12 Baby Names Inspired By Irish Surnames

July 29, 2016 8:08 PM

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12 Baby Names Inspired By Irish Surnames

Dennison would make a stylish namesake for a Grandpa Dennis, just as Donnelly or Donegan would for an Uncle Donald, or Halloran for an ancestral Harold. The first Dennison to cross the pond landed in the Colonies in 1623, so its transatlantic roots are deep.

An attractive Anglicization of the Irish Fearghal, Farrell, meaning “courageous,” feels far fresher than the dated Darrell/Daryl. A surname for several notables, including the dashing Colin, Farrell appeared off and on at the lower levels of the top 1000 baby names list from 1924 to 1967, most popul...

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