One way to find a name for your new dog is to turn to its heritage. Many popular breeds can be traced back to Irish roots. The Irish Setter, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Beagle, and Glen of Imaal Terrier are all breeds with a history in and around Ireland.
A good way to honor a dog with an Irish past is through the name you adopt. Our list will provide you with a number of ideas including top male and female Irish names along with several of our personal favorites. Among the top names for boys are Connor, Shane, and Oscar. Popular female selections include Kylie, Erin, and Chloe.
Other ideas can be obtained by seeking out a descriptive word and translating it to the Irish language. A few options inspired by colors are Fionn (blond), Dearg (red), and Donn (brown). A female puppy that loves the water could be called Meara (meaning ‘sea’). A male dog that enjoys a nice romp through the forest could go by Kyle (meaning ‘woods’). Check out our full list for many more suggestions.
|Reason to Choose
|Aiden is a popular name in Ireland, known to mean 'little and fiery'
|This name is derived from an Irish term meaning 'white', a perfect name for a white-furred dog
|Alfie is a popular dog name in Ireland, derived from Alfred
|It's an Irish name meaning 'high aspiration'
|An Irish origin name meaning 'sweet, melodious'
|This name means 'salmon', a popular fish in Ireland
|With Irish roots, Brady means 'spirited' - perfect for a lively dog
|In Irish mythology, Bran was the name of a legendary dog
|The name is a short form of the Gaelic word 'Brighid', which means 'strength' or 'exalted one'
|A traditional Irish name, associated with a famous High King
|Brody is an Irish surname, often used as a first name for dogs
|A name of Irish origin, meaning 'spirit of battle'
|It's derived from an Irish surname, which in turn comes from the Gaelic 'Caiside', meaning 'curly haired'
|It's an old Irish name that translates to 'battle' in English
|Popular Irish name for girls, often used for female dogs
|It's a popular female name in Ireland
|This is a popular name in Ireland, which means 'little dark one'. Suitable for a dark-colored dog
|Cillian is an Irish name, meaning 'bright-headed'
|It's a name for a county in Ireland
|Originates from an Irish surname meaning 'red warrior'
|It's a surname in Ireland
|It's a traditional Irish boy's name
|Cormac is an old Irish name, associated with kings and warriors
|A rare Irish name meaning 'hill hollow'
|In Irish, Dara means 'oak tree', a solid and sturdy name for a large dog
|An Irish name meaning 'little deer'
|Translates to 'red' in Gaelic, often used to describe a dog's coat
|Named after the Irish saint, Declan is a strong choice for a dog
|An uncommon name in Ireland, derived from 'Delbhaith', meaning 'proof' or 'evidence'
|This name is of Irish origin, meaning 'like a lion'
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|Inspired by Samuel Beckett, a famous Irish playwright and author
|The lead singer of the Irish rock band U2 is a great namesake
|Inspired by Bram Stoker, the Irish author of Dracula
|Named after Gabriel Byrne, the accomplished Irish actor
|Cillian Murphy, an Irish actor, is the inspiration
|Named after Michael Collins, a key figure in Irish history
|Inspired by Eamon De Valera, a prominent politician and statesman
|A nod to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Irish-Scottish author
|For lovers of the Irish singer-songwriter and musician
|Paying tribute to Colin Farrell, the popular Irish actor
|For admirers of the Irish-German actor, Michael Fassbender
|Inspired by Grainne Mhaol, a famous Irish pirate queen
|Inspired by Sir Alec Guinness, the Irish-English actor
|Seamus Heaney, a Nobel laureate in Literature, is the inspiration
|Named after the successful Irish musician
|This name pays homage to James Joyce, the renowned Irish author
|Named after Patrick Kavanagh, an esteemed Irish poet
|Named after the Irish poet, John Keats
|Paying tribute to Phil Lynott, the lead singer of Irish band Thin Lizzy
|A nod to Van Morrison, the legendary Irish singer-songwriter
|For fans of the Irish actor, Liam Neeson
|A nod to Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish playwright
|For fans of the Irish-American actress, Saoirse Ronan
|Inspired by Jonathan Swift, an influential Irish writer
|This name recalls the highly regarded Irish poet, W.B. Yeats
|Inspired by the creamy Irish liqueur, Bailey's
|A sweet Irish bread served during Halloween
|A doughy, white bread roll native to Waterford, Ireland
