Irish Dog Names: 250+ Historic & Traditional Gaelic Names

Irish Dog Names

Ireland is famous for Guinness and leprechauns, but that’s not all it has to offer, beyond the end of the rainbow there’s folk music, historic castles and whiskey… all of which give great inspiration for Irish Dog Names.

There are some beautiful dog names to choose from in our list of over 250 names inspired by the history and traditions of Ireland.

We have some creative, famous, and original Irish names too, and if you have you got an Irish Setter, even better, we have some specific names for this Irish dog too!

If you happen to have the luck of the Irish, you might find a good Irish dog name name in the list below.

Irish Dog Names

Irish Dog Names

Irish folk, pop, rock and punk music, are just some of the genres that Ireland has been famous for, from Irish step dancing with fiddles, U2’s rock anthems and The Pogues Fairy Tale of New York, some of the best music in the world has come from Ireland.

We took inspiration from their music when choosing some good Irish dog names, I think we can agree Bono is a pretty sweet name for a dog.

Take a look at our list for some more traditional names and a few cool ones as well.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Tadgh

this is a popular name that means poet or philosopher, good if you have a thoughtful dog

  • Bono
  • Rory
  • Sean
  • Niall
  • Cian
  • Ryan
  • Dillane
  • Quinn
  • Conan
  • Mahony
  • Ruddy
  • Conor
  • Tommy
  • Baul
  • Bersh
  • Jal
  • Tahnee
  • Alby – perfect for a white dog
  • Biddy
  • Britt
  • Ciara
  • Casey
  • Colm – this is the Gaelic version of Callum
  • Conall
  • Colly
  • Fallon
  • Fergy
  • Finny
  • Fin
  • Gilroy
  • Gittan
  • Kieron
  • Kel
  • Kyran
  • Moira
  • Ness
  • Niamh – meaning bright or shiny, great for a well manicured pooch
  • Nora
  • Rian
  • Sian
  • Sorcha
  • Gael
  • Lassie – the most famous dog in film and fiction
  • Sheila

Irish Girl Dog Names

Irish Girl Dog Names

Ireland has a unique history, and part of that is the Gaelic language, still spoken by some today.

It lends itself to some beautiful Irish dog names for girls, like Bria and Enya or maybe even Orla.

One name we liked was Bonny, because Anne Bonny was an Irish-American pirate in the 18th century.

See what you think with our list of dog names below:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Maud

The famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats fell in love with Maud Gonne as a young man and spent the rest of his life writing about her

  • Ahana
  • Aili
  • Aliyn
  • Alma
  • Alvy
  • Aoife – this name might look hard to pronounce if you don’t speak Irish
  • Bree
  • Bria
  • Bride
  • Bonny
  • Cadi
  • Cait
  • Cadence
  • Calli
  • Cat – a popular name for Irish women (Ironic for a dog too)
  • Codi
  • Cori
  • Corry
  • Darcy
  • Darcia
  • Derry
  • Doon
  • Devony
  • Eila
  • Elan
  • Elva
  • Ena
  • Enya
  • Fiona
  • Gormley
  • Honor
  • Ida
  • Ide
  • Inis
  • Ita
  • Kady
  • Keara
  • Kelcy
  • Kelli
  • Kerri
  • Kiani
  • Lily
  • Melva
  • Molli
  • Orla
  • Siobhan
  • Tara – after the Hill of Tara in Ireland
  • Una
  • Unity
  • Zaira

Creative Irish Dog Names

Shamrocks from Ireland

Ireland is full of legends, the most famous is St Patrick chasing out all the snakes, that’s why Ireland has no snakes and everyone has a big party on St Patrick’s day.

Ireland still has some living legends, like Brian O’Driscoll, their most famous rugby player, B.O.D for short, also the perfect creative dog name if you have a fast and agile pet dog!

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Guinness

This is probably the most popular drink in Ireland, apart from water of course

  • Bod
  • Blade
  • Faz
  • Robby
  • Jordi
  • Woody
  • Gibson
  • Baz
  • Kane
  • Guinness
  • Bob
  • Mandy
  • Tato
  • Bacon
  • Soda – the most popular type of bread in Ireland is their Soda bread
  • Colcannon
  • Cabbage – a cute name for a small dog
  • Coddle
  • Barmy
  • Bun
  • Carn
  • Clare
  • Garv
  • Knocky
  • Tyson
  • Porty
  • Navan
  • Conna
  • Lenny
  • Munny
  • Ulla
  • Tyrone
  • Dub
  • Paddy – the slang name for Irish people used around the world
  • Pat
  • Bally
  • Conny
  • Jameson
  • Hop – the perfect name if your dog likes a hop, skip or a jump
  • Cormac
  • Tubber
  • Boris

Popular Irish Dog Names

St Patrick Day

Walk around any major city on Paddy’s Day, and you’re likely to see a sea of green.

