Aiden, Declan and 16 More Irish Boy Names We Love

Looking for Irish boy names for your baby? From Aiden to Quinn, check out our favorites!

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so Irish baby names for boys are top o' mind for moms-to-be who are close to their due date. And they're not the only ones who love a good Irish name, either: these monikers are all over the Social Security Administration's list of most popular baby names for 2011 (the most current year available). Check out the Irish names on the list -- plus a few more of our favorites!

Irish Boy Names
Aiden
, which is a Gaelic name meaning "flame," currently ranks number nine on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) baby name list.

Brayden
: The name means salmon (not exactly sentimental!) but it ranks number 37 on the SSA list -- perhaps because it rhymes with the uber-popular Aiden.

Brody
: We can't say we love the meaning of this name -- "ditch" -- but it still ranks in the top 100, at number 83.

Cameron
: Ranking in at number 53 on the SSA list, Cameron means "crooked stream."

Cian
: Pronounced "kee-an" this name means "ancient."

Cillian
: This Irish Gaelic name, pronounced "Killian," has two very different accepted meanings: "brilliant hair" and "church-goer!"

Connor
: Number 54 on the list, Connor means "lover of hounds." Perfect for the parents who already have a pup in the family!

Declan
: Used in English and Irish Gaelic, Declan's exact meaning is unknown.

Dempsey
: Means "proud one" (and makes us think of swoony actor Patrick Dempsey -- not a bad thing!)

Flynn
: A twist on the more-common Irish name Finn, Flynn comes from Flann and means "ruddy complected" -- not, we're guessing, why it was the baby name choice for Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr's little guy.

Keegan
: We love the unique Keegan, which means "little flame."

Kevin
: Considering that this name, from the Gaelic Caoimhin, means "handsome beloved" we're a little surprised it isn't ranked higher than number 67 on the SSA list!

Liam
, a Gaelic name meaning "determined protector," is number 15.

Logan: It's source is Iag, a Gaelic name meaning "hollow," and it's currently ranked number 20 on the SSA list. (We think it's pretty for a girl, too!)

Nolan
:  A great choice for a future athlete (or ace speller), Nolan, number 93 on the SSA list, means "champion."

Owen
: This sweet name -- number 44 on the SSA list -- means "youth." Perfect!

Ryan
: It's no surprise that this popular name is in the top 25 -- after all, it means "king!"

Quinn
: It means "wise leader" -- what's not to love?

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