Anglicizations of Irish Names




Here are some common anglicizations of Irish names. An anglicization is a name normally spelled in Irish Gaelic that has been re-spelled into English to make the pronunciation easier for English speakers. Some of them are more common than their Irish counterparts (like Finbar for Fionnbharr). Some have fallen into obscurity (like Derry for Daire).

If you haven't done so already, non-Irish speakers please see the the pronunciation guide.

Name Original Irish Form Meaning
Aideen Étaín, Éadoin from et, "jealousy"
Aileen Eibhlín from old German, Aveline, meaning, perhaps, "desired." It is often used as an anglicization for Helen/Ellen as well.
Ailish Ailís from old German Adelheidis, 'noble' (where we get the English names Alice and Adelaide)
Alva Álmhath, Almha meaning is unknown
Ashling Aisling "dream; vison"
Ashlinn Aislinn possibly from aisling "dream; vision"
Attracta Athracht, Taraghta meaning is unknown
Atty Aithche meaning is unknown
Bevan Bébhinn "white (or fair-haired) lady"
Breda Bríde, Bríghde "exalted one;" "high goddess;" "noble" form of Brigid
Bridget, Brigid Bríd, Bríde "exalted one;" "high goddess;" "noble"
Brona, Bronagh Brónach "sorrow"
Clora Clothra "famous"
Dana, Danna Ana, Anu, Danu pronouced DAN-a (NOT like day-na), it's an anglicization of the name of a Celtic goddess whose name means "wealth; abundance"
Dara, Derry Dáire "fruitful; to make fertile"
Darina Dáiríne "fruitful; to make fertile"
Darova Dar Óma "daughter of [the Celtic god] Ogmios"
Deridre Deirdre, Deirdriu possibly, "chatterer" or diminutive form of a name beginning with der, "daughter of"
Derval, Dervila, Dervla Dearbháil May mean either "daughter of Fál" (a Celtic goddess and another name for Ireland) or "daughter of a poet"
Devasse, Devassa Duibheasa "dark haired lady of the waterfall"
Devnet Damhnait dam "stag; ox" + diminutive ending
Dorren Doireann "daughter of Fionn"
Dunla Dúnlaith dún "fortress" + flaith "lady; princess"
Dymphna Damhnait dam "stag; ox" + diminutive ending
Eavan Aoibhinn, Aoibheann "beautiful radiance"
Eavnat Aoibhnait "radiance" + feminine diminutive ending
Efa, Ifa Aoife aoibh "beauty"
Eileen Eibhlín from Evelyn, possibly meaning "desired."
Eilish Eilís from Elizabeth, "God is my oath"
Elsha Aisling "dream; vision" (this is an older anglicization not widely used anymore)
Emer Éimear, Émer possibly derived from eimh "swift"
Enat, Ena Aodhnait from Aodh "fire" + feminine dimunitive ending
Enya Eithne either 'kernal' or 'gorse'
Esna, Asna Easnadh "musical sound"
Evgren Aoibhgréine "radiance of the sun"
Evin, Aeveen (m, sometimes f) Éimhín eim "prompt, ready"
Evlin, Evlan Éibhleann oíph "radiance; splendor; beauty"
Evnat, Avnat Eamhnat possibly from eim "prompt, ready" + diminutive ending
Farvila Forlaith "overlordship; soverignty"
Fenella Fionnghuala "white shoulders"
Fennore, Finnore Fionnúir "white sprite; white ghost"
Fidelma Feidhelm "ever good"
Fina Fíona "vine"
Finat, Feenat Fianat "wild creature; deer"
Finnat, Fennat Fionnait fionn "white; fair-haired" + diminutive ending
Finola Fionnghuala fionn "white" + guala "shoulder"
Finva, Finnava Fionnmhaith fionn "white; fair-haired" + math "good"
Gelace Geiléis "bright swan"
Grania Gráinne "grain," or "inspires terror"
Gobnet Gobnait "smith"
Gormley Gormfhlaith "blue princess " or "illustrious princess"
Inat, Enat, Inid Íonait "faithful; sincere"
Ita Íde, Íte "act of eating"
Kathleen Caitlín from Greek Catherine, traditionally associated with word 'pure'
Keavy, Keava Caoimhe "Beauty; grace"
Keelin Caoilfhionn "fair-haired and slender"
Keira Ciar, Ciara from ciar, "black"
Lassarina, Lasrina Lassairfhiona lassar "flame; fire" + fíne "wine"
Maeve Meadhbh "intoxocating one"
Maura Máire from Hebrew Miriam (Mary). Meaning is obscure, possibly, "rebellious," "bitter," or related to the indo-European word for "mother."
Maureen Mairín diminutive form of Mary
Meeda, Mida Íde, Íte, Míde a diminutive of Íde, meaning "devouring"
Mell, Mella, Malla Mealla "lightning"
Mirren, Murren Muireann muir "sea" + fionn "white; fair-haired"
Moira Máire form of Mary (see above)
Molly Mallaidh dimiutive form of Mary (see above)
Mona, Monat Muadhnait "noble, good"
Moreen Móirín "great"
Myrna Muirne "of the sea"
Nessa Neasa ni "not" + assa "gentle"
Narvla Narbhfhlaith "noble princess"
Niav Niamh "brightness; radiance; splendor"
Nora Onóra from Latin, 'honor'
Noreen Nóirín diminutive of Nora (see above)
Nuala Fionnghuala, Fionnuala "white shoulders", diminutive of Fionnuala
Oona, Oonagh Úna possibly derived from "lamb"
Orla Órfhlaith, Órlaith ór "gold" + flaith "princess; lady"
Orna, Ornat Órnait possibly means "otter" or "grey-brown"
Reena, Rina Ríonach "queenly"
Richella Ríochael "king; soverign" + an unknown element
Rifa Ríofach meaning is unknown
Rosaleen Róisín ""rose" is the modern meaning, but originally it came from a Norse word for "horse"
Rosheen Róisín "rose" is the modern meaning, but originally it came from a Norse word for "horse"
Sarnat Sárnait either "best; noble" or "ruler"
Seeva, Sheeva Síomha síth "peace" + math "good"
Shaynit, Shayna Séanait from sé, "hawk"
Sheila Síle from Latin Cecilia, 'blind'
Slaney, Slanina Sláine "health," derived from a Celtic goddess name
Tallulah Tuilelaith "lady of abundance"
Taltena Taillte meaning is unknown
Tara Teamhair "eminence"
Teffia, Taffa Teafa meaning is unknown
Tressa Treasa "strength"
Triona Tríona, Caitríona Pronounced /TREE uh na/, this is a short form of Caitríona, a form of Catherine.
Tula, Tuala Tuathla tuath "people" + flaith "lady; princess"
Una Úna possibly, "lamb"