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Every mother wants her daughter to grow up into an ambitious, well-respected woman – and it could all start with a name. If you’re looking for something unusual and profound, Celtic girl names provide fantastic inspiration.
Dating back to the 6th century, the Celtic people moved around Indo European areas, and their influence remains today. What’s refreshing about Celtic female names is the apparent gender parity. Whereas, in some cultures, female baby names appear to focus on beauty and modesty, Celtic girl names are all about the warriors!
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Historically, Celtic women enjoyed many of the same freedoms as men, which is likely why we see so many female Celtic warrior names today. To raise a young woman who’s as fierce on the football field as she is in the boardroom, try one of these Celtic names for girls:
Of course, if you’re not ready for your little one to grow out of that princess stage just yet, there are many more diminutive names, just like other cultures. For example, we have Eislyn, which means ‘beautiful’ or ‘pretty rose.’ Similarly, Imogen means ‘maiden’ while Katell, a variant of Kate, means ‘pure.’
While there are hundreds of ancient Celtic girl names to choose from, you can also modernize them with a contemporary spelling. Many Celtic women names with Irish origins have evolved over centuries, such as:
Another derivative of Kate, this means ‘pure’ and is the Irish form of Catherine. Alternative spellings include Caitlyn, Catelyn, Kaitlin, or Katelin – you may even wish to shorten it to Cait.
Raising a mini Erin Brockovich? The name Erin originates from the Irish Ériu, who, according to folklore, was the ‘matron goddess of Ireland.’
Another simpler spelling, Tara actually derives from the term ‘Teamhair’ which means ‘distinction.’ The name also has links to Hinduism and Buddhism, great for multicultural kids.
Ready to take on something a little more challenging in the spelling department? Try some of these on for size:
We talked about sovereignty above with Ferelith – but many Celtic baby girl names have links to queens. You can name your miniature queen Genaine (tribal woman or queen), Rhianna (or Rhiannon/Rhienne – great queen), or Tiona – a fairy queen!
Whether your baby girl is a little princess or killing it in her career, Celtic female names will give her the moniker she deserves. If you’re still not sure, check out a whole host of other Celtic girl names below:
You can find more inspiration for baby names right here on our blog. Or, why not ask the mamas of Peanut for advice?