Sunday 30 April 2017

Revealed: The most popular Irish baby name chosen by American families

Liam is the top baby name in many US states
Liam is the top baby name in many US states
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Liam is the most popular Irish baby name chosen by American families, according to the USA’s Social Security Administration.

According to data, which recorded the top five male names in 2014, Liam was the most common male baby name in fifteen states, including Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington.

Liam ranked amongst the top ten male baby names in the USA in 2014, joining William, Alexander, Jacob, Ethan, James, Elijah, Noah, Mason, Michael, Jayden and Benjamin.

The popularity of the moniker could be credited to the success of Irish actor Liam Neeson, or Hunger Games’ star Liam Hemsworth.

Jack and Emily are Ireland's most popular baby names
Jack and Emily are Ireland's most popular baby names

While Liam seems to have a solid presence on the most popular baby names list for boys, not a single Irish baby name features in the female data.

Emma, Olivia and Sophia were the most common female baby names bestowed on American tots in 2014.

Meanwhile, Jack and Emily continue to top the list when it comes to Ireland’s most popular baby names, but new figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed the once popular names that are rapidly becoming extinct.

Fergus, Bartholomew, Carmel and Imelda are names which featured in the top 100 list in 1964, but in 2014, three or less children were registered with the monikers.

The new figures found that many names which featured in the most popular list in 1964 are no longer favoured by Irish parents who have become more adventurous with the names they bestow upon their children.

Bernadette, a name which once the fifteenth most popular name in Ireland, has dropped more than 700 places as just four children were bestowed the name in 2014. Three or less Irish children were named Carmel in 2014, despite the name being one of the top thirty most popular in 1964.

Ursula, Ronald, Nuala and Dolores have also rapidly declined in popularity since their heyday and there were less than three Irish children registered with the names in 2014, despite once featuring in the top 100. Just three children were named Trevor, Noreen, Cornelius and Kenneth respectively in 2014, even though these were some of the most beloved baby names in 1964.

For more data from the Social Security Administration in the US visit www.ssa.gov

Fergus, Bartholomew, Carmel and Imelda are names which featured in the top 100 list in 1964
Fergus, Bartholomew, Carmel and Imelda are names which featured in the top 100 list in 1964

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