R[/dropcap/oisin, Aoibheann, Sorcha. So, you want to give your new pup an Irish dog name—and know how to pronounce it correctly? We get it! Irish names are rich in history. Many have incredible mythical origins. Their spellings can seem appealingly surprising and unique. (If you’re not well-versed in Gaelic, that is. No? Us either.) Whether you have Irish roots in your family tree, or just love Ireland and its rich culture, choosing an Irish name for your new dog is a great way to show the world that this pup is truly part of your clan. Here are 400 Irish dog names to get you inspired.
In Irish legend, this was the name of a female warrior. It’s pronounced AL-va and is perfect for a feisty girl pup.
This name looks like a mouthful but is pronounced AY-veen. It means “of pleasant, beautiful sheen” or “radiant beauty.”
This name means “little height,” a great name if your new pup happens to be a Corgi.
Cadhla is pronounced KY-lah, and it means “beautiful, comely, and graceful.” If your new dog has an elegant air about her, this is a winner.
This name means “a friend”— and that’s exactly what your new dog will be to you.
Pronounced KEE-a-ra, Ciara means “dark-haired and brown-eyed,” matching the description of many gorgeous doggos.
There have been many famous Claires, from Danes to Foy to the region of Ireland with a slightly different spelling: County Clare. Why not add your dog to the list?
Colleen is a classic Irish-American name and means, simply, “little girl.”
Erin is the Anglicized version of Eireann, which directly translates to “Ireland.” It doesn’t get any more Irish than that.
Look into your dog’s eyes. If you see optimism and hope, consider Fidelma, which means “faithful.”
Have a fair lady of a pup? Well Finna means “fair” and will be a name right up her alley.
Similar to its masculine form, Fionn, this name means “fair, white, beautiful”—perfect for the newest blonde in your life.
Ita is the name of a 6th century Irish saint, and it also sounds like a tiny little witch you’d meet in the middle of the forest. Isn’t that the vibe we’re all trying to cultivate?
This name has a super laid-back vibe to it while also meaning beautiful.
This Irish name means “ancient,” fitting for a girl pup with an old soul.
According to Irish stories, Queen Mab was the monarch of the fairies―perfect for an especially regal pup.
Pronounced mah-JEL-uh, this name has a little bit of sass to it and simply means “great.”
In Irish and Latin, “Molly” means “star of the sea.” If your pup’s a fan of the ocean, it’s a perfect fit.
Nola is a shortened form of Fionnuala, which means “white shoulder.” It’s also a cute nod to the city of New Orleans.
With a noble aura to the name to begin with, this one is for the most “honorable” of pooches.
The poppy is a vibrant red flower native to Ireland. Perhaps it’s also a perfect name for your vibrant pup!
This name, pronounced REE-ona, comes from “rionach,” and means “queenly.”
Pronounced SYVE, this name mean can mean either sweet and lovely, or wise—both characteristics you’ll love in your new little girl.
In Gaelic, Shannon means “old” or “wise.” It’s also the name of the longest river in Ireland.
Pronounced shin-AID, this is the Irish form of the name “Jane” or “Jeannette,” and means “God is gracious.”
If your new girl pup shines bright like a diamond, give her this name! It means “bright” or “shining” and it’s pronounced SOR-ca.
Ailbe or Alby
This name means “white,” perfect for a pup with white fur.
Alastar is the Irish version of Alexander, and it sounds like the name of a king in the making.
The name Alroy means “red,” and who doesn’t love a ginger doggo?
Did you know this popular name for boys in America actually means “prince” in Gaelic?
Oh, you thought Brian was a boring name? Its Irish meaning is “hard, noble and strong.” Give the Brians of the world some credit.
This name, pronounced Kwee-veen, means “handsome birth” in Gaelic, and is way more interesting than its more common version, Kevin.
Ciarán or Kieran
Both these names are pronounced the same way (KEE-run) and mean “little dark one” in Gaelic. It’s traditionally given to little boys (or boy dogs) with black or dark hair.
The name Conor—sometimes spelled Connor—translates to “lover of hounds” in Gaelic. If your new pup is a social butterfly and loves other dogs, this name is a great pick.
Cormac translates to “charioteer” in Gaelic, making it a great name for a pup who loves to run.
Yes, it’s the last name of arguably the most famous vampire family in YA fiction history. (We’re talking about Edward from “Twilight,” of course.) But it also means “holly tree” in Gaelic.
Pronounced DA-rah, this is a traditional Irish name that means “oak tree” in Gaelic.
The Irish dropped the D from the end of “Donald” to create this name that means “proud chief” in Gaelic.
Derived from the old Gaelic surname, O’Deoradhain, this means grandson, perfect for your new little family member.
Eoghan is the Irish version of the name “Owen” and is pronounced the same way. It means “born of the yew tree” in Gaelic.
The name “Finbar” means “white hair.” It’s also super fun to say. Go ahead, try it out. Finbar!
Finian is such a cute Irish name for a little boy pup. He sounds like a hipster dog who is always in the mood for a Puppuccino from Starbucks.
