140+ Glorious Irish Dog Names Straight From the Emerald Isle

Sift through these fun, fascinating Irish dog names from history and lore to find the perfect handle for your pup.

Updated April 4, 2023
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There is something magical and mystical about the Irish language and Irish names. We have some excellent options for you to choose from when you're naming your pet pup. Whether you want to celebrate your heritage or your dog's, these names will strike your fancy. Some are more well known, while others are straight from the mists of folklore. All will help your dog stand out. If you're searching for an Irish puppy name to make your friends' heads turn, we have you covered.

Female Irish Dog Names

These Irish names for female dogs include many that are familiar to American ears, along with some rarer names more commonly used in Ireland.

  • Aisling: Dream
  • Aoibheann: Beautiful or radiant
  • Bébinn: Fair lady
  • Blathnaid: Blossom
  • Bridget: Exalted one
  • Caoimhe: Beautiful or kind
  • Caragh: Friend or beloved
  • Ciara: Dark
  • Damhait: Fawn
  • Dierdre: Woman
  • Eabha: Life
  • Eireann: Ireland
  • Eithne: Seed or nut kernel
  • Faidh: Wild
  • Fiona: White and fair
  • Imogen: Maiden or innocent
  • Kayleigh: Slim and fair
  • Laoise: Radiant girl or light
  • Líadan: Grey lady
  • Mairead: Pearl
  • Moira: Fate or destiny
  • Naomh: Holy
  • Nessa: Rough
  • Naula: Fair shoulder
  • Orlaith: Golden princess
  • Rathnait: Grace and prosperity
  • Roisin: Little rose
  • Rowan: Type of tree
  • Saoirse: Liberty
  • Shannon: Wise river
  • Sinead: God is gracious
  • Siobhán: God's grace
  • Sláine: Health
  • Úna: Lamb
Quick Tip

Make sure you pick an Irish dog name you will be able to pronounce the same way every time you call your pup.

Male Irish Dog Names

If you're looking for a classic Irish name for your male dog, such as fierce Kerry Blue Terrier or a stately Irish Setter, these names will work well for these dogs or any breed.

Wheaten dog laying
  • Aidan: Little fiery one
  • Aodh: Fire
  • Barry: Fair haired
  • Brandon: Prince
  • Brian: Noble
  • Callum: Dove
  • Caolan: Slender
  • Cian: Ancient
  • Ciaran: Little dark one
  • Cillian: War or bright-headed
  • Conor: Lover of hounds
  • Cormac: Son of defilement
  • Darragh: Fertile or oak tree
  • Darren: Little oak
  • Donal: Ruler of the world
  • Donnacha: Brown-haired warrior
  • Donovan
  • Doyle
  • Énna: Bird-like
  • Eoin: Young
  • Fearghal: Man of valor
  • Fechín: Little raven
  • Finnegan
  • Girven: Small rough one
  • Kelly
  • Kennedy
  • Liam: Warrior with a strong will
  • Lorcan: Fierce or silent
  • Oscar: Deer lover
  • Patrick: Nobly born
  • Quinn
  • Rory: Rust-colored
  • Ruiari: Red-haired king
  • Sean: God is gracious
  • Shay: Hawk or noble
  • Tiernan: Little Lord

Creative Irish Dog Names

Some Irish names are truly unusual and unique. These names for boy and girl dogs will definitely spark conversation! Some creative Irish names for male dogs are:

  • Berach: Sharp
  • Brádach: Large chested
  • Dáire: Fertile
  • Daithi: Swift
  • Fionnbharr: Fair hair
  • Lonán: Little blackbird
  • Odhran: Little pale green one
  • Ronan: Little seal
  • Senan: Ancient or little wise person
  • Tadhg: Poet

Unique and Unusual Irish Dog Names

These names can be hard to write on paper, but they will help your dog stand out. If your dog is an attention-hog, these names could be for them:

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  • Ailbhe: White rock
  • Caoilfhionn: Fair and slender
  • Dearbháil: Daughter of Ireland
  • Fianna: Band of warriors
  • Mór: Great
  • Ragnailt: Battle counsel
  • Sadb: Sweet
  • Siofra: Elf
  • Treasa: Strength

Dog Names Based on Irish Beer and Whiskey

The whiskey and beers of Ireland are world-renowned. These names are from some of the most well-known brands and would make cute names for an Irish breed of dog.

