Friday 30 September 2016

Revealed: Ireland's most popular baby names by county

Published 29/06/2016 | 11:36

A very young Ireland supporter wears noise protecting headphones and a baby headband in the colors of Ireland prior to the Euro 2016 group E football match between Italy and Ireland / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ
A very young Ireland supporter wears noise protecting headphones and a baby headband in the colors of Ireland prior to the Euro 2016 group E football match between Italy and Ireland / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ

Jack and Emily were the most popular baby names bestowed on Irish babies last year on average but the most recent figures released by the CSO show just how much taste differs county by county.

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While Jack’s still the lad in the majority of counties, Charlie comes out on top in Co. Kilkenny while Adam was the most popular baby name bestowed on baby boys in Galway City last year.

Year on year, Emily has topped the nationwide list when it comes to Ireland’s most popular baby girl’s name since 2011, but in Tipperary Grace topped the list in 2015 as the name most preferred by parents in the region. In Galway City, more Laurens were christened than any other moniker last year, while in Cavan, Molly was the most popular name in the county in 2015.

Meanwhile, according to the most recent data from the CSO Jack, James, Daniel, Conor and Sean remain the five most popular baby boy names in Ireland where they have placed since 2007.

1 August 1999: Two year old Cormac Maguuire from Slane is lifted in the Leinster Football Championship Trophy by the Meath captain Graham Geraghty. Meath v Dublin, Leinster Football Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE
1 August 1999: Two year old Cormac Maguuire from Slane is lifted in the Leinster Football Championship Trophy by the Meath captain Graham Geraghty. Meath v Dublin, Leinster Football Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

Emily, Emma, Ava, Sophie and Amelia were the most frequently chosen names for baby girls last year.

The figures revealed that the name George entered the top 100 list of most popular names for the first time last year, rising 13 places over the course of 12 months, perhaps inspired by the growing Prince across the water.

Annabelle, Mila and Rosie were also first time entrants in the list of the top 100 female names registered in Ireland in 2015.

The figures compiled by the CSO also displayed that Irish parents may be becoming more influenced by celebrity culture when it comes to naming their little one as babies named Mila, Zayn, Kim, Dakota and Romeo were registered in Ireland in 2015.

Some of the more unusual baby names registered last year included Paris, Nelly, Pixie, Barra, Gus and Otis.

 

Most Popular Baby Names by County in 2015

Leinster

Carlow

Emily

Jack

Dublin City

Emily

James

South Dublin

Emily

Jack

Fingal

Emily

Daniel

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Sophie

Daniel

Kildare

Emma

Jack

Kilkenny

Emma

Charlie

Laois

Emily

Michael

Longford

Emily

Patrick

Louth

Jack

Grace

Meath

Emily

Jack

Offaly

Emily

Jack

Westmeath

Ava

Jack

Wexford

Ava/Sophie

Charlie

Wicklow

Emily

Daniel

 

Munster

Clare

Ava

Conor

Cork City

Emily

Jack

Cork County

Emily

James

Kerry

Amelia

Jack

Limerick City

Amelia

Jack

Limerick County

Anna/Emily/Grace/Mia

Jack

North Tipperary

Ava

Jack/James

South Tipperary

Grace

Darragh/Harry/Jack

Waterford City

Leah

Jack

Waterford County

Emma

James

 

Connacht

Galway City

Lauren

Adam

Galway County

Emily

Conor

Leitrim

Emily

Jack

Mayo

Emily

James

Roscommon

Ella

Jack/Thomas

Sligo

Emily

Jack

 

Ulster

Cavan

Molly

Sean

Donegal

Emily

Jack

Monaghan

Emily

Daniel

 

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