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18 Uncommon Irish Baby Names

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Ireland is a beautiful island filled with warm people and a rich culture. They also have a lot of beautiful and uncommon Irish baby names. Well, definitely uncommon if you don’t live in Ireland. These are not your typical American baby names. If you’re looking for something almost guaranteed to sound like a poem, an Irish baby name is the way to go. Irish Culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature. Maybe that is why all the names are so lyrical sounding. Alongside mainstream Western Culture, a strong indigenous culture exists. This is most evident in the Gaelic games, Irish music and Irish language. Ireland’s culture shares many features with Great Britain, including the English Language, and favorite sports such as football, rugby, horse raising and golf. Yet, the people and the names of Ireland seem to be in a league of their own.

We all think of Patrick, Aidan, Liam, Mary Catherine, Molly. and Cathleen when we think of traditional Irish baby names. Maybe it’s movies, music or folklore but being American these names come to mind first when we think of Irish names. If you are of Irish heritage or you just love all things Irish, why not go with a baby name that is maybe not so common in your part of the world but easily identifiable as Irish in Ireland and unique.

Aengus

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Aengus is of Celtic origin and the Gaelic version of Angus. It is derived from “aon” which means “excellent” and “gus” which means “strength and vigor.” In William Butler Yeats, “The Song of Wandering Aengus” he as immortalized. Aengus was the god of love and of youth. His words were so sweet they attracted bees and birds. He fell deeply in love with a beautiful girl that he saw in a dream and passed through many trials to win her over. The name has been steadily growing in popularity in the United States since 1996. In 1996, Aengus accounted for one in every 11,896 births and in 2016 Aengus was given to 1 in every 6913 boys born in the United States.

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