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175+ St. Patrick’s Day Names for Dogs (With Meanings)

Written by: Chantelle Fowler

Last Updated on February 2, 2024 by Dogster Team

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175+ St. Patrick’s Day Names for Dogs (With Meanings)

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, why not infuse some Irish spirit into the identity of your furry family member by choosing a deliciously Irish-themed name? Irish is a fascinating and old-school language that’s almost poetic, so it can make for beautiful dog names. Whether you love St. Patrick’s Day, hail from Ireland yourself, or just have a deep affinity for Irish culture, our guide below will provide some inspiration for finding the perfect name.

Let’s dive right in so you can start making a short list of the potential monikers for your new canine family member.

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St. Patrick’s Day Names

Let’s jump-start our list with some of the most popular words associated with St. Patrick’s Day in some way. They’re either some iteration of St. Patrick’s name or associated with Ireland or the themes that classically accompany the holiday.

  • Blarney
  • Charm
  • Clover
  • Emerald
  • Gold
  • Goldy
  • Guinness
  • Ireland
  • Isle
  • Jig
  • Leprechaun
  • Limerick
  • Luck
  • Lucky
  • Paddie
  • Patricia
  • Patrick
  • Shamrock
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Popular Irish Names

Whether you have Irish heritage or just a deep appreciation for the beautiful country, maybe one of these popular Irish names will suit your pup.

Male Names

  • Airell – “nobleman”
  • Ardal – “bear-like honor”
  • Athair – “father”
  • Awnan – “little Adam”
  • Cairbe – “chariot driver”
  • Carlow – “city on the lakes”
  • Cashel – “fortress”
  • Daire – “fertile”
  • Feoras – “rock”
  • Fews – “woods”
  • Finnian – “white”
  • Flynn – “red”
  • Garvey – “rough peace”
  • Gilmore – “servant of the Virgin Mary”
  • Kael – “slender”
  • Kian – “ancient”
  • Lir – “sea”
  • Miach – “proud”
  • Oisin – “small deer”
  • Saeran – “noble”
  • Sullivan – “hawk-eyed”
  • Tully – “quiet”
  • Uaine – “green”

Female Names

  • Ailey – “light”
  • Ailia – “of a noble kind”
  • Aislin – “vision”
  • Aven – “fair radiance”
  • Delma – “famous”
  • Duffy – “black”
  • Eilley – “beautiful bird”
  • Ena – “graceful”
  • Erin – “peace”
  • Fiadh – “untamed” or “wild”
  • Finna – “fair”
  • Grace – “charm”
  • Kella – “warrior”
  • Laoise – “famous warrior”
  • Maeve – “she who rules”
  • Majella – “great”
  • Meara – “jolly”
  • Ownah – “unity”
  • Riona – “queen”
  • Seana – “gift from God”
  • Sorcha – “brightness”
  • Tieve – “hillside”
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Ireland Place Names

It's no secret that Ireland is a gorgeous country with wide expanses of lush, green fields and areas of rugged and rocky cliffsides. We certainly wouldn't blame you if you wanted to name your dog after one of the following places or landmarks in Ireland.

  • Armagh
  • Barrow
  • Belfast
  • Birr
  • Cashel
  • Clare
  • Connemara
  • Cork
  • Derry
  • Dublin
  • Foyle
  • Galway
  • Iveagh
  • Kilkenny
  • Kippure
  • Moanbae
  • Moher
  • Nephin
  • Newry
  • Nore
  • Offaly
  • Scrabo
  • Shannon
  • Sligo
  • Tyrone
  • Wicklow

"Good Luck" Names

St. Patrick's Day is associated with fortune and good luck. If you'd like to give your pup a name that'll surely start them off on the right foot, consider one of these names related to luck. Though the options below may not be Irish in origin, they're still beautiful names to consider for your St. Patrick's Day pupper.

  • Ansel – “fortunate”
  • Beatrix – “blessed”
  • Bendito – “blessed”
  • Boone – “blessing”
  • Charm – stands for something that feels lucky for whomever has it
  • Chauncey – “good fortune”
  • Destiny – “fate”
  • Eudora – “fortunate gift”
  • Evangeline – “good news”
  • Fausta – “fortunate”
  • Fayola – “good fortune”
  • Felicia – “lucky”
  • Fortunata – “good fate”
  • Guin – “blessed”
  • Ibon – “luck”
  • Kalen – “warrior of good luck”
  • Kiaria – “fortunate”
  • Moira – “destiny”
  • Penny – after a lucky penny
  • Serendipity – “luck”
  • Seven – after lucky sevens
  • Shreya – “good omen”
  • Tadashi – “lucky”
  • Tira – “luck” or “charm”
  • Venturo – “good luck”
  • Zada – “fortunate”
  • Zaki – “virtuous”
  • Zelig – “blessed”

Famous Irish People Names

Emerald Isle-influenced monikers can also be celebrity-influenced. The names below are inspired by famous folks from Ireland.

