The most popular baby names in Ireland have been released, with Jack once again holding the top position for the most trendy boys name. For baby girls, Emily secured the number one spot for the first time.
In 2011 there were 840 boys named Jack, while 596 girls were named Emily, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
An old-fashioned favorite which has made a strong come back, Jack has held the top position every year since 2007.
Sophie, Emma, Grace, and Lilly were among the top five names for girls. While James, Sean, Daniel, and Conor were among the top choices for boys.
Celebrities seem to be influencing parents' choices as Mason, the son of celebrity TV star Kourtney Kardashian, saw one of the biggest jumps in popularity.
Also, Lexi, a character from the ABC hospital drama Grey's Anatomy and teenage drama The Vampire Diaries, made its first entry onto the list.
Some key findings include:
-The top five boys’ names (Jack, James, Sean, Daniel, and Conor) have made up the
top five since 2007.
-For boys where both parents were stated as being Irish nationals, Conor,
Jack, and James ranked joint first.
- There were four first time entries to the top 100 for boys: Mason, Donnacha,
Tommy, and Zach.
- Jack, Sean, and John account between them for 1,907 boys.
-For girls where both parents were Irish nationals, Emma was the most popular
-The name climbing most places in the year was Michaela, up 86 places in the year after exiting the top 100 in 2005
- In general, the tables show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys.
According to the CSO figures, there were 74,650 births registered in 2011. In total there were 38,223 boys born and 36,427 girls.
This year's figures represent a 23.3 increase from 2002 when 60,521 babies were registered.
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