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St. Patrick's Day Names: Best Irish Celebrity Imports

Posted: 03/16/2012 3:05 pm

Irish names have been making the trans-Atlantic crossing for centuries, beginning with easily assimilated ones like Patrick and Kathleen, Kevin and Brian and Ryan. But recently, thanks to a few high-profile celebs in both the entertainment and literary worlds, we've been introduced to some authentic Gaelic names we hadn't met up with before. Here, to celebrate St. Paddy's Day, are some of the best.

Aidan Quinn
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When Aidan Quinn hit it big in "Desperately Seeking Susan" in 1985, most Americans didn't know if his name was pronounced EYE-den or ADE-en. That soon changed -- by 1995, his name had entered the baby names popularity list, and eight years later it was in the Top 100, accelerated by heartthrob Aidan Shaw on "Sex and the City." This version of the Irish sun god and saint's name Aodh (pronounced EE) was overtaken by the Americanized spelling Aiden, which is now a Top 10 name.


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