List of Popular Celtic Names and Their Meanings

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Celts, an ethnolinguistic group of tribal societies in Iron Age and Medieval Europe, spoke Celtic languages. Celtic people who inhabited Europe did not necessarily belong to one ethnic group, but they shared a common language. Gaelic names were used by the Celtic inhabitants of Ireland. In the 5th century, the Scots (Gaels) migrated to Northern Britain from Ireland. Nowadays, Gaelic names are commonly used in Ireland, Scotland, and the English-speaking world. Later on, Celts also inhabited Germany, Poland, Hungary, and northern Italy.

Celtic names can offer an exotic and traditional flavor to the names. It's very important to understand the pronunciations of Celtic names because they are a bit difficult to pronounce due to Celtic vowels. We offer you an ordered list of popular Celtic names along with their meaning(s). These names have a mythological touch. Peep on.

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Aalish
Pronunciation: A-lis
Meaning: Of noble kind
Abrianna
Pronunciation: ay-bree-AN-uh
Meaning: Noble; strong; virtuous

Adaryn
Pronunciation: ah-DEH-reen
Meaning: Welsh name which means 'bird'
Adele
Pronunciation: ah-DELL
Meaning: German name, which means 'noble'

Aibfinnia
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Pleasant; beautiful
Aibreán
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: April

Aífe
Pronunciation: EE-feh
Meaning: Beauty
Aifric
Pronunciation: AFF-rik
Meaning: Uncertain, perhaps "noble"

Ailbe, Ailbhe
Pronunciation: AL-vuh
Meaning: White
Aili, Ailie
Pronunciation: AY-lee
Meaning: Form of Helen; Evelyn; pleasant

Aishling, Aisling
Pronunciation: ASH-ling
Meaning: Dream
Alana
Pronunciation: ah-LAN-ah; ah-LAY-nah
Meaning: Rock; awakening

Alanna
Pronunciation: ah-LANE-ah
Meaning: Rock; awakening
Alastriana
Pronunciation: al-ah-stree-nah
Meaning: Defending men

Alba
Pronunciation: AHL-bah
Meaning: Scotland; sunrise
Alena
Pronunciation: ah-LAY-nah
Meaning: Rock

Aniera
Pronunciation: EE-ah
Meaning: Welsh origin meaning "snow"
Angusina
Pronunciation: ang-uh-SEE-nah
Meaning: One choice

Aodhnait
Pronunciation: AY-net
Meaning: Little fire
Aoibheann
Pronunciation: EEV-uhn
Meaning: Beautiful; pleasant

Aoife
Pronunciation: EE-fa
Meaning: Joyful; radiant
Arthurina
Pronunciation: ar-thuh-REE-nah
Meaning: Possibly bear or stone

Ashlyn
Pronunciation: ASH-lin
Meaning: Dream
Ava
Pronunciation: ee-fa
Meaning: Radiant; joyful

Avalon
Pronunciation: AV-ah-lon
Meaning: Island of apple trees


Beathag
Pronunciation: buh-hak
Meaning: Life
Bedelia
Pronunciation: beh DEEL ee ah
Meaning: Power, strength

Béibhinn
Pronunciation: be-VEEN
Meaning: Fair lady
Branna
Pronunciation: BRAN-ah
Meaning: Hill

Brea
Pronunciation: bree; BREE-uh
Meaning: Noble, strong, virtuous; hill
Breena
Pronunciation: BREE-nah
Meaning: A Welsh river name

Bríd
Pronunciation: BREEJ
Meaning: Power, strength
Bridie
Pronunciation: BRY-dee
Meaning: The exalted one

Brigid
Pronunciation: BRIJ-id
Meaning: The exalted one
Brigit
Pronunciation: BRIJ-it
Meaning: The exalted one

Bryana
Pronunciation: bry-AN-an
Meaning: Noble, strong, virtuous; hill
Bryanna
Pronunciation: bree-ANN-uh
Meaning: Noble, strong, virtuous; hill


Cailyn
Pronunciation: KAY-lin
Meaning: Descendant of Caollaidhe
Cairistìne
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Follower of Christ

Cairistìona
Pronunciation: kare-ih-STYO-nah
Meaning: Follower of Christ
Caulder
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Stream; cold water

Cameron
Pronunciation: KAM er on; KAM ren
Meaning: Crooked nose
Caolán
Pronunciation: KAY-lawn
Meaning: Slender

