Tuesday 19 September 2017

Jack and Emily top names as baby boom continues

Mother holding newborn baby in rocking chair
Mother holding newborn baby in rocking chair

Edel O’Connell

JACK was the most popular boy’s name in Ireland in 2011 for the fifth year running, according to Central Statistics Office figures released today.

Emily topped the poll for girls last year.

Of the 38,223 boys born last year 840 were named Jack, 44 more than the number of boys named James, the second most popular name.

Of the 36,427 girls born, there were 596 named Emily, 14 more than the number of girls named Sophie, the second most popular girls’ name.

Sophie was the most popular girl’s name in 2010 and 2009.

The top five boys’ names - Jack, James, Sean, Daniel and Conor - have made up the same top five since 2007.

Meanwhile, the CSO figures revealed that the baby boom is continuing unabated, with the highest number of babies born last year since 2002.

There were 74,650 births registered in 2011, a decrease of 326 on 2010 and the highest number since 2002.

The 2011 total is 23.3pc higher than in 2002 when 60,521 babies were registered.

The average age of mothers who gave birth in 2011 was 31.8 years.

Almost two in five births in 2011 were to first time mothers, where the average age was 29.8 years.

Just less than 34pc of births in 2011 were outside marriage with almost 55pc of all births outside marriage to cohabiting parents.

Both the marriage and divorce rates decreased last year.

There were 19,879 marriages registered in 2011, 756 less than in 2010.

The number of divorces granted by the Circuit Court and the High Court was 2,819, a decrease of 274 on the 2010 figure.

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