Irish name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Irish mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Irish

User Submitted Origins

Filipino (Philippines)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 2 people from Philippines, the name Irish is of Filipino (Philippines) origin and means "Perfect girl".
  2. 2 submissions from Philippines agree the name Irish means "Gift of god" and is of Irish / English origin.
  3. A user from California, U.S. says the name Irish is of English origin and means "From Ireland".
  4. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Irish means "A person who is known to be good in expressing their feelings and is capable of loving one person for the rest of their lives".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective I"rish
Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland.

Etymology: AS. īrisc, fr. īras the Irish. Cf. Aryan Erse

noun I*rish"
  1. pl.The natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants.
  2. The language of the Irish; also called Irish Gaelic or the Hiberno-Celtic.
  3. An old game resembling backgammon.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The Celtic language of Ireland
  2. Whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley
  3. People of Ireland or of Irish extraction
  4. Of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people

Middle English Irisce (12th c.), from Old English Īras (“Irishmen”), from Old Norse Írar, from Old Irish Ériu (modern Irish Éire (“Ireland”)), further origin heavily debated but probably from Proto-Celtic *Īwerjū (“fat land, fertile”), from Proto-Indo-European *pi-wer- (“fertile”), from *peyH- (literally “fat”), akin to Ancient Greek πίειρα (píeira, “fertile land”), Sanskrit पीवरी (pīvarī, “fat”).

  1. A surname​.
  2. (uncountable) The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.
    is the first official and national language of Ireland.
  3. (as plural) The Irish people.
  4. (uncountable, obsolete) A board game of the tables family.
  5. (uncountable, US) Temper; anger, passion.
  6. (countable, uncountable) whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.

Irish was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano

Notable Persons Named Irish

Notable Persons Named Irish

Irish McCalla

Irish McCalla was a film, television, actor, and televisionactress. Irish was born on December 25th, 1928 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, U.S. She died on February 1st, 2002.

Irish Meusel

Irish Meusel was a baseball player. Irish was born on June 9th, 1893 in Oakland, California. He died on March 1st, 1963.

Irish Graham

Irish Graham is a football player. Irish was born on November 7th, 1883 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Irish McIlveen

Irish McIlveen was a baseball player. Irish was born on July 27th, 1880 in Belfast, Ireland. He left this life on October 18th, 1960.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Irish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Irish

Paul Irish

Paul Irish is a platform evangelism and developer relations. Paul was born on July 23rd, 1982.

John P. Irish

John was born in 1843. He died in 1923.

Carolyn Tanner Irish

Carolyn Tanner Irish is a christian bishop. Carolyn was born as the child of Obert C. Tanner on April 14th, 1940.

Natalie Irish

Natalie was born on October 8th, 1982.

Mark Irish

Mark was born on August 25th, 1981 in Bridgwater.

Frederick M. Irish

Frederick was born on May 16th, 1870 in Dubuque, Iowa. Frederick is also known as Irish, Frederick Mortimer; Irish, Fred M.; Irish, Fred; Irish, and Cap. He passed away on April 12th, 1941.

  • Orsamus Hylas Irish
    Newspaper Editor & Owner

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Irish U.S.
  White 88.69% 64.26%
  African American 5.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.45% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.06% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Irish

People with the last name Irish are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Irish

  • What name lists does Irish rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Irish? Irish is the 8,221st most popular name of all time. As a last name Irish was the 4,813th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Irish have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,548 babies born with the first name Irish in the United States. That's more than enough people named Irish to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Irish? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1924 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Irish first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Irish is Saturday, December 25th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Irish born? The highest recorded use of the first name Irish was in 1960 with a total of 40 babies.
  • Random Irish Factoid: According to the 1951 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Irish is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Georgia have the same name in 1951.
  • Weird things about the name Irish: The name spelled backwards is Hsiri. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hsiir. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Irish? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,336 people with the last name Irish.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Irish? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Irish as their last name.
  • Irish name meaning

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