|Traditional Irish potato pancake
|An Irish cider brand
|Famous for its Irish black pudding
|A typical Irish dish, usually made to use up leftovers
|A traditional Irish dish made from mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage
|A type of blood pudding from Cork
|A type of Irish cheese
|Slice of an Irish soda or potato bread
|An Irish whiskey distillery
|Named after the iconic Irish stout
|Famous Irish whiskey brand
|Well-known Irish butter brand
|A staple on Irish breakfast tables
|A brewery in Cork, Ireland
|Galway is famous for its Oyster Festival
|A traditional Irish distilled beverage
|A term for bacon in Ireland
|An Irish cream liqueur
|A popular Irish ale
|Short for Irish soda bread, a staple in Ireland
|A popular crisp brand in Ireland
|Whiskey distilled in Tullamore, Ireland
|A city in Northern Ireland, known as the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland
|The capital of Northern Ireland, famous for its Victorian architecture
|A coastal town in north County Wicklow, known for its seafront promenade
|A town in County Tipperary, famous for the historic Rock of Cashel
|A county on Ireland's west coast, known for its traditional Irish music
|A cultural region in County Galway, known for its scenic beauty and wilderness
|A vibrant city in the south of Ireland with its own unique charm
|Also known as Londonderry, this city is renowned for its intact city walls
|A town steeped in Irish history and culture, located in the namesake county
|It's the capital and largest city of Ireland, boasting rich culture and history
|A town near the border of Northern Ireland, known for its team in the Irish Premier Division
|The county town of Clare, known for its traditional music
|A county in the province of Leinster, known for its diverse and vibrant communities
|A harbor city on Ireland's west coast, known for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals
|A county located in the South-West region, renowned for its picturesque landscapes
|This name originates from an Irish city known for its medieval buildings
|An Irish city known for its medieval heritage and Georgian architecture
|A prosperous suburban village in Dublin, known for Malahide Castle
|A county in Ireland, known for its rugged cliffs and ancient heritage sites
|A town in the middle of County Meath, known for its horse racing and rich history
|A county in the province of Connacht, known for its historic sites and natural beauty
|Named after the longest river in Ireland, it's a beautiful name for a dog
|This place name hails from a coastal seaport and county town, known for its literary heritage
|A city in the South-East region, famous for its crystal ware
|A county town famous for its natural beauty and mountainous landscapes
|Named after the Celtic god of love and youth
|This name represents a mythical hound in Irish mythology
|Comes from an Irish mythological figure who was a great traveller
|Derived from the Celtic god of earth and treaties
|Named after a beautiful heroine from Irish mythology
|Inspired by a mythical Irish warrior
|A heroine from an Irish legend
|An Irish mythological hunter
|Named after a warrior from Irish mythology
|Inspired by an Irish saint
|A mythological Irish figure
|Derived from the Irish god of the sea
|Named after an Irish war goddess
|The first king of the Tuatha Dé Danann in Irish mythology
|The name of a mythological Irish poet
|A character from the Mabinogi, a collection of Welsh myths
|An ancient Irish surname
|A name from an old Irish song
|An Irish goddess who was transformed into a deer
|An ancient Irish place of worship
|In Irish folklore, Una is known as the queen of the fairies
|An Irish name meaning 'sweet lady'
|A name with an Irish origin
|An Irish name meaning 'little dark one'
|A character from an Irish legend
|An Irish name meaning 'princess'
|This name is of Irish heritage and means 'little and fiery', perfect for a small dog with a big personality
|Originates in Gaelic language, implies 'salmon', a good fit for dogs that love water
|It is an Irish name signifying 'ancient', suitable for a wise and calm dog
|In Celtic, it denotes 'oak tree', ideal for a strong, reliable dog
|This Gaelic name means 'wealthy protector', making it fitting for a protective, loyal dog
|Originates from Ireland meaning 'fair', suitable for a light-colored dog
|In Irish, it signifies 'noble', perfect for a dignified, regal dog
|Derived from Gaelic, it symbolizes 'intelligence', suitable for a smart, quick-learning dog
