I’ve heard it said that we’ve all got a little Irish in us. It’s true, that many American’s have some Irish blood running through us. The month of March is home to Saint Patrick’s Day, and while Patrick makes a fine name and one we will delve into, let’s look at a total of five Irish Saint’s for lucky Name-spiration!
Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne was a monk who founded a monastic chapel in Lindisfarne. St. Aiden traveled endlessly through the countryside spreading the gospel. Aidan boomed in popularity in the early 2000’s, peaking at Number 39 in 2003. Today Aidan is still well loved and used at Number 190. Alternative spelling Aiden is more popular at Number 16, while Ayden is Number 92, and Adan comes in at Number 443. Aidan is an Irish name meaning little and fiery which perfectly fits the little Aidan’s I’ve encountered.
Saint Brendan of Clonfert is often reffered to as the “Navigator” or the “Voyager”, as he was one of the early Irish monastic saints who voyaged by sea on legendary quests. Brendan is an Irish name meaning prince that ranks right about in the middle of the Top 1,000 at Number 451. Brendan peaked in the late 1990’s but still wears well today. Actors James McAvoy and Mark Wahlberg each have sons named Brendan.
Saint Brigid of Kildare is one of the patron saints of Ireland, along with Columba and Patrick. One of the first nuns, Brigid founded many monasteries and is also the patron saint of scholars. Brigid is a variation of the Irish fire goddess name Brighid meaning strength or exaulted one. The alternative spelling, Bridget became popular in the early 1970’s and currently ranks at Number 594. Brigid or Bridget also lends itself to many fun, quirky nicknames, like Biddy or Birdie.
Saint Columba, one of the three patron saints of Ireland, was an abbot and a missionary who is credited with spreading Christianity to what is modern day Scotland. Saint Columba was male, with a Latin name meaning dove. The Irish translation Colm and Scottish translation Callum make for handsome alternatives and ways to honor St. Columba. Columba as never ranked in the US Top 1,000 for either sex, though I think it would work well for a girl.
The most popular patron saint of Ireland, St.Patrick is one of the world’s most recognizable saints. A Romano-British missionary he is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity. Patrick has become a quintessential Irish name though like St. Patrick himself, Patrick is of Latin origins and means noble or patrician. Patrick peaked in 1968 and was a Top 50 name from 1948-1997. Today Patrick ranks at Number 170 and is one I commonly see in the middle name spot.
What are your favorite Irish Saints Names?