You might also see a few Shamrocks, the lucky symbol of Ireland because they’re so rarely found in nature.

If you are celebrating Paddy’s day you might like to cook up some Colcannon, or Champ if you are in Northern Ireland.

This food is a mix of mash potatoes and cabbage, with corned beef, such a popular dish has helped us think up a few unique and popular dog names, have a look for yourself:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Logan

this Irish dog name is also Wolverine’s name in the X-Men films, good if your dog has a big set of claws

  • Canon
  • Champ
  • Rolland
  • Smithy
  • Katie
  • Molly
  • Riley
  • Reagan
  • Anna
  • Nola
  • Kayla
  • Gruffo
  • Liam
  • Finnegan
  • Logan
  • Declan
  • Seamus
  • Lorcan
  • Roisin
  • Rogan
  • Bran
  • Cael
  • Madigan
  • Sullivan
  • Jade
  • Cash
  • Bailey
  • Stout – a category of beer that Guinness falls into
  • Porter
  • Galway – a province of Ireland associated with beauty and coastal attractions
  • Pogue
  • Shane
  • Fingal
  • Cavan
  • Blarney
  • Barney
  • Clan
  • Celt – Celtic people that used to live in Scotland spoke Gaelic
  • Glyder
  • Jedward – does anyone remember them from UK X-Factor?
  • Lunasa
  • Nolan

Best Irish Dog Names


You have been looking through this list of Irish Dog Names and learned a lot about Ireland, maybe you fell in love with the Irish setter and its silky red coat?

Perhaps you are thinking about a hot bowl of Colcannon or a pint of Guinness.

The problem is, finding the perfect dog name is like finding a four leaf Shamrock!

That’s why, with so many Irish dog names to choose from, we thought we’d choose our favorites:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Conor

MMA fighter, The Notorious Conor MacGregor is the most famous Irish sportsman to come out of Ireland in recent years

  • Banshee
  • Drum
  • Fen
  • Hooligan
  • Shamrock – this is the Irish symbol of luck
  • Tilly
  • Slobbo
  • Whiskey – used to be the most popular spirit in the world
  • Asclan
  • Bachram
  • Bacach
  • Bram
  • Oscar
  • Stoker
  • Wilde – the Irish writer who wrote The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Wren
  • Swift
  • Scally
  • Scully
  • Waggy
  • Ganly
  • Synge
  • Daly
  • Roisin
  • Joey
  • Micky
  • Doyle
  • Dricco
  • Flanagan
  • Carl
  • Shay – The goalkeeper for the Republic of Ireland
  • Dave
  • Petty
  • Keano
  • Lambo
  • Callan
  • Cranberry
  • Grath
  • Talun
  • Phelan
  • Rankin
  • Ross
  • Tids
  • Glenn

Irish Setter Dog Names

Irish Setter Dog Names

Irish Setters, also known as Red Setters, are an Irish breed of Gun Dog, they weigh between 55 to 75lb in weight, and around 21.5 to 26.5 inches tall.

They need long walks every day and love to swim, they are just full of energy.

Ireland has loads of green space and over 12,000 lakes, it is basically a massive dog park.

We have come up with a list of perfect Irish dog names for an Irish Setter, hopefully you can find something fun for yours:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Neeson

this is the surname of the famous Irish actor Liam Neeson, star of the Taken series of films

  • Blaze
  • Aidan
  • Bricky
  • Brock
  • Chezza
  • Dublin – this is the capital city of Ireland
  • Nessa
  • Hunter
  • Katona
  • Bracky
  • Batter
  • Boxty
  • Pie
  • Farl
  • Goody
  • Ricky – this one is short for Limerick
  • Tatty
  • Drish
  • Crub
  • Tripe
  • Cockle
  • Brady
  • Drew
  • Lynch
  • Milo
  • Niall
  • Carr
  • Tiernan
  • Geary
  • Gunn – the perfect name for a gun dog
  • King
  • Locky – this is short for Lochlan, a popular Irish name
  • Lunny
  • Murphy
  • Potty
  • Wilson
  • Heany
  • Joyce
  • Daphne
  • Butler


Now we have reached the end of this rainbow of the best Irish dog names.

Out of all these names Bono is probably our favorite and Roisin the most pretty, we also liked Champ and Molly.

Or perhaps you could go for something very traditional like Niamh or Galway?

Hopefully, this article has provided you with a few names and some inspiration to think of your own.

If you have been inspired, leave us a comment below and share any you think we missed.

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David is the pet lover behind My Pet's Name. He is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, holds two degrees and has studied Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. As well as writing, David has helped over 2 million people choose the best name for their pet.

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