Irish pride extends to pets for many Americans. But what’s the perfect Irish name for your dog?
From Molly and Murray to Guinness and Dublin, these Irish dog names (and Irish-themed choices) are all pulled from Rover’s massive dog names’ database and ranked in order of their popularity. We’ve also added great Gaelic dog names and other choices from Irish history and culture.
Good luck and have fun choosing the perfect name for your wee new friend.
Top Female Irish Dog Names
Top Male Irish Dog Names
Gaelic Dog Names
Dogs and wolves are important in Irish Gaelic culture and often represent strength and warrior-like qualities. The Irish Gaelic word for “dog” is “madra,” and there are other Gaelic dog-related words that might make great names for your pet. These include ‘Madigan’ (meaning ‘little dog’), Murphy (meaning ‘hound of the sea’) and Conan (meaning ‘hound.’)
- Aislinn or Aisling (dream – pronounced ASH-lin)
- Bran (raven)
- Cael (slender)
- Conan (hound)
- Conry (king of the hounds)
- Felan or Phelan (wolf – spelled Faolan in Gaelic)
- Keeva (gentle and precious)
- Lorcan (little wild one)
- Madigan (little dog)
- Murphy (hound of the sea)
- Roisin (little rose)
- Rogan (red-haired)
- Saoirse (freedom – pronounced SEER-sha)
- Selkie (for a black dog, perhaps)
Most Popular Female Dog Names Associated with the Color Green
Most Popular Male Dog Names Associated with the Color Green
Symbols of Luck and Destiny in Female Dog Names
Symbols of Luck and Destiny in Male Dog Names
Irish Drinking Names
Irish Place Names for Your Dog
Irish Dog Name Trends
Dogs are considered family members, so human names have become very popular for pets. These days, in fact, you’re more likely to meet a golden retriever with a human name like Dylan than a name like Fido. You’ll see that reflected in our top Irish dog names list whether they’re first names like Molly and Riley or surnames like Murphy and Logan. Truly, the sky’s the limit when it comes to giving a traditionally “human name” to your dog.
For Irish dog names this year, we’ve seen a significant rise in the popularity of the following names. Consider these to be officially trending.
- Finn (and Finnegan)
- Saoirse (pr. SOR-cha or SEER-sha)
Irish Dog Names Infographic
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Good luck and have fun picking out your new dog’s name! Your dog’s name is going to be a part of your everyday life, which means that no matter what you choose, you’ll be saying it … a lot. What sounds best to your ear? What’s easy and fun to say? Think in terms of dog training, dog park visits, dog walks or even filling out their Rover profile. Once you take your new dog’s name from imagination to reality, it might help you narrow down your list.
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