200+ Amazing Irish Dog Names (Unique, Cute, Funny & More!)

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Written by Stella Bouldin

Published: October 19, 2023

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Are you a proud dog parent in search of the perfect name for your furry friend? Look no further! 

Here, we’ll explore a literal treasure trove of amazing Irish dog names that are sure to make your canine companion stand out. From cute and charming names to hilarious and unique monikers, we’ve got them all covered.

In Ireland, dogs have held a special place in the hearts of the people for centuries. Their rich culture, history, and folklore have contributed to a wide array of names inspired by this beautiful country. 

We’ve broken some down into male or female, as well as unisex names. We’ve included a huge section on the meanings of different names.

Let’s explore the fascinating world of Irish dog names, including funny anecdotes, breed associations, and the charm that makes each name special.

Cute Irish Dog Names

Berger Blanc Suisse in a red harness on a leash sitting on a rock with conifer trees in the background

Finnegan, a Berger Blanc Suisse, loves the outdoors.


  1. Finnegan (Male): This adorable name means “fair” or “white-haired.” It’s perfect for dogs with fluffy, light-colored fur.
  2. Aoife (Female): Pronounced “ee-fa,” this name signifies “beauty” or “radiance,” ideal for your graceful girl pup.
  3. Shamrock (Male/Female): A symbol of Ireland, this name is perfect for a dog who brings luck and joy to your life.
  4. Clover (Female): Another charming choice, reminiscent of lush Irish fields.
  5. Pádraig (Male): Pronounced “paw-drig,” this name means “noble” or “of noble descent.”

Funny Irish Dog Names

Bichon Havanese dogs

Leprechaun and Potato are common whimsical dog names.

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  1. Leprechaun (Male): Does your dog have a knack for mischief? This name will capture their playful spirit.
  2. Potato (Male/Female): A cheeky nod to Ireland’s famous spuds. Ideal for a dog who loves treats!
  3. Blarney (Male): Perfect for a dog who’s a bit of a smooth talker, always charming their way into extra belly rubs.
  4. Guinness (Male): Raise a toast to your dog with this iconic Irish name, especially fitting for dark-coated breeds.
  5. Whiskey (Male/Female): This spirited name is perfect for a pup who’s as warm and comforting as a glass of Irish whiskey.

Unique Irish Dog Names

a purebred Happy Dog Papillon  sitting in a shopping cart on blurred flower store in the background. selective focus

Saoirse, a happy purebred


shows her independence sitting in a shopping cart.

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  1. Cillian (Male): A unique and strong name meaning “warrior” or “strife.”
  2. Saoirse (Female): Pronounced “seer-sha,” this name represents “freedom” and independence.
  3. Cúchulainn (Male): Inspired by an Irish hero of myth and legend, this name is for a truly heroic dog.
  4. Eilidh (Female): An Irish name that means “light” or “sunshine.” Ideal for a bright and cheerful pup.
  5. Róisín (Female): Pronounced “ro-sheen,” it means “little rose.” A perfect choice for a dainty, flower-like dog.

Now that you’ve had a taste of some fantastic Irish dog names, let’s dive deeper into the world of these charming names, exploring their meanings, funny stories, and breed associations.

Irish Dog Names: Meanings and Special Qualities

A variety of dog breeds

What name would you give these dogs?

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To provide you with a comprehensive list of Irish dog names, we’ve created a list and highlighted their meanings or what makes them special. Take a look:

