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99 Celtic Baby Names With Meanings And Origins

Do you need your baby to own a reputation that reflects Celtic heritage? These Celtic and Gaelic names come back from eire, Scotland, Wales, England, and areas of northern Espana. Pronunciation and orthography will be difficult with Celtic names. While some are fairly common, like Erin, others ar a lot of exotic. Many Celtic names are also used for both boys and girls, such as Sean and Quinn.

Popular Celtic Baby Names for Girls :

1. Aine:

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Radiance
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Considered Irish equivalent of Anne
  • Famous Namesakes: Author and economics professor Aine Seitz McCarthy, actress Aine Ni Mhuiri
  • Peak Popularity: Aine ranked at number 32 in Ireland in 2003. It is uncommon in the U.S.

2. Aislinn:

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Dream or vision
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aisling, Aisleyne, Aislin
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Aisling Bea, poet, and author Aislinn Hunter
  • Peak Popularity: Aisling ranked at 27 in Ireland in 2002. Both Aisling and Aislinn are rare in the U.S., with Aislinn barely cracking the top 1000 in 2015, 2016, and 2018

3.Alys :

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: Noble and dependable person
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alis (Welsh), Ailis (Irish), Aileas (Scottish), Alyce, Alice, Alyssa, Aalis
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Alyssa Milano, author Alys Clare
  • Peak Popularity: Alys is sometimes seen in England and Wales, most recently ranking at 447 in 2016. It is uncommon in the U.S.

4. Avalon:

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Apple
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Avallon, Avilion
  • Peak Popularity: Avalon is an uncommon first name, not ranking in any country.

5. Boudicca:

  • Origin: Ancient Celtic
  • Meaning: Victory
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Boadica, Boadicea, Boudica, Voadicia
  • Famous Namesakes: Boudicca, queen of the Britons
  • Peak Popularity: Boudicca is a rare name in the U.S.

6. Brianna:

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: One who is honorable and noble
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Breanna, Breana, Breanne, Briana, Brianne, Bryana, Bryanna, Bryanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Brianna Hildebrand, ice hockey player Brianna Decker, singer Brianna Perry (Lil’ Brianna), video game developer Brianna Wu
  • Peak Popularity: Brianna was uncommon in the U.S. until the 1970s. It peaked in the top 20 from 1996 to 2006.

7. Brighid:

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Exalted one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bridget, Brigid, Brigit, Biddy, Bridie, Ffraid (Welsh)
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Bridget Fonda, model Bridget Moynahan, Saint Brigid of Kildare (a patron saint of Ireland)
  • Peak Popularity: Brighid is an uncommon name in any country. The variant Bridget was most popular in the U.S. in the 1970s, topping at number 112 in 1973.

8. Bronwen:

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Fair and blessed
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bronwyn (technically masculine due to-wyn ending), Branwen
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Bronwen Dickey, Olympic water polo player Bronwen Knox
  • Peak Popularity: Bronwen has not made the top list for any country.

9. Bryn:

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Has come to mean protector, although originally the word meant “hill fort.”
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brina, Brynne, Brin (Welsh), Brynlee (English)
  • Famous Namesakes: Animation writer Brynne Chandler, television personality Brynne Edelsten
  • Peak Popularity: Bryn has rarely cracked the top 1000 in the U.S., but ranked 743 in 2011, while Brynlee has new popularity and ranked 210 in 2018.

10. Caitlin:

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Purity
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cathleen (Irish), Kathleen (Irish), Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, Caetlin, Caitriona (Scottish), Catriona (Scottish), Catrina (Scottish), Catrin (Welsh), Cadi (Welsh), Catarina (Galician)
  • Famous Namesakes: Television personality and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner, author Caitlin Matthews
  • Peak Popularity: Caitlin was most popular in the 1980s and 1990s, peaking at number 44 in 1988. It dropped out of the top 1000 in 2016.

11. Caoimhe:

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Beauty and gentleness
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Keavy, Keeva, Kiva
  • Famous Namesakes: Television personality Caoimhe Guilfoyle, Irish peace activist Caoimhe Butterfly, actress Caoimhe Judd
  • Peak Popularity: Caoimhe is very popular in Ireland and North Ireland, usually ranking in the top 25.

12. Cerridwen:

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Poetry, combined with woman or fair.
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ceridwen, Cerridwyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Mythic figure Ceridwen
  • Peak Popularity: Cerridwen is an uncommon name in every country.

13. Deidre:

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Sorrow and longing, young girl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Deirdre, Deidra, Deitra, Derdriu, Dede
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Deidre Hall, author and psychologist Deirdre Barrett, Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs
  • Peak Popularity: Deirdre and Deidre were most common in the U.S. in the 1960s, with Deirdre ranking as high as 333 in 1961. Both fell out of the top 1000 in the early 1990s.

14. Doireann:

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Brooding, sorrowful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Doirean, Doreen, Daireann, Doirend
  • Famous Namesakes: Wiccan liturgical writer Doreen Valiente, singer Doreen Taylor
  • Peak Popularity: Doireann is an uncommon name in every country. Doreen was most popular in the U.S. in the late 1950s but fell out of the top 1000 in 1980.

15. Eithne:

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Kernel, grain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aithne, Edna, Ena, Enya, Etna
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Eithne Padraigin Ni Bhraonain (Enya), Author Edna Ferber, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Peak Popularity: Edna was in the top 20 girl names from 1889 to 1917. It fell out of the top 1000 in 1992.

16. Enid:

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Soul or life
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Enaid
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Enid Blyton, sculptor Enid Yandell
  • Peak Popularity: Enid was most popular in the 1920s in the U.S. It fell out of the top 1000 in 1955

17. Erin:

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Child of Ireland
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eireann, Aryn, Eirinn, Eryn, Eriu, Eirwynn, Iorwyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, actress Erin Moran, television personality Erin Andrews
  • Peak Popularity: Erin was in the top 20 names for girls in the U.S. in the early 1980s.


  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: White or fair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fyona, Fionna, Fionha
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Fiona Apple
  • Peak Popularity: While Fiona has long been common in Scotland and Ireland, it was rare in the U.S. until 1990 and had its top rank in 2017 at 180.


  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: White of shoulder
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fionnaghuala, Nuala
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Fionnula Flanagan
  • Peak Popularity: Fionnula is not a common name in any country.

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