If you’re a history buff, you’ve probably thought about Celtic baby boy names for your upcoming son. The Celts were a people from Europe and Western Asia who lived in the sixth century BC, and their culture is still alive today. Celtic languages are spoken in places like Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and even Argentina and Canada.
It’s no surprise that Celtic male names have endured. Irish boy names, in particular, and Gaelic boy names (note the distinction – ‘Gaelic’ in isolation refers to Scotland, whereas ‘Irish Gaelic’ is spoken in this region) are still popular today. So, what are some of the most popular Celtic boy names?
Celtic Baby Boy Names
Nature, battle, and even animals are common motifs in Celtic newborn boy names. You’ll notice a number of animals in Irish male names in particular, such as:
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Irish Names For Boys
Irish names make up a significant portion of Celtic names, and they are frequently lyrical and unusual.
1.Aiden AYE-dehn – Irish Celtic for ‘little fire’. A popular alternative is Aidan.
2.Aodh EE-AY – Old Irish, meaning ‘flame’.
3.Cairbre KAHR-bra – Irish Gaelic, meaning ‘one who rides in a chariot’.
4.Cian KEE-an – An Irish Celtic name meaning ‘ancient’.
5.Colm KAWL-m – Meaning ‘a dove’.
6.Conall KON-ul – A legendary Irish name, meaning ‘powerful wolf’.
7.Connor CON-er – Irish name meaning ‘lover of wolves.
- Cillian KILL-ee-an – Irish Gaelic name that means ‘little church’.
9.Domnall DOE-nal – Irish Gaelic name meaning ‘ruler of the world’.
10.Donnchad DO-nu-chugh – The Scottish and Irish version of Duncan.
11.Dougal DOO-guhl – From the Irish Gaelic dubhgall, meaning ‘dark stranger’.
12.Enda EN-dah – Anglicised version of the Irish Gaelic Eanna, meaning ‘birdlike’.
13.Finnian FIN-yen – Irish Gaelic, meaning ‘white’ or ‘fair’.
14.Floinn FLOYHHN – Irish Celtic name often anglicised to Flynn, used as both a surname and first name.
15.Oisin OSH-een – Irish Celtic, meaning ‘little deer’.
16.Peadar PAD-ar – Irish Scottish variant of Peter.
17.Quinn KWIN – Unisex Irish name meaning ‘wise’.
18.Rian RIE-en – Celtic Irish version of Ryan, ‘little ruler’.
19.Seaghán SHAWN – Of Irish Celtic origin, meaning ‘God is gracious’. Seón is another similar Celtic option.
20.Seamas SHAY-mus– Irish form of the English name James, this Celtic name means ‘supplanter’. Can be spelled Seumas.
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