For those who want to decide on a baby name but do not yet know the gender, these are ten unisex Irish names to consider.
Naming a baby is a big deal. For many, it is something that it decided well in advance before they even begin trying to conceive. For others, it is a eureka moment that happens only when they first hold their child in their arms.
Whatever way it occurs, naming a baby is a major life milestone moment. If you’re considering an Irish baby name and would prefer to go down the gender-neutral route, read on! These are ten unisex Irish names.
- For those who want to decide on a baby name but do not yet know the gender, these are ten unisex Irish names to consider.
- MII’s fun facts about unisex Irish names
- 10. Enda – the little baby bird
- 9. Daire – the fruitful and fertile one
- 8. Rowan – as native as the trees of Ireland
- 7. Dillon – enigmatic, like a flash of lightning
- 6. Fianna – the one with Celtic roots
- 5. Regan – the king’s child
- 4. Casey – a name known world-over
- 3. Shea – an admirable name
- 2. Rylie – for the courageous ones
- 1. Caoilainn – one of the best unisex Irish names
- Your questions answered about unisex Irish names
MII’s fun facts about unisex Irish names
- Names like “Riley” and “Rowan” can be traced back to their Gaelic roots, with “Riley” originating from “Ó Raghallaigh” and “Rowan” from “Ruadhán.”
- Some unisex Irish names, such as “Casey” and “Quinn,” have become increasingly popular globally, transcending cultural boundaries.
- Some unisex Irish names have connections to saints and religious figures, such as “Kieran,” which is shared by both male and female individuals.
- “Shea” has multiple possible origins. While it can be a variant of the Irish name “Séaghdha,” meaning “hawk-like” or “admirable,” it can also have connections to the Old Gaelic word “sé,” meaning “hawk” or “fairy.
10. Enda – the little baby bird
The name Enda is ideal for those who want to opt for a unisex Irish name. Pronounced en-da, the name means ‘bird’ in the Irish language.
Whereas once this name would have been considered somewhat old-school, more traditional names are making a comeback, and we’re certain that we’ll be seeing a few more Endas around in the years to come.
Check out: Top 10 very Irish female names 2023.
9. Daire – the fruitful and fertile one
The name Daire, pronounced dar-a (also spelt Dara and Darragh), means the fruitful and fertile one in Irish.
It is one of the top 100 boy names in Ireland today, although, with a gender-neutral meaning and sound, it is just as fitting for any gender.
8. Rowan – as native as the trees of Ireland
The pronunciation of this unisex Irish name is roe-an. Perfect for any gender, we think this name is soon to become very popular!
7. Dillon – enigmatic, like a flash of lightning
For those who take one look at their offspring and see the glimmer of excitement and electricity in their eyes, this may just be the name best suited.
The name Dillon comes from the Irish word ‘dealan’, which, when translated, means flash of lightning.
6. Fianna – the one with Celtic roots
If you’re seeking one of the unisex Irish names that have Celtic roots, we suggest you consider the name Fianna.
Pronounced fee-ana, the Irish name means ancient warrior army of Ireland and is as gender-neutral as they come. Still quite a hidden gem from a name perspective, we suggest you jump on this boat before the name becomes common.
5. Regan – the king’s child
Regan is another gender-neutral Irish name that works across the board. The name, pronounced ree-gan, comes from the Irish word ‘rí’, meaning king.
The interpretation of the meaning of this name, therefore, is ‘king’s child’. Not a bad interpretation at all, we have to say!
Read also: Irish names everyone pronounces wrong.
4. Casey – a name known world-over
Casey is a name that has roots in Irish heritage but is also known world-over and is particularly popular in the United States.
Perfect for a baby, regardless of gender, Casey means ‘vigilant in war’.
3. Shea – an admirable name
The name Shea is as classic as they come on our list of unisex Irish names. Perfect for babies all-round, this short and sweet name means ‘admirable’.
There are multiple spelling variations of Shea; these include Shai and Shay.
2. Rylie – for the courageous ones
The name Rylie is another one that suits children and adults, regardless of gender.
Often seen spelt as Riley (a common name in the U.S., like the aforementioned), Rylie is interpreted in the Irish language to mean ‘courageous’ – not a bad title to assign to your little one from birth!
1. Caoilainn – one of the best unisex Irish names
Perhaps one of the best on our list of unisex Irish names has got to be Caoilainn. This name – while appearing as a tongue-twister – is, in fact, easy to pronounce. When speaking, Caoilainn simply sounds like kay-lin.
The name is derived from the combination of ‘caol’ (which means slender) and fionn (which means ‘pure’ in the Irish language).
Your questions answered about unisex Irish names
Are there any historical or cultural reasons why some Irish names are considered unisex?
Yes, some Irish names are considered unisex due to their historical use by both genders in Gaelic cultures and the evolving trend of embracing gender-neutral names in modern times.
What is the rarest Irish girl name?
There are many rare Irish girl names however, one of the most rare and unusual Irish girl names is Líadan (Lee-uh-din) which means ‘grey lady’.
What is the Irish name for love?
Grá’ is the Irish word for love.