Are Irish names like Sean and Kathleen going out of fashion in the US?

The San Francisco-based website BabyCenter has released its annual lists of the most popular names in the US and it seems that Irish names aren’t as trendy as they used to be.

Just two Irish boys names made the top ten list this year, and there were no Irish girls names to be seen.

On the boy’s list Aiden and Liam are still going strong (ranked in 2nd and 3rd place). In fact the top three names on each list haven’t changed since 2013. However, the girls list featured no trace of Irish influence.

Here are the top ten lists:


1. Jackson

2. Aiden

3. Liam

4. Lucas

5. Noah

6. Mason

7. Ethan

8. Caden

9. Jacob

10. Logan


1. Sophia

2. Emma

3. Olivia

4. Ava

5. Isabella

6. Mia

7. Zoe

8. Lily

9. Emily

10. Madelyn 

The rankings are based on the names of over 406,000 babies born in 2014 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website.

For a time there seemed to be a resurgence in the popularity of Irish names. In fact, Hollywood stars such as Ireland Baldwin and Keeva (Allison Hannigan’s daughter) seemed to prove that case, but it would appear this is no longer true.

While Liam and Aiden are still going strong, Irish names are not as popular.

It may just be that Irish names have gone out of style. Even in Ireland tastes seem to have changed. The Central Statistics Office of Ireland released the most popular Irish babies’ names of 2013 and Jack and Emily topped their lists. And similarly while Conor and Sean do appear among the most popular male names there are no Irish girls names on the lists.

There is also the trend of the Netflix TV show “Orange is the New Black” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” influencing baby names, but that’s a whole other story!