  • Beamish
  • Boilermaker
  • Bushmills
  • Dingle
  • Guinness
  • Jameson
  • Kilbeggan
  • Kilkenny
  • Knappogue
  • Magners
  • Murphys
  • O'Hara
  • Powers
  • Slane
  • Smithwick
  • Teeling
  • Tullamore

Female Irish Dog Names Based on Celtic Mythology

Ireland has a rich folklore and mythology full of heroes, fairies, and warrior queens. These names would work well for a female Irish Wolfhound or any "legendary" breed of dog.

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  • Áine: The Queen of the Munster fairies.
  • Aoife: A great female warrior who was the mother of the son of the legendary hero Cuchulainn. The name means radiant or beautiful.
  • Clíodhna: Goddess of love and beauty, and also the Queen of the Banshees.
  • Eimear: Wife of the great Cuchulainn, the name means swift.
  • Grainne: Goddess of the harvest meaning corn or grain.
  • Meabh: The famous warrior Queen of Cannacht.
  • Muireann: A mermaid in legend who was captured by a fisherman meaning sea white or sea fair.
  • Niamh: Daughter of the Sea God Manannan; known for having beautiful golden hair, this name means radiance.

Male Irish Dog Names Based on Celtic Mythology

Some famous Irish gods and legendary heroes make for larger-than-life figures. These can make excellent names for your feisty Wheaten Terrier or other Irish breed.

  • Bra: A figure in folklore who was a heroic adventurer.
  • Cuchulainn: A famous warrior from Irish legend that was the son of a God and known for his hounds.
  • Diarmuid: A member of the warriors and beloved of the goddess Grianne; meaning without enemy.
  • Fiachra: One of four children in an Irish legend that were turned into swans for 900 years.
  • Fintan: In Irish folklore, a person who was the only survivor of a flood; the name means white fire or white bull.
  • Lir: God of the sea.
  • Oison: A legendary hero-poet in mythology meaning little deer.

Female Dog Names Based on Irish Towns

Naming your dog after a city or town in Ireland could truly bring your Irish roots back home. Check out the following female dog names:

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  • Ballinasloe
  • Bantry
  • Bellina
  • Clonakilty
  • Drogheda
  • Mallow
  • Shannon
  • Tralee

Male Dog Names Based on Irish Towns

Similar to the female dog names based on towns and cities in Ireland, these male dog names can help you cherish your or your dog's Irish heritage:

  • Adare
  • Armagh
  • Belfast
  • Carlingford
  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Kilkenny
  • Sligo

Female Irish Pop Culture Names

If you watch television, you likely know some of these pop culture names:

Young Irish Terrier lies on the grass
  • Barley: After the movie The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • Ellis: After the movie Brooklyn
  • Emerald: After Emerald Isle in P.S. I Love You
  • Fionnula: Fionnula Flannagan, famous Irish actress
  • Saoirse: Pronounced "Sur-sha," for Irish actress Saoirse Ronan

Male Irish Pop Culture Names

If you're looking for an Irish pop culture name for a boy dog, check these out:

  • Brosnan: Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor
  • Byrne: Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor
  • Cunningham: Liam Cunningham, Irish actor
  • Liam: Liam Neeson, Irish actor

Finding Irish Names for Your Dog

Irish names may appear hard to pronounce, but most are quite easy to say once you learn how. These dog names come with a rich history behind them and can really express how you feel about your dog and Irish culture, whether you come from the Emerald Isle, or simply enjoy its culture!

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140+ Glorious Irish Dog Names Straight From the Emerald Isle