This name has a super-cutesy feel to it for tiny and/or outdoorsy dogs.
This name means “lake-land” in Gaelic, making it a good pick for a dog who’s equally happy in water as he is on dry land.
This Irish version of “Neil” means “cloud” in Gaelic. A great fit for a little ball of floof!
This Irish name means “light” or “pale,” so it’d be a fabulous name for a pup with light fur.
Yes, the name of the resident grouch on “Sesame Street” has Irish origins. Oscar translates to “deer lover” or “friend of deer” as derived from the Gaelic “os” (deer) and “cara” (friend).
Patrick is the name of the patron saint of Ireland, of course. You know, the St. Patrick who has his own holiday on March 17?
Patty or Paddy
These nicknames for “Patrick” both work as standalone names, too.
Calling all Chihuahuas and other ballsy breeds: This name is Irish for “courageous.”
The Irish remixed the Latin word for senator to create this name meaning “old” or “wise.”
Angus or Aengus
According to Celtic legend, the name “Angus” means “one strength” in Gaelic and belonged to the god of love. And what’s the thing that dogs are best at (besides sniffing out treats)? That’s right: love.
Let’s get technical here – this name literally means “descendant of Brolach,” maybe the perfect name for your bro of a pup?
There’s nothing cuter than a dog with a regular human name, and this gender-neutral pick has Irish origins, too.
In Gaelic, this name means “rock.” It’d be extra-perfect for a Bulldog since they’re basically boulders on legs.
This name, a shortened form of Nicholas, means “pup” in Gaelic. How on the nose is that?
The name Conan (as in late-night host Conan O’Brien, who’s undeniably Irish) comes from the Gaelic word “con” which means “hound” or “wolf.” And the suffix “an” means “little warrior.”
What’s cuter than a little hound who thinks he’s a warrior?
This Irish name sounds adorably quirky, but it has a serious meaning: “Liberty.”
If you have a little chirper on your hands, this name means “beautiful bird” and could easily apply to your dog!
This name has such a prestigious ring to it, you better have a bowtie ready upon naming.
Finn or Fionn
As you sing “Come On, Eileen” to your four-legged friend, know that her name means “desired.”
Finn is the Anglicized version of Fionn. Both mean “fair-headed” or “white,” making this a precious choice for a dog whose hair is on the lighter side.
The name translates to “son of Gerald” in Gaelic. But more importantly, it sounds like the name of a classy dog who has a vast collection of argyle sweaters.
Also the name of the hero in the Disney movie “Tangled,” this name means red, bright red or fiery red. A cute reference to your new dog’s ginger fur, perhaps?
For the most Irish of pups, let’s get literal with the name, people.
“Clever and curly haired” is the definition here, so if it applies to your conniving pooch, go for it.
Translating to “little flame,” this name is reserved for the spunkiest of the bunch.
Signifying “the daughter of the white warrior,” this one feels right for those purebred, solid white pooches.
Liam means “resolute protection” in traditional Gaelic. There’s no better name for a guard dog.
Calling all hounds! This one means “hound” and has a tough ambiance to it, too.
This name signifies “affection” and is a great pick for a snuggly girl dog.
Murphy is a common last name in the U.S. and in Ireland, and giving it to a dog adds a whole new level of cuteness. Plus, the name means “sea warrior” in Gaelic―perfect for a dog who loves to swim.
Pronounced NOO-lah, this is the diminutive of the name Fionnuala, which means “fair shouldered.” Regardless of how attractive your dog’s shoulders are (we’re sure they’re stunning), we also love this name for its charming nickname, “Nu.”
This was an Irish clan surname, and doubles as a super cute first name for a dog.
Pronounced ROW-sheen, this name means “little rose” ―a sweet name for a small-breed cutie.
This name is a common Irish last name in the U.S., but it’s also become a popular first name for pets and people alike. Just think: Your pup’s nickname could be “Sully,” like the kind-hearted fuzzy monster in “Monsters, Inc.”
Pronounced TASH-ka, your little treasure’s name can literally mean treasure.
This unusual name means “fair-haired,” great for the unique blondie in your life.
In Irish, “blath” means flower or blossom. That makes Blathnaid, pronounced BLAW-nid, a fit for your best “bud.” (See what we did there?)
The daintiest of gals should go with this one, which translates to “fairy palace”
Brogan means “sturdy shoe,” so it’s not the most conventional dog name—and that’s what makes it cool!
This name means “dove” in Gaelic, making for an uncommonly peaceful dog name.
This rare Irish name means “hero,” a natural choice for your super doggo.
A walled city in Northern Island known for its seven gates. If you have a protector, this name fits.
The new dark beauty in your house – be it a poodle or rottweiler – can take the name that means “dark beauty.” It’s pronounced duh-VESS-uh.
Diarmaid translates to mean “free man” in old Gaelic and is pronounced similar to Dermot. Just don’t take it too literally; you should still keep your pup on a leash in most places.
