Friday 24 November 2017

Revealed: Ireland's most popular baby names by county

The most popular baby names bestowed on Irish babies in 2016 has been revealed
The most popular baby names bestowed on Irish babies in 2016 has been revealed
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

The most popular boys' name in Ireland for the past nine years has been knocked into second place.

For the first time in nine years, Jack didn't head the list of the most popular boys' name in the country, with James taking home the title.

Emily still holds the top spot for girls for the sixth year, while Grace is in second place.

For boys, Muhammad, Louis, Lucas, Josh, Jason and Ollie have grown most in popularity, with Muhammad jumping 36 places since 2015.

Celebrity culture is continued to be seen as an influence in girls' names, with Willow, Matilda, Harper, Heidi and Zoey showing the most growth in popularity.

Emily, Grace, Ava, Lucy and Amelia jointly with Sophie were ranked in the top five monikers of choice for newly arrived baby girls, while none of them made the top 100 just 50 years ago.

The difference in taste county by county is still prevalent, with James being the most popular boys' name in Dublin, Charlie in Cork City and Daniel in Waterford City.

Amelia earned the top spot  in Dublin City and Cork City, while Mia took the honours for new born baby girls in Waterford City. Fiadh was the most popular in Galway City.

Jack was the most popular name for boys and Grace the most popular for girls where both parents were of Irish nationality, while Finn and Isaac shared number one spot where both parents were UK nationals.  Aria and Emily shared the top spot for girls that were born to UK nationals in 2016.

Less popular names for boys included Anton, Brodie, Cruz, Harris and Feilim.  Less popular girls’ names included Blake, Indigo, Lucia, Reidin, Romy and Peyton.

Murphy, Kelly, O’Brien, Ryan and Walsh were the five most popular surnames of newborns registered in 2016.

In 1966, John and Mary were the most popular monikers in the country.

Most popular baby names by county in 2016

Donegal

Charlie

Ava

Leitrim

Thomas

Emily

Sligo

Jack, James, Ryan

Emily

Mayo

Cillian, Conor

Sophie

Galway County

Jack

Anna

Galway City

Michael

Fiadh

Clare

Sean

Caoimhe

Limerick City

Conor

Ava

Limerick County

Conor, James

Grace

Kerry

Jack

Fiadh

Monaghan

James

Ava, Emily

Cavan

Noah

Ava, Ella, Lucy

Louth

James

Emily

Roscommon

Conor

Ava

Longford

James, Sean

Emma

Meath

Jack

Grace

Westmeath

Luke

Lucy

Dublin City

James

Amelia

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Daniel

Sophie

Fingal

James

Emily

South Dublin

Jack

Emily

Offaly

Daniel

Emily

Kildare

Jack

Emily, Grace

Laois

Noah

Lucy

Wicklow

Jack, Noah

Grace

North Tipperary

Jack, Michael

Fiadh, Grace

South Tipperary

Conor

Amelia, Emily, Grace

Kilkenny

James

Grace

Carlow

Daniel

Mia

Wexford

Conor

Lucy, Mia

Waterford City

Daniel

Mia

Waterford County

Jack, James

Saoirse

Cork County

Jack

Emily

Cork City

Charlie

Amelia

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