Tuesday 20 March 2018

REVEALED: Top 20 Irish surnames

A list of the most common Irish surnames has been compiled.

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

Sarah-Jane Murphy

When it comes to the most common Irish surnames, Murphy is still top dog.

The Central Statistics Office have released data on the top 20 surnames of babies registered in Ireland last year.

Murphy, which has been Ireland's most popular surname for more than 100 years, retains the top spot.

Kelly claims the number two position, followed by Byrne and Ryan.

In 2014, 767 babies were registered in Ireland with the surname Murphy, 633 were registered under Kelly, while Byrne accounted for 552 registrations.

Ryan, O'Brien, Walsh, O'Sullivan, O'Connor, Doyle and Mc Carthy complete the top ten.

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
Gerry Kelly, UTV Presenter
Gay Byrne
The late Gerry Ryan
Irish back row, Sean O'Brien
Louis Walsh
Ex-Irish manager, Eddie O'Sullivan
Pippa's maiden name is O'Connor
Mrs Doyle of Craggy Island
Ex-Irish manager Mick McCarthy

The data shows that 22,090 unique surnames were registered in Ireland last year, while the top 10 surnames accounted for 7.4% of all births.

There were 67,462 live births registered in Ireland in 2014.

Top 20

1. Murphy

2. Kelly

3. Byrne

4. Ryan

5. O'Brien

6. Walsh

7. O'Sullivan

8. O'Connor

9. Doyle

10. McCarthy

11. O'Neill

12. Lynch

13. O'Reilly

14. Dunne

15. McDonagh

16. Brennan

17. Fitzgerald

18. Daly

19. Kavanagh

20. Nolan

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