6 things you never knew about Billie Eilish's Irish roots
Entertainment

6 things you never knew about Billie Eilish's Irish roots

Billie Eilish swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as music's most happening teenager took home five separate gongs.

The singer's rise to stardom over the past year or two has been as eye-catching as her appearance, and while plenty of mystery still surrounds the quirky 18-year-old, we think we've discovered the secret to her powers: Her Irish roots.

So without any further ado, here're five things you didn't know about Billie Eilish being Billie Irish:

1. Her real name surname is O'Connell

In fact, her full name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell. As bizarre as it is Irish.

Advertisement

We can't claim to know the meaning behind the name 'pirate' but everything else in there is about as Irish as a leprechaun eating a packet of Taytos.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Billie Eilish attends the Universal Music Group's 2020 Grammy after party presented by Lenovo at Rolling Greens Nursery on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Universal Music Group)

2. Her parents are actors of Irish descent

She's the daughter of Maggie Baird and Patrick O'Connell.

Both parents, like Eilish are American-born, but have roots in the Emerald Isle, as well as Scotland (but we can forget that one).

"My whole life I've been told by my parents that, y'know, I'm Irish and Scottish and I'm like 'Okay, yay!'," she told Today FM last year.

Advertisement

"I'm mean it's cool but I just didn't have anything to base it on - never been to Ireland, y'know, I didn't know anything really. And it's been actually really cool to come here."

Her mother Maggie Baird, Billie Eilish, and her father Patrick O'Connell attend Billboard Women In Music 2019, presented by YouTube Music, on December 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

3. Her brother Finneas writes and produces her music

Very much rivalling his sister for best Irish name (Finneas Baird O'Connell), Finneas has a fair old career going himself, with acting, singing and songwriting all on his CV.

He wrote Eilish's breakout song 'Ocean Eyes' and is on stage with his sister most of the time.

It's not often you can star in Glee and Modern Family by age 22 and still be considered less famous than your younger sister.

Advertisement

But his close relationship with Billie might just be the cornerstone to the 18-year-old's mammoth success.

Billie Eilish with her brother Finneas O'Connell

4. 'Eilish' is an Irish form of an old Hebrew name

It's translated from Elisheva - Hebrew for "My God is an oath" or "My God is abundance".

Its anglicised version is 'Elizabeth', but I'm guessing you're we're likely to meet a helluva lot more Eilish's than Elizabeth's in the coming years.

Advertisement
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 03: Singer Billie Eilish performs at Spectrum Center on October 3, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)

5. Her stage name is intentionally similar to 'Irish'

Be honest, when you first heard her name, you thought it was Billie Irish. Be honest, now.

Well apparently, that's exactly what she wanted. It's a nod to her roots.

Pronounced 'eye-lish' (not ay-lish) - it's used as a little tip of the hat and to remind fans just where her supremely talented DNA comes from.

Take that, Scotland.

Advertisement
STRADBALLY, IRELAND - AUGUST 30: Billie Eilish performs on stage during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 30, 2019 in Stradbally, Ireland. (Photo by Debbie Hickey/Getty Images)

6. She's a natural red head

Like her brother, she's a copper top.

And when you think about it, what could really be more Irish than that?

Though considering the amount of different shades of the rainbow she's dyed her hair since her rise to stardom, there's barely any evidence. You'll just have to trust us.