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Gaelic Names for Boys

December 31, 2021

Welcome to our list of the 50 most popular Gaelic names for boys. Each name has a short explanation of its meaning along with a cool fact about the name. 

This list is perfect for:

  • Parents looking for a Gaelic baby name
  • People who want to change their name via deed poll to a more Gaelic sounding one
  • People who want to find out which are the most popular Islamic names

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So without further interruption here is the list of the 50 most popular Gaelic names for boys.

Irish Gaelic Names for Boys

Aidan: Aidan is one of the most popular Irish Gaelic baby names today, and its meaning is "fiery".

Aodhan: This is among the anglicized Gaelic Irish boys' names. Aodhan, which means "little fiery one", is another version of 'Aidan'.

Art: Art is a Gaelic name that pertains to a "magnificent warrior" and "champion". It is also an Irish nickname for 'Arthur'.

Cathal: This name translates to "strong in battle".

Cian: Meaning "ancient", Cian is a legendary and deeply-historical Gaelic Irish name.

Ciaran: Another variation of this name is 'Keiran'. Both versions are common Irish baby names.

Cillian: In the same vein, this name may be spelled 'Killian'.

Conor: This name is widely-used around the world. Conor has two meanings: "High desire" and "lover of hounds".

Cormac: Cormac is derived from corbmach, a Gaelic word that translates to the "son of a charioteer". To clarify, a charioteer is a chariot driver, which is an old carriage that was used as a vehicle in ancient times. 

Daire: Meaning "wealthy".

Dara: This biblical unisex name has both Hebrew and Irish origins. Dara describes someone with wisdom.

Dillon: Dillon, the Irish version of 'Dylan', can either mean "loyal" or "a lightning flash".

Eoin: Eoin means "young". Other variations of this name include 'Owen' and 'Eoghan'.

Finn: Finn is a unisex name that is suitable for both boys and girls.

Fionn: This pertains to someone who is "level headed" and "clear".

Liam: The Irish variation of 'William', Liam means "protector" and "strong-willed warrior".

Niall: Meaning "cloud".

Odhran: The name of seventeen different Irish saints, Odhran means "little pale green one".

Oscar: This elegant and classic name has two definitions: "Deer lover" and "friend of deer".

Redmond: Meaning "protector", Redmond is the Gaelic version of 'Raymond'.

Rian: Rian is another word for "king" or "kingly".

Ronan: This name was held by an ancient Irish king and contemporary artists and journalists. In short, Ronan means "little seal".

Rory: A name that could be found in many places around the world, Rory pertains to a "red" or "rust colored".

Sean: Sean means "God is Gracious".

Senan: For centuries, this has been one of the most prevalent names in Emerald Isle. It can mean one of two things: "Little wise person" and "ancient/old".

Tadhg: Several Irish kings were named Tadhg, which means "poet".

Scottish Gaelic Names for Boys

If you're looking to add a Scottish feel to your son's Gaelic name, below is a list of Scottish Gaelic names, alongside the anglicized version of each one.

Adhamh: This is the Scottish Gaelic version of 'Adam'.

Ailean: The equivalent of 'Allan'.

Aindrea: A variation of 'Andrew'

Aoghann: Aoghann is another format 'Owen' and its Irish Gaelic version, 'Eoin'.

Bhaltair: Scottish Gaelic for 'Walter'.

Calum: Calum is 'Malcolm' in Scottish Gaelic.

Colm: Colm is a purely Irish form of 'Calum', and it means "dove".

Daibhidh: For those who are looking for a biblical name, Daibhidh is the equivalent of 'David'.

Eideard: The anglicized variation of 'Edward'. 

Frang: This is 'Francis' or 'Frank' in Scottish Gaelic.

Iain: A form of 'John'.

Lucais: The Scottish Gaelic name of 'Luke', which is also a great choice for those that want to name their son after a saint or Biblical figure.

Mata: Mata is a version of 'Matthew'.

Mìcheil: As the name suggests, this is another format of 'Michael'.

Neacal: Neacal is 'Nicholas' in Scottish Gaelic.

Peadar: This is the equivalent of 'Peter'.

Raonull: Meaning 'Ronald'.

Ruiseart: 'Richard' is the anglicized form of Ruiseart.

Seòras: This name is the Scottish Gaelic version of 'George'.

Seumas: A variation of 'James' or 'Jimmy'.

Sìm: The name translates to 'Simon'.

Steaphan: This is 'Stephen' in Scottish Gaelic.

Tearlach: Tearlach is the equivalent of 'Charles'.

Uilleam: A variation of 'William'.

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