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Jack and Emily still hold top spot on the baby name list

Denise Calnan

Published 30/05/2014 | 11:07

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The top baby names of 2013 are, once again, Jack and Emily

JACK and Emily were once again the most popular baby names registered in 2013.

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Popular name ‘Jack’ has retained the top position it has held since 2007 and Emily has also topped the list since 2011 having been eighth most popular in 2007 and fifth in 2008.

Of the 35,272 boys born in 2013, 764 (2.2 pc) were named Jack, 18 more than the number of boys named James, the second most popular name.

Of the 33,658 girls there were 625 (1.9 pc) named Emily, which was 126 more than the number of girls named Emma, the second most popular girls’ name.

World-famous boyband One Direction have yet to have an influence on the Irish picking names for their newborns as the five most popular boys’ names in 2013 were Jack, James, Daniel, Conor and Sean, the top five unchanged each year since 2007.

Of the five most popular girls’ names in 2013 (Emily, Emma, Sophie, Ella and Amelia) Emily, the most popular girls’ name, has been in the top five in five of the last six years.

Emma has been in the top four most popular names since 2007 while Amelia has climbed steadily in popularity each year since 2007 when it was the 48th most popular name to 5th most popular name for baby girls in 2013.

Two first-time entries to the top 100 for boys were Kai and Kayden.

And, for the girls, Sadie, Sienna, Fiadh and Poppy all entered the top 100.  

In most areas of the country one of the top five boys’ names took the number one spot.

Only six areas favoured names outside the top five; in Kilkenny, Michael was the most popular name while Alex was the most popular in Cork City and Aaron in Waterford City.

Cavan parents favoured  Ryan while Charlie along with James and Ryan were the most popular in Monaghan.

In Leitrim, Mark shared the most popular boys’ name with Conor.

For girls, there was a wider range of names outside the top five that were county and city favourites. These included Ava, Caoimhe, Kate, Grace, Hannah, Mia, Rachel and Sarah.

Fifty years ago, in 1963, it was John and Mary that topped the list. But John has yet to lose its popularity; the name was ranked number 27 in popularity in 2013.

The top five boys’ names in 1963 were John, Patrick, Michael, Paul and James. Of these five names only James was in the top five names registers for boys fifty years later in 2013.

In the sixties, Mary was the name of choice for 3,721 parents for their newborn daughters in 1963 making it the most popular name for girls born that year.

The name Mary was still among the top 100 names (ranked 81) for baby girls born in Ireland in 2013 when 79 newborn girls were named Mary.

The five most popular names in 1963 were Mary, Margaret, Catherine, Ann and Anne.

None of these names featured in the top five names registered for baby girls in 2013.

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