|It is an Irish moniker that stands for 'God is gracious', fitting for a kind, gentle dog
|This Gaelic name means 'tributary lord', ideal for a dog with a commanding presence
|Originates from Ireland, signifying 'small and fiery', good for a spirited, energetic dog
|In Irish, it denotes 'strong-willed warrior', perfect for a courageous, brave dog
|Derived from Gaelic, it stands for 'sea warrior', suitable for a dog that loves the beach
|It is an Irish name meaning 'worshipper of the saints', fitting for a devoted, faithful dog
|From Gaelic, it signifies 'little deer', ideal for a gentle, graceful dog
|Originates in Ireland, meaning 'patrician', good for a noble, regal dog
|In Irish, it stands for 'athletic', perfect for a sporty, energetic dog
|Derived from Gaelic, it means 'little seal', suitable for a playful, water-loving dog
|It is an Irish name signifying 'God is gracious', fitting for a kind, gentle dog
|From Gaelic, it means 'poet', ideal for a thoughtful, quiet dog
|Originates from Ireland, meaning 'resolute protector', good for a loyal, protective dog
|In Irish, it stands for 'small', perfect for a tiny, adorable dog
|Derived from Gaelic, it means 'enchanting', suitable for a charming, captivating dog
|Although not traditionally Irish, it's used in Ireland and means 'new house', fitting for a dog welcomed into a new home
|Named after the famous Irish poet, it's ideal for a dog with a soulful or thoughtful personality
|I wanted to choose an Irish name and it can also be spelled "Shaun" or "Seán"
|Famous for football players. It's comes from Ireland. It means strong soldier.
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In the rolling green hills of 19th-century Ireland, a spirited Irish Setter named Finnegan lived with his owner, Seamus O'Connor. Seamus was a hardworking farmer who tended to his crops and animals from dawn until dusk. Finnegan, with his lustrous red coat and boundless energy, was Seamus's most loyal companion and an invaluable help around the farm.
One year, a devastating famine struck the land. Crops failed, animals grew sickly, and the people of the village faced hunger and despair. Seamus was no exception, as his once-thriving farm began to wither and die. The villagers, desperate for a solution, turned to their spiritual leader, Father O'Malley, for guidance.
Father O'Malley called upon the villagers to gather at the church and pray for divine intervention. Among the congregation was Seamus, who clung to the hope that the famine would soon pass. Finnegan, sensing his owner's distress, refused to leave his side and accompanied him to the church.
As the people of the village prayed, Finnegan wandered outside and began to explore the surrounding countryside. He ventured far and wide, his keen senses alert to any sign of hope that he could bring back to his struggling owner and their community.
One day, as Finnegan was trekking through a dense thicket, he caught a scent unlike any other. Intrigued, he followed the scent to a hidden glen, where he discovered a spring of crystal-clear water bubbling up from the ground. The water was unlike any Finnegan had ever tasted—cool, refreshing, and somehow full of life.
Excited by his discovery, Finnegan raced back to Seamus and led him to the miraculous spring. Seamus, amazed by the sight, filled a flask with the water and brought it to Father O'Malley, who was equally astonished by the find.
Father O'Malley decided to test the water's powers by sprinkling it on the parched soil around the church. To everyone's surprise, the once-barren ground began to transform, sprouting vibrant green grass and lush, healthy plants.
As word of the spring spread throughout the village, hope began to return to the people. They collected water from the spring and used it to nourish their crops and animals, and slowly but surely, life returned to the village. The famine, once a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, was finally overcome.
Finnegan, the steadfast Irish Setter, was hailed as a hero. His discovery of the miraculous spring had saved the village from despair and ushered in a new era of prosperity. Seamus and Finnegan remained inseparable, the bond between them stronger than ever in the face of adversity.
Through Finnegan's unwavering loyalty and determination, the village had found hope amidst the darkness. And for generations to come, the story of Finnegan, the Irish Hound of Hope, lived on as a testament to the power of faith, perseverance, and the love between a dog and his owner.
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