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Irish

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How popular is the baby name Irish in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1924 7 7 0
1925 5 0 5
1926 9 9 0
1928 8 8 0
1929 8 8 0
1930 5 5 0
1931 6 6 0
1932 11 11 0
1933 5 5 0
1934 8 8 0
1935 6 6 0
1937 5 5 0
1938 8 8 0
1939 10 10 0
1940 12 12 0
1941 18 18 0
1942 6 6 0
1943 5 5 0
1944 9 9 0
1945 8 8 0
1946 9 9 0
1947 6 6 0
1948 21 16 5
1949 20 20 0
1950 16 16 0
1951 29 29 0
1952 19 19 0
1953 24 24 0
1954 24 19 5
1955 25 25 0
1956 19 19 0
1957 33 33 0
1958 38 31 7
1959 36 28 8
1960 45 40 5
1961 37 37 0
1962 30 30 0
1963 32 32 0
1964 22 22 0
1965 31 23 8
1966 24 24 0
1967 17 17 0
1968 29 23 6
1969 35 35 0
1970 26 26 0
1971 23 23 0
1972 17 17 0
1973 17 17 0
1974 11 11 0
1975 12 12 0
1976 13 13 0
1977 16 16 0
1978 15 15 0
1979 13 13 0
1980 26 26 0
1981 12 12 0
1982 19 19 0
1983 17 17 0
1984 17 17 0
1985 15 15 0
1986 10 10 0
1987 12 12 0
1988 15 15 0
1989 12 12 0
1990 12 12 0
1991 14 9 5
1992 13 13 0
1993 9 9 0
1994 8 8 0
1995 11 11 0
1996 12 12 0
1997 18 18 0
1998 16 16 0
1999 13 13 0
2000 16 16 0
2001 20 20 0
2002 12 12 0
2003 13 13 0
2004 21 15 6
2005 24 13 11
2006 25 17 8
2007 17 12 5
2008 18 10 8
2009 17 17 0
2010 17 10 7
2011 14 9 5
2012 14 14 0
2013 13 13 0
2014 21 13 8
2015 16 8 8

Fun Facts about the name Irish

  • How many people with the first name Irish have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,502 babies born with the first name Irish in the United States. That's more than enough people named Irish to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Irish? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1924 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Irish first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Irish is Saturday, December 25th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Irish born? The highest recorded use of the first name Irish was in 1960 with a total of 40 babies.
  • Random Irish Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Irish is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Irish: Your name in reverse order is Hsiri. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ishir. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Irish? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,336 people with the last name Irish.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Irish? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Irish as their last name.
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Popularity of Irish as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Irish U.S.
  White 88.69% 64.26%
  African American 5.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.45% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.06% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Irish

People with the last name Irish are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Irish" mean? The list below shows the origins of Irish as well as things modernly associated with the name Irish such as celebrities named Irish.

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Origin and Meaning of Irish

The name "Irish" is of American origin, and it means "From Ireland". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective I"rish
Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland.

Etymology: AS. īrisc, fr. īras the Irish. Cf. Aryan Erse

noun I*rish"
Senses
  1. pl.The natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants.
  2. The language of the Irish; also called Irish Gaelic or the Hiberno-Celtic.
  3. An old game resembling backgammon.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The Celtic language of Ireland
  2. Whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley
  3. People of Ireland or of Irish extraction
  4. Of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people

Middle English Irisce (12th c.), from Old English Īras (“Irishmen”), from Old Norse Írar, from Old Irish Ériu (modern Éire (“Ireland”)), from Proto-Celtic *Īwerjū (“fat land, fertile”), from Proto-Indo-European *pi-wer- (“fertile”), from *peyH- (literally “fat”), akin to Ancient Greek πίειρα (píeira, “fertile land”), Sanskrit पीवरी (pīvarī, “fat”).

  1. The Goidelic language indigenous to Ireland, also known as Irish Gaelic.
    is the first official and national language of Ireland.
  2. A surname​.
  3. (as plural) The Irish people.
  4. (uncountable, obsolete) A board game of the tables family.
  5. (uncountable, US) Temper; anger, passion.
  6. (countable, uncountable) whiskey, or whisky, elaborated in Ireland.

Irish McCalla

Irish McCalla is a film and television actress. Irish was born in 1929 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, U.S.

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What does the name Irish mean?

Iis for impressive, your list of qualities.

Ris for realist, the way you are.

Iis for inspire, others seek your guidance.

Sis for serene, your calm time.

His for happiness, you always bring.

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