEAMUS

CULLEN

FINLEY

RORY

KILLIAN

REAGAN

Excerpted from Cool Irish names FOR BABIES by PAMELA REDMOND SATRAN & LINDA ROSENKRANTZ

Copyright © 2009 by Pamela Redmond Satran & Linda Rosenkrantz

Published in March 2009 by St. Martin's Press

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.