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Gaelic House Names

Here’s a selection of possible Gaelic house names and their meanings that may be of interst to you in selecting a name for your own home. They’re taken, with kind permission, from Graham Gould’s book ‘House Names of Australia’, reflecting the migration to Australia of other language speakers. See www.grahamgould.com for more house name information and details of Graham’s unique house nameplates.

To draw your attention to some of the most interesting, even delightful Gaelic house names, we’ve put some of our favourites in bold. Check them out. They may help you choose your house name.

House name Meaning
Aileach name of an ancient kingdom
Aintree
Airne Mor Big Sloeberries
Aisling House
Alameda
Alcantara A Crusades battle site
Alverstone
Amesbury House
An Cnocan the hill
An Diadan haven, shelter
An Grianan suuny side
Aranview
Ard na Greine Ard - height, na greine - of the sun
Ard na Mara Ard - height, mara - sea
Ard-Aulinn (Probably) height of beauty
Ardbrae Ard - height, brae - hill
Ardeevin Ard - height, Eevin - delightful, pleasant
Arden
Arden House
Ardline House
Ardlui
Ardmachree Ard - height, machree - (?) my heart
Ardross
Ascot House
Ashford Crest
Ashmere
Auburn
Auchenblae home
Ave Maria Hail Mary (in Latin)
Avila St. Teresa of Avila's home town in Italy
Avoca House
Ballineen
Ballintubbert House
Ballybrack Cottage
Ballycarberry View
Ballyneed
Ballyroan
Banba One of a trio of Celtic goddesses; Ancient name for Ireland
Barnakyle House Gap; Woods.
Blasket Mist View of Blasket Islands
Breffni Common name for houses/businesses
Bremartin
Brigeis
Cahercasey Castle; Casey is a surname.
Cairn A mound of stones marking grave sitesor pathways etc.
Carrigbeg Little Rock
Carrygerry
Ceol na bPaisti Music of Children
Cladach seashore
Clar Eanna St. Enda's Plain
Cloneen
Clonmara
Cois Cottage
Cois Dara Cois means beside, near, at the foot of. Dara means oak tree.
Cois Feoire by the banks of the River Feoir
Cois na farraige beside the sea
Cois Tra seaside
Comeragh House
Craceevee
Cuala
Cuana-Keen
Cunlin
Curraghgowen
Dal Cais
Direen
Doon Moon
Dooneen Faim
Doonmacfelim McFelim's Fort
Dough Lodge
Drom Aluinn Beautiful Mountain
Dromore Great Mountain
Dun Muire St. Mary's Fort
Duneata
Dunlow
Dysart
Eichna mBroc
Ennisfree Island; Yeats poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"
Ennismore Great island
Gleann Fia Glen of the red deer
Gleann na Smot Glen of ?
Gleanna House Glen House
Glenbeg / Gleann Beag Little glen
Glencullen / Gleann Cuillean Glen of the holly
Glenmore / Gleann Mor Great glen
Gort na mBlath Field of flowers
Iveragh
Kellis A town in Co. Kerry where the Book of Kells was written.
Kilalla Cottage May be from Cill Ala - Church of St. Ala; Killala is name of town in Co. Mayo.
Kilbrian / Cill Brion Brian's church
Kilcoolaght
Kilkerrin May be from Cill Ciaran (St. Kieran's Church)
Killilagh House See Killilagh Cottage
Kilmaar
Kilnoe House
Kincora House
Knock Grena / Cnoc Greine Sunny Hill
Knockliscrena / Cnoc Lios Criona Hill of the fort of the heart
Knocknagow
Kylemore House / Coill Mor Large woods
Leanach Green park or field
Leanach Cottage Marsh
Lios a Dun Lios means fort; Dun means hill fort
Liosmoine
Liskennet / Lios Cionnait Fort of St. Ciannait
Lismaura May be from Lios Maire (Mary's Fort) or Lios Muire (St. Mary's Fort)
Loyola Probably named for St. Ignatius Loyola
Mountshannon Hill overlooking R. Shannon
Muir Mhor ocean
Naomh Eoin St. John
Naomh Treasa St. Teresa
Orgilla name of an ancient kingdom
Oriel name of an ancient kingdom
Padua May be named for St. Anthony of Padua. Common name for houses in Ireland.
Pairc Lodge Pairc - park or field
Parkanna May be from pairceanna meaning parks or fields
Rathvarna Anglicization of rath bearna meaning 'ring-fort of the gap'
Slieve Rua Red mountain
Slighe Dhala Crossroads; place with lots of shells.
Struthan Beag Little Stream
Suantrai Lullaby
Taoibh Coille Wood side
Tarmon
Teahan
Tir Na Nog land of youth
Tir Na N-og land of youth

 

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