50 Irish Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Kyoko •  Updated: 02/08/21 •  10 min read
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Do you have an interest and love for all things Irish? Do you have Irish ancestry? And have you recently adopted a dog or puppy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ve come to the right place!

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We know that it can be challenging to find a name for an adopted dog. There are many ways to find inspiration, but if you’ve already gone down those paths, then why not consider an Irish name?

In this article we’ll take a look at some facts about the lovely Emerald Isle, and then get on to a list of Irish names that might be a great choice for your dog!

OK—now let’s get going on that list of Irish dog names we promised!

Irish Dog Names as Gaeilge

Here are some Gaelic dog names—maybe one of these would be a good choice for your dog!

1). Ailean: means “like a rock,” and would be the perfect name for a very large dog that’s hard to move.

2). Anluan: is Irish for a “great hound.” Doesn’t that description fit your fur baby?

3). Aodh: is Gaelic for “Celtic god of fire.” This might be a great name for dogs who have red, fiery hair.

4). Artair: is Gaelic for “like a bear.” Does your do resemble a lion?

5). Bran: means “raven” and would be a great name for a dog that has very black fur.

6). Brian: is a Gaelic name, which means “strong.”

7). Cathal: is a Gaelic name that means “might in battle.” This is another name that would be great for a large, very strong dog.

8). Cona: is Gaelic for “wolf pup.” This is the perfect name for an Irish Wolfhound, a Wolfdog, or a dog that strong resembles a wolf.

9). Conan: is a Gaelic name that means “hound.” Is your dog a hound such as a Bloodhound, Greyhound, Basset Hound, or even an Afghan Hound? If not, that’s OK! This would be a great name for any kind of dog.

10). Connal: is Gaelic for “powerful, strong as a wolf.” This is another name that would be perfect for a dog that resembles a wolf!

11). Cailean: is a Gaelic name that means “young girl.” This would be a great name for a puppy!

12). Madin: is a Gaelic name, which means “little dog.” What a cute name for a small dog, such as a Chihuahua, an Affenpinscher, or a Bichon Frise.

13). Mungan: is a Gaelic name, which means “beloved.” Surely your fur baby is the love of your heart!

14). Onchu: is Gaelic for “mighty dog.”

15). Dubh: is a Gaelic name that means “black.” This is a great, unique name for a dog that is dark black.

Irish Dog Names for Boy

Here are some Irish names that might be a great choice for a boy dog!

16). Patrick: is the name of one of Ireland’s patron saints. We celebrate his day every March 17th, which is called St. Patrick’s Day and is celebrated around the globe!

17). Riley: is an Irish name, which means “brave.” If your dog is brave and strong, why not choose this name for him?

18). Cody: is a name that means “helpful,” and would be the perfect name for a service dog.

19). Finn: this is a name that means “white or fair.” Why not choose this name for your dog if he has white or light-colored fur?

20). Brody: is an Irish name that means “from the muddy place.” Does your dog like to play in the mud? We feel sorry for you, but this might be the best name for your dog!

21). Logan: is an Irish name, which means “descendant of the warrior.” If you have a military person in your family, this might be a great name for your fur baby.

23). Miles: is a name that means “servant.” Of course, your fur baby isn’t a servant, but if he helps you with things around the house or works with you on a farm or ranch, then this would be a great name for him.

24). Griffin: is an Irish name that means “descendant of the Griffin-like.”

25). Finley: this is an Irish name that means “white, fair, hero, warrior.” This would be the perfect name for a white or light dog who is protective of his home and family.

Irish Beer Names for Dogs

Are you a fan of Irish beer? Then here are some names based on Irish beers that may be a good fit for your canine companion!

26). Guinness: this name comes from the beer known as Guinness Irish Stout, and is a very dark, hearty beer. It’s rich and creamy, and has the flavors of malt and chocolate, making this a great favorite.

27). Kilkenny: this name comes from Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, which is very creamy and has the taste of roasted nuts, toffee, and caramel.

28). Francis: this name comes from McGargles Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA, which is a modern, fruit brew that smells a bit like orange, grapefruit, and pine. It’s won many awards and is one of the best Irish beers around.

29). Porter: this name comes from Porterhouse Temple Lager, which was one of the first Irish lagers.

30). Smith: this name is based on Smithwick’s Red Ale, which is a malty, sweet beer. It’s said this is a great choice for when you have a traditional Irish dinner. This beer dates back all the way to the 14th century, when it was made by Franciscan monks.

