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The 17 definitive hipster baby names in Ireland

We are through the looking glass now, people.

WHAT DO YOU do when you have a baby and really want to be cutting edge with the name choice? Well, worry no longer, we’re here to help.

According to the 200 most popular baby names in Ireland for boys and girls under three in 2014, we have got some interesting ones coming on the radar here.

(If you already happen to have a child with one of these names, count yourself lucky; they’re likely to be the only kids in their class with the moniker and you’re on the cutting edge when it comes to baby names. You cool cucumber, you)

17. AODHÁN

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Down in 192nd place on the list of boy’s names, this is a surprising dark horse to be deemed a hipster baby name. Only 23 boys under the age of three were listed in 2014 as having it though, so its rarity will only improve its chances of achieving a cool niche.

16. MOYA

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Nowhere near the popularity of Maya, or even Maia, this name will guarantee a future of uniqueness* and exclusivity.

*Until it becomes insanely popular around 2023 and the plan will all fall apart.

15. ODHRÁN

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Ah yes, this ticks all the boxes.

14. BLAKE

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37 boys under the age of three were issued passports last year with this name. It’s one of those names that just sounds cool.

13. TRISTAN

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This name is ancient but suddenly it’s got hip again. Embrace it, Tristan is coming back into fashion.

12. COREY

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There is something quintessentially American about the name Corey. Which is exactly why it is set to be cool in about ten years time. Only 24 baby boys were named it in 2014 so get it while it’s hot.

11. MAXIMILIAN

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This French-style name will give your kid a Gallic class that can’t be bought. Although, everyone else will just call him Max – losing some of the allure.

10. FIONN

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Laugh it up, Fionn, but you were the 24th most popular boy’s name in Ireland in 2014. You’re this close to becoming mainstream.

9. ÉABHA

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There were 111 uses of this name in 2014 (combined between Eabha and Éabha) so this is getting popular. Still, it’s unique enough amongst the Gaeilge names to stay true to its hipster roots.

8. RÍAN/RIAN

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161 boys were named either Rian or its fada-d equivalent Rían in 2014. Perhaps a little too popular to truly be cutting edge – as it was the 39th most popular boy’s name of 2014.

7. TEAGAN

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Giving off an old Celtic mysticism vibe, Teagan was only chosen for 25 girls in Ireland in 2014. Snap it while it’s exclusive.

6. CADHLA

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It’s like a really classy, Irish version of Kayla. Get on board.

5. RÓISE

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Róisín was so 20th Century. Move on, Róise is here

4. FIA

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The shortened version of Fiadh (which was higher on the girls’ list, so we’ll ignore that based on its popularity), Fia is the  cool girls name that nods to your Irish heritage whilst also looking like an acronym.

3. REUBEN

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Not as Gaeilge, but this name rose nearly 50 places in the rankings this year for boys – so it is on the way up. It has that unique artistic flair that will keep the masses away from using it for their children, which will make the hipsters happy as it will remain exclusive.

2. LAOISE

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Disconcertingly close to County Laois in spelling, this name was used 35 times for girls in 2014. It’s still only the 131st most popular girls name in Ireland for those under three – but it could be on the rise (as long as you don’t live in Laois).

1. SIÚN

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There were 28 passports issued to baby girls named Siún in 2014. This is the queen of hipster names, with a nice touch of Gaeilge for authenticity. Add a double-barrelled name to it and you have got yourself a full blown adult hipster come 2034.

Inspired by this Buzzfeed article.

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