Ennis means “island,” so it’s a great name for an introverted doggo.
This Irish name means “small rough one,” which would be fitting for a Chihuahua with a sassy ’tude and small stature.
Meaning “little dog,” this name just sounds like it’s begging for trouble.
Pronounced O-rawn, the name means “little pale green one” in Gaelic. Your dog probably isn’t pale green, but they’ll likely be the only dog on the block with this interesting name.
Quirky and unique, Oona is pronounced exactly how you’d expect. It means “lamb” in Gaelic, and is derived from the Latin word for “one.”
Phelan means “like a wolf.” Y’know who else is like a wolf? Your dog!
This is the traditional Irish spelling of the name Rory, a name that translates to “red king” in Gaelic.
Pronounced SHEE-la, this is the Irish form of the Latin name Cecilia, the patron saint of music. It means “pure and musical.”
Aedan or Aidan
Both versions of this name are pronounced the same way, AY-dan, and mean “born of fire.” Rock on.
Boss babes unite—this name means “strength” and is perfect for the tough, four-legged gal in your life.
This name is derived from the noun “brígh,” which means “power, strength, and vigor.” Girl power!
Your eternal best friend’s name would mean “eternal warrior” here.
Pronounced KA-hal, Cathal means “powerful in battle” in Gaelic, and is a superb name for your tough little warrior pup.
Pronounced CLEE-oh-na, this name comes from the word “clodhna,” which means “shapely.” In some Irish myths, Cliodhna is the goddess of love and beauty. Hey, if your pup already believes she’s a goddess, you might as well give her a name to match.
The Gaelic meaning of Delaney is thought to be “dark challenger,” perfect for a pup with a feisty personality.
Egan means “little fiery one,” which makes this a great name for a dog who acts like he’s part dragon.
Meaning “powerful and manly,” this is essentially a mustache and a flexed bicep in the form of a name.
Perfect for the pup who can’t be tamed (at least not fully), this name means “wild” in Gaelic and is pronounced FEE-ah.
This name means “black, dark.” How metal of you.
Killian or Cillian
Killian and Cillian, both pronounced KILL-ee-an, translate to “war,” “strife” or “bright-headed.” So, in general, it’s a pretty kick-ass name.
Lorcan means “little fierce one.”
This name means “strong” and “warlike.” You don’t want to mess with a Lunn.
Meaning “she who intoxicates” in Gaelic, Maeve was the name of an ancient Irish warrior queen.
Calling all splashy pups! Maura means “star of the sea.”
This name means “little lightning.” So yeah, a pup named Mellan is basically the dog version of Thor.
In Irish mythology, Muireann was the name of a mermaid who was transformed into a woman by a saint. It’s pronounced MWEER-in, and it’s just endlessly badass.
Exuding a classy and sophisticated lady, this name means “honor.” It all adds up nicely here.
This name is a shortened version of the name “Órlaith.” Both names mean “golden princess” in Gaelic. Bow down.
This name is translated to mean “little king” in Gaelic, which makes it equal parts cute and badass.
“Riverdance” and all its high-kicking, traditional Irish music glory is the definition of badass. This name is perfect for that hunting companion, too.
Pronounced SEER-sha, Saoirse means “freedom” in Gaelic. Imagine shouting it as you run across a grassy field into battle.
It’s pronounced AVE-uh-lin, means friendly and just sounds like a classy pooch that’s ready for a day of pampering.
Fun translation alert, this one means “elf victory.” So, maybe not the best name for a large breed like a Great Dane? It’s pronounced with two syllables, ALE-suh.
Pronounced awn-YE, it means radiance.
Meaning “vision” or “dream” in Gaelic, this is the perfect name for the Irish pup of your dreams.
This name is so fire, literally. That’s what it means and it’s one simple syllable, pronounced AY.
Here, little EE-fuh! Translating to “beautiful,” this has such a nice puffy sound to it, it may be perfect for that Pomeranian in your life.
This name—pronounced BAWN-yeh—means paleness, for that pure white fluff in your life.
Signifying being vain or reckless, this name is perfect for a dog park troublemaker. It’s pronounced BEY-uth.
That most regal and majestic lady in your life deserves a name that lives up to her aura. Pronounced BEE-vin, this one means “fair lady.”
“Game of Thrones” loyalists, you’ll appreciate this one. Bran means “raven.”
With the accent mark, it’s pronounced KOT-lin. For those purebreds and/or the doggos with the most innocent of eyes, this one signifies “pure.”
Keeping the “pure” train rolling, kuh-TREE-nah means “pure one.”
Pronounced KOY-lin, it means fair, for that furry friend who actually shares their toys.
Have a gentle or precious little critter? Their new name—pronounced KEE-vuh—awaits.
This name, pronounced KAL-uh, is derived from the surname O’Ceallaigh and, fun fact, is the Gaelic origination of O’Kelly. It means “bright-haired” for those ultra-shiny-locked pups.
For those old pooches at heart and pronounced KEE-an, this means “ancient.”
