Origin: English
29 famous people named Irish found on Wikipedia.
1409 female, 126 male in US.
Most recent ranking: 12900-th in year 2018
Best ranking: 1800-th in year 1960


Irish is a given and surname.
Notable people bearing this name include:
As surname:
Carolyn Tanner Irish (born 1940), Episcopal Bishop
Frank Irish (1918–1997), English cricketer who played for Somerset and Devon
Frederick M. Irish (1870–1941), Arizona football coach 1896–1906
George Irish, Montserratian academic, professor of Caribbean studies
Jack Irish, protagonist in a series of novels by Peter Temple
Mark Irish (born 1981), English rugby player
Ned Irish (1905–1982), American basketball promoter
Ronald Irish (born 1913), Australian executive
William Irish, pseudonym of Cornell Woolrich (1903–1968), American writer
As given name:
Irish Bob Murphy
Irish McCalla
Irish Meusel
Irish McIlveen

C. 1200, "the Irish people," from Old English Iras "inhabitant of Ireland." This is from Old Norse irar, which comes ultimately from Old Irish Eriu (accusative Eirinn, Erinn) "Erin." The reconstructed ancestry of this derives it from Old Celtic *Iveriu (accusative *Iverionem, ablative *Iverione), perhaps (Watkins) from PIE *pi-wer- "fertile," literally "fat," from root *peie- "to be fat, swell" (see fat (adj.)). From mid-15c. in reference to the Celtic language spoken in Ireland. Some Middle English forms of the word suggest influence of (or punning on) Old French irais, irois "wrathful, bad-tempered" (literally "ire-ous") and Irais "Irish." Meaning "temper, passion" is 1834, American English (first attested in writings of Davy Crockett), from the legendary pugnacity of the Irish. Irish-American (n.) is from 1816 (as an adjective from 1820). Wild Irish (late 14c.) originally were those not under English rule; Black Irish in reference to those of Mediterranean appearance is from 1888.

Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.

Famous People: 29 found on Wikipedia.
Popularity Name Birth Year Description
1 Irish Bella 1996 Indonesian actress
2 Irish McCalla 1928 American film and television actress
3 Ned Irish 1905 American basketball team owner
4 Paul Irish 1982 American web developer
5 Irish Meusel 1893 American baseball player
6 John P. Irish 1843 American political party leader
7 Carolyn Tanner Irish 1940 American bishop
8 Irish Bob Murphy 1922 American boxer
9 George Irish Montserratian academic
10 Natalie Irish 1982 American visual artist
11 Mark Irish 1981 English rugby union player
12 Irish McIlveen 1880 American baseball player
13 Joseph E. Irish 1833
14 Frederick M. Irish 1870 American football coach, college athletics administrator, science instructor
15 Irish Mythen Canadian singer-songwriter
16 Irish Rob Irish singer
17 Frank Irish 1918 English cricketer
18 Jane Irish 1955 American artist
19 O. H. Irish 1830 American diplomat
20 Ronald Irish 1913 Australian businessman
21 Irish Graham 1883 American college football player
22 Jim Irish 1941 Irish hurler
23 Lesroy Irish 1972 West Indian cricketer
24 Colin Irish 1961 British basketball player
25 Ernest G. Irish 1894
26 Irish Fullerton 1983 Filipino actor and singer
27 Henry Clay Irish 1868 Botanist (1868-1960)
28 Bill Irish
29 Irish Navaja 1997