Cara
Pronunciation: KARE-uh; KAR-ah
Meaning: Friend
Carmody
Pronunciation: KAR-muh-dee
Meaning: Descendant of Cearmaid

Catleen
Pronunciation: KAT-leen
Meaning: Pure
Catlin, Catlyn
Pronunciation: KAT-lin
Meaning: Pure

Catríona
Pronunciation: Ka-tree-OH-nuh
Meaning: Pure
Cayleen
Pronunciation: KAY-leen
Meaning: Descendant of Caollaidhe

Chevonne
Pronunciation: sheh-VON
Meaning: God is gracious
Ciara, Ciera
Pronunciation: KEER-ah
Meaning: Dark

Coffey
Pronunciation: kof-FEE
Meaning: Victorious
Coleen, Collene
Pronunciation: KOL-leen
Meaning: Young female

Cory
Pronunciation: KOR-ee
Meaning: God's peace; dweller in hollow


Dallas
Pronunciation: DAL lis
Meaning: Meadow stance
Daisy
Pronunciation: DAY-zee
Meaning: Day's eye

Damhnait
Pronunciation: DEV-naht; DEV-net
Meaning: Young deer
Dara
Pronunciation: DAH-rah
Meaning: Mother of pearl; rich

Decla
Pronunciation: DECK-la
Meaning: Full of goodness
Deirdre
Pronunciation: DEER-dra; DEER-dree
Meaning: Uncertain, perhaps "sorrow, grief"

Dymphna
Pronunciation: DIMF-nah; DIMP-nah
Meaning: Young deer


Ealasaid
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: My God is a vow
Ealish
Pronunciation: A-lis
Meaning: Of noble kind

Eartha
Pronunciation: ER-tha
Meaning: Strong faith
Eavan
Pronunciation: EE-vahn
Meaning: Pleasant; beautiful

Eileen
Pronunciation: eye-LEEN
Meaning: Form of Helen; Evelyn; pleasant
Eilidh
Pronunciation: AY-lee
Meaning: Form of Alice, Aveline; torch

Eireen
Pronunciation: eye REEN
Meaning: Peace
Elva
Pronunciation: EL-vah
Meaning: Scotland

Endellion
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Fire soul
Enfys
Pronunciation: EN-vees; EN-vis
Meaning: Rainbow

Enid
Pronunciation: EE-nid
Meaning: Uncertain, possibly soul
Erina
Pronunciation: eh-REE-nah; EH-ree-nah
Meaning: Fom Ireland; blessing; logic

Erinn
Pronunciation: EHR-in
Meaning: From Ireland
Erskina
Pronunciation: er-SKEE-nah
Meaning: High cleft

Ethenia
Pronunciation: eh-THEE-nee-ah
Meaning: Kernel; nut
Etta
Pronunciation: ET-tah
Meaning: Pearl

Euna
Pronunciation: YOO-nah
Meaning: One; lamb
Evania
Pronunciation: ee-VAHN-yah
Meaning: Serene; swift


Fallon
Pronunciation: FAL-lin
Meaning: Leader
Falon
Pronunciation: FAL-un
Meaning: Leader

Feidhelm
Pronunciation: fee-delm
Meaning: Ever good
Fenella
Pronunciation: e-ne-la
Meaning: White shoulder

Finn
Pronunciation: fin
Meaning: Fair
Finnchness
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Fair-skinned

Finnseach
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Fair-haired
Finola
Pronunciation: fin-OH-luh
Meaning: Fair shoulder

Finscoth
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Wine blossom
Fionna
Pronunciation: FIN uh
Meaning: Fair

Fiona
Pronunciation: fee-O-nah
Meaning: Fair, white, beautiful
Flannait
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Ruddy; red-headed

Flannery
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Red-haired
Fodhla
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Ancient name for Ireland


Glenn
Pronunciation: glen
Meaning: Valley in the mountains
Glenna
Pronunciation: GLEN-nah
Meaning: Valley in the mountains

Gormlaith
Pronunciation: GORM-lah
Meaning: Blue princess


Hagan, Hagen
Pronunciation: HEY-jhinn
Meaning: Ruler of the home
Hazel
Pronunciation: HEY-zel
Meaning: The hazel tree


Iona
Pronunciation: I-O-na
Meaning: Blessed
Imogen
Pronunciation: IM-oh-jen
Meaning: Maiden


