Jack and Emily were the most popular names in 2018

Jack and Emily were the most popular names in 2018 Infography with the names / CSO

The CSO has today (28 February 2019) released statistics on Irish Babies’ Names 2018.

Commenting on the report, Carol Anne Hennessy, Statistician, said: “This publication will for the first time, distinguish names registered in 2018 which contain the síneadh fada and other diacritics (see Editor’s Note)."

Commenting on the trends in Irish baby names, Carol Anne Hennessy continued: "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. Jack has retained the top spot as the most popular baby boys name in 2018, a position it has held since 2007, except for 2016, when James was the most popular choice. 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 favoured by parents of new born baby boys. While there were 2,863 baby boys named John 50 years ago, the five most popular boys’ names in 2018 together accounted for 2,691 baby boys. 

Interestingly, 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, with 2,364 baby girls named Mary in that year. In 2018, there were 460 baby girls named Emily, 19.5% of the number of girls given the name Mary in 1968.

As is evident from the tables, over the years girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,779 girls names registered compared to 3,712 boys’.

Frankie, Freddie and Theodore were new entrants into the top 100 for boys in 2018. Theodore and Frankie were also the names rising most in popularity, increasing 63 and 31 places respectively.

There were four new entrants to the top 100 for girls: Ada, Bella, Bonnie and Ivy. Ada gained 67 places, moving from 137th to 70th place between 2017 and 2018. Ivy also rose from 137th place to 84th over the same period.

Some less popular names for boys included Diego, Ruan, Casper, Donal and Felix. Less popular girls’ names included Tessa, Mae, Arianna, Faith and Helen.

Source: CSO


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