Traditional Gaelic Names


Here are some traditional Gaelic names. All of them have Gaelic or ancient Celtic roots. Most of them have a long history and many of them are from myth and legend.

Through the course of time, Gaelic names have become associated with English names. These are names that usually have no etymological connection with the Gaelic name, they just have a similar sound. These names are italicized.

There is a list of women's names , and a list of men's names.

Gaelic Women's Names

Name Pronunciation Meaning Anglicization/association
Beathag BEH ak offspring of life Bethia, Sophia
Borgach BOR guch ? Victoria
Brianag BREE uh nak strength. Celtic goddess name Briana
Brghde BREE ju strength. Celtic goddess name Bridget
Caitir KAH tcheer ? -
Caoimhe KUY vu kind; tender Keavy
Caointiorn KUIN tchorn kind ruler. A saint's name. Kentigerna
Ceana KEH na fair one. Kenna
Ceanag KEN ak dim. of Ceana -
Dearbhail JIR vel true desire Dorothy
Dearshul JER hool true eye? Tearful eye? -
Doileag DOL ak world ruler Dolina
Dolidh DOL ee dim. of Dearbhail Dolly
Eamhhair E ver; E wer ? - form of Eimir -
Eimhir AE veer ?- legendary Celtic name -
Eithne AE nyuh kernel or grain Anna
Fionnaghal FYOON uh ghal white shoulders Flora
Fionnghuala FYOON ghal a white shoulders Fenella, Flora
Gormal GAU rum ul deep blue eye Gormelia
Grinne GRAW nya she who inspires terror? -
Greudach GREE uh tuch originally a temporary name given before a girl was baptized. -
Latharna LA ur na from a place name -
Malamhn MAL uh veen smooth brow Malvina
Malmhn MAL veen smooth brow form of Malamhn
Meadhbh MAEV she who intoxicates Meave, Maeve
Mr MORE great Sarah
Mrag MORE ak dim. of Mr Marion
Mordag MOR dak Sea warrior Murdina
Muireall MOOR ul, MOOR yul sea-bright Muriel, Marion
Mirne MOORN a affection Morna
Oighrig OY rik, UY rik ? Ancient Celtic name Affrica, Eppie, Erica
Rs ROES the rose flower Rose
Serlaid SHAWR lutch instigator? A form of Terlag Charlotte
Sidheag SHEE ak wolf -
Sleas SHEE lus ? Julia
Sline SLAW nyeh health -
Slinidh SLAW nee health -
Slinte SLAWN tcheh health -
Sorcha SOH ruh chuh brightness; light Claire, Clara
Terlag CHAR lak instigator? Charlotte
Una OO na ? Winifred, Agnes, Juno

Men's Names