Adara‘from the ford near the oak tree’
Aguistin‘one who possesses majestic dignity and grandeur’
Ahana‘one from the small ford’
Aidan‘small’ and ‘fiery’
Ailin‘noble one’
Alaina‘beautiful’ and ‘fair’
Alaine‘beautiful child’
Alani‘dear and precious child’
Alayna‘dear and lovely child’
Alma‘one who is good’
Anlon‘victor’ and ‘champion’
Annabla‘loveable one’
Aoife‘beauty’ (pronounced ‘Eefah’)
Ardal‘intelligent and noble one’
Artegal‘honorable one’
Baileyafter ‘Baileys Irish Cream’
Beacan‘one who is small and sweet’
Beamard‘one who is courageous like a bear’
Bonoafter the famous musician from Ireland
Boxtyafter the Irish pancake
Bradshort for ‘Braddon’, ‘salmon’
Brady‘pretty little one’
Breena‘fairy palace’
Bridget‘strength’ and ‘power’
Brody‘from the muddy place’
Brosnanafter Irish actor ‘Pierce Brosnan’
Bryna‘strong and powerful one’
Cadee‘rhythmic flow of sounds’
Caley‘slim’ and ‘slender’
Carey‘near the castle’
Carlin‘small victor’
Caseshort for ‘Casey’, ‘vigorous one’
Casey‘vigorous one’
Cashshort for ‘Cashel’
Cashelafter the ‘Rock of Cashel’
Cassian‘one with curly hair’
Cassidy‘intelligent’ (can be shortened to ‘Cass’ or ‘Cassie’)
Channe‘young wolf’
Charmdue to Ireland’s association with charms and luck!
Ciara‘one with dark hair’
Cillianmade famous by Peaky Blinders actor ‘Cillian Murphy’
Cleonie‘daughter of a river god’
Colleen‘girl’ (from the Gaelic title ‘Cailin’)
Conall‘strong’ and ‘mighty’
Connorderived from the Gaelic namesake ‘Conchobar’
Corey‘from the hollow’
Corkafter the Southern Irish city
Cronan‘small and dark’
Daegan‘one with black hair’
Dagdaa powerful creature from Irish folklore
Daire‘dark oak’
Darby‘one who is free’
Darcy‘dark one’
Declan‘full of goodness’
Delaney‘from the alder grove’
Dermod‘free man’
Dermot‘one who is free’
Derval‘true desire’
Donegalafter the northern Irish city
Duane‘little’ and ‘dark’
Dublinafter the capital of Ireland
Eavan‘beautiful’ and ‘fair’
Eilaa form of the name ‘Evelyn’
Emerald‘green color’
Ennisafter the Irish county of Clare
Enyaafter Irish singer and musician ‘Enya Brennan’
Etain‘little fire’
Eveleen‘little eve’
Fachnanafter Kilfenora’s first bishop ‘Saint Fachnan’
Faiion‘one who rules’
Fallon‘one who is in charge’
Farrel‘brave champion’
Farrellafter Irish actor ‘Colin Farrell’
Finneganan Irish surname
Finola‘white shoulders’
Fiona‘fair’ (can be shortened to ‘Fi’ or ‘Fifi’)
Flanna‘red hair’
Flynn‘son of the red-haired one’
Forba‘headstrong and determined’
Gaelshort for ‘Gaelic’, the Irish language
Galen‘calm’ and ‘peaceful’
Gallagher‘eager to help’
Galwayafter the Irish city located in the West of Ireland
Gillian‘gracious one’
Griffinan Irish surname
Guinnessafter the Irish stout
Harkin‘dark red color’
Ianthe Gaelic version of ‘John’
Jana‘god is gracious’
Kady‘rhythmic flow of sounds’
Kennedy‘eager to help’
Kera‘dark’ and ‘dusky’
Kerry‘dark princess’
Leprechaunafter the elf-like mythical creature from Irish folklore
Liam‘one who protects and is strong’
Lilafter an Irish saint
Limerickafter the Irish city
Lorcan‘small and wild’
Madaan Irish abbreviation of ‘Matilda’
Mairethe Irish version of ‘Mary’
Malonean Irish surname
Meara‘happy’ and ‘content’
Murphy‘sea warrior’
Murray‘rules over the seas’
Nainsithe Gaelic version of ‘Nancy’
Neesonafter Irish actor ‘Liam Neeson’
Neve‘radiant and bright’
Nevyn‘holy one’
Nolan‘famous’ and ‘noble’
Orla‘golden and radiant princess’
Orna‘little green one’
Oscar‘friend of deers’
Patrickafter ‘St. Patrick’s Day’
Peggya nickname for the name ‘Margaret’
Phelan‘full of joy’
Potatofor a potato-shaped dog
Pucaafter the shapeshifting character from Celtic folklore
Quigley‘unruly hair’
Quinn‘intelligent’ and ‘wise’
Rainbowafter the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Reagan‘little king or ruler’
Renny‘charming one’
Riley‘brave’ and ‘courageous’
Roisin‘small and beautiful rose’
Ronan‘little seal’
Rosalyn‘beautiful rose’
Ryan‘kingly qualities’
Saoirseafter Irish actress ‘Saoirse Ronan’
Seana traditional Irish name
Shamrockafter Ireland’s national symbol
Shanea different version of ‘Sean’
Shannon‘old’ or ‘wise’
Shawnthe feminine spelling of ‘Sean’
Shayanfor a brave dog
Shea‘majestic like a hawk’
Sheena‘god is gracious’
Sheilaa variant of ‘Cecelia’
Sinead‘god’s gift’
Siobhan‘god is gracious’
Sullivan‘dark eyes’
Sun‘from a town by the Boyn river’
Tag‘handsome one’
Teagan‘little poet’
Tierbased on ‘Theobald’
Tierney‘descended from a lord’
Tiffany‘regal’ and ‘lordly’
Van Morrisonafter Irish music legend ‘Sir Van Morrison’

