We are all totally obsessed with that incredible version of Dreams by the Cranberries by Irish Women in Harmony. Only three weeks since the star-studded cover dropped, the charity single has raised over 250k for victims of domestic abuse through Safe Ireland. Some of the women featured on the track are household names and some we are just discovering. All in all, the names on the track represent strong talented and compassionate women and this got us thinking. Maybe its time we named our daughters after women like these. Here are 22 names for girls inspired by Irish women in the music industry:
After Ailbhe Reddy, alternative Irish folk singer, known for her earnest lyrics. Her beautiful new single ‘Between Your Teeth’ has an operatic feel to it. Check her out here.
After 21-year-old singer-songwriter Aimée, whose vibe might bring to mind ‘90s icons like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Listen to her newest album Confession, here.
After Allie Sherlock, the busking angel of Grafton Street. This kid blew up after appearing on Ellen in 2018 and her sound is stunning. Listen here.
Caroline and Andrea
For sisters who slay, why not name your daughters after Caroline and Andrea Corr? If The Corrs did not feature on the soundtrack to your youth, you are seriously missing out. They are simply an Irish institution.
After Elaine Mai, who’s electronic sound is known for its creativity. Listen here.
After Erica Cody, Singer-Songwriter and BLM activist from Dublin. Check out her sound here if you haven’t already.
After Eve Belle, Donegal singer-songwriter who crafts elaborate narratives with her stunning music and lyrics. Add her to your summer 2020 playlist, here.
After Faye O'Rourke from Dublin-based band, Soda Blonde. Rising from the ashes of Little Green Cars, Soda Blonde have alt-pop vibe, taking influence from the likes of Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac. Have a listen, here.
After Fia Moon. How cool is this name? Fia has a trained classical background that is obvious in her clear sound and honest lyrics. Add your favourite track by Fia Moon to your summer playlist here.
Speaking of household names, this Irish legend has been blessing us with her sultry tones since 2002. Any little girl named after Imelda May will grow up strong and stylish there’s no doubt.
After Lilla Vargen, Northern-Irish singer whose soulful sound might draw tears if you’re not careful. After supporting Dermot Kennedy in 2019, Lilla Vargen is one to watch. Listen here.
After Lisa Hannigan. This Irish siren needs no intro. Recently lending her haunting voice to the soundtracks of films such as Song of the Sea and Gravity, Lisa Hannigan is an internationally acclaimed artist.
After electro-pop artist Lyra (Laura MacNamara) from Cork. You may get a Kate Bush-meets-Lykke Li vibe from her dark, alternative sound. Listen here.
Moya and Enya
Another sister sensation to call your cailíní after. In case you have lived under a rock since the ‘90s, both Enya and Moya Brennan are folk singer-songwriters from Donegal. They hail (in their early years) from renown Irish music group, Clannad.
Morgan and Gemma
Possibly for twins? After Morgan McIntyre and Gemma Doherty from Saint Sister, a trad-meets-electropop duo from Belfast. If you haven’t already, discover them here.
Ruth Anne Cunningham is the woman responsible for bringing Irish Women In Harmony, together. Last October, the Dublin-born singer released her debut album 'Matters of the Heart'. Add her to your playlist now here and follow her @thisisruthanne.
After Sibéal Ní Chasaide, a young sean-nós singer from Ráth Chairn Gaeltacht, County Meath. Her mesmerising sound brings this ancient form of Irish singing into the 21st century. Listen here.
After Theodora Byrne, vocalist and keyboardist from Dublin. Theodora plays with the likes of Hamsandwich, James Vincent McMorrow and Saint Sister. A stunning name for a woman who produces a stunning sound.
Bonus name: Nell
After Nell Mescal, singer-songwriter from Kildare. She didn’t feature on the track, but you may have seen her viral video recently where she performed 'Nothing Arrived' by Villagers alongside her actor brother, Paul Mescal. Check out Nell’s newest music here.