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Kiss me I'm Irish: Which names do you prefer - the Irish or American top names? Photo by: Google Images

Top American and Irish baby names of 2011 - which do you prefer?

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Kiss me I'm Irish: Which names do you prefer - the Irish or American top names? Photo by: Google Images

The top baby names in America for 2011 have been released, with the usual popular choices included. While last year’s official Irish figures have not been yet published, there are some interesting correlations between popular names in Ireland in 2010 and current favorite names in America.

For girls, Sophia came out as the favorite in America, while Sophie, a derivative of the name, was most popular in Ireland in 2010 with almost 600 parents choosing the name. Sophie has been in the top five list three times since 1998 – in 2006, 2007, and 2009.

Despite the prevalence of Irish baby names here in America, Liam and Aiden were the only Irish names to make it onto the top baby names in the U.S. for 2011.

Both Sofia and Lilly feature in the US top 20 list, perhaps demonstrating the American influence on Ireland, these two names were first time entries to the top 100 names for Irish baby girls in 2010.

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