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Once again, Jack and Emily remain the most popular babies’ names registered in Ireland
Once again, Jack and Emily remain the most popular babies’ names registered in Ireland

New figures released by the Central Statistics Office have revealed Ireland's most popular baby names, and there's little change on last year.

Once again, Jack and Emily remain the most popular babies’ names registered in Ireland in 2014.

Emily has been the favourite choice of name for a girl since 2011, while the name Jack has reigned supreme since 2007. 

The top five boys' names have only changed in order since 2007. Adam, Luke, Noah, Harry and Charlie made the the top 10. 

This is the fourth year in a row that Emily has been the most popular name chosen for girls. Sophie, Emma, Grace and Ava were the next most frequently chosen names in 2014.

Also included were four first time entries across both name charts; Henry, Hugo, Ollie and Luca all made the cut. There were also two new entries in the girls' categories; Annie and Isla. 

The highest new entry at 75th place was Annie rising from 106th place in 2013. The name rising in popularity most was Evie up 43 places from 110th place in 2013. 

As in previous years, the tables show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,586 girls’ names registered compared to 3,486 boys’ names.  Despite the greater number of male births, a smaller range of names were used for boys than for girls. 

In most areas of the country one of the top five boys’ names took the number one spot. 

Only seven areas favoured names outside of the top five for boys. In Cavan, Adam was the most popular boy's name in 2014. Michael was the most popular boy’s name registered in 2014 in Longford and the name also shared the top spot with Daniel in Limerick County.

Patrick and Liam along with Daniel and James were the most popular in Galway city. Oisin along with James was most favoured in Donegal, while Thomas shared the top position with Jack in South Tipperary.  Noah along with Sean and Jack proved to be the most popular for baby boys registered in Carlow in 2014. 

For girls, there was a wider range of names outside the top five that were county and city favourites.  These included Amelia, Anna, Aoife, Caoimhe, Ella, Katie, Lily, Lucy, Mia and Sophia.

Some of the less common girls' names registered in 2014 and not included in the top 100 names were Skylar, Angel, Meadow, Miley, Destiny, Raven and Halle.  Some of the less popular boys' names registered  in 2014 were Troy, Avery, Deacon, Braxton, Dexter, Cooper and Ariel.

Where both parents were stated as being Irish nationals, Jack was the top ranked name for boys. 

Charlie, Daniel, Finn, Jack, Leo, Noah and Thomas were the most popular choice with parents of UK nationality while Liam was the most popular boy’s name chosen by parents from the EU. 

David and Jakub were the boy’s names chosen most often by parents from the EU.  Parents from nations outside the EU made Muhammed the highest ranked name of baby boys registered in Ireland in 2014.

For girls where both parents were Irish nationals, Emily was the most popular name. Emily was also the name most often chosen by parents of UK nationality. 

An analysis was done of the baby names registered fifty years earlier in 1964. There were 3,696 boys whose registered name was John in 1964 which made it the most popular name for boys. The name John was ranked number 25 in popularity in 2014 when 293 baby boys were so named.

The top five boys’ names in 1964 were, in order, John, Patrick, Michael, Paul and James. Of these five names only James was in the top five names registered for boys fifty years later in 2014.

While 1,554 baby boys were named James in 1964 there was less than half of that number (695) named James in 2014.  The names  Adam, Jack, Luke, Noah, Harry or Charlie did not appear anywhere on the top 100 list of male baby names in 1964.  However, Daniel, Sean and Conor were in the top 100 most popular names in 1964.   

For girls, Mary was the name of choice for 3,471 parents for their newborn daughters in 1964 making it the most popular name for girls born that year.  It was also still among the top 100 names (ranked 77) for baby girls born in Ireland in 2014 when 88 newborn girls were named Mary.

The top five girls’ names in 1964 were Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann and Anne.  None of these names featured in the top five names registered for baby girls in 2014.  Apart from Mary, none of the other four names (i.e. Margaret, Catherine, Ann and Anne) featured in the top 100 names for girls in 2014. 

None of the top 10 most popular names for girls' in 2014 appeared anywhere in the top 100 girls' names in 1964.