Inspired by the River Clodiagh, named after an ancient Irish deity and pronounced CLOH-duh.
Pronounced DIE-ree, it means fruitful or fertile.
Your pup’s true desire is a loving home. This one, pronounced DURV-luh, means “true desire.”
Perhaps just right for that droopy eyed hound in your life, Deirdre means broken-hearted or sorrowful.
For dogs whose zoomies are off the charts, this traditional Irish name can mean “tempestuous.”
This name, pronounced AY-va, is the Irish form of Eve, meaning “life.” Because hey, a life without dogs is no life at all.
Okay, Taylor Swift fans. If you’re wanting to pay homage to Tay-Tay through your dog’s Irish name, it means “swift” and is pronounced EE-mur.
Pronounced ET-nuh, this is the Gaelic version of Enya, as in that majestic Celtic singer known for her “Only Time” smash hit.
Puppies and older dogs who are young at heart might appreciate the Gaelic version of John, which means “young.”
Pronounced FWAY-lawn, this means little wolf.
The name of the ancient Irish goddess of grain and corn (pronounced GROWN-yuh), your little gatherer will appreciate this one.
For that four-legged friend who sits at your feet and is ready to defend? Yep, this means watchful and vigilant. (It’s pronounced GRAY-go-er).
If you’re naming your pup Iarla, get ‘em a crown while you’re at it. Pronounced EAR-la, this means earl or lord.
Let’s be real—your little girl brings light to your life. This one means “radiant girl” and is pronounced LEE-shuh.
Little red- and white-haired pups need not apply. Meaning “grey lady” and pronounced LEE-uh-din, this is a grey-pups-only name.
This is the Gaelic version of the English name Margaret, signifying a pearl.
If that pooch of yours can’t resist the nearest puddle, pool or ocean, choose this name meaning “born of the sea.” It’s pronounced MOO-deen.
Shy pups need not apply. In Irish myths, Naoise (pronouned NEE-shuh) is a hunter and warrior.
Calling all rambunctious little ones. This name, pronounce NESS-uh, means “rough or not gentle.”
This name means radiant and is simply pronounced NEEV.
For Swayze, Ewing and Dempsey fans, this is the Gaelic form of Patrick. It’s also the name of the Patron Saint of Ireland.
Rian means “little king” in Gaelic, perfect for your small-breed pup with a regal attitude.
Okay, your dog can be a water mammal, too. This name means “little seal.”
Pronounced ROO-awn, this means “red-haired.”
If naming your dog Princess feels too literal for you, opt for this one. Pronounced SAY-ur-lah, it means “noble princess.”
Pronounced SHAY-muh-shee-nuh, this is the Irish equivalent to Jacqueline meaning “May God protect.”
It would totally be a SHAME-us if you didn’t opt for this name. (FYI, this is the Irish version of James.)
Meaning saint and pronounced SHARK, you’ll have fun explaining how it’s spelled, how it’s pronounced and what it means.
Perfect for a chill pupper, this one means “peace.” It’s pronounced SHEE-vuh.
That “B” is pronounced like a V, equating to shi-VON.
Pronounced TIGE, this name means poet, for that contemplative-looking pooch.
“Little lord” is the translation here for perhaps that majestic Chow Chow in your life. It’s pronounced TEER-nin.
If the name “Chief” feels too bland, this is the Irish version.
Look, we all know who really runs the house. Said in two syllables—TOO-hul—this means “ruler of the people.”
Pronounced OO-lee-um, it’s for those dogs who are always ready for battle, meaning “a strong-willed warrior.”
Focus. You’ll need to make that difficult putt on the green to ink in one of these on your scorecard.
Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle.” It’s overflowing with emerald green landscapes. ‘Nuff said.
As in, “green with envy.” Perhaps the perfect name for that little sock stealer in your life.
This name means “emerald” in Spanish.
Sometimes these plants are calm and unobtrusive. Other times they are growing out of control. May sound like a dog in your life.
Let’s get deep and geographical here. This is the Irish name for the Dublin suburb of Greenhills.
Somewhere in between green and chartreuse, you’ll find this color, which also pays homage to DC Comics character Harley Quinn.
Pay tribute to Buddy Holly, an American singer-songwriter legend, and a Christmas decoration staple in one swoop? Yes, please.
This green plant loves exploring, and will take over your whole yard if you let it. Might remind you of a pup you know.
This name just screams regal-ness. As it should, as this oft-green mineral is a staple in some of the fancier jewelry out there.
Sure, you can name your pup after Kelly Ripa or Kelly Clarkson. But Kelly is a vibrant shade of green, too.
This green stone is often used in energy healing ceremonies and may be the right fit for your anxiety-reducing pet, too.
Mojito-lovers, this is all you. Name your pup after the herb that gives your favorite drink some pop.
Sure, Myrtle sounds like a turtle’s name (hence the green tie-in). But it’s also the name of a plant with beautiful white flowers.