Jane
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: God is gracious
Jennyfer, Jennifer
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: White wave


Kacey, Kacy
Pronunciation: KAY-see
Meaning: Descendant of Cathasach
Kailin, Kaylinn, Kaylyn
Pronunciation: KAY-lin
Meaning: Slender

Kait
Pronunciation: kayt
Meaning: Pure
Kaysie
Pronunciation: KAY-see
Meaning: Descendant of Cathasach

Keandra
Pronunciation: kee-AHN-drah
Meaning: Keen power
Keela
Pronunciation: KEE-lah
Meaning: Beautiful

Keeva
Pronunciation: KEE-vah
Meaning: Beautiful, gentle, precious
Keeley, Keely
Pronunciation: KEE-lee
Meaning: Beautiful

Kevina
Pronunciation: ke-VEEN-ah
Meaning: Beautiful at birth
Kodie
Pronunciation: KOH-dee
Meaning: Descendant of Cuidighthigh


Lachina
Pronunciation: lah-KEE-nah
Meaning: Warrior from Land of Lochs
Lana, Lanna
Pronunciation: LAN-ah; LAWN-ah
Meaning: Rock; awakening

Linsy
Pronunciation: LIN-zee
Meaning: Uncertain, dark lake; Lincoln
Luan
Pronunciation: lu-AN
Meaning: Warrior

Lula
Pronunciation: LOO-lah
Meaning: Abundance; lady; princess


Mairead
Pronunciation: MAH-raid
Meaning: Pearl; Gaelic form of Margaret
Mairi
Pronunciation: MAH-ree
Meaning: Uncertain; Scottish form of Mary

Malise
Pronunciation: mal-EEZ
Meaning: Servant of Jesus
Maret
Pronunciation: MAR-et
Meaning: Pearl; Gaelic form of Margaret

McCay
Pronunciation: mih-kay
Meaning: Fire
Merilyn
Pronunciation: MEH-ree-leen
Meaning: Bright as the sea

Mirna, Myrna
Pronunciation: MEER-nah; MUR-nah
Meaning: Beloved; affection
Morna
Pronunciation: MOR-nah
Meaning: Beloved

Muireann
Pronunciation: moo-eer-ahn
Meaning: White sea


Neila
Pronunciation: NEEL-ah
Meaning: Champion; cloud
Neilina
Pronunciation: neel EE nah
Meaning: Champion; cloud

Noreen, Norene, Norine
Pronunciation: NOR-een
Meaning: Light
Norma
Pronunciation: NOR-mah
Meaning: Thor mind or courage; Norseman

Nyline
Pronunciation: nye-LEEN
Meaning: Cloud or champion


Orfhlaith, Orlaith
Pronunciation: OR-la
Meaning: Golden lady
Owena
Pronunciation: oh-WEN-ah
Meaning: Well born; possibly well bred


Paisley
Pronunciation: PAIZ-lee
Meaning: Teardrop
Penarddun
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Mythical daughter of Beli


Quin
Pronunciation: Qu-i-n
Meaning: Quintuplet; fifth


Reagan, Reagen
Pronunciation: RAY-gun
Meaning: Descendant of Riagán
Ríona
Pronunciation: REE-oh-nah
Meaning: Queenly

Roisin
Pronunciation: ro-SHEEN
Meaning: Little rose
Rori, Rorie
Pronunciation: ROR-ee
Meaning: Red king


Sabrina
Pronunciation: sah-BREE-nah
Meaning: A Welsh river name
Saoirse
Pronunciation: seer-sha
Meaning: Freedom, liberty

Saraid
Pronunciation: sor-id
Meaning: Best
Shevaune, Shevon, Shevonne
Pronunciation: she-VAWN
Meaning: God is gracious

Siobhan
Pronunciation: shiv-awn
Meaning: God is gracious
Sorcha
Pronunciation: SOR-ah-ka; SURK-ha
Meaning: Brightness, light


Talley, Tallie
Pronunciation: TAL-ee
Meaning: Abundance; lady, princess
Trea
Pronunciation: TRAY-uh
Meaning: Strength; intensity

Treena
Pronunciation: TREE-nah
Meaning: Pure
Trysta
Pronunciation: TREE-stah; TRISS-tah
Meaning: Tumult; feminine form of Trystan


Ula
Pronunciation: OO-la
Meaning: Jewel of the sea
Una
Pronunciation: YOO-na
Meaning: Unity


