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Irish Babies' Names

2012

Five most popular babies' names
BoysGirls
NameCount Name Count
Jack831 Emily626
James773 Sophie577
Daniel683 Emma497
Sean677 Grace461
Conor639 Lily449

Jack and Emily most popular names

Figure 1 IBN - Jack and Emily 2007-2012

Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2012. Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011.  See tables 1 and 2.

The top five boys’ names (Jack, James, Daniel, Sean and Conor) have made up the top five since 2007.  Four of the top five boys’ names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998, with only their order changing from year to year.  The top five girls’ names and their order have remained the same as those for 2011. This is the first time since 2004/2005 that the five most popular girls’ names have remained unchanged for two consecutive years.  See table 1.

There were three first time entries to the top 100 for boys:  Isaac, Danny and Logan.  The highest new entry at number 85 was Isaac, rising from 101st place in 2011.  The name rising in popularity most was Danny, up 22 places from 114th place in 2011 to 92nd place in 2012.   See tables 1 and 5.

There were five first time entries to the top 100 for girls: Evie, Amelie, Hanna, Maisie and Rose. The highest new entry and the name that climbed most places since 2011 was Evie; it rose 40 places from 124th place in 2011 to 84th place in 2012.  See tables 1 and 5. 

In general, the tables show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,730 girls’ names registered compared to 3,804 boys’ names.  Despite the greater number of male births, a smaller range of names were used for boys than for girls.  Additionally, 60.9% of girls were given a name in the top 100 while 62.6% of boys were given a name in the top 100.  See tables 2 and 4.

In most areas of the country one of the top five boys’ names took the number one spot. Only two areas favoured names outside the top five; in Longford the top spot was shared by Adam, David, Michael and Rian, and in Monaghan the highest ranked name was Ryan. See table 8(a). 

For girls, there was a wider range of names outside the top five that were county and city favourites.  These included Amelia, Aoife, Lucy, Sarah, Saoirse, Mia, Ella, Chloe and Lauren.  See table 8(b).

For boys, where both parents were stated as being Irish nationals, Jack was the top ranked name. James was the most popular choice with parents of UK nationality while David and Matteo were the most popular boys’ names chosen by parents from the EU15 (excl Irl & UK).  Filip was the boys’ name chosen most often by parents from the Accession states.  Parents from nations outside the EU made Daniel the highest ranked name of baby boys registered in Ireland in 2012. See table 9.  

For girls where both parents were Irish nationals, Emily was the most popular name.  Ella and Jessica were the top ranked names chosen by parents of UK nationality.  Emma ranked first with parents of the EU 15 (excl. Irl & UK) and Julia took top spot with parents of the Accession states.   Outside of parents of EU nationality, Sarah was the name that ranked highest of baby girls registered in Ireland. See table 9. 

These results are based on an analysis of the first names recorded on birth returns for registration and vital statistics, first recorded by CSO in 1998.  All birth notifications in 2012 included baby’s first name when the statistical return was sent to the CSO. 

Table 1 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2012, in order of popularity, with corresponding rank between 2007 and 2012
               
