Fiadh - Wikipedia

The name Fiadh means deer and also has connotations of wildness.
Meaningdeer, wild

Fiadh is a given name for a woman. It is Irish in origin, coming from a word meaning "deer",[1] "wildness" but also "respect".[2][3]


Fiadh was largely unknown as a given name in the 20th century, although the Irish word was known in the context of the fulacht fiadh and the word for a deer.

Irish given names for children experienced a spike in popularity after Vatican II when societal and parochial pressure to give saints' names to children was eased. Many of the Irish language origin names which were popular in the 1960s and 1970s (such as Sinéad, Deirdre or Emer) were out of fashion by the end of the century after reaching critical mass. Fiadh was part of a subsequent wave of names that became popular in the post Celtic Tiger period when the Irish language was perceived to have more social cachet.[4]


The name Fiadh first registered on the Republic of Ireland's CSO's name database in Tralee, Co.Kerry Ireland|1994]], with one incidence noted. Then again in 2002, Three incidents noted. This had multiplied tenfold by 2011 and the name entered the national top ten by 2018. In 2021 it was the first most popular feminine given name in Ireland.[5]

The CSO reported that "Fiadh" was the third highest ranked baby name for girls in 2022 with 320 registrations. A further 79 instances of "Fíadh" were registered.[6] Since 2018, the CSO has a policy of counting accented variations as separate names.[7] When taken together, the total number of registrations for "Fiadh" and "Fíadh" was 399, exceeding the total registrations of the most popular girls name in 2022, Emily, at 349.


  1. ^ "English–Irish Dictionary (de Bhaldraithe): Fia". (in Irish). Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  2. ^ "eDIL - Irish Language Dictionary". Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  3. ^ Ó Séaghdha, Darach (3 March 2022). "The Irish For: The rise of Rían - the latest baby names in Ireland". The Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Irish yes, but not always Catholic". independent. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Jack and Fiadh most popular baby names last year".
  6. ^ "Irish Babies' Names 2022 - Data".
  7. ^ "Irish Babies' Names 2022 - Background Notes".