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Friday 23 February 2018

Parents still gaga about Emily and Jack

Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

EMILY and Jack continue to top the charts as the names of choice for Irish babies.

Some 831 baby boys born last year were named Jack, keeping it in the top spot which it's held since 2007, the Central Statistics Office reported.

And Emily was the top girl's name for the second year running, with 626 babies receiving this name.

The top five boys' names in 2012 were Jack, James, Daniel, Sean and Conor, all of which have been in the top five since 2007, though their order of preference has sometimes changed.

Meanwhile, Isaac, Danny and Logan were new entrants to the top 100 names for boys, with Danny the fastest growing.

Unusual boys' names in the top 100 included Kacper, Jayden and Mason, while Filip was the most popular choice for East European parents.


For girls, Emily, Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily are the top five, with the order of preference unchanged since 2011.

Evie was the fastest growing name for girls last year, soaring from 124th place in 2011 to 84th in 2012, while Amelia, Sophia and Mia also stormed up the charts. Amelie, Hanna, Maisie and Rose were other new entrants to the top 100 for girls.

No Irish girl's name made it into the top 10 list, with Aoife the highest ranked in 11th place, followed by Caoimhe in 16th place and Saoirse at 17th.

For boys, however, Sean, Conor, Liam, Oisin and Darragh all made it into the top 20.

In general, girls had a wider variety of names with 4,730 different names registered to newborns last year, compared to 3,804 different names for boys.

Irish Independent

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