Irish Dog Names – Adorable Ideas From The Emerald Isle

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The best Irish dog names are influenced by Irish history, culture or even modern trends. Top picks tend to be fairly short, just a couple of syllables long. Easy to prounce and simple to understand, good dog names don’t sound like any of your dog’s everyday commands either. Irish names are a wonderful way to celebrate your own Irish heritage, or for Irish breeds like the Irish Water Spaniel, Wolfhound, Terrier or Setter. But they can suit any gorgeous new puppy dog down to the emerald ground.

I’ll share a great blend of Irish dog names that take inspiration from their often-cited unique combination of tough athleticism and tender personalities. These traits shine through from the name’s sound and pronunciation and, in many cases, their traditional meaning too.


Naming any new pet is a fun, creative process, and naming a new puppy can be the starting point for a long, happy relationship. Choosing a name for a new puppy, and sticking with it, is also important for your puppy’s wellbeing. Whether or not you’re going fully train your puppy, it’s important that you are comfortable with the name you pick, and that your pet grows accustomed to it as well.

Irish Female Dog Names

  1. Eileen
  2. Claire
  3. Kerry
  4. Anna
  5. Shauna
  6. Coleene
  7. Mckenzie
  8. Deirdre
  9. Cait
  10. Ethna
  11. Ina
  12. Máire
  13. Nora
  14. Shona
  15. Sibeal
  16. Afric
  17. Bridgette (Strong)
  18. Kathleen (Pure)
  19. Imogen (Maiden)
  20. Maureen (Star of the sea)
  21. Darcy (Dark)
  22. Brigid (The high one, or strength)
  23. Alma (All good)
  24. Molly (Star of the sea)
  25. Cara (Friend)
  26. Fiona (Fair or pale)
  27. Laoise (Radiant girl)
  28. Katha (Pure)
  29. Keira (Dark, black)
  30. Maura (Star of the sea)
  31. Korie (The hollow)
  32. Aileen (Light bearer)
  33. Elfie (Elf, or magical counsel)
  34. Brianna (High, noble, exalted)
  35. Lana (Child)
  36. Mona (Noble good)
  37. Cacy (Alert, watchful)
  38. Sina (Treasure)
  39. Muriel (Sparkling or shining sea)
  40. Ashlyn (Dream)
  41. Ciara (Little dark one)
  42. Sloane (Raider)
  43. Maeve (She who intoxicates)
  44. Ava (Beautiful, radiant, joyful)
  45. Dorotea (Gift)

Male Irish Dog Names

  1. Jamie
  2. Cale
  3. Emmett
  4. Daniel
  5. Conla
  6. Liam
  7. Peadar
  8. Pearse
  9. Seamus
  10. Tomás
  11. Oisin
  12. Callum
  13. Shea
  14. Declan
  15. Ailbe
  16. Bartley
  17. Kevin (Handsome Beloved)
  18. Dahy (Swiftness, nimbleness)
  19. Brendan (Prince)
  20. Ambros (Divine)
  21. Dillon (Faithful)
  22. Connor (Hound-lover)
  23. Ronan (Little seal)
  24. Grady (Renowned)
  25. Brian (High or noble)
  26. Roy (Red)
  27. Darren (Great)
  28. Keenan (Ancient)
  29. Killian (Bright-headed)
  30. Eman (Serious)
  31. Cullen (Handsome)
  32. Garvie (Rough peace)
  33. Collins (Holly)
  34. Finnegan (Fair)
  35. Quinn (Intelligent)
  36. Conan (Hound, or swift-footed warrior)
  37. Clooney (From the meadow)
  38. Nile (Champion)
  39. Keeghan (Small flame or ardent)
  40. Codie (Helpful)
  41. Torrance (Little Hills)
  42. Kane (Male) (Little Battler)
  43. Roarke (Champion)
  44. Curry (Hill hollow)
  45. Kaine (Spear, or little battler)

Cool Irish Names

Some of the most common Irish name meanings are champion, and others relate to war and nobility. These names will also have a less cutesy look and sound than those we will see in we’ll see in the next section.

  1. Ealga (Female) (Noble)
  2. Dearbhail (Female) True desire)
  3. Niamh (Female) (Radiance or brilliance)
  4. Orla (Female) (Golden queen)
  5. Fiadh (Female) (Wild)
  6. Emer (Female) (Swift)
  7. Riona (Female) (Queenly)
  8. Tawna (Female) (A green field, golden brown)
  9. Keelin (Female) (Slender or fair)
  10. Anlon (Male) (Great champion)
  11. Ardál (Male) (High valor)
  12. Buach (Male) (Victor or conqueror)
  13. Flann (Male) (Blood red)
  14. Turlough (Male) (Helper)
  15. Alsandair (Male) (Defender of man)
  16. Aralt (Male) (Leader)
  17. Eimar (Male) (Swift)
  18. Dubhlainn (Male) (Black sword)
  19. Eirnin (Male) (Iron, vigor)
  20. Fergal (Male) (Brave, courageous, valorous)
  21. Conlan (Male) (Hero)
  22. Cavan (Male) (Handsome)
  23. Rorik (Male) (Red King)
  24. Brayden (Male) (Broad, brave, wise)
  25. Nolan (Unisex) (Champion)
  26. Quinlan (Male) (Fit, shapely, strong)
  27. Rylee (Female) (Courageous, valiant)
  28. Ferrill (Male) (Hero or man of courage)
  29. Murphy (Unisex) (Sea warrior)
  30. Cearul (Male) (Fierce in battle)
  31. Saoirse (Female) (Freedom)
  32. Niall (Male) (Champion)
  33. Lonn (Male) (Strong, warlike)
  34. Cian (Male) (Ancient)
  35. Valera (Female) (Valiant)
  36. Aed (Male) (Fire)
  37. Larkin (Male) (Rough, fierce)
  38. Connal (Male) (Strong Wolf)
  39. Monah (Female) (Noble, aristocratic)
  40. Eamon (Male) (Wealthy protector)
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Cute Irish Dog Names

