Irish Terrier Dog Names

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Introduction

The Irish Terrier is one of many breeds whose original heritage is lost to time, but they are most widely believed to be a descendant of the Black and Tan Terriers that were common in Great Britain in the 1700s. They were bred as hardworking farm dogs with a high prey drove and as such, they are capable hunters of rats, rabbits, fox, and badger, and tend to have quick minds and a spunky, can-do attitude. Although they can be quite affectionate with their family and love to be the center of attention, they are often reserved with strangers and can become overprotective and blindly aggressive if they feel they are threatened.  

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Irish Terrier Dog Name Considerations

Choosing a name for your new pet is an important early step in caring for your new canine companion. The name you pick is one that you will be saying and hearing several times a day, often for many years. In all likelihood, it will be a name that you will be posting on social media, a name you will be writing down at training classes and yearly checkups, and it may even be a name that you shout across a crowded dog park at the top of your lungs, particularly if your Irish Terrier catches sight of a fast-moving critter like a squirrel or a rabbit. There are many names that are particularly well-suited to the Irish Terrier breed, including commonly seen Irish names like Kelly, Patrick, or Maeve, as well as somewhat more creative or exotic names like Zaire, Oona, or Dingle. Traditionally, these canines were used for as both pest control and as guarding animals, making names like Chase, Ferrell, and Eimar extremely appropriate for the breed as well as names that honor their fiery temperaments like Aiden or Eagan. Irish Terriers typically come in varying shades of wheaten and red, so you won’t find names referring to a dark or black coat in this list, but you can look to names like Gilroy, Fiona, and Rowen to describe their color, or Sullivan to describe their eyes.

Male Irish Terrier Dog Names

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Aiden
A name meaning fiery one
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Anrai
A name meaning ruler of the home
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Blarney
Many people who visit Ireland make a trip to visit Blarney castle, frequently to kiss the legendary Blarney stone
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Connor
The meaning of this name is a devotee of wolves or hounds or strong-willed
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Chase
Like most terrier breeds, Irish Terriers have a high prey drive and tend to chase fast-moving things
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Dagda
Known also as “the good god,” father of the gods and lord of fertility and plenty
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Dingle
A deep wooded valley
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Dublin
The capital of Ireland and its largest city, notable for its literary history
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Eagan
This name means forceful or fiery
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Fergus
A popular name in Ireland and Scotland that means courageous man or man of force
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Ferrell
Brave is the meaning of this name
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Finn
A popular name meaning fair or light
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Gilroy
A name meaning either son of the red-haired one or serves the red-haired one
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Higgins
An Irish surname that means Viking or sea-rover
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Kells
The mysterious Book of Kells resides at Trinity College and contains the four gospels in Latin written on prepared calfskin
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Taliesin
A renowned bard from the middle ages that has attained mythic status in Wales and Ireland
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Jameson
The most popular Irish Whiskey in the United States
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Kane
A name meaning fighter or battle in Ireland, but money and putting together in Japan
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Kilkenny
A tourist destination in Ireland with historic buildings, and active arts scene, and breweries
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Killian
Battle and strife are the meanings of this name
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Leprechaun
A member of the fairy realm that is associated Ireland; shoemakers and guardians of a pot of gold
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Liam
This name means resolute protector
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Maher
This name means skillful or talented in Arabic, but in Ireland it means generous
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Niall
A name that means champion
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Nolan
A name meaning either famous and noble or descendant of a chariot fighter or champion
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Patrick
The patron saint of Ireland is St. Patrick
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Quinn
An Irish and Gaelic name that means counsel or wise
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Sean
A very popular name in Ireland meaning God is gracious
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Sheridan
Untamed is the meaning of this name
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Sullivan
This name means dark-eyed one

Female Irish Terrier Dog Names

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Aine
A name from ancient Ireland that means splendor and fire
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Aran
The collective name for the Inishmór, Inishmaan, and Inisheer islands is the Aran islands
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Bailey
In honor of the well-known Bailey’s Irish cream, a blend of whiskey and cream
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Brigid
A solar deity and the Irish goddess of the fires of inspiration, forge, and hearth
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Casey
A name meaning brave in battle or vigilant
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Cassidy
This name means curly headed or clever
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Clover
In Ireland, finding a four-leafed clover is a sign of good luck
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Connolly
An Irish surname that means fierce as a hound or wolf
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Cré
The Irish word for earth
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Danu
An earth goddess known as the mother of gods and of the first tribe of Ireland
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Deidre
This name means fearsome, broken-hearted, or raging
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Eimar
Swift is the meaning of this name
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Fiona
A name that means fair, light, or clear
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Glen
Ireland contains many narrow, green valleys known as glens
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Haley
This is a name meaning ingenious in Ireland, but in England, it is a place name meaning hay meadow
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Inis
The meaning of this name is from the river island
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Kelly
A name meaning aggressive, war, and lively, in the past this was more common as a surname in Ireland
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Kiana
A name meaning ancient, also has an association with Hawaii
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Macha
An Irish war goddess that was strongly linked to the land
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Madra
The Irish word for dog
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Maeve
A great warrior queen of Irish legend and a name meaning intoxicating
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Morrigan
A major Celtic and Irish goddess associated with both war and fate
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Oona
An Irish name that was popular in the middle ages, believed to be derived from the word uan, meaning lamb
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Peyton
A name meaning noble or patrician
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Riley
An Irish or Gaelic name meaning valiant
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Rowen
This name means little red one or red-haired and is used frequently for both males and females
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Sorcha
A Gaelic name that is currently in use by both the Irish and the Scotch
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Torrey
A name that means from the craggy hills; is listed as either a male or female name
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Trinity
The most prestigious university in Ireland is Trinity college
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Zaire
This name has several meanings depending on the language it is derived from; in Ireland the meaning is princess

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