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95 Irish and Celtic Cat Names: Great Ideas for Your Amazing Cat

Celtic is a unique language that has a certain appeal to many people due to its unique spellings and pronunciations. The language has a lot of deeply meaningful words that can apply to the appearance and personality of your cat. Choosing a name can feel overwhelming, especially when dealing with a language you may not be fluent in (or speak at all!), so we’ve put together our favorite options for naming your amazing cat.

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How to Name Your Cat

The best place to start when choosing a name for your cat is to determine what type of name you’re interested in. Some people prefer human names with special personal meanings or that simply speak to the cat’s personality. Other people prefer descriptive names, and when it comes to Celtic and Irish names, there are a great many cutesy names that are non-traditional. Pick your starting point and make a list of the names that interest you the most.

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Top 10 Celtic & Irish Cat Names

  • Barney (male)
  • Paddy (male)
  • Patty (female)
  • Lucky (either)
  • Sinead (female)
  • Finnegan (male)
  • Saoirse (female)
  • Samhain (either)
  • Rory (male)
  • Molly (female)
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Female Names

  • Orla: “golden princess”
  • Shannon: “wise river”
  • Maeve: “bringer of joy”
  • Brigid
  • Fiona: “fair”
  • Imogen: “daughter”
  • Darby
  • Darcy
  • Riona: “queenly”
  • Cara: “friend”
  • Roisin: “little rose”
  • Niamh: “radiance”
  • Penny
  • Kayleigh: “slim and fair”
  • Brianna: “noble”
  • Katie
  • Bailey
  • Aoife: “beautiful”, “joyful”
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Male Names

  • Dillon
  • Vincent
  • Keegan: “fiery”
  • Clancy: “red-haired warrior
  • Flynn: “son of the red-haired one”
  • Rowan: “little red one”
  • Mal: “chief”
  • Quigley: “unkempt”
  • Quinn: “wisdom”
  • Murphy
  • Liam
  • Cillian
  • Beckett
  • Conor: “lover of hounds”
  • Ronan
  • Patrick
  • Neville
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Non-Traditional Names

  • Clover
  • Shamrock
  • Blarney
  • Bono
  • Enya
  • Pangur
  • Yeats
  • Ward
  • Quirk
  • Jameson
  • Guinness
  • Cabbage
  • Potato
  • Práta
  • Tayto
  • Champ
  • Coddle
  • Emerald
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  • Goldie
  • Arrow
  • Harp
  • Dara
  • McGregor
  • Ivers
  • Nicola
  • Callahan
  • Feeny
  • Knot
  • Tooley
  • Killarney
  • Wicklow
  • Dingle
  • Howth
  • Connemara
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Descriptive Irish Cat Names

  • Ailbe: “white”
  • Dubh: “black”
  • Harkin: “red”
  • Gorm: “dark blue”
  • Mosach: “hairy”
  • Puisín: “kitten”
  • Shay: “hawk-like”
  • Conan: “little warrior”
  • Cadhla: “graceful”
  • Lorcan: “little fierce one”
  • Eabha: “life”
  • Donal: “mighty”
  • Nessa: “not gentle”
  • Fergal: “brave”
  • Caoimhe: “gentle and beautiful”
  • Scurry

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