Vanora
Pronunciation: VAEN-erah
Meaning: A white wave
Vevina
Pronunciation: veh-VEE-nah
Meaning: Sweet lady


Winifred
Pronunciation: WIHn-Ih-Frehd
Meaning: Friend of peace
Yseult
Pronunciation: ee-solt
Meaning: Famous Irish woman

Yula
Pronunciation: YOO-lah
Meaning: Altar; tomb; little bear

Boys


Achaius
Pronunciation: ah-KEE-us
Meaning: Horseman
Adair
Pronunciation: ah-DARE
Meaning: Oak grove

Aedán
Pronunciation: EE-dahn
Meaning: Little fire
Aengus
Pronunciation: EEN-gus
Meaning: One choice

Aidan
Pronunciation: AY-den
Meaning: Little fire
Ainsley, Ainslie
Pronunciation: AYNS-lee
Meaning: Hermitage at the clearing; wood

Alastar
Pronunciation: AL-ah-star
Meaning: Defending men
Alastrom
Pronunciation: al-ah-strom
Meaning: Defending men

Albany
Pronunciation: ahl-bah-nee
Meaning: Scotland
Alun
Pronunciation: AL-un
Meaning: Rock

Aodhgan
Pronunciation: AY-gahn
Meaning: Little fiery one; little ardent one
Arian
Pronunciation: AR-ee-an
Meaning: Welsh origin meaning "silver"

Avalon
Pronunciation: AV-ah-lon
Meaning: Island of apple trees


Bain
Pronunciation: BAYN
Meaning: White, fair
Balfour
Pronunciation: bal-FOR
Meaning: Village pasture, farm pasture

Bean
Pronunciation: been
Meaning: Life
Bowie
Pronunciation: BO-ee
Meaning: Yellow; fair-haired

Braidon
Pronunciation: BRAY-dun
Meaning: Broad; Salmon or his son
Bran
Pronunciation: bran
Meaning: Raven

Brew
Pronunciation: BROO
Meaning: Farmer


Cahir
Pronunciation: KAW-heer
Meaning: Guard
Calan
Pronunciation: KAY-lan
Meaning: Slender

Carlin
Pronunciation: KAR-lin
Meaning: Descendant of Cearbhallán
Ciarán
Pronunciation: KEER-ahn
Meaning: Little dark one

Cloone
Pronunciation: kloon
Meaning: Deceitful; flattering; rogue
Conley
Pronunciation: KON-lee
Meaning: Valiant

Connor
Pronunciation: KAH-ner
Meaning: Lover of hounds
Corly
Pronunciation: kor-LEE
Meaning: Cornel tree; grey round hill

Cowell
Pronunciation: KOW-el
Meaning: Cow hill; battle chief
Craig
Pronunciation: krayg
Meaning: Cliff; rock


Darrah
Pronunciation: DAR-ah
Meaning: Fertile
Daniel
Pronunciation: dan-yell
Meaning: World; ruler of the world

Diarmaid
Pronunciation: deer-mid; jeer-mid
Meaning: Without enemies
Dolan
Pronunciation: DOH lan
Meaning: Descendant of Dubhshlán

Don
Pronunciation: dahn
Meaning: World rule
Dugan
Pronunciation: DEW-gin
Meaning: Dark man; dark complexion


Eachann
Pronunciation: EE-kun
Meaning: Horse lord
Eallair
Pronunciation: EEL-ler
Meaning: Steward
Egan
Pronunciation: EE-gan
Meaning: Little fire
Enfys
Pronunciation: EN-vees; EN-vis
Meaning: Rainbow

Evin
Pronunciation: EH-vin
Meaning: Swift


Farron
Pronunciation: FAH-ron
Meaning: Handsome servant; descendant of Farachán
Farryn
Pronunciation: FAH-rin
Meaning: Handsome servant; descendant of Farachán

Ferguson
Pronunciation: FER-gus-son
Meaning: Man of strength
Findley
Pronunciation: FIN-dlee
Meaning: Fair warrior

Flannchadh
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Red warrior
Flannery
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Red-haired


Gawel
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Foreigner; rooster
Gilderoy
Pronunciation: GIL-de-roy
Meaning: Son of the servant of the red hair

Gillespie
Pronunciation: gil-ESS-pee
Meaning: Servant of the bishop
Glenn
Pronunciation: glen
Meaning: Valley in the mountains