Boys' name201220112010200920082007 Girls' name201220112010200920082007
Jack111111Emily112758
James224555Sophie221165
Daniel343344Emma333342
Sean432222Grace447579
Conor555433Lily5514202928
Adam677776Mia61220142324
Harry7820283131Ella7111118123
Ryan766667Ava886216
Dylan9101011811Lucy97481114
Michael10912101310Sarah1065431
Luke11129998Aoife111310987
Charlie122019272936Amelia123234394548
Liam131715151726Hannah131722231513
Oisin141517171618Katie14108624
Cian15131412119Chloe159910915
Jamie161411131417Caoimhe161424211617
Thomas171822181914Saoirse171918252426
Alex1810881020Kate181519131010
Noah192326414649Holly192311212632
Darragh201916141513Ruby202023172134
Patrick212118191819Sophia212933505651
Aaron221613161212Anna221813162020
Cillian232221212322Lauren232221121922
Matthew242423232015Leah241516151316
John252624212221Amy252514111611
Nathan262930323437Isabelle262726324143
David272425252116Molly273331262523
Fionn273035343532Ellie282428363531
Evan292727242523Jessica293130272221
Ethan303134455346Olivia302827394142
Jake313430353028Roisin313432272827
Kyle323637403838Ciara322617191412
Rian334254606258Kayla332141434853
Ben342828262427Julia343535313449
Max344648565669Zoe343746424754
Eoin363229202624Laura363638303032
Tadhg373840424147Niamh373025871818
Finn383646484954Abbie384344443329
Callum393532293734Erin394736373940
Samuel403938373935Rachel403929292719
Joshua413336302729Robyn414643525256
Rory425656524948Aisling424141454136
Jayden435045495485Faye434956607787
Joseph444138363233Rebecca444048353125
Tyler456578130146123Eva455244383841
Sam464541435759Layla45545074106127
Shane474333302825Ellen474747483935
Mark485044333330Cara485052586168
Robert485343444940Freya4960636711097
Aidan504048466055Abigail505349463645
William514747554644Eve504560626273
Ronan524850384341Isabella505151706472
Eoghan535555394852Megan533837333230
Alexander544951504556Aine545858475037
Leon545257524475Clodagh544439344439
Cathal564442473638Aoibhinn566060676494
Mason5770128240252242Millie577286918884
Tom586662637674Nicole584240413738
Oliver595452628376Aoibheann596969767971
Andrew606058584143Maja6057545473110
Oscar616261666581Sadhbh615664696770
Ciaran625753544041Eabha626464565653
Bobby63636285109108 Charlotte636262697268
Jacob64647511111094Amber646868707475
Senan6567748585101Caitlin646565755346
Rhys666865746776 Sofia64585880130119
Scott678372717167Alannah676262665854
Benjamin687465686356Zara688282897762
Cormac685958585453Alice696666707685
Kevin705867515944Maria705453544958
Lucas7180787910591Elizabeth716767606478
Alan727568647365Lena71858583119189
Donnacha7376102116100118Mary716969596160
Jakub7361605764105Emilia7491919298128
Christopher756969616161Aimee757474554966
Filip7680718795134Lilly75787877109102
Killian767262736561Hollie771049995143164
Josh787769657563Aoibhe788787796255
Alfie798599112146195Victoria7994949598106
Tommy8088160166169150Eimear808484777358
Ruairi819488888697Maya8074748389103
Odhran8288758289104Isabel827171646459
Oran838078918686Orla827474836772
Leo8479941129691Evie84124102111148135
Isaac85101111121126101Kayleigh859797898665
Dara867372768180Brooke868282728575
Jason867175727268Clara869090958283
Zach8896105119121107Meabh88929210711188
Martin898885748173Lexi899696102137257
Peter898784677065Tara907474625151
Brian919282694951Daisy911001007297159
Danny92114114146141134Katelyn917878685756
Niall938691698376Ailbhe93133107110129109
Tomas939786818999Amelie93120135151168196
Edward95951001049382Natalia93107818678150
Stephen957788775860Sara937878889080
Logan97112141156157195Hanna97111127123185222
Kacper981041029593108Laoise97106133159115135
Anthony998386808071Ruth97868610091110
Billy10010112111298120Madison100898910096110
       Maeve100127115879478
       Maisie100102124175341431
       Rose100113118149139164
              
 
Table 2 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2012, in order of popularity - numbers registered between 2007 and 2012
               
Boys' name201220112010200920082007 Girls' name201220112010200920082007
Jack8318409351,0681,1511,073 Emily626596605500599475
James773796746711737713 Sophie577582608640582556
Daniel683711792842828725 Emma497562571627637632
Sean677755827934970965 Grace461503489528566473
Conor639709726776857821 Lily449496371336248232
Adam558637581618645659 Mia446400344362299275
Harry510499364305276251 Ella445434380346407601
Ryan510685669641670553 Ava440446501635695555
Dylan471492491480519516 Lucy439463543463418404
Michael462496463499483521 Sarah430466537568651656
Luke457487519501516538 Aoife426399425459518527
Charlie432396376312292221 Amelia409235216197173141
Liam427412412457437339 Hannah368349333321390407
Oisin407436401423454407 Katie353436451502667566
Cian406461424469493527 Chloe345437441411453388
Jamie404448468466481412 Caoimhe334398323326355361
Thomas403403347411432440 Saoirse317339355275279247
Alex392492551503501401 Kate316350348364419426
Noah390333315211181163 Holly312297380326264224
Darragh389401409465458472 Ruby302323325353305222
Patrick388390387399433402 Sophia299251218147126137
Aaron372423439444485485 Anna296348378357342316
Cillian341360351346350377 Lauren290305339371343283
Matthew336331344343408430 Leah287350369358402364
John297312343346377392 Amy253289371385355415
Nathan295282297253245215 Isabelle252265275233190167
David292331332326403418 Molly251229243268268281
Fionn292255265249239246 Ellie250293265211208227
Evan278298314333317360 Jessica236246245257304298
Ethan268253272200170176 Olivia230252271197190172
Jake265247297248286320 Roisin229223224257250233
Kyle252242232216223210 Ciara227284364337400410
Rian243213161151144139 Kayla198306186183161136
Ben232294305324349336 Julia196213213236213140
Max232194187164165116 Zoe196204170188162135
Eoin228251299368311354 Laura191212198243245224
Tadhg224232221206192170 Niamh185249292314344340
Finn218242191187172150 Abbie178174176176225231
Callum215245293301224239 Erin177159210204193189
Samuel213230227238218225 Rachel169196247247263323
Joshua210249259260302311 Robyn166163180137141125
Rory200159155172172169 Aisling165183186170190209
Jayden19717719318216783 Faye1631561281229169
Joseph196214227247268242 Rebecca162195162219239267
Tyler19512799574852 Eva160152176201196178
Sam183196210204155138 Layla1601341501006247
Shane176209277260294343 Ellen155159168155193214
Mark175177195250254264 Cara14815514412311596
Robert175169198203172207 Freya1441281191125962
Aidan172229187197151149 Abigail138139158165200162
William169190190166181179 Eve13816412211811487
Ronan167187180225191200 Isabella13815414510511392
Eoghan166164160223179154 Megan135203204232229229
Alexander161183177179185145 Aine128130124159157203
Leon161171154172188106 Clodagh128168195224178199
Cathal160208202195233210 Aoibhinn1251281111177272
Mason15911559221817 Millie1209780777571
Tom157126127139113107 Nicole116176192194198200
Oliver1551671721419899 Aoibheann115106928810267
Andrew151140139159192189 Maja1141311321339653
Oscar15013513513213289 Sadhbh11313211711110795
Ciaran143155166170217200 Eabha109121128131140114
Bobby141133127967266 Charlotte10612210810410672
Jacob140131100697175 Amber105107991009496
Senan126121103969772 Caitlin10511693134168164
Rhys12412012610713199 Sofia10513085505441
Scott11894109112126119 Alannah104122113123130117
Benjamin116108126115139145 Zara10290779411479
Cormac116141139159167153 Alice10111599957681
Kevin112143120175152179 Maria100134137133158119
Lucas10996991037378 Elizabeth9910812211790110
Alan108103117138116121 Lena998381563024
Donnacha10610072667657 Mary99106123120121124
Jakub10613913616013868 Emilia987776694929
Christopher105117116143149130 Aimee9492129152108108
Filip10496113958247 Lilly949191606552
Killian104113127108132130 Hollie926368714236
Josh10399116133114126 Aoibhe888189118127118
Alfie1029274684825 Victoria837372696283
Tommy1018943373841 Eimear818991102125137
Ruairi998691939374 Maya819281806461
Odhran9889100988869 Isabel80101117117124101
Oran979699879381 Orla80928111298118
Leo969778688178 Evie795264594144
Isaac957766625972 Kayleigh78717782110126
Dara941111091069993 Brooke769097849487
Jason94114100109123117 Clara767972868171
Zach938269636267 Meabh757562597553
Martin91899510799109 Lexi737265462012
Peter919096128127121 Tara7192121145144151
Brian908898113172156 Daisy706897703936
Danny886563465047 Katelyn7091110128126142
Niall8691841139899 Ailbhe684862584854
Tomas868192998873 Amelie685345413626
Edward848573758585 Natalia685982818941
Stephen849991105154131 Sara689178798876
Logan806652404225 Hanna665749553122
Kacper797369798466 Laoise666146385644
Anthony779492100101113 Ruth668267775960
Billy767761677854 Madison648067715940
        Maeve645159807182
       Maisie64665335149
       Rose645656424436
              
