The 77 Best Irish Dog Names Female and Their Meanings

Written by Megan Martin
Published: October 27, 2023
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There are dozens of different dog breeds that originate from Ireland, ranging from the Irish wolfhound to the Kerry beagle. However, even if you have a dog originating from elsewhere in the world, you may be interested in choosing an Irish name for your newest family member. Below, explore 77 female Irish dog names to help spark inspiration and guide you along the naming process. 

Top Female Irish Dog Names

Types of water dogs - Irish Water Spaniel

Senan is a good name for the dog that seems to understand everything you say!

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  • Aisling: pronounced ash-leen and means “a dream”
  • Caoimh: pronounced kee-va and means “gentleness,” “beauty,” and “grace”
  • Eibhlín: pronounced ei-leen and means “sunlight”
  • Senan: pronounced sen-nin and means “little wise person”
  • Meabh: pronounced maeve, after the queen of Connacht in Irish folklore
  • Lorcan: meaning “silent” or “fierce”

Cute Female Irish Dog Names

  • Eimear: pronounced ee-mur and meaning “swift”
  • Laoise: pronounced lee-sha and meaning “radiant girl”
  • Aoibheann: pronounced ay-veen and meaning “radiant beauty”
  • Cadhla: pronounced ky-lah and meaning “beautiful” or “graceful”

Strong Female Irish Dog Names

  • Aodh: pronounced ai-dan and meaning “fiery”
  • Fiadh: pronounced fee-a and meaning “wild”
  • Ailbhe: pronounced al-va and meaning “noble”
Two gray and white Irish wolfhounds standing in the middle of an autumn field

Two gray and white Irish wolfhounds are standing in the middle of an autumn field.

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  • Breac: pronounced brake and means “trout
  • Fáinleog: pronounced fon-long and means “swallow
  • Farraige: meaning “sea”
  • Madigan: meaning “little dog”
  • Murphy: meaning “hound of the sea”
  • Bran: meaning “raven”
  • Conan: meaning “hound” or “wolf”
  • Oisín: pronounced osh-een and meaning “deer
  • Colm: meaning “dove”
  • Darragh: pronounced dar-ra and meaning “dark oak”

Top Female Names in Ireland

  • Fiadh: a top-trending name meaning “deer,” “wilderness,” or “respect”
  • Grace: a Latin name popular in Ireland meaning “favor” or “blessing”
  • Emily: a Latin name trending in Ireland that means “rival,” “laborious,” or “eager”
  • Sophie: a name of Greek origin meaning “wisdom”
  • Éabha: a popular Irish name meaning “life”
  • Evie: a name of Australian origin meaning “woman who enjoys life” or “life”
  • Caoimhe: a name of Irish origin meaning “beautiful,” “gentle,” or “precious”
  • Saoirse: a popular Irish name that means “freedom”
  • Ava: a name of many origins and meanings. In Persian and Urdu, “voice”; in Hebrew, “life”; and in Latin, “bird”
  • Lily: a popular Latin name meaning “pure”
  • Ella: a name of mixed European-Hebrew origin meaning “fairy maiden” or “goddess”
  • Amelia: an English name derived from the Hebrew name Amalia, meaning “industriousness”
  • Chloe: a Greek name meaning “blooming”
  • Lucy: a sweet Latin name meaning “light”
  • Mia: a name of mixed origin and derivatives that means “beloved” or “mine”
  • Hannah: a name of Hebrew origin that means “favor” or “grace”
  • Sophia: a beloved name of Greek origin that means “wisdom”
  • Emma: a name from Germany that means “entire” or “universal”
  • Ellie: a common variation of Greek-derived names that means “light”
  • Freya: a Scandinavian name meaning “noble lady”. Perfect from the prim and proper pup!
  • Isla: a name derived from Spanish meaning “island”
  • Molly: a name of Irish origin meaning “star of the sea”
  • Olivia: a Latin name meaning “olive tree”
  • Sadie: a name of Hebrew origin meaning “princess”
  • Anna: a Greek and Hebrew name that means “favor,” “grace,” or “beautiful”
  • Ruby: a vibrant name derived from the Latin ruber to mean “red.” Perfect for red breeds like the Irish setter or Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.
  • Robyn: a gender-neutral name that means “bright fame”
  • Kate: a Greek and English name meaning “pure”
  • Willow: a name of Old English origin that means “willow tree”
  • Sofia: a spelling variation of Sophia, of the same origin and meaning “wisdom”

Female Dog Names Based on Irish Cities

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The perfect female Irish dog name may come from one of the country’s very own cities.


  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Kinsale
  • Cashel
  • Navan
  • Athlone
  • Ennis
  • Bantry
  • Shannon
  • Trim
  • Carlow
  • Wicklow
  • Mallow
  • Bray
  • Traelee
  • Cobh (pronounced cove)
  • Ballina
  • Cavan
  • Athy
  • Fermoy
  • Macroom
  • Edenderry
  • Ardee
  • Kilkee.

What to Know Before Picking a Name for Your Dog 

Types of Setter Dogs - Irish Red and White Setter

It is important to take the proper steps to ensure that you give your dog a memorable, easy-to-understand name.


Your dog’s name will last a lifetime. However, aside from being a cute or funny word to call your dog to get their attention, your dog’s name is an essential tool in communicating with your pet. This means there are a few steps you’ll want to keep in mind when picking out your dog’s name.

First, you want to make sure your new dog won’t get their name confused with other keywords. This includes commands, other pets’ names, or even human names in the house. If you name your dog a name too similar to that of your cat, your dog may get confused when trying to understand who exactly you’re talking about or to.

Second, you’ll want to make your dog’s name easy to understand. While this isn’t as essential as the first step, it can help you and your dog navigate training with more ease. This means choosing a name that ends in a vowel to help get and keep your dog’s attention. You’ll also want to keep it short when possible, no more than two or so syllables, to help your dog learn their new name.

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About the Author

Megan is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is birds, felines, and sharks. She has been researching and writing about animals for four years, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in biology and professional and technical writing from Wingate University, which she earned in 2022. A resident of North Carolina, Megan is an avid birdwatcher that enjoys spending time with her cats and exploring local zoological parks with her husband.

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