The most popular baby names in Ireland retain their top spot from 2017
The most popular baby names in Ireland for 2018 has been revealed by the Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO).
In 2018, 3,712 boys baby names and 4,770 girls baby names were registered.
Jack and Emily both retained their top spots from 2017 as the most popular baby names in Ireland. 686 baby boys were named Jack, and 460 baby girls were named Emily.
The Irish baby name data is gathered from the General Registration Office before it is handed to the CSO.
For the first time since baby name data began to be recorded in 1998, the CSO has distinguished names that contain the síneadh fada and other diacritics.
Statistician Carol Anne Hennessy said: “Emily retains the top spot for girls, and with Grace, Emma, Sophie, and Amelia, were the top five names of choice by parents for their newly arrived baby girls in 2018.”
Hennessy points out that “not one of the top five names for girls appeared in the top 100 names a half-century earlier. Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann, and Anne were the most popular names for baby daughters in 1968.”
Hennessy added: “Jack was followed by James, Noah, Conor, and Daniel as the first five most popular names for boys in 2018.”
“Back in 1968, John, Patrick, Michael, James and David were the names most favored by parents of newborn baby boys.”
Jack has been the number one boy's name in Ireland since 2007, except for in 2016 when James came out on top.
Among the newcomers in the top 100 Irish baby names are Ada, Bella, Bonnie, Frankie, Freddie, Ivy, and Theodore.
The fastest climbing names in 2018 were: Ada, which jumped 67 places; Theodore, which jumped 63 places; Ivy, which jumped 53 places; and Frankie, which jumped 31 places.
The top ten baby names for boys in Ireland for 2018 are:
The top ten baby names for girls in Ireland for 2018 are:
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