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Statistics have shown Jack and Emily remain the top name choices for new babies

Statistics have shown Jack and Emily remain the top name choices for new babies

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Statistics have shown Jack and Emily remain the top name choices for new babies

Jack and Emily remained the most popular names for newborns in Ireland last year.

Jack has been the most-chosen boy's name for five years running while Emily has retained its place at the top spot since 2011.

The top five boys' names last year were Jack, James, Daniel, Sean and Conor - the same top five every year since 2007, although in different order.

Emily, Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily were the most popular girls' names last year, in exactly the same positions as the previous year. New entries in the 100 most popular names, compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), included Isaac, Danny and Logan.

Five girls' names have also tipped into the top 100 for the first time, including Evie, Amelie, Hanna, Maisie and Rose.

The CSO report revealed that 831 boys born last year, 2.2% of the 37,210 born, were named Jack. It beat James into second place by 58.

Of the 35,015 girls born last year, 626 - 1.8% of the total - were given the name Emily, which has been in the CSO's top five list in four out of the last five years.

In a separate report on life in Ireland, the CSO revealed there were 72,225 births registered in the country - a jump of almost 20% since 2002. The average age of a mother last year was just under 32 and just over one third of births were outside marriage, but more than half of these were to cohabiting couples.

The vital statistics report said 28,848 deaths were registered last year including 250 infants. There were 194 neonatal deaths, of babies aged under four weeks.

The CSO said the infant mortality rate in Ireland is 3.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. Its report noted 507 suicides registered last year, a decrease of 3.5% on the figures from 2011. It also said the natural increase of the population was 43,377.

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