The logical apex of naming your child to honor your Irish heritage-- Erin/Eireann/Éire have all been done, yet they seem so... name-like. Shannon, Colleen, Kerry... not obvious enough. Why not just go all-out and name your kid Ireland? In 1995, American actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger did just that. Since then, Ireland has been used as a girls' name, albeit infrequently. In 2010, Ireland (and other forms like Irelynn, Irelynd etc.) was at #547 on the US top 7000 baby girls' name chart. It has also inspired other -land place names such as Scotland/Scottlyn, Icelynn, England (no Englynns yet, but I suppose it's just a matter of time) etc.
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