The most popular Irish baby names for girls in the United States differ over time, but some names remain fairly constant on the list. Names such as Caitlin, Kathleen, Bridget and Brenna have maintained their popularity over the years. Modern Irish names, such as Brianna and Makayla, are also popular.
Irish names have long been popular in the United States. Both old Irish names and modern names with a Irish root are popular choices for parents looking for that perfect baby name. Many Irish first names are actually modern versions of old Irish surnames. The first name of Kennedy, for example, is attributed to the old Irish name of O Cinneide.
Every year, the Social Security Administration puts out its list of top baby names. From that list are culled the top Irish baby names for girls. The 2014 list, in order of popularity, is Grace, Brianna, Allison, Riley, Evelyn, Morgan, Kaitlyn, Payton and Molly.
For those interested in what Irish parents are naming their daughters, a quick look across the pond shows that Irish parents, like those in America, have no problem selecting names outside of their own land. The top 10 most popular names for girls in Ireland, as of 2014, are Emily, Sophie, Emma, Grace, Ella, Aoife, Amelia, Lily, Ava and Sarah.