But, there’s more!

Baskets of fresh Irish Potatoes

Some Irish names derive from common foods, like these Irish potatoes.


Some names come from Irish culture, from drinks, and from Irish foods.

Irish Culture

  • Camogie: An Irish stick and ball game similar to lacrosse played by women.
  • Claddagh: The claddagh ring, with its two hands, is often worn as a wedding ring; it originated in County Galway.
  • Dara: The Dara Celtic Knot is one of the most-recognized Celtic knots; the word Dara is derived from the Celtic word for oak tree. Celtic knots have no beginning and no end.
  • Emerald: Ireland is the Emerald Isle.
  • Fada: Technically the síneadh fadas, this is the accent mark in Irish Gaelic.
  • Harp: long a symbol of Ireland, this makes a fun one-syllable dog name
  • Hurling: an Irish team sport that dates back to ancient Gaelic days
  • Leprechaun: This sprite can grant you three wishes and a pot of gold if caught.
  • Shamrock: the three-leaf clover represents the Holy Trinity
  • Triquetra: The Triquetra is another name for the Trinity Knot, a three-pointed knot; a beautiful name for a three-legged dog.

Irish Drinks

Some owners’ favorite Irish beers and whiskeys become the name of their dog like these:

  • “Guinness”
  • “Jameson” 
  • “Brogan” 
  • “Caffrey” 
  • “Smithwicks” 
  • “Murphy Stout”
  • “Harp”
  • “Galway”
  • “Beamish”
  • “Tullemore”

Irish Foods/Brands

Sometimes the name derives from favorite foods or brands like these: 

  • Barry: Barry’s Tea is one of the most popular local brands.
  • Boxty: The boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake.
  • Cidona: The brand of a sparkling apple drink.
  • Gubbeen: Gubbeen Cheese is a semi-soft cheese.
  • Kerrygold: a brand of Irish butter; a fun name for a golden dog!
  • Stew: Irish stew is the best-known dish of Ireland, and “Stewy” would certainly be a fun dog name. If you want to use the Irish name for Stew, it is Ballymaloe.
  • Tayto: a brand of potato chips

Irish Surnames

And sometimes, the name derives from the surname of a famous Irish bloke or dame.

