Ben and Lily most popular baby names of the year
Published 31/12/2010 | 05:00
The most popular baby names of 2010 have been revealed in a study of 650 birth announcements.
Lily and Ben were the top boy and girls name chosen by parents this year, as traditional Irish names slid down the name charts.
James was toppled off the top spot by the combination of Ben and Benjamin being counted together and came in second followed closely by Patrick and Thomas.
Andrew Peter and Hugo shared the fifth spot.
Lily beat all the girl's names hands down but only just came out on top as last year's top female baby name Lucy was hot on her heels.
Grace and Sarah were third and fourth and Anna and Alice were joint fifth in the top five.
The results were compiled from more than 650 births announced in national newspaper birth columns.
More imaginative names featured highly in 2010 with parents choosing names Art, Hunter, Espen, Maximilian and Troy for boys.
Baby girls won't have a chance to be shrinking violets growing up with names like Olwyn, Orianna, Sunniva and Remmy.
The top Irish baby names were Cara for a girl and Ruaidhri or Ruairi for a boy.
The second and third most popular Irish names were Ailbhe and Maeve for a girl and Finn, Fionn and Liam for a boy.
State-wide results on the most common names in 2010 from the Central Statistics Office will not be released until late summer but Jack and Sophie were the most popular names followed by Sean and Ava in 2009.
And what a difference a year makes -- Ben was only number 25 on the list according to the statistics compiled of over 74,000 registered births, and Lily languished at number 19.
Jack has kept the top spot since 2007 and since 2004 was either the number one or two name but featured rarely in the births columns this year.