  • Ardal (O’Hanlon) – actor and comedian, “high valor”
  • Bob (Geldof) – singer-songwriter, “bright”
  • Bono – singer
  • Bram (Stoker) – writer, “Father of multitudes”
  • Carmel (Snow) – magazine editor, “vineyards of God”
  • Colin (Farrell) – actor, “young hound”
  • Conor (McGregor) – mixed martial artist, “lover of wolves”
  • Dolores (O’Riordan) – singer, “sorrowful”
  • Enya – singer and composer, “fire”
  • Evanna (Lynch) – actress, “God is gracious”
  • Francis (Bacon) – painter, “Frenchman”
  • Gabriel (Byrne) – actor, “God is my strength”
  • Graham (Norton) – comedian and actor, “gray home”
  • Jocelyn (Bell Burnell) – astrophysicist, “happy”
  • Liam (Neeson) – actor, “strong-willed warrior”
  • Niall (Horan) – singer, “champion”
  • Oscar (Wilde) – writer, “God spear”
  • Peig (Sayers) – storyteller, “pearl”
  • Pierce (Brosnan) – actor, “song of Piers”
  • Rosie (Hackett) – revolutionary, “rose”
  • Saoirse (Ronan) – actress, “freedom”
  • Sinead (O’Connor) – singer and activist, “God is gracious”
  • Sonia (O’Sullivan) – long-distance runner, “wisdom”
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Celtic Language Dog Names

There's no official language in Ireland, though English is widely spoken across the island nation. Many Irish folks celebrate their heritage by using historic Celtic-based languages such as Irish, Gaelic, and Briton. The following dog names are great ideas if you'd like to pay homage to your Irish heritage or just like the sound of a Celtic-inspired name.

  • Aine – “radiance”
  • Aodh – “fiery”
  • Bran – “raven”
  • Colm – “dove”
  • Cú – “hound”
  • Eimear – “swift”
  • Felan “wolf”
  • Madigan – “little dog”
  • Madra – “dog”
  • Roisin – “little rose”
  • Ronan – “seal”
  • Shay – “hawk”

Green-Inspired Dog Names

If you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you're supposed to wear green – but why? Green became associated with the holiday for several reasons. First, Irish Americans would wear green to remind themselves of their heritage, as the colors of the Irish flag are green, white, and orange. Green was to represent Irish nationalism. Another reason is Ireland's nickname – the Emerald Isle. Below are some cute green-inspired St. Patrick's Day names for your pup.

  • Aspen
  • Basil
  • Cactus
  • Emerald
  • Fern
  • Flora
  • Forest
  • Hunter
  • Ivy
  • Jade
  • Jasmine
  • Julep
  • Juniper
  • Kale
  • Kiwi
  • Laurel
  • Leaf
  • Mantis
  • Mint
  • Moss
  • Olive
  • Pea
  • Pickle
  • Pine
  • Sage
  • Yoda

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How to Choose the Perfect St. Patrick's Day Name

Choosing a St. Patrick's Day-inspired name for your dog can be challenging. You want to pick something that you know you won't tire of a few years down the road but also something unique that suits your pup. Here are some of our best tips for picking the perfect name.

Test It Out

You shouldn't pick your dog's name based on how it looks on paper. You need to take it for a test run to see how it feels rolling off the tongue and if you can even pronounce it. This is especially important when choosing an Irish language-inspired name. The language is notoriously difficult to pronounce for some people because of its unique combinations of letters and sounds not often encountered in other languages. The last thing you want to do is choose a name you like the look of on paper only to realize you can't actually pronounce it the way it's meant to be.

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Pick a Short Name

Shorter names with fewer syllables are not only easier for you to say, but they make for faster and better communication with your dog. When you speak to your pup, you'll likely be pairing their name with a command, so choose something short and punchy to ensure your dog stays engaged while listening to you.

Differentiate From Commands

You'll eventually need to train your dog to understand commands to help them become a well-rounded and well-behaved adult. For this reason, you should steer clear of names that sound like commands you'll be using every day. For example, avoid names that rhyme with "sit," "stay," or "heel" to ensure your pup won't confuse their name with verbal cues.

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Final Thoughts

We hope our list of St. Patrick's Day and Irish-themed names has provided you with a good jumping-off point for naming your dog. We know choosing the perfect name can feel impossible, so don't rush into making your final decision. You'll have your furry sidekick for many years to come, so if they have to live a few days or weeks without a name, they'll be fine. We encourage you to take a few names out for a test run to see how they feel rolling off the tongue and if they suit your dog and their personality. We're certain you'll find the perfect name in no time!


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