  1. Alayne (Female) (Attractive)
  2. Aoife (Female) (Beautiful, radiant, joyful)
  3. Aednat (Female) (Little fire)
  4. Aine (Female) (Brightness, splendor)
  5. Roisin (Female) (Little rose)
  6. Kyna (Female) (Wise)
  7. Aghna (Female) (Pure)
  8. Mairead (Female) (Pearl)
  9. Sorcha (Female) (Brightness, radiant)
  10. Neila (Female) (Female champion)
  11. Kyla (Female) (Crown of laurel)
  12. Moina (Female) (Noble, aristocratic, beloved)
  13. Tawna (Female) (A green field, golden brown)
  14. Ailia (Female) (Light)
  15. Rían (Male) (Little king)
  16. Ruadhán (Male) (Little red one)
  17. Faolan (Male) (Little wolf)
  18. Torrin (Male) (Little Hills)
  19. Hagen (Male) (Youthful one)
  20. Guthrie (Male) (Windy spot)
  21. Cabhan (Male) (Grassy hill, hollow)
  22. Roi (Male) (Red)
  23. Bria (Female) (Noble)
  24. Murna (Female) (Beloved)
  25. Mairin (Female) (Star of the sea)
  26. Meara (Female) (Jolly or jovial)
  27. Devyn (Male) (Poet)
  28. Codey (Unisex) (Helpful)
  29. Aislinn (Female) (Dream, vision)
  30. Mellon (Male) (Small pleasant one)
  31. Keva (Female) (Gentle, beautiful, or precious)
  32. Tully (Unisex) (Mighty people)
  33. Keeva (Female) (Protect)
  34. Lorcan (Male) (Little Fierce One)
  35. Radha (Female) (A vision)

Unique Irish Dog Names

The Irish dog names below have dazzling meanings, some of which overlap with previous names. Some meanings you’ll see here include poet, beautiful, and radiance.

A key distinction for this list is the more unusual pronunciation these names carry with them. Also, these are names that arguably just don’t quite fit in the box of cute or cool.

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If you’re feeling particularly adventurous in your hunt for a good Irish dog name, this is the list for you!

  1. Eistir (Female) (Star)
  2. Rionach (Female) (Queenly)
  3. Niamh (Female) (Radiance, luster, brightness)
  4. Sadhbh (Female) (Sweet and lovely, or wise)
  5. Teagan (Female) (Attractive, poet, philosopher)
  6. Muirne (Female) (High-spirited, festive)
  7. Niamh (Female) (Radiance, luster, brightness)
  8. Ieasha (Female) (Alive and well)
  9. Caoimhe (Female) (Gentle, beautiful, precious)
  10. Padraig (Male) (Patrician, noble)
  11. Ailfrid (Male) (Wise)
  12. Ainmire (Male) (Mighty lord)
  13. Daire (Male) (Fruitful, fertile)
  14. Diarmuid (Male) (Without enemy)
  15. Glennard (Male) (Glen)
  16. Dempsey (Male) (Proud)
  17. Gaelle (Male) (Foreigner, cheerful or happy)
  18. Tavish (Male) (Hillside)
  19. Kennon (Male) (Ancient)
  20. Aodhan (Male) (Fire, fiery)
  21. Coinneach (Male) (Attractive or pleasant person)
  22. Fintan (Male) (Little fair one)
  23. Teague (Male)(Poet, philosopher)
  24. Lachlan (Male) (From the land of lakes)
  25. Devin (Unisex) (Bard, poet)
  26. Casey (Unisex) (Alert, watchful)
  27. Somerley (Male) (Summer sailors)
  28. Kavan (Male) (Handsome)
  29. Mannix (Male) (Little monk)
  30. Daron (Unisex) (Great)
  31. Ffyona (Female) (Fair, pale)
  32. Cathal (Male)(Strong in battle)
  33. Coe (Unisex) (Hollow in the hill)
  34. Ita (Female) (Thirst)
  35. Amon (Male) (Teacher, builder, or wealthy protector)

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  1. We have 3 dogs and 2 cats
    Dog 1, Maddie
    Dog 2, Shamrock
    Dog 3, Clover
    Cat 1, Guinness
    Cat 2, Bailey’s
    We Love all of our Irish fur babies.