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22 awesome Irish names you’re probably pronouncing wrong

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Gaelic is a beautiful language if you’re ever lucky enough to hear it properly spoken, and it yields some equally beautiful names. However, pronouncing them, for those unfamiliar with them, can prove to be a whole challenge of its own. 

Thanks to our Irish colleagues at Contiki Marketing HQ, we’ve whipped up a list of 22 classic Irish names and given you a pronunciation guide, as well as some interesting facts like their meanings and origins. Many Irish names come from Gaelic mythology, so you’ll be gaining some knowledge there too, and you’ll be able to dazzle all the locals on your next trip to Ireland.

22 awesome Irish names you’re probably pronouncing wrong

22 awesome Irish names you’re probably pronouncing wrong

Charlie Fabre
by Charlie Fabre Dec 20, 2023

1. Caoimhe

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2. Niamh

3. Seamus

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4. Siobhán

5. Máirín

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6. Tadgh

7. Síle

8. Pádraig / Pádraic

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9. Aoife

10. Eoghan

11. Oisín

12. Sadhbh / Saibh

13. Maedbh

14. Róisín

15. Saoirse

16. Cian

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17. Cillian

18. Aisling

19. Mairéad

20. Darragh / Daire

21. Fionn

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22 – Ciarán / Ciara

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