  • Barry
  • Byrne
  • Campbell
  • Doyle
  • Flynn
  • Foley
  • Higgins
  • Kelly
  • Kenny
  • McCarthy
  • Murray
  • Murphy
  • O’Brien
  • O’Connor
  • O’Reilly
  • O’Sullivan
  • Quinn
  • Ryan
  • Stewart
  • Wilson

Funny Stories and Anecdotes

Chihuahua eyeing its owner's beer

While alcohol should not be shared with dogs, beers and whiskeys become common Irish dog names.

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The world of dog names is not only about meanings and symbolism; it’s also about the unique personalities and quirks of our furry friends. Here are some amusing anecdotes related to Irish dog names:

  1. Murphy (Male): One dog owner shared a hilarious story of how his Murphy had a penchant for collecting shoes. Every time a guest visited, Murphy would present them with a random shoe from his collection, causing laughter and confusion.
  2. Molly (Female): A proud owner of a Molly shared that her dog was the life of every party. With a wagging tail and an infectious enthusiasm, Molly turned even the most ordinary gatherings into unforgettable celebrations.
  3. Póg (Male/Female): Pronounced “pogue,” this Irish word means “kiss.” One Póg owner recounted how their dog became famous in their neighborhood for giving out spontaneous, slobbery kisses to anyone willing to accept them.
  4. Colleen (Female): Colleen, a sweet and gentle dog, became a therapy pet at a local hospital. She had an uncanny ability to comfort patients, bringing smiles to their faces and helping them heal.

Breed Associations

While Irish dog names can suit any breed, some names have stronger associations with specific dog types. Here are a few examples:

  1. Irish Wolfhound: Names like “Finnegan” and “Cúchulainn” are popular for these gentle giants due to their Irish heritage and noble stature.
  2. Irish Setter: “Aoife” and “Róisín” are elegant choices that match the grace and beauty of this breed.
  3. Jack Russell Terrier: For a small but spirited breed, names like “Leprechaun” or “Whiskey” capture their energetic and mischievous nature.
  4. Irish Water Spaniel: This water-loving breed might be named “Shamrock” or “Clover” to celebrate their affinity for wet adventures.

Irish Dog Breeds

Three Irish setters in a field panting

Irish Setters, a common Irish breed, make great family dogs.


Does your dog’s breed or mix of breeds hail from Ireland?

  • Glen of Imaal Terrier: The Glen of Imaal Terrier is named for a glen–or valley–in Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains.
  • Irish Red and White Setter: The earliest of the Irish setters, this breed almost disappeared after World War I but was revived by Reverend Noble Huston. He returned to his home in Ballynahinch and found a few remaining Red and White Setters in Monaghan and launched his breeding program.
  • Irish Setter: The Irish Setter dates back to the 1800s and was bred for “setting” or locating birds for a hunter.
  • Irish Terrier: The Irish Terrier was first developed in Cork, Ireland in the 1870s.
  • Irish Water Spaniel: The Irish Water Spaniel was developed in the Dublin area but it has a far more interesting mythological origin story. Tales told that it was the descendant of the Dobhar-chú or King Otter, that was described as a half-otter, half-dog being five times larger than an otter that lived in the water.
  • Irish Wolfhound: References to the Irish Wolfhound go to the days of the Gaels who used them as hunting dogs and called them Cú Faoil. Cú is Gaelic for dog, Faoil for wolf.
  • Kerry Beagle: Probably the oldest of the Irish breeds, the Kerry Beagle is most likely a dog descended from the dogs referred to as “gadhar” (hunting dog) in ancient texts.
  • Kerry Blue Terrier: The Kerry Blue Terrier originated in County Kerry, Ireland in the 1820s.
  • Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier: Like so many breeds, the exact origin of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is fuzzy, but legend says that the first of these dogs arrived in Ireland when he swam ashore from a sinking ship in the Spanish Armada, arriving to then breed with local dogs and produce the breed.

Feeling overwhelmed? Let’s make this easier.

