2016’s Most Popular Irish Dog Names for St. Patty’s Day

Diana Faria
by Diana Faria
May the luck of the Irish be with you…and your dog! Here are some fast facts about the most popular Irish dog breeds and names, plus a brief history lesson about where it all began.

Top of the mornin’ to ya! In the spirit of the greenest day of the year, Rover.com compiled a grand list of Irish-themed names and breeds for St. Patrick’s Day, along with some other fun facts about this oh-so-celebrated day.

Let’s start with where it all started: Ireland, of course! St. Patrick’s day (not unlike Valentine’s day) celebrates a religious figure in history, in this case a Roman Catholic saint. He is none other than Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who died on March 17, 461 A.D. The shamrock has been said to be instrumental back in Saint Patrick’s day to explain parts of the Roman Catholic religion to pagans, and the color green has been associated with Irish history since 1640, when the green harp flag was introduced as Ireland’s unofficial flag.

It is no wonder then, in Ireland, an amazing 85.7 percent of Irish bred-dogs are more likely to sport an Irish name than other dogs. The most popular Irish breeds in the U.S. are the Soft-coated Wheaten terrier, Irish setter, Irish terrier, Glen of Imaal terrier and the Kerry blue terrier.

In the United States, the city with the highest concentration of Irish dog breeds is in Providence, Rhode Island, despite it ranking only 5th nationwide for human Irish residents. This means that those who are of non-Irish decent also appreciate these delightful Irish breeds. What’s not to love?! If you’ve never taken a look at a Glen of Imaal terrier, take a minute to google it- they are absolutely adorable. It’s okay, go ahead – we’ll wait!

If you have an Irish last name, you may be compelled to name your dog something Irish as well! In fact, dog owners with Irish last names are almost 15 percent more likely to give their dogs Irish names versus owners without last names from the Emerald Isle.

Speaking of Irish names, let’s get right into it! Top luck-themed names for dogs are Gold, Clover, Dice, Fortune and taking the top spot is, of course, Lucky! Lucky also happens to be the only luck-themed name that stayed on this list year-over-year. The top dog names that have to do with Irish food and drink are Bailey, Guinness, Stew, Jameson and Shepard, with North Carolina having the most dogs named after Irish food and drinks.

Related: Top 10 Irish Dog Breeds

If you’re not a fan of these names, but would still love to name your pooch something green, we have a few suggestions. Cash is the most popular green dog name followed by Pickle, Clover, Kiwi and, yup, even Kale. Speaking of food, you may want to let Fido in on some of the festivities by giving him some typical Irish food. While beer, corned beef and onions are a definite no-no, carrots, cooked potatoes and peas are given the green light (we couldn’t resist a pun here and there).

You may also want to name your dog after a popular Irish celebrity! Murray takes the top spot (after the famous Bill Murray), followed by Liam (Liam Neeson), Peter (Peter O’Toole), Graham (Graham Norton) and Bono (from U2).

Did the luck of the Irish inspire your dog’s name? See if it’s on the list by clicking on the infographic above. If they missed one, put your dog’s Irish-inspired name in the comment section below!

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