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Molly or Moira? Patrick or Phinean? With a little luck o' the Irish, you'll find a name from Eire that will suit your child well.


Steps:
1. Go for a name that symbolizes strength. Try Aron, Quinlan or Melvin for a boy, or Renny for a small but strong boy. Bernadette, Bridget or Treasa are good choices for girls. Kacey means brave and can be used for either a girl or a boy.

2. Select a name that means grace or graceful. These include Grace, Hannah and Sinead (pronounced Shinade) for girls, and Sean (pronounced Shawn) for boys.

3. Opt for a name that symbolizes intelligence and knowledge, such as Dara or Ida for a girl, or Conn, Conan or Quinn for a boy.

4. Decide on a noble name, such as Nolan or Ailin, for a boy. The American version of Ailin is Alan. Try Ailis (pronounced Aylish) for a girl, or the American version, Adelaide.

5. Choose a name that means "gift from God," such as Eoin (pronounced Owen) for a boy, or Shauna or Siobhan (pronounced Shivon) for a girl.

6. Give your child a name synonymous with wisdom: Earnan (pronounced Air-nawn - Ernest in America) for a boy, or Bec or Becca for a girl.

7. Try a spiritual name, such as Fainne (pronounced Faw-in-nye), which means halo, for a girl. Also consider Aingeal (pronounced Ang-ell), which means angel, and Ado, which means blessed. For a boy, choose Nevan or Nevin, which mean saint or holy one.

8. Select a name that means beautiful, such as Caronwyn or Eavan for a girl, or Kevin or Keeley for a boy.


Tips:
Keeley can also be used for a girl.

Celtic names have many spellings and can be confusing to people without an Irish background. Consider the American version of an Irish name, such as Dermot, rather than the Irish spelling, Diarmad.


Warnings:
Keep in mind that these names come from various parts of the country and can be derived from different cultures. The spellings and meaning may vary slightly from region to region - check with your family or other resources if this is important in naming your child.

Tips from eHow Users:
Erin
Erin is a beautiful name and very popular in Ireland, don't be put off!


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Be careful by eHow Friend
Many of the names in "How to give your baby and Irish name" are incorrect or not Irish.

Dara or Daire or Daragh is a name for a boy, not a girl. Tara is a girls name, perhaps this is what the author was thinking of.

Many of the other names, such as Bec or Becca, Renny, Melvin, Grace, Hannah and Caronwyn are simply not Irish. Quinlan and Nolan are used as surnames, not first names, in Ireland.
1. Play with spellings Patty C.
Feel free to play with spelling version of a name you like. Remember, nothing is written in stone. My husband and I both liked Catherine and the variant Caitlyn. However, we wanted her to have a little "give" in her name and allow her to choose her nickname with variety. After a bit of practicing spelling her name we came up with Kaitlynne and right now she goes by Kaity for a nickname. We also wanted her middle name to reflect our Irish heritage so we chose Briana for a middle name. However we liked the Brianna version better. Expiriment, but also remember, never chose a name you yourself wouldn't want for life.

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2. Don't use Erin
Avoid the name Erin or Eireann. It's from the word Eire, meaning Ireland. I liked my name, until I first came to Ireland when I was eight. I discovered that people here still speak Irish: the language is not dead. Not only did I feel like a fool having my name plastered on buses and bank machines, but anyone I told looked at me as if I had three heads. It's understandable. Can you imagine someone walking around saying, "Hi! My Name is Canada!"? Go for something a bit more subtle. ;)

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3. Erin
Erin is a beautiful name and very popular in Ireland, don't be put off!

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4. Erin is a great name Zach
I lived in Ireland and I believe that Erin, for a girl, is actually quite beautiful. No one thinks it strange to name a child after a state (Georgia, Florida, Virginia), nor do they think it strange when someone's last name is that of a country (Kathy Ireland, Jonathon England, French is a last name seen oftentimes). There are some geographical entities whose labels are beautiful and very appropriate for people. Erin is one of them. People in Ireland may see it as a bit funny to name a child Erin, but, as I explain to my Irish friends, in America the name is quite common and considered quite lovely.

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5. Original spelling
I think that using an original Irish spelling reflects true Irish heritage. For example, instead of calling your child Shaun, call him Seán, or instead of Cathleen, use Caitlín. There are a great many Irish names that are now commonly spelled incorrectly and some Irish people find this offensive and/or unnecessary.

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6. Keep it Irish ?ine
If you want to give your baby an Irish name, please use the proper spelling. If you are unsure, get a book that has been published in Ireland. For example, the accent used in Irish only goes above vowels (not over y). If you do give your baby an Americanized Irish name, goodness help them if they step foot in the country. It is hard enough for us to keep our language and culture alive without everyone changing it on us! Thank you, and good luck with the new baby.

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7. Irish names eHow Friend
Other spellings for the name Ailis are Eilish and Ailish, both of them pronounced the same. Aoibhinn (pronounced a-veen) and Derubhla (dervla) are other Irish girl names. Kieran is a very popular Irish name for boys.

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8. Be careful eHow Friend
Many of the names in "How to give your baby and Irish name" are incorrect or not Irish.

Dara or Daire or Daragh is a name for a boy, not a girl. Tara is a girls name, perhaps this is what the author was thinking of.

Many of the other names, such as Bec or Becca, Renny, Melvin, Grace, Hannah and Caronwyn are simply not Irish. Quinlan and Nolan are used as surnames, not first names, in Ireland.

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