Jack and Emily Are Ireland’s Most Popular Names in 2013 According to Ireland’s Central Statistics Office

Ireland’s Five Most Popular Babies’ Names in 2013

(Boys )         (Girls)

Jack              Emily

James           Emma

Daniel          Sophie

Conor           Ella

Sean             Amelia

Major Findings from Ireland’s Central Statistics Office:

-Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2013. Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011.

-The top five boys’ names (Jack, James, Daniel, Conor and Sean) have been the top five since 2007 with the order changing slightly from 2012, when Conor finished in 4th place ahead of Sean. Indeed four of the top five boys’ names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998. This is the third consecutive year that Emily has been the most popular name chosen for girls. Emma, Sophie, Ella and Amelia were the next most frequently chosen names to make it to the top five most popular names for girls in 2013.

-There were two first time entries to the top 100 for boys: Kai and Kayden. The highest new entry at number 85 was Kai, rising from 103rd place in 2012. The name rising in popularity most was Kayden, up 44 places from 135th place in 2012.

-There were four first time entrants to the top 100 for girls: Sadie, Sienna, Fiadh and Poppy. The highest new entry at 77th place was Sadie rising from 139th place in 2012. The name rising in popularity most was Fiadh up 64 places from 146th place in 2012.

-As in previous years, the tables show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,643 girls’ names registered compared to 3,628 boys’ names. Despite the greater number of male births, a smaller range of names were used for boys than for girls.

-In most areas of the country one of the top five boys’ names took the number one spot.

-Only six areas favoured names outside of the top five; In Kilkenny, Michael was the most popular boy’s name registered in 2013 while Alex was the most popular in Cork City and Aaron in Waterford City. Ryan proved to be the most popular for baby boys registered in Cavan in 2013 while Charlie along with James and Ryan were the most popular in Monaghan. In Leitrim, Mark shared the most popular boys’ name with Conor.

-For girls, there was a wider range of names outside the top five that were county and city favourites. These included Ava, Caoimhe, Kate, Grace, Hannah, Mia, Rachel and Sarah.

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