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Popular Irish baby names

It has been said that everyone becomes Irish on St. Patrick's Day, when scores of people celebrate St. Patrick in parades and pubs while decked out in their best ensembles of Kelly green.

But Irish culture and pride extends beyond St. Patrick. Whether people actually can trace their lineage back to the Emerald Isle or not, Irish names are popular when naming newborns. According to BabyCenter.com, a trusted online parenting resource, the Irish male names Liam, Logan, Aidan, and Ryan all made the list of the top 25 baby names of 2015. Irish girl names were not as popular.

Expectant parents who are inspired by the whimsy and magic of Irish namesakes can consider these ever-popular Irish boy and girl names as they await their new arrivals, courtesy of Irish Central.

Boys

• Ryan: Derived from the IrisH surname Ó Ríain and meaning "descendant of the little king."

• Logan: Often mistranslated fRom O'Loughan to mean "duck."

• Connor (Conor): A modern form of Conchobhar, meaning "dog lover."

• Aidan: A name said to mean "little fire."

• Sean: An Irish form of John, which means "gift from God."

• Kevin: Anglicization of the Irish name Caoimhín to mean "beautiful birth."

• Brandon: Possible derivative of Bréanainn; this name may mean "sword."

• Colin: This name may be an Irish short form of Nicholas.

• Patrick: A popular name based on Ireland's patron saint.

Girls

• Brianna: A modern and feminine form of Brian, meaning "noble."

• Caitlin: An Irish version of Catherine.

• Riley: An Anglicization of the Irish surname O'Reilly.

• Molly: A derivative of Mary or Mallaidh, which means "star of the sea."

• Alana: A feminine form of Alan, which means "handsome."

• Cara (Kara): The Irish word for "friend."

• Fiona: An Irish name actually pronounced as Feena, which means "vine."

• Tara: Anglicization of the old Irish name Teamhair, which means "eminence" or "distinction."