Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jack tops baby names poll for 4th year while Sophie wins for girls



Jack was the most popular boy’s name in Ireland in 2010 – as it was in 2007, 2008 and 2009 – according to Central Statistics Office figures released today.

Sophie topped the poll for girls, as it did in 2009 coming up from sixth position in 2008 and fifth in 2007.

Of the 37,622 baby boys born last year, 914 (2.4pc) were called Jack, compared to 812 called Sean.

Of the 36,102 girls born, there were 599 Sophies (1.7pc) and 598 Emilys, the second most popular girls’ name.

Jack and Sean were followed last year by Daniel, James and Conor as the most popular choices for parents. Jack, Sean, Conor and James have all been in the top 5 since 1998.

Lucy appeared in the top 5 for girls in 2010 for the first time, but Sarah and Emma have been in the five most popular names every year since 1998.

The names Tyler, Sebastian, Dathi and Alfie appeared in the top 100 boys’ names for the first time while there were three first time entries for girls – Lilly, Sophia and Lena. Alicia climbed 51 places to No 92.

Strong regional preferences were thrown up by the survey. In South Dublin and Limerick city Alex was the most popular boy’s name. Ryan was the most popular name in Louth while Jack and Ryan topped the poll in Kerry.

In Galway city Conor and Michael were the most popular while Adam was the no 1 choice in Sligo.

Holly and Emily were the tied top two names in Carlow, but Ellie won out in Limerick city and Zuzanna made an appearance in the top 100 in Galway.

Katie was the most popular girl’s name in Leitrim and Monaghan while Grace was the top choice in Mayo. Sligo parents picked Saoirse and Emma in greatest numbers while Aoife was the no1 in Cavan and Chloe in Donegal.

Top names for boys

1. Jack

2. Sean

3. Daniel

4. James

5. Conor

6. Ryan

7. Adam

8. Alex

9. Luke

10. Dylan

Top names for girls

1. Sophie

2. Emily

3. Emma

4. Sarah

5. Lucy

6. Ava

7. Grace

8. Chloe

9. Katie

10. Aoife

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