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List of Most Popular Irish Dog Names

List of Most Popular Irish Dog Names

The Irish dog family comprises popular breeds like Setters, Terriers, Beagles, Spaniels, and Wolfhounds. A name for a new pet dog is quite a tough decision to make, and it is very important to take sufficient time to decide this. A dog's name should reflect both, its personality and physical traits. This DogAppy article provides help with a list of popular names for your new Irish dog.
DogAppy Staff
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2018
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Popular Irish dogs mainly include Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Glenn of Imaal Terriers, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Water Spaniels, Beagles, and Greyhounds. These dogs are popular for their coats. For instance, an Irish Setter is loved for its mahogany red furry coat, while the Irish Water Spaniels are known for their curly coats. Which is why, taking good care of your dog's coat is something very important. The three basic, but fundamental things to remember are; proper and suitable diet; regular bathing, but not too frequent; and brushing the coat. You could always talk to your veterinarian about important details and additional tips to keep your dog's coat healthy.

Now that we're done with the basics, let's move on to the main topic of discussion, which is naming your pet. We'll start off with the popular breeds, some helpful tips as far as giving names is concerned, followed by a list of names which you could choose from, or even use to get an idea what to name your adorable pet. 
Popular Irish Breeds
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Wheaten Terrier
Irish Wheaten Terrier
Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound
Irish Terrier
Irish Terrier
Beagle
Beagle
Irish Red and White Setter
Irish Red and White Setter
Cute Irish Setter Puppy
Irish Setter
  • Setters are dogs with long hair, and are especially trained to stand stiff and scent game.
  • Terriers are breeds which were originally used for driving out burrowing animals from their burrows.
  • Hounds are large dogs used to hunt and are extremely good at tracking scent.
  • Spaniels are medium-sized dogs with long, silky coats, and drooping ears.
  • Beagles are again, members of the hound group, and have excellent tracking abilities. They have short legs, unlike other members of the hound family, and long, soft ears.
Naming Tips
  1. Try and look for a unique name, and not the ones commonly used by most people, like Max, Bruno, Bella, Daisy, etc.
  2. Do not name your dog without being aware of the meaning. For instance, naming a brown dog Clancy (Clancy = Red-haired warrior).
  3. Irish dogs, being from a cold region, bear a thick and furry coat. Think about the physical characteristics of your dog before deciding an appropriate name.
Here are some popular Irish dog names and their meanings―take your pick.
Female Dog Names with Meanings
Alexa Defender of man
Alissa Noble
Bella Intelligent
Candie Pure, honest, sincere
Ceara Spear
Chloe Verdant and blooming
Colleen Little girl
Creena My heart
Dualta Dark-limbed
Duvessa Dark lady of the waterfall
Emma Whole or universal
Enda Like a bird
Fennore White ghost
Fiona White, fair
Fenella White-shouldered
Ginger Red haired, flourishing
Gracie Grace, love
Glenda Holy and good
Haylie Hay meadow
Heather Flowering evergreen plant
Holly Plant used for Christmas decoration
Ivy Faithfulness
Julia Youthful
Jessie Wealthy
Kate Pure, clear
Keeva Beautiful, gentle or precious
Kayla Pure
Kelly War, lively, aggressive, warrior
Lachtna Milky white
Lassarina Flaming wine
Lia Hardworking, industrious
Lulu Famous in war
Luna The moon
Maggie Pearl
Murial Shining sea
Oriana Golden
Rosie Rose
Sadie Princess
Sassy Lively, bold
Sheena God's gift
Tara Rocky hill
Tressa Strong
Male Dog Names with Meanings
Ace One, excellence
Alby White, fair
Archie True and bold
Beau Rich and handsome
Begley Small/Little hero
Ben Son
Blaze Fierce
Caesar Hairy
Conor Strong-willed, hound lover
Conry Hound of the plain
Charlie Free man
Conan Wolf or hound
Cleo Pride, fame or glory
Darcy Dark one
Duke Leader
Dillon Like a son
Donn Brown
Doyle Dark stranger
Duffy Dark-skinned
Evan Young warrior
Erin Poetic name for Ireland
Ezra Helper
Felix Happy, lucky, fortunate
Finley Fair warrior
Fergus Courageous man
Gunther Army warrior
Gunner Battle strong
Hogan Young
Hunter Great hunter
Ivan Gift from God
Jasper Jewel
Jax God's grace
Jesse Gift
Kevin Handsome by birth
Keane Tall and handsome
Kerry Dark
Logan Finnian's servant
Leo Lion
Loki God of destruction
Melvin Chief
Milo Merciful
Murphy Sea warrior
Neil Champion
Nolan Noble
Oscar Divine spear
Pluto God of the underworld
Phelan The wolf
Quinn Wise
Renny Mighty
Riley Valiant
Rory Famous ruler
Ryan Kingly
Rohan Red-haired
Rufus Red
Rusty Red-haired person
Sam Sun child
Sandy Protector of mankind
Scout Vanguard
Trevor Wise
Ted Prosperous protector
Zing Approval or positive enthusiasm
Zadok Righteous
A lot of factors need to be considered, which could include things like temperament, traits, physical characteristics, etc. Your dog is your best friend, and it should also like the name you give it. You would be using this name to address your pet for the rest of its life, and therefore, it should be soothing to the ear, and not sound too harsh. A discussion with your family while suggesting them a few good names could make your task easier.
Also remember, dogs are very good at catching high frequency sounds; names with emphasis on 'd', 'k', 't', 'th' can be used, so that your dog hears you easily. Dogs sometimes cannot discriminate between similar sounding words, so be careful while choosing names that sound similar to instructions; names like 'Po' or 'Chum' could be mistaken as 'go' and 'come'. Also, keep in mind that you would be calling your dog's name in various scenarios; at home, when on a stroll, in a densely crowded place, or at your veterinarian's clinic. Therefore, make it a point to choose a name that won't embarrass you in public. Happy dog naming!