Whether the sun is reflecting just right or there is a lot of seaweed on its shores, oceans can appear green. So, especially for those seaside pups, this is a good one.
Green or black? Let’s save that argument for another day.
A green fruit that’s almost as sweet as your new dog.
Short for Peridot, this is August’s birthstone with an awesome shade of green.
The Reenadinna Woods are located in Killarney National Park. This Special Area of Conservation is home to the most vivid of green trees estimated to be over 200 years old.
This green herb adds a warm ambiance to any dish it touches.
A fitting moniker for your little sweet pea of a dog.
As in Tinker Bell, the green skirt wearing, sassy fairy. Maybe you have a sassy little pooch who can go by Tink?
Short for Tsavorite, which is a rare form of green garnet. The one-of-a-kind mutts out there can certainly apply for this one.
Let’s get literal. This is Gaelic for “bright vivid green.” It’s pronounced oo-IN-ya.
Hablas español? Perfecto. This is Spanish for green.
Short for Viridescent, which means “greenish or becoming green.” Maybe the right name for the more envious pups out there.
Short for avocado, the green fruit beloved by stereotypical Millennials.
A popular herb in Italian dishes, this also means “brave” for the noblest of best friends.
If you love to play pool, you’ll know that many pool tables are green, along with the 6 and 14 numbered balls that you’ll often find on them.
For spotted pooches, this is one of the OG Pokémon characters known for his green skin and green spots.
Short for “camouflage,” this name won’t just blend in.
As in John Deere, maker of your favorite green riding lawn mower.
A very popular green and often snowy city in Colorado. It’s also French and Old English for “green valley.”
Your dog can be a very big dill being named after this popular pickle variety.
T-Rexes, triceratopses, and most other dinosaurs have been portrayed as the color green in pop culture.
Perhaps the perfect name for a pup with a firy personality.
Aka a collection of green trees.
One of Florida’s most infamous reptiles is more of a blackish color in reality, but is often portrayed as green in cartoons.
You’ve seen this green Claymation dude with yellow eyebrows and a yellow smile on TV. Maybe there will be a pup named Gumby on your couch too?
This Marvel character is a soft-mannered scientist … but you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Sound like your pup?
A shade of green that evokes the great outdoors—and it goes without saying that it pairs well with hunting breeds.
Perhaps the best-known Muppet who famously lamented, “It’s not easy being green.”
Boston Red Sox fans can name your dog after the Green Monster wall at Fenway Park.
A plant that’s soft and seems to pop up everywhere—like your dog’s fur, perhaps? (We can help you with dog shedding, btw.)
As in Peter Pan, the green garb-wearing lad who symbolizes eternal youth.
For the dill, bread-and-butter and half-sour lovers out there, this name hits a savory note. Also, for pickleball players, this one won’t have you stepping in the kitchen.
A little green nut that can be tough to crack. If this sounds like your pup, you’re welcome.
The green on the Irish flag is symbolic of the Roman Catholic people.
A type of pepper that’s spicy and sometimes green.
This green “Star Wars” character is a Jedi master and perhaps the master of your home.
This beloved Nintendo character looks like a friendly green lizard who gets overly excited when saying his own name.
Patroness saint of Ireland. Many hang St. Brigid’s cross in their home to bring protection and blessings.
Pronounced like “Connie,” this is short for leprechaun. If you catch one, it’s good luck.
You can wear charms or simply be charming. Any way you experience it, it’s a token of good luck.
Pronounced CLAW-duh, this is a symbol involving a crowned heart held by two hands. It represents so much a dog brings: friendship, love and loyalty.
Find a four-leafed (er, legged?) one and it’s very good luck.
Much like a black cat, in Ireland they are thought to bring good luck with them if they enter your house.
Fun fact: The phrase “luck of the Irish” is said to have been inspired by the success of the large number of Irish immigrants who made fortunes mining gold and silver during the U.S. gold rush. If you’ve got a Golden Retriever, it’s a great pick.
The national symbol of Ireland and historically a symbol of national pride. And, yes, Guinness uses a harp for its logo, too.
Irish folklore says killing a ladybug is bad luck. In many cultures it is considered good luck if one lands on you.
There’s no luckier name than, well, Lucky! It’s an especially sweet pick for a rescued dog who’s been lucky enough to be adopted.
According to Irish folklore, if you salute a lone magpie bird, you ward off any bad luck. If you come across a pair of magpies, it means good luck.
St. Patrick’s Day, the biggest holiday in Ireland (and maybe for your local bar) falls during this month.
May Day (or Labour Day) is celebrated in Ireland to commemorate fertility.
Giving a lucky penny is an Irish tradition. It’s now commonplace to gift someone with a lucky penny on big life occasions.
This flower is used to protect houses from fairies casting bad luck on them. They were once thrown on roofs and hung on doors on the eve of May Day.
A mischievous Irish mythological creature said to bring good (or bad) fortune. Pronounced POO-ka, like the shells.
See one and it’s good luck.
For the dog who greets you with kisses, “Kiss me, I’m Irish” comes to mind with this lovey-dovey name.