Specifically Male Irish Dog Names:

  1. Finnegan: Meaning “fair” or “white-haired,” it’s ideal for dogs with light-colored fur.
  2. Pádraig: Pronounced “paw-drig,” this name signifies “noble” or “of noble descent.”
  3. Seamus: A popular Irish name that means “supplanter” or “he who supplants.”
  4. Cillian: A strong name meaning “warrior” or “strife.”
  5. Conall: A name rooted in Irish history, often associated with bravery and valor.
  6. Declan: Meaning “man of prayer” or “full of goodness.”
  7. Sullivan: It means “dark-eyed” and is a nod to Ireland’s rich heritage.
  8. Ronan: Signifying “little seal,” it’s perfect for water-loving dogs.
  9. Brogan: A name with a rustic charm, often associated with the rugged Irish countryside.
  10. Colm: A short and sweet name meaning “dove” or “peaceful.”

Specifically Female Irish Dog Names:

  1. Aoife: Pronounced “ee-fa,” it means “beauty” or “radiance.”
  2. Maeve: A name with regal connotations, symbolizing “intoxicating” or “great joy.”
  3. Niamh: Meaning “brightness” or “lustrous,” ideal for a radiant pup.
  4. Brigid: Named after the Celtic goddess of fire, poetry, and wisdom.
  5. Siobhan: Pronounced “shi-vawn,” it signifies “God is gracious.”
  6. Roisin: Pronounced “ro-sheen,” it means “little rose.”
  7. Aisling: This name means “dream” or “vision” in Irish.
  8. Deirdre: A name from Irish mythology, associated with beauty and tragedy.
  9. Ciara: Meaning “dark-haired” or “black,” a suitable name for dogs with dark fur.
  10. Grainne: Named after a legendary Irish beauty and symbolizes “grace.”

Unisex Irish Dog Names:

  1. Bailey: This name can mean “bailiff” or “trusted guardian.”
  2. Riley: Often associated with “courageous” or “valiant.”
  3. Casey: Meaning “vigilant” or “watchful,” suitable for alert dogs.
  4. Quinn: A unisex name signifying “wisdom” or “intelligent.”
  5. Devin: Meaning “poet” or “bard,” ideal for expressive dogs.
  6. Shannon: Named after Ireland’s longest river, symbolizing “wise river.”
  7. Kerry: A name linked to Ireland’s picturesque County Kerry.
  8. Morgan: Meaning “sea warrior,” a strong name for confident dogs.
  9. Reagan: Often associated with “noble” or “little ruler.”
  10. Teagan: A name signifying “attractive” or “beautiful.”

These meanings and associations can add depth and significance to your choice of an Irish dog name, making it even more special for your furry friend.

Choosing the perfect name for your dog is a meaningful and exciting part of welcoming them into your family. Irish dog names offer a unique blend of charm, history, and personality, making them an excellent choice for any canine companion.

Whether you prefer cute, funny, or unique names, there’s an amazing Irish dog name waiting to be discovered. Use our chart of 200+ names as a starting point to find the ideal name for your furry friend, and don’t forget to consider their breed, personality, and the special moments you share together.

So, raise a virtual toast to your dog with an amazing Irish dog name, and may your canine companion bring you a lifetime of joy, laughter, and love. Sláinte! (Cheers!)

Disclaimer: Before settling on a name, ensure it suits your dog’s personality, is easy to pronounce, and doesn’t resemble any common commands. Always choose a name that your dog responds positively to.

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Stella is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel and animals. She has over 20 years of professional writing experience. She holds a doctorate degree and several writing certifications. Stella is a digital nomad currently living in Mexico. As she has a passion for travel, she has also lived in China, S. Korea, Thailand, Kenya, and Ecuador in the past ten years. Stella has two rescue dogs, Paisley and Tinosa who travel with her around the world. Her hobbies include reading, quilting, and meeting new people.

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