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From the natural to the supernatural, Gaelic girl names are as diverse as they are beautiful. Coming from the highlands of Scotland and Ireland, these magnificent monikers are ready for their closeup. Explore highlights of them with us below.
Gaelic girl names aren’t the most popular origin on the U.S. charts, but you can find several just outside of the top 100. Rowan is the leader, and this unisex darling has steadily risen in popularity over the past few years to join the ranks of Harper, Addison, and Avery. McKenna and her close sister Makenna are nipping at her heels though, and they’re lovely alternatives to the more popular Mackenzie. She’s also a unisex choice, and we really dig her nicknames Kenna and Mackie.
As you descend the rungs of the baby name charts, you’ll find Gaelic girl names that aren’t as common but are still beautiful. There’s Eileen, meaning “bright shining one,” and Bridget, meaning “exalted one.” Both are classics, and they wear well in today’s world where everything vintage is in demand, like Evelyn, Eleanor, and Amelia. There are also Kailee and Shea, two names that feel more modern but aren’t heavily used. We’d love to see these uncommon picks more often and think they’re ready to rock your baby names’ list. If you’re looking for something rare, our favorite way to find them is to use the Surprise Me feature on our selected origin. You never know what it’ll toss at you.
There are many Gaelic girl names ready to burst into the spotlight. They fit today’s top trends and are just waiting to be discovered. The most obvious pick in Brenna, a gorgeous name meaning “raven haired.” She combines the beautiful Br- start that’s brought names like Brielle, Brianna, and Brandy to the top of the charts over the years with the soft -enna suffix. She’s a rare alternative to Sienna and Bella, offering the same gentle sound that parents love without the popularity of either name. On the same note, there’s Brietta, a stunning pick who somehow feels modern and vintage at the same time thanks to her styling. Keely is another sweet pick that we see with the potential to shine. She’s a sweet sister to Kylie, and she has a dainty sound that’s precious on a baby girl.
As far as meanings go, we adore the stories behind Gaelic girl names. Shayla’s “from the fairy place” won our hearts in an instant, as did Kirek’s “the strong one.” Chariste means “beloved one,” and we can see her as a Charlotte alternative that honors one’s Gaelic roots. Audan means “fire,” and she sounds like a preppy sister to Autumn that we’d love to hear more often. And of course Cari’s “love” is perfect for the newest little love in your life.
Whichever direction you go, you’ll find something beautiful among Gaelic girl names.