These were the most popular Irish baby names of 2016
The most popular baby names chosen by parents in 2016 have been revealed.
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan confirmed that based on passport applications for infants, James was the most popular baby boy name in 2016 and Emily was the most popular baby girl name.
Welcoming the new passport holders, Minister Flanagan said: “Of the 17,752 passports issued to children born in 2016, 116 went to girls named Emily and 158 to boys named James."
The Minister was disappointed to discover that the name Charlie has dropped down to number 24 from last year’s rank of 11.
"We will have to see what can be done about that! I take some comfort in the fact that my middle name – James – topped the poll of the boys’ names!" he added.
According to the figures Irish-language names, such as Aoife and Finn are extremely popular.
The Minister said: "It is interesting, however, to look back to 1911, just five years before the Easter rising, when such names hardly registered at all, with John and Mary being the most popular baby names."
The 2016 figures also highlight that Ireland is nowadays very much a multicultural society, with Freya and Muhammad the highest new entries.
“No- doubt many of these new passport holders will be going on holiday with their proud parents and families in 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to remind Irish people to check the validity of their passports and those of their families, and to consider renewing now, ahead of the summer rush. Special requirements apply to children’s passports.
“In 2016, we expect to issue some 740,000 passports by year’s end, a new record for the number of passports issued in any year to date and 2017 promises to be another busy year, both on the baby-making and passports-issuing fronts!”