Skip to main content

22 awesome Irish names you’re probably pronouncing wrong

Lighthouse

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.

1. Caoimhe

Discover the natural wonder of Giants Causeway, located on the stunning coast of Northern Ireland.

Image source:Contiki

2. Niamh

3. Seamus

Feeling inspired?

Ireland is the perfect destination for the curious traveller

Ireland is the perfect destination for the curious traveller

Read more

4. Siobhán

5. Máirín

things to do in ireland - visit library

Image source:Contiki

6. Tadgh

7. Síle

8. Pádraig / Pádraic

Feeling inspired?

Ireland is the perfect destination for the curious traveller

Ireland is the perfect destination for the curious traveller

Read more

9. Aoife

Image source:Contiki

10. Eoghan

11. Oisín

12. Sadhbh / Saibh

13. Maedbh

travel to Ireland

Image source:Contiki

14. Róisín

15. Saoirse

16. Cian

Feeling inspired?

Ireland, a hidden gem

Ireland, a hidden gem

Read more

17. Cillian

18. Aisling

19. Mairéad

Feeling inspired?

22 best places to visit in Ireland

22 best places to visit in Ireland

Read more

20. Darragh / Daire

21. Fionn

Couple walking over dunes in Sligo, Ireland

Image source:Contiki

22 – Ciarán / Ciara

Up Next

Stop dreaming and make sh*t happen!

Ireland

2 countries, 8 days

Ireland

View trip
Great Britain and Ireland

2 countries, 16 days

Great Britain and Ireland

View trip
Scotland and Ireland

2 countries, 13 days

Scotland and Ireland

View trip