We all have that one friend whose Christian name is long forgotten because calling them by their last name just suits so much more.
It now appears that the trend has not only stuck but extended as our lovely last names are being used as baby names throughout the States.
The US Department of Social Security released their annual data last May on the country’s most popular baby names. Along with the list, they’ve provided a searchable database that allows you to see the rank and numbers for any name within the top 1000 for a given year.
The Journal.ie, however, noticed a remarkable trend of common Irish last names now surging in popularity in the US.
Here are some of the most popular Irish last names used as baby names in 2014.
This is an American girl’s name, who knew? Delaney has been in slight decline in recent years dropping almost 20 places since 2013.
Popularity ranking: 268
Number of Delaneys born in 2014: 1,22
Makenna is also listed at number 284.
Popularity ranking: 233
Number of McKennas born in 2014: 1,388
How would Michael feel if he knew girls were being named after him?
Popularity ranking: 838
Number of Collins born in 2014: 327
Nolan saw it’s most popular year in 2014, rising five places in the rankings.
Popularity ranking: 81
Number of Nolans born in 2014: 5,181
Not quite as popular as it was in 2009. Pat the Baker doesn’t even get a look in, though.
Popularity ranking: 386
Number of Brennans born in 2014: 802
Despite clocking in at almost four and a half thousand girls, only 0.230 percent of total female births in 2014 were called Kennedy.
Popularity ranking: 54
Number of Kennedys born in 2014: 4,459
Cassidy has fallen over 100 places since 2001.
Popularity ranking: 248
Number of Cassidys born in 2014: 1,294
0.025 percent of total male births in 2014 were named Hayes.
Popularity ranking: 545
Number of Hayes born in 2014: 498
I personally thought this would be a girls name but over 600 baby boys were christened Sullivan last year.
Popularity ranking: 463
Number of Sullivans born in 2014: 628
Consistently popular for boys it has seen a recent spike as a girls name since 2009.
Popularity ranking: 363 (for boy) and 126 (for girl)
Number of Quinns born in 2014: 2,539 girls and 868 boys
Only reaching the top 1000 in 2011, Flynn is on the increase.
Popularity ranking: 659
Number of Flynns born in 2014: 388
Another one that’s new to the list, Finnegan has been moving its way up since 2005.
Popularity ranking: 464
Number of Finnegans born in 2014: 625
We may be able to blame this one on a certain Twilight character.
Popularity ranking: 603
Number of Cullens born in 2014: 445
Who knew Ireland’s Eurovision star had such a large US fanbase?
Popularity ranking: 13
Number of Logans born in 2014: 13,579
Popularity ranking: 244
Number of Becketts born in 2014: 1,511
If you want to see did your last name make the cut, you can try it out here.
H/T: The Journal.ie
*Originally published in May 2015