Choosing the right name for your baby takes a lot of consideration. When choosing a baby name, you may want to take into account when your baby is due. My nephew’s birthday, for example, is on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). If you’re expecting a lucky little girl and are due this March, here are some baby girl names to consider.
Here are unique baby names for girls inspired by St. Patrick’s Day.
Aoife: The name Aoife comes from an old Gaelic name, and its meaning includes “beautiful” and “joyful”. (4) I think this is a beautiful meaning that any parent would want for their baby girl’s name. Aoife is actually the name of a woman in an old Irish legend or myth that includes St. Patrick as well. To read more about Aoife in this legend, click here.
Although Aoife is not commonly used outside of Ireland, it has been one of the top ten most popular baby girl names in Ireland for the past decade. (5) It is often considered to be the Irish form of Eva or Ava.
Brigid: The name Brigid can be adapted to Bridget or Brighid. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but Brigid is undoubtedly the patroness. She was a nun who had a huge religious and cultural influence on Ireland during her lifetime. (6) Interestingly, in 1186 the remains of St. Brigid and St. Patrick were both laid to rest in Downpatrick Cathedral. You can still go to Downpatrick to visit the site today.
Keegan: Keegan has several spelling variations including Kegan and Keagan. Although Keegan is traditionally a boys’ name, but I predict that–like many other traditional boys’ names–it’s going to become increasingly common as a baby girls’ name. This is an old Irish name meaning “small flame” or “ardent”. (2)
Patricia: Patricia is the female version of the name Patrick. St. Patrick’s Day is, obviously, named after St. Patrick. St. Patrick was a real man who lived around 400 AD. (1) He is the patron saint of Ireland, and spent much of his life involved in missionary work there. Variations of Patricia include Pat, Patty, Patsy, Trish, and Tricia.
Tara: Place names are increasingly being used for baby girls’ names (for example, Savannah, India, Georgia and Kenya). Tara, in Co. Meath, Ireland, is an important place associated with St. Patrick. Tara was “the seat of the high king of Ireland”. (3) Here Patrick encountered the ruler and gained permission to continue his ministry to spread Christianity.