Gordy
Pronunciation: GOR-dee
Meaning: Large fort; fat; beloved


Hart
Pronunciation: hart
Meaning: Stag
Hines
Pronunciation: hynz
Meaning: Descendant of Eidhin

Hogan
Pronunciation: HO-gun
Meaning: Descendant of Ogan


Iagan
Pronunciation: EE-gan
Meaning: Little fire
Irvy
Pronunciation: UR vee
Meaning: Green water; boar friend


Kai
Pronunciation: KY
Meaning: Scottish "fire"; Hawaiian "ocean"
Kailin
Pronunciation: KAY-lin
Meaning: Slender

Kait
Pronunciation: kayt
Meaning: Pure
Kayl
Pronunciation: kayl
Meaning: Slender; free man

Keavy
Pronunciation: Keh-VIY
Meaning: Fair; gentle
Kegan
Pronunciation: KEH-gan
Meaning: Son of Aodhagáin

Kenley
Pronunciation: KEN-lee
Meaning: Wolf head
Kennet
Pronunciation: KANE-net
Meaning: Born of fire

Konnor
Pronunciation: KAHN-er
Meaning: Lover of hounds; hound nobleman
Kraig
Pronunciation: krayg
Meaning: Cliff; rock

Kylian
Pronunciation: KIL-ee-an
Meaning: War; strife; bright-headed


Lachlan, Lachlann
Pronunciation: LAHK-lin
Meaning: Warrior from the Land of the Lochs
Les
Pronunciation: les
Meaning: Holly garden

Liam
Pronunciation: lee-um
Meaning: Strong protector; desire + helmet
Livingston
Pronunciation: LIV-ing-stun
Meaning: Descendant/son of Duinnsliabh

Lollan
Pronunciation: lul-an
Meaning: One who worships a different god


MacAuley
Pronunciation: ma-KAHL-ee
Meaning: Son of the phantom
Mackey
Pronunciation: MAH-kee
Meaning: Son of Coinneach

Maguire
Pronunciation: ma-GWYRE
Meaning: Son of Odhar; Sallow
Malcom
Pronunciation: MAL-kum
Meaning: Columba's servant

Maloney
Pronunciation: ma-LO-nee
Meaning: Descendant of a servant of church
Munroe
Pronunciation: mun-ROE
Meaning: Mouth of the River Roe


Niall
Pronunciation: nye-al
Meaning: Passionate; cloud
Nolan
Pronunciation: NOE-lan
Meaning: Chariot-fighter, champion

Nyles
Pronunciation: NY-ulz
Meaning: Cloud or champion


Oisin
Pronunciation: osh-een
Meaning: Little deer
Orin
Pronunciation: OR-en
Meaning: Little green one

Oscar
Pronunciation: OS-kahr
Meaning: Divine spear; Lover of deer


Pól
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Small; humble


Quinlin
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Gentle fellow; Perfection of form


Reilley
Pronunciation: RY-lee
Meaning: Courageous, valiant
Riordyn
Pronunciation: REER-din
Meaning: Small poet king

Ruaidhrí
Pronunciation: ROO-uh-ree
Meaning: Red king


Shanon
Pronunciation: SHAN-en
Meaning: God is gracious
Shey
Pronunciation: shay
Meaning: Supplanter


Tashaun
Pronunciation: tah-SHON
Meaning: God is gracious
Thorfinn
Pronunciation: THOR-fin
Meaning: Chief; thunder

Turlough
Pronunciation: tur-la
Meaning: One who aids or assists
Tristram
Pronunciation: TRISS-tram
Meaning: Tumult

Tyler
Pronunciation: TIE-la
Meaning: Doorkeeper at an Inn; tile-maker


Uilleam
Pronunciation: WIL-em
Meaning: Will, desire + helmet; protector


Vayne
Pronunciation: V-ein
Meaning: Banner to determine direction of wind
Wade
Pronunciation: N/A
Meaning: Able to go; river ford

William
Pronunciation: WIL-em
Meaning: Will, desire + helmet; protector
Yorath
Pronunciation: YOR-weth
Meaning: Handsome Lord

Zhawn
Pronunciation: zhahn
Meaning: God is gracious


We hope that you find the above list useful. We might have missed on a few prominent names, so you can always add on in the comments section, or write to me. It always feels good to share, isn't it?
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