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103 Irish Dog Names

Want to find the perfect name for your best friend? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of Irish and Irish-themed dog names to suit every breed from Irish Setters and Glen of Imaal Terriers to Afghan Hounds and Portuguese Water Dogs. All the names below can help bless your dog with the luck of the Irish. Keep in mind, however, that you may need to help your vet with the pronunciation if you pick a name like Aoife (from the Gaelic for “beautiful”).

Top Irish Dog Names

  1. Aislinn
  2. Bailey
  3. Carrick
  4. Clover
  5. Conan
  6. Cormac
  7. Cullen
  8. Delaney
  9. Donovan
  10. Dublin
  11. Ennis
  12. Finn
  13. Finnegan
  14. Fionn
  15. Flynn
  16. Gael
  17. Guinness
  18. Maeve
  19. Oona
  20. Orla
  21. Patrick
  22. Rainbow
  23. Reagan
  24. Rory
  25. Shamrock

Why Choose an Irish Dog Name?

There are plenty of reasons you might pick an Irish-themed name for your new dog, for example:

To celebrate your pet’s birthday: If your dog was born or adopted around St. Patrick’s Day, commemorate the occasion with a special moniker. It’s a great way for you both to remember how lucky you are to have each other.

To celebrate your dog’s breed: There’s no better name for an Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound, or Irish Terrier than one inspired by their ancestral homeland. Other Irish dog breeds include the Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, and Glen of Imaal Terrier.

To celebrate your family’s heritage: Whether or not your dog hails from the Emerald Isle, picking an Irish name is a great way to welcome them to the family. Try picking a name that suits their personality like Riona (which means “queenly”) for a regal puppy or Bridget (meaning “power”) for an especially strong dog.

More Irish Dog Names

  1. Aedan
  2. Brady
  3. Carson
  4. Cathal
  5. Celt
  6. Cliodhna
  7. Colm
  8. Deirdre
  9. Dermot
  10. Devin
  11. Donal
  12. Finbar
  13. Galway
  14. Ireland
  15. Jameson
  16. Keira
  17. Kerry
  18. Killian
  19. Lachlan
  20. Leprechaun
  21. Liam
  22. Lucky
  23. Nora
  24. Seamus
  25. Sloane

Irish Names for Male Dogs

  1. Aengus
  2. Alby
  3. Belfast
  4. Bono
  5. Brendan
  6. Brody
  7. Colin
  8. Connor
  9. Darragh
  10. Desmond
  11. Duff
  12. Eoghan
  13. Finnley
  14. Gallagher
  15. Grady
  16. Kieran
  17. Kirby
  18. McDougal
  19. Mulligan
  20. Niall
  21. Paddy
  22. Rhys
  23. Rian
  24. Ronan
  25. Sullivan

Irish Names for Female Dogs

  1. Ardeen
  2. Brigid
  3. Cassidy
  4. Clodagh
  5. Colleen
  6. Cordelia
  7. Eabha
  8. Enya
  9. Fiona
  10. Glenda
  11. Kelly
  12. Kennedy
  13. Madigan
  14. Mab
  15. Moira
  16. Molly
  17. Rose
  18. Saoirse
  19. Shandy
  20. Shannon
  21. Sheena
  22. Sinead
  23. Sybil
  24. Tamsin
  25. Teagan

Tips for Naming Your Dog

Picking a name for your dog is serious business. Check out these tips for making the best selection possible:

Don’t rush it: There’s no need to pick a permanent name on Day 1. Take time to meet your dog and really get to know them before naming them for good. That way, you’ll have a better sense of what makes them unique and have an easier time picking out a truly one-of-a-kind name.

Keep it simple: Science suggests that dogs are more responsive to short, choppy commands. So, pet parents may have an easier time training Finn than Finnegan O’Connor.

Avoid names that sound like commands: Your dog’s name is as important a verbal cue as any during the training process. Make sure they don’t confuse it with those commands by picking a name that doesn’t sound too much like “stay,” “sit,” or any other cue.