Do you come from a meat and potato kind of family? Do you count down the days to St. Patrick's Day, longing for the chance to don every green article of clothing in your closet? Do you bleed orange and green? Then congratulations. You just might be Irish (or, last least, have a huge love and appreciation for their culture.) And if you're a mom-to-be with roots in Éire, then chances are you're looking into Irish baby names for your wee one.
Of course, you can still gift your baby with an Irish-inspired moniker even if your family doesn't come from the land of the Blarney Stone. Because names with Irish roots are too great to limit to people of certain heritage. Irish monikers not only come with some inspiring meaning, but beautiful backstories. Take the name Patrick, for example. A name that means "noble," Patrick was also the name of the patron saint of Ireland. Before he became a saint, Patrick was taken prisoner and held captive for six years, according to History.com. He eventually escaped and, after rigorous religious training, returned to Ireland as a missionary (though the word is still out on whether he drove the snakes out of the country.) He died on March 17, and is honored today with parades, parties, and plenty of greenery.
Of course, you may prefer your child to have a more unique Irish name or that isn't associated with heavy drinking. If that's the case, check out these 21 beautiful Irish baby names that any child — Irish or not — would be lucky to have.