Friday 30 September 2016

Top Irish baby names in 1916 vs Present Day

Published 03/03/2016 | 16:07

John was the most popular baby name of the year, with 3,152 babies being christened with the name in 1916, followed closely by Patrick and James.
John was the most popular baby name of the year, with 3,152 babies being christened with the name in 1916, followed closely by Patrick and James.

New statistics released from the Central Statistics office show how adventurous Irish parents have become since 1911.

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As part of this year’s commemoration celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising the CSO have compared the top ten most popular from 1911 against Ireland’s most popular present day monikers.

In 1911, John was the most popular baby name of the year, with 3,152 babies being christened with the name, followed closely by Patrick and James.

In 2014, Jack, Daniel and Conor featured in the top four, while James still proved popular as 695 children were given the name that year.

Mary, Bridget and Margaret were the most popular girls’ names in 1911, but all three names have dropped off the list in 2014, with Emily, Sophie and Emma topping the charts in 2014.

Meanwhile, the newly released statistics also delved into rates of infant mortality and found that 81 infants died per every 1000 children born, compared to just 3.7 per 1000 in 2014.

In 1911, life expectancy for men averaged at 53.6 years and for women 54.1 years, while in 2014 the average life expectancy for men was 78.3 years, and for women 82.7 years.

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