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Irish Dog Names

Irish Dog Names are very popular for those who own one of the nine official Irish dog breeds.  According to the Irish Kennel Club  (IKC)

The nine dog breeds include

  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Kerry Beagle
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Irish Red Setter  (Irish Setter)
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Irish Terrier
  • Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
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Irish SetterIrish Setter
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Irish WolfhoundIrish Wolfhound
Irish Water SpanielIrish Water Spaniel

All of the breeds are too large to be featured on this site, but even if you do not have one of these breeds, there is no reason to pass up the option of a great Irish name for your new dog.

Maybe you like the sound of the name, or maybe your ancestors were Irish, there are may great names from which to choose. 

Many people want an Irish name because they have fond memories of visiting the country or meeting the people of Ireland.

Maybe you are a fan of the music, dance, food or folklore?

Your puppy born on March 17th St. Patrick’s Day – Choose an Irish Dog name in honor of the day.  

The following names are separated by gender, and the final list of names can be used for both girls or boys.

Did I miss your favorite Irish Dog Name?  Let me know, and I will add it to the list along with your name and location if you like.  Contact me.  Be sure to let me know what name page you'd like your suggestion to be shown.

Irish Dog Names for Boys

  • Aidan – Born of Fire
  • Alroy – Red
  • Ardan – High Aspirations
  • Bain – Fair Bridge
  • Bowie – Yellow Haired
  • Braden – Son of Bradan
  • Brady Means “one with broad eyes”
  • Brendan Prince
  • Brian – Nobleman
  • Cabhan (pronounced Kav-an) - Grassy Hill
  • Carbry - Charioteer
  • Cian or Kian (pronounced Key-in) – Enduring
  • Clancy – Ruddy Warrior
  • Clooney – Rogue
  • Coilin – (pronounced Koh-Lin) Little Chieftan
  • Conall - Mighty
  • Conan – Little Warrior
  • Connor – Lover of Hounds
  • Cowan Dweller at a hollow
  • Cullen Means holly
  • Dillon – Faithful
  • Dolan – Irish Surname
  • Donnelly – Irish surname, but good for a given name,  shorten to 2 syllables:  Don-Ley
  • Dublin – Place name
  • Duggan – Irish Surname
  • Dunn – Irish Surname
  • Dwyer – Irish surname right for a boy name
  • Dylan -  Flash of Lightening
  • Emmet – From the famous orator, Robert Emmet
  • Evan - Little swift one
  • Fergal - Brave
  • Fergus - Superior
  • Finn -  Clear, white, fair
  • Finnian - Little fair one
  • Fintan – Fair Hair
  • Galen – Calm
  • Galway – City in Ireland
  • Gilroy – Rulers’ servant’s son
  • Grady - Irish surname, good for a boy name
  • Guinness – Irish surname, beer
  • Hugh - Fire
  • Hurley – Irish surname
  • Ian - Gaelic form of John
  • Keegan – Once a surname, now used as a first name
  • Keiran - Little black-haired one
  • Lee - River
  • Liam - Short for the Irish form of William
  • Maguire - Irish surname
  • Nolan - Little proud one
  • Paddy  - Form of Patrick
  • Quinn - Reason or Wisdom
  • Rory - Red or rust-colored
  • Seamus (pronounced SHAY-MUS) - Gaelic form of James
  • Sean (pronounced SHAWN) Irish form of John, meaning “God is gracious.”
  • Tiernan - Little Lord

Irish Dog Names for Girls

  • Ava – Beautiful
  • Brea - Strong
  • Bree – One with a Higher Power
  • Bridget – Power
  • Brita (Britt)  (Biddy) - Strong
  • Caitlin – from St. Catherine
  • Clare – from the Latin, clear, bright
  • Colleen -  Girl
  • Courtney – One with a short nose
  • Darcy – Dark Haired
  • Dorren - Sullen
  • Eileen - Variant of Evelyn
  • Enya - kernel
  • Eveleen “Little Eve” Eve means life
  • Fallon – Leader’s daughter
  • Finola - White Shoulders
  • Gillian (pronounced JILL-EE-UN) - Feminine form of Julian
  • Ida – (pronounced ee-da)  - Thirst for goodness)
  • Inis - Gaelic form of the county seat of County Clare, Ennis.
  • Keelin - slender, fair
  • Kerry –  Place name
  • Kira or Kyra -  Little dark girl
  • Maire - Popular Irish form of Mary
  • Maureen  - Gaelic form of Mary
  • Mona – Little Noble one
  • Morna - Merry
  • Nainsi  - Gaelic form of Nancy, which means gracious
  • Nora - Honor
  • Noreen Diminutive of Nora,
  • Peggy – Form of Margaret, a pearl
  • Riley (Reilly) - Courageous
  • Riona - Queenly
  • Siobhan (pronounced ZHUH-VAHN) Gaelic version\ of Joan
  • Teagan – Beautiful
  • Tara – Place name

Irish Dog Names for Either Girls or Boys

Casey – Victorious or Brave

Kassidy – One with Curly Hair

Kelly – Intelligent

Quinn – Wise

Reagan (Regan) - Riagan’s descendant


Did you know that many Irish surnames began with a Mac or an “O”  Mac means son of and O means grandson of someone?  Many of the Irish surnames were created in the 11 – 12 centuries.

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