31). Murphy: this name comes from Murphy’s Irish Stout and is one of the sweetest Irish beers. It’s said this beer is similar to drinking iced mocha. Consider this your dessert after a great Irish meal.

32). Harp: this name comes from Harp Lager, which is an Irish classic. This beer is perfect for summertime and is best served cold. People say this beer at first tastes bitter, then ends in a refreshing clean flavor.

33). Galway: this name comes from Galway Bay Althea APA, which is a tropical beer with flavors of papaya, mango, and peach.

34). Beamish: this name is based on Beamish Irish Stout beer, which is a very rich dark brown, and has been around since about the 1800s.

35). O’Hara: this name is inspired by O’Hara’s Irish Stout, which is an award-winning Irish brew sure to be a hit with anyone who loves to drink stout.

Irish Dog Names Female

Now, here are some Irish names for girl dogs!

36). Adara: this name means “from the ford at the oak tree.” This has the sound of fairies about it, so this might be a pretty name for a small dog.

37). Ailey: is a name that means “bright, shining light.” This is a pretty name that would be perfect for a dainty, graceful dog.

38). Bidelia: is a name that means “exalted one.” This would be a cute name for any girl dog, and you could even shorten it to “Biddie” or “Delia.”

39). Catlee: is a version of the name Catherine, which means “pure.” Is your dog a purebred? Then why not choose this name for her?

40). Eilish: is a name that means “pledge to God.”

41). Fia: is an Irish name that means “wild, weaver.” This is another name that sounds a bit like a fairy name.

42). Izett: while this name sounds French, it’s an Irish name that means “the fair.” If your fur baby is pretty and/or has light-colored fur, then this would be a pretty name for her.

43). Kera: means “dark-haired,” and would be a great name for a dog that has black or dark brown fur.

44). Maeve: is a name that means “she who intoxicates.” Does your dog make you feel intoxicated (happy)?

45). Neala: is a name that means “cloud.” This might be a unique, pretty name for a dog that has light-colored, fluffy fur.

46). Saoirse: is a pretty name that means “freedom.” This is a great name for a dog who has a free spirit.

47). Bryn: is a name that means “hill,” and can be used for girls or boys. This would be a great name for a dog who likes to hike the hills and mountains with you.

48). Darcie: is a name that means “from the fortress.” This name also works for girls or boys.

49). Fallon: is a name that means “leader,” and would be a perfect choice for a dog who is a working dog who helps herd cattle.

50). Quinn: is a pretty name that means “descendant of Conn.” Here’s another name that can be used for girls or boys.

Fun Facts About Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful island located near the UK; in Irish, this country is called Eire, and is also known as the Republic of Ireland. Irish, or Irish Gaelic, is the official language of Ireland; however, most people also speak English.

Ireland has a population of about 4.75 million people and the country’s capital is located in Dublin. This city is home to about 25% of the population of this island nation. The country is also part of the European Union; in fact, is was one of the original 12 countries to join. They began using the Euro as official currency back in 2002.

Researchers have found that there are more Irish people living outside of Ireland than on the island country! Some 80 million people around the world have an Irish passport. And about half the people in Australia say they have Irish ancestry, followed by about 39 million Americans who are of Irish descent.

Ireland was home to St. Patrick; however, this saint was not Irish. It’s thought he was either born in Wales, Scotland or England. At the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders, where he became a slave working as a sheepherder. After six years, Patrick went home and studied to become an ordained priest. Later, he returned to Ireland as a missionary. To this day, Ireland and people of Irish descent (and those who don’t have a drop of Irish blood) celebrate St. Patrick’s saint day on March 17th each year.

There’s an old story that says St. Patrick chased all the snakes from this island nation. However, scientists say that the country probably never had snakes. So, we’re not really sure what St. Patrick chased out. Perhaps the “snakes” were pagans.

Another interesting fact is that the Titanic’s last port of call was in Ireland. The ship was built by 15,000 Irishmen in Belfast. When the ship started her maiden voyage, she first left from Southampton, England. Then her last port of call was Cobh, County Cork.

Most people believe the shamrock is the symbol of Ireland; however, that’s not true. The harp is the official National Symbol of Ireland.

There you have it! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that you’ve found just the right Irish name for your dog!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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