Wednesday 20 September 2017

Parents hit the Jack-pot as name tops poll again

Edel O'Connell

IT was standing room only on the Beanstalk yesterday after three Jacks were born in one hospital within 24 hours.

The name emerged as the most popular boy's moniker yesterday for the fifth year in a row, while Emily took the top spot for baby girls.

One-day-old Jack Ryan, whose parents are from Mallow, Co Cork, who was born at 10.02am yesterday, was blissfully unaware he was joining a long list of his namesakes.

"We called him after his father's grandfather," said his tired mum Lorraine Barry.

"I was quite surprised when I heard it was the most popular name and there were two others born in the ward. We had no idea it was so popular. We really like the name," she added.

Baby Jack, who was born a week early at 5lb 5oz, was one of three babies of the same name born at Cork University Maternity Hospital in 24 hours.

The old-fashioned favourites remained way out in front of the more celebrity-inspired baby names in 2011.

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, 840 of the 38,223 boys born in 2011 were named Jack, while Emily was up one place to the top spot for the first time as the choice for 596 of the 36,427 girls born last year.

Popularity

Boys' names making up the top five included James, Sean, Daniel and Connor, while Harry shot up from 20th to eighth most popular.

The overnight fame of One Direction star Harry Styles could have something to do with the name's sudden popularity.

Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily made up the rest of the top five girls' names -- the latter a new entry in the top 10 from 14th place the year before.

Donnacha, Tommy and Zach were listed as first-time entries in the top 100.

Mason -- the name chosen by reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian for her baby -- and Tommy saw the biggest jumps in popularity.

Meanwhile, Lexi, which is the name of a lead character in the popular hospital drama 'Grey's Anatomy', and Michaela made their first entries into the top 100.

The baby boom is continuing unabated with 2010 seeing the highest number of babies born in almost a decade.

A total 74,650 babies were registered last year -- a drop of 326 from 2010, but a 23.3pc hike from 2002, when just 60,521 births were recorded.

Irish Independent

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