Lighting bonfires is an old Halloween tradition thought to ward off bad fortune and evil spirits. In Ireland, ash from the bonfire was spread across the farmland to bring good luck to farmers.
Pay homage to your black dog with this name. They are believed to be good luck if they came into your house.
As in, the Blarney Stone, the Irish landmark that oodles of people kiss each year for good luck.
It’s considered good luck to throw coal at a fisherman as they embark on their fishing trips. Filling a house with a lot of coal is also an Irish New Year tradition – it means your year will be prosperous.
In Ireland, if a rooster crows three times in front of your house during the daytime it means good luck. Translate this to your dog barking and you’re set for life.
Yes, donkey shoes (similar to horseshoes) are viewed as being lucky in Ireland.
Much like the story behind Ash, embers are taken from bonfires to light fires (in fireplaces) for good fortune.
A name for the pup that won’t budge. Plus, no one dare cross or mess with a ring-shaped structure known as a “Fairy Fort,” in Ireland for fear of bringing bad luck.
The greatest day of the week. Also, it is considered lucky to begin some types of work on this day.
Pronounced GLAS-gav-e-lan, this is an Irish mythological cow creature who could magically produce an endless milk supply.
A yellow flowering plant similar in power to Primrose, this is used to bring luck to the Irish house on the eve of May Day.
This name pays homage to another furry creature. Rabbits are a sign of luck and prosperity on the Emerald Isle.
A common sign of good luck in Ireland. Easily shortened to “Horsey” if needed.
As Irish lore goes, jack-o-lanterns are placed in windows to ward off the wandering soul of Jack, a blacksmith who had dealt with the devil.
In Ireland, St. Martin was believed to have appeared before fisherman heading out to sea to warn them of impending bad weather.
Not only is this name perfect for a dog who loves to run, but the Irish also used to place green rushes (a grass-like plant) on a home’s table a month before marriage. If the plant withered by wedding day, it was thought to bring good luck.
A young clover and iconic lucky symbol in Ireland.
Your pooch will slurp a shot of water to this name for sure. Pronounced SLAWN-cha, this is Gaelic for “cheers!”
A name referencing the creamy, Irish liqueur. If your dog’s fur color is a light brown, this could be the name.
After the famous Irish tea brand and also the name of a popular show on HBO starring Bill Hader.
A name you will see on many Irish pubs in America, also meaning “water of the sea.”
Short for Bushmills Irish Whiskey, an Emerald Isle staple dating back to 1784.
A popular St. Patrick’s Day drink consisting of ginger ale, citrus and a spirit. A little bit of everything, perhaps like the new mixed breed in your life, too?
Calling all coffee-hued doggos and caffeine-loving humans alike. This is the Irish word for coffee, pronounced much like the English word.
This is the slang term for beer or alcohol in Ireland.
For a pup who’s a key ingredient to your day, ginger is a vital part of an Irish mule… and it pairs nicely with Jameson.
Ireland’s national drink and a strong name contender for those stout-y brown pooches out there.
Name your pup after Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin? The shortened version has a nice, tough ring to it.
Ireland’s most popular whiskey brand and, in the dog name world, giving strong/loyal vibes.
After the Irish hard cider brand, it’s a nice name option for pups with a sweet personality.
A nice name for a mutt, as mead itself is an alcohol made from a variety of ingredients (fermented honey, water and additional quirky flavors).
For the scrappier, country pups, this name—pronounced po-CHIN—pays homage to one of the original Irish moonshines.
Powers Whiskey hit shelves in Ireland in 1791. Will Power the pooch hit the streets with you soon?
A color… and also a popular type of ale in Ireland.
A variety of whiskey, bread and so much.
Smithwick’s is a popular red ale from Ireland. Shortened, Smitty has a nice dose of pep to it for a pup name.
Dark, refreshing and the perfect companion. Does this sound like your pooch?
Pay homage to popular Irish distillery Teeling Whiskey with this shortened-name version of the spot.
Ireland’s original triple-blend Irish whiskey. If you have a three-breed dog, you’re welcome for this name.
A popular type of liquor in Ireland, it’s a staple in the tradition of “drowning the shamrock,” where one puts a shamrock in a glass of whiskey, drinks the whiskey, and throws the shamrock from the glass over your left shoulder for luck.
For the apple of your eye, this is the main ingredient in the traditional Irish apple cake.
A popular food in Ireland, often paired with cabbage.
This name stems from an Irish holiday dessert made with dried fruit, tea and pumpkin spice. A perfect name for a spicy pup in your life.
Baked beans are part of the “Full Irish Breakfast,” and “beans” is also a common nickname for your pup’s adorable paw pads.
A nice ring to it for a Boxer, this pays tribute to Irish potato pancakes.
Irish butter is known for its high quality. Try a stick of Kerrygold on your toast and you’ll agree.
Inspired by cabbage, a staple in many Irish dishes.
In England, it’s bangers and mash. In Ireland, it’s Irish sausages and champ. This name is ripe for your four-legged potato.
