Baby names

Cassidy, Mackenzie and 11 more Irish girl names we love

March 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM ET

Irish Girl Names
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Irish Girl Names

You don't have to be Irish (or even due around St. Patrick's Day) to love Irish baby names. While Irish girl names aren't as popular as Irish boy names on the Social Security Administration's list of top baby names for 2011 (the most current year available), we love these pretty—and maybe even lucky!—choices for your little leprechaun.

Irish Girl Names
Brianna
: Meaning "exalted and high minded," this is the most popular Irish girl name on the SSA list, at number 45.

Cassidy
: Curly-haired mamas might want to consider this moniker, considering that its source is Caiside, a Gaelic name meaning "curly-headed."

Ciara
: Pronounced with a "k" sound, this Gaelic name means "black."

Erin
: From Eireann, meaning "Western island," this is a classic Irish girls' name.

Fiona
: From a Gaelic expression meaning "fair."

Kayla
: Kayla's source is Caoilinn, an Irish Gaelic name meaning "slim and fair," so we're not all that surprised that it's number 59 on SSA list.

Kennedy
: Love the name, not the meaning: Kennedy, which ranks number 90 on the SSA list, means "helmet head."

Kiara
: Its source is ciar, a Gaelic name meaning "black."

Mackenzie
: At number 68 on the SSA list, this name comes from Cinead, a Gaelic name meaning "fire-born."

Maeve
: Pronounced "Mayv," this pretty name means "intoxicating."

McKenna
: This name means "ascend."

Riona
: This is an Irish Gaelic name meaning "queenly." (It reminds us of Rihanna!)

Shayla
: Shayla comes from an Irish Gaelic expression meaning "from the fairy palace." Perfect for a future princess!

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.


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