Male Irish Naming Conventions
Traditionally the following protocol was used to name male members of the family but more often nowadays, the name is used as a middle name instead of a first name:
The First born son is named after the paternal grandfather (father's father)
The Second son is named after the maternal grandfather (mother's father)
The Third son is named after the father
The Fourth son is named after her father's oldest brother (Uncle)
Subsequent male children can be named as the parent pleases!
Irish Names that start with....
We have provided a huge selection of Irish names for boys and girls. Perhaps you are looking for a name that starts with a particular letter? Check out our baby name dictionary, lots of ideas for an unusual and unique name for the new addition to your family. Remember the name you choose is for life! A huge decision to make so think carefully. Will the name be shortened? How does it sound with your surname? Does the initial letter spell something? It is vital to check this, how does the initial letter read next to the surname? This naming format is often used for email addresses?
Irish Names - Pronunciation
Can you pronounce the name properly? Will the child's teacher be able to read it? Think of all those occasions in your life where your name is called out, doctors surgeries, dentists etc. Will people struggle to pronounce the name? Will your child spend their entire life trying to explain how their name is pronounced?
Consider the beautiful and popular Irish girls name Caoimhe for example. It is pronounced 'Kee-Va', how many people will be able to guess that outside of Ireland? Many people choose traditional Irish names such as Caitlin, pronounced 'Kate Lyn' and use the more universally understood spelling of Katelyn? A great way to choose a traditional Irish name but make it easier for people to read and save your child the embarrassment of explaining how the name is pronounced.