A thick soup or stew often served in Ireland—and often containing potatoes, an Irish food staple.
This is a potato-based dish that that is made by simmering the ingredients for a long time.
Yes, the Irish love potatoes! This is a creamy potato dish.
A popular breakfast dish similar to pancakes.
This is short for huckleberry, also known as a whortleberry or bilberry, a sweet fruit similar to a blueberry.
It’s a vegetable in the same family as onions, commonly used in Irish cooking.
Another homage to potatoes that doubles as an adorable dog name.
As in Irish bread pudding, a sweet, hearty dessert.
Meaty, hearty and comforting, Shepherd’s Pie never lets you down—just like your pup.
As in soda bread, an Irish bread with a unique texture due to the use of baking soda. This may also describe a doggo who brings some fizz and pop to your days.
Another name for a potato, and more proof that nicknames for potatoes are among the cutest dog names.
Irish stew is a staple in homes across the land. Will Stewy be a staple in your home?
As in the “tayto sambo,” an Irish sandwich with butter, cheese and crispy chips on it.
This is a popular brand of malted bread in Ireland.
A tribute to the Aran Islands, the birthplace of the beloved Aran sweater.
This name honors the Ashford Castle, a Victorian castle turned 5-star luxury hotel. For the most regal of pups only, clearly.
Some people believe that Ireland is the lost city of Atlantis.
Pronounced AW-duhn… a tribute to St. Audoen’s Church, the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin.
The Rock of Cashel, dating back to the 12th century, is one of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites. You could call your pup Cash for short.
This is a region located west of Galway known for its scenic coves, bays and fishing villages. A great name for water-loving pooches out there.
The second largest city in Ireland. And, for wine lovers, you can name your dog after an integral part of the experience.
This dog name just screams goofiness. It’s a town in southwest Ireland, too.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland, and also a great unisex name for your new doggo.
This city is the midpoint between Dublin and Belfast.
As in the Gap of Dunloe, a scenic mountain pass in County Kerry.
Uber-feisty pups may apply here, as the Dunmore cave is thought to be the site of a vicious Irish massacre.
It’s a western Irish city that’s tucked where the Atlantic Ocean meets a river. It’s also in the title of a popular Ed Sheeran song, “Galway Girl.”
For the large-breed pups out there, this is a tribute to Giant’s Causeway. It’s an eerie Northern Ireland landmark comprised of thousands of natural-forming columns that come together to resemble pavement.
County Kerry is where you’ll find the towns of Dingle, Tralee and Killarney.
This town in southeast Ireland dates back to Medieval times and is well-known as an arts and craft hub.
A river that flows through the center of Dublin.
A five-line poem, or a major city in the south of the Emerald Isle? Either way, it’s a wonderful pooch name.
Short for Lusitania, a memorial located in County Cork dedicated to the memory of the lives lost on the RMS Lusitania, which regularly docked in Cork and was, at one point, the world’s largest passenger ship.
No, not the creamy kind you put on a sandwich. This is a county in Ireland that’s a hiker’s paradise.
The Cliffs of Moher stretch for 14 scenic kilometers along Ireland’s southwest edge. This dog name should be reserved for the most breathtaking of pets for sure.
A town in County Kildare, outside of Dublin, known for its nature trails and stunning scenery.
Pronounced IL-yawn, this name means island.
If you didn’t visit a pub, did you even go to Ireland?
Raise a toast to Sean’s Bar in Althone, the oldest pub in Ireland, by naming your pup after it.
A small town in the Northern Ireland countryside that’s known for its ruggedness. A perfect fit for the rugged dog in your life.
The Temple Bar, tucked in the heart of Dublin, is perhaps the country’s most famous bar. Temple, as a name, also exudes a level of calmness (which the bar typically does not have).
Short for Tipperary, a county in Ireland.
Not to be confused with torque, which references a car engine’s ability to do work, this is a waterfall located in the Ring of Kerry.
Pronounced truh-lee, this is a southwestern Irish town known for its green spaces and small-town vibe.
Trinity is a major college in Dublin, known for teaching the likes of Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.
As in “The Brady Bunch” and Tom Brady, this Irish surname means “spirited.”
This dog name has some twang to it and, literally, references “a cow herd.”
Translating to “raven,” this may be just right for that black pup in your life.
“Vigilant in war or watchful” is the meaning of the Casey name, making it ideal for a watchdog.
Thought to have evolved from “clerk,” Clark means “scribe” or “secretary.”
Is this the most perfect Irish dog name ever? It literally means “fierce as a hound.”
Light colored pups need not apply. This surname means dark, brown or black.
Doyle means “dark stranger”—perhaps an apt name for a dark-furred pup you’ve just met.
A type of small boat, this name means “dark or black” when not referencing a watercraft.
Pronounced like the English word done, this signifies brown, like your dog’s fur.
Dwyer derived from the classic Irish name O’Dwyer, meaning “black.”
Ginger pups have representation with this one, signifying “red or ruddy.”
