Friday 23 March 2018

These were the most popular baby names in Ireland last year

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Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The most popular names in Ireland for girls and boys and Emily and Jack for another year running.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO)  has released its list of the most popular baby names in Ireland for 2017.

Jack is closely followed by James, Daniel, Conor and Sean, in that order, for the most popular boys names.

While the most popular girls’ baby names after Emily are Emma, Amelia, Grace and Sophie.

Jack has held the top position since 2007, with the exception of 2016 when James was the most popular. While Emily has held the top position for girls’ baby names since 2011.

Theo and Jackson were new entrants to the top 100 for boys in 2017.   They were also the names rising most in popularity, increasing 33 and 29 places respectively. Theo rose to 73rd place in 2017 and Jackson rose to 99th place in 2017. 

Aoibhin, Nina, Pippa and Esme were first time entrants to the top 100 for girls last year. Aoibhin and Nina were also the girls' names growing most in popularity.  Aoibhin increased 82 places, to 68th place in 2017.  Nina increased 41 places - and was at 99th place last year.

The CSO figures also show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,493 girls’ names registered in 2017 compared to 3,472 boys’ names. 

Despite the greater number of male births, a smaller range of names were used for boys than for girls.

Jack the most popular name in Kildare, Louth, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, North Tipperary, Waterford County and Mayo. 

James got top place in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Kilkenny, Limerick County, Galway County and Cavan.

In Dublin City and Waterford City Noah was tops.  Alex was the most popular name for baby boys in Westmeath while Offaly favoured Charlie.  Harry was the favourite in Carlow. 

Emily, the top girls' name in 2017 was also the most chosen girls' name in Carlow, South Dublin, Fingal, Kildare, Longford, Westmeath, Limerick County, Galway City and Mayo.  

Emily shared the top place with Chloe in Galway County and Emily shared with Amelia and Aoife in Clare. 

The favourite name in Laois and Meath was Emma.  Grace was tops in Kilkenny, Offaly, North Tipperary and Leitrim.  In Louth and Wicklow Amelia was the most favoured name.

Ella was the name chosen most often in Kerry and South Tipperary and Ellie was the favourite in Limerick City. 

Roscommon chose Caoimhe as the most favoured name.  In Waterford County Fiadh topped the list. 

In Cork County, Kate was the favourite name and in Sligo it was Lucy that made it to the top of the list. 

While, the favourite name in Dublin City, Cork City and Waterford City was Mia.

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