If you’ve just adopted an Irish dog breed or are a lover of everything Irish, you might be looking for a unique name for your new pet. The Emerald Isle is steeped in mystery and mythology and has a long and interesting history.
So, why not use a name for your dog that’s inspired by this beautiful country? There are so many to choose from!
This list contains 225 Irish dog names, broken down into categories like traditional male and female Irish names, along with Irish places, surnames, food, and drink. We’ve thrown in a few Gaelic names too. Hopefully, you’ll find the best Irish name that will suit your new pup!
Female Dog Irish Names
We’re starting with traditional Irish and Gaelic names, some of which should be perfect for your female dog.
Male Dog Irish Names
These are popular male Irish names, with pronunciations next to them where necessary.
Irish Surnames for Dogs
Plenty of Irish surnames can make excellent names for dogs, and many can be gender neutral. You might be surprised that a few of these surnames are originally Irish!
Dog Names Based on Places in Ireland
There are many cities and places in Ireland that can provide great names for dogs. The following are just a handful. You can also pull out a map of Ireland and have a look herself—maybe something will jump out at you!
Dog Names Based on Food and Drinks
Ireland is famous for its food and drinks, many of which could make potentially great or fun names for dogs.
Dog Names Based on Food
Dog Names Based on Drinks
Dog Names Based on Symbols of Ireland
Ireland is famous for many reasons, so here’s a list of things that we associate with the Emerald Isle.
Use Your Imagination!
Now that you’ve hopefully gotten a few ideas, start by saying your top picks out loud. Even try yelling them, as that’s exactly what you’ll be doing with your dog when you want them to come! If the name sounds awkward, look for other options.
You can also consider giving your dog a first and last name. For example, James Joyce and Bram Stoker are famous Irish authors, so you could give your dog the full name.
Try adding an honorific to your dog’s name, like Mr. Bailey or Dame Molly. You have so many options!
How to Name Your Dog
First, here are a few tips on how you can come up with names for your dog. First, you can go by your dog’s appearance, which can include their coat’s color and/or pattern.
The size of your dog can also give you ideas, which can be either ironic or true to the size. For example, you can call your large breed Peanut or Goliath (these are not Irish names, just general examples).
You can also turn to your favorite artists, including musicians and actors from TV and movies. Consider your favorite characters from books or video games. Try watching a few Irish movies for inspiration!
As you can see, there are many areas from where you can draw your ideas. Let’s get you started with everything Irish!
We hope that this list has helped, but if you want to continue your search, try looking at a map of Ireland. You can also play with the words; for example, Tipperary is a bit of a mouthful, so you can nickname your dog Tippy or Tipper instead.
Once you settle on a name, we recommend looking it up online. This way, you can learn how to pronounce it correctly and what the name means. You can also use an English-Irish Dictionary to find Gaelic words for name ideas. For example, if your dog is white, look it up: The translation of “white” to Gaelic is “bán,” which could be a potential name.
You certainly can’t go wrong with a dog name that will always bring Ireland to mind!
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