Meaning “lover of foreigners,” this name is for any pooch who’s a people person.
This surname commonly found in Ireland could also reference the sweet brown cracker, perfect for a light brown dog.
A popular Irish name meaning “lord” or “prince.”
For that spunky rascal, this name signifies fire.
Give your dog this name that means “young,” for puppies or dogs who are young at heart.
Another name meaning “fire” – clearly, the Irish can be a fiery bunch.
This name means “battler,” a good fit for a dog who never backs down.
Meaning “well-tempered,” it’s the behavior we all want from our pups.
The name of a popular English rock band, it also means “sharp” and fighter.”
This name is thought to be partially derived from a Gaelic name meaning love or affection, aka what your share with your pup.
The famous last name of Irish Catholic President John F. Kennedy, whose relatives migrated from western Ireland, it can be translated to mean “leader.”
There is absolutely no denying who the four-legged king of your castle is with this name.
This is the anglicized version of Lochlainn or Lachlan. Depending on how Irish you want to get with your dog name’s spelling, you have options!
The grey doggo crowd gets some love with this name, meaning simply “grey.”
Meaning “bear,” this name just exudes a big, lovable oaf, doesn’t it?
Innocent sounding at first read, this name actually means “fire sprung” for a pup with a feisty streak.
You already know you’ve got a great dog, so give them this Irish name meaning, well, “great!”
This common last name means “mariner,” so it’s perfect for sea-loving pups.
Stemming from O’Neill, this literally means “descendant.” Your pup is your family, so it works.
Meaning “noble” or “famous,” it’s a good pick for the dog you’re planning to turn into an Instagram sensation.
Great Scott! It’s how every loveable pup named Scott should be greeted (and human Scotts, too).
Pronounced SHAY, this means “hawk-like” or “stately.”
For the couch potato pup or namaste-esque doggy, this means “peaceful.”
This name means “pleasant,” ideal for the sweet pups with smiling eyes.
Sometimes dogs are smarter than humans. If that sounds like your pup, consider Quinn, meaning wisdom or chief.
This name means “foreigner”—but with your love and care, your new dog won’t feel like a foreigner for long.
Meaning “to watch or guard,” it’s a great pick for the pup who’s always looking out for you.
Meaning “clan of the wolf,” this one’s a natural pick for a dog.
Aidan Turner starred in “The Hobbit” film series as Kíli. He also made it big in Ireland for his role as Ross Poldark in the BBC’s “Poldark.”
After Angela Lansbury, the iconic actress known for starring roles in “Murder, She Wrote” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
George Bernard Shaw is among the most famed playwrights ever and author of “Pygmalion.”
This U2 frontman’s voice might just have your pup howling along, too.
We all know “Dracula,” right? Well, Ireland’s own Bram Stoker wrote it.
This doggo name pays tribute to The Corrs, an Irish family pop rock band that harmonizes like few others.
After Daniel Day-Lewis, actor and three-time Oscar winner.
Kevin Dundon is among Ireland’s most famous chefs, renowned for TV series like “Heat” and “Guerrilla Gourmet.”
U2’s guitarist is named David Howell Evans, but he’s gone by the stage name The Edge for decades.
Irish singer-songwriter, known for her Celtic and often atmospheric vibes. A great name for a free-spirited pup.
Ernest Shackleton, a famous Antarctic explorer, hails from the Emerald Isle. He led three expeditions to Antarctica and survived them all before his death in 1922.
After actor Colin Farrell, who’s appeared in everything from “Minority Report” to “Miami Vice.”
Snow Patrol remains one of Ireland’s hottest bands and Gary Lightbody is its frontman.
After the musician from Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, known for his song “Take Me to Church.”
There is more to Jamie Dornan than his steamy roles in the “50 Shades” series, okay? In 2020, “The Irish Times” named him one of the 50 greatest film actors in the country’s history.
This name honors James Joyce, writer of the timeless novel, “Ulysses.”
After actor Kenneth Branagh, who has starred in high-profile Shakespeare adaptations and BBC shows.
After C.S. Lewis, famous author of “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.
After the band Thin Lizzy, led by Irishman Phil Lynott.
Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor remains a household name in Ireland and well beyond.
After Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, known for his hit “Brown Eyed Girl.”
If your doggo has an unforgettable face, just like actor Liam Neeson of “Taken” and “Blacklight” movie fame, this name will resonate.
After actor and “James Bond” extraordinaire Pierce Brosnan.
Ireland native Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an actor and model. Take his rockin’ middle name and steal it for your pup.
After Dolores O’Riordan (pronounced REER-din), who was the lead singer of The Cranberries before her death in 2018.
After Rory McIlroy, one of the greatest golfers on Earth.
Short for the Titanic, which was built in Belfast!
After Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, who gave us “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet who did it all – he was a politician and longer-form writer, too.
These Irish dog names are just the beginning. There’s a whole world of dog names out there to explore. May the luck of the Irish be with you and your new pet!
Chrissa Hardy contributed to this list.