My future son needs an Irish first name with some muscle.
Long winded: My wife and I are expecting our first child. I'm Irish Canadian with one of those Irish Cop sounding last names.
My wife didn't change her name when we married and has a particularly uncommon German last name. All of the men in her family, with the exception of her father, died childless in and around the second world war with the result that she is basically the only person of her generation to carry her surname.
Neither of us are too keen on the idea of giving our children stupid hyphenated last names and my wife really wants to pass her name on to them. I'm fine with that. Still, I've read "Irish on the Inside
" and would like to pass a little something of that heritage down to my children.
To clarify, I'm looking for Irish Gaelic names in the style of "Éamonn", not Irish Catholic names in the style of "Patrick".
I really like the idea of giving a child a name with some weight and my wife and I particularly like the idea of being able to read stories to the child where the protagonist or another major character shares their name. So, we're mostly looking for names from literature, legend and mythology.
Fionn/Finn is obviously right up that alley, but I'd like something a little less common. My current favorite is "Conán" but my wife doesn't share my enthusiasm.
And for what it's worth, the child's middle name will be "Robert" and his surname will start with a K.