Total in top 10023,29924,14624,07524,42724,79923,591  21,32422,32222,48422,40222,51421,389
Total with first name recorded37,21038,22338,24438,40338,91736,010  35,01536,42736,73236,52536,80734,610
Top 100 as % of total62.663.263.063.663.765.5  60.961.361.261.361.261.8
Total names registered3,8043,8013,9103,9463,9003,604  4,7304,8104,7624,8494,7964,554
Total births registered37,21038,22338,24438,40338,91736,010  35,01536,42736,73236,52536,80734,610
               
Table 3 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2012, in alphabetical order - rank between 2007 and 2012
               
Boys' name201220112010200920082007 Girls' name201220112010200920082007
Aaron221613161212 Abbie384344443329
Adam677776 Abigail505349463645
Aidan504048466055 Ailbhe93133107110129109
Alan727568647365 Aimee757474554966
Alex1810881020 Aine545858475037
Alexander544951504556 Aisling424141454136
Alfie798599112146195 Alannah676262665854
Andrew606058584143 Alice696666707685
Anthony998386808071 Amber646868707475
Ben342828262427 Amelia123234394548
Benjamin687465686356 Amelie93120135151168196
Billy10010112111298120 Amy252514111611
Bobby63636285109108 Anna221813162020
Brian919282694951 Aoibhe788787796255
Callum393532293734 Aoibheann596969767971
Cathal564442473638 Aoibhinn566060676494
Charlie122019272936 Aoife111310987
Christopher756969616161 Ava886216
Cian15131412119 Brooke868282728575
Ciaran625753544041 Caitlin646565755346
Cillian232221212322 Caoimhe161424211617
Conor555433 Cara485052586168
Cormac685958585453 Charlotte636262697268
Daniel343344 Chloe159910915
Danny92114114146141134 Ciara322617191412
Dara867372768180 Clara869090958283
Darragh201916141513 Clodagh544439344439
David272425252116 Daisy911001007297159
Donnacha7376102116100118 Eabha626464565653
Dylan9101011811 Eimear808484777358
Edward95951001049382 Elizabeth716767606478
Eoghan535555394852 Ella7111118123
Eoin363229202624 Ellen474747483935
Ethan303134455346 Ellie282428363531
Evan292727242523 Emilia7491919298128
Filip7680718795134 Emily112758
Finn383646484954 Emma333342
Fionn273035343532 Erin394736373940
Harry7820283131 Eva455244383841
Isaac85101111121126101 Eve504560626273
Jack111111 Evie84124102111148135
Jacob64647511111094 Faye434956607787
Jake313430353028 Freya4960636711097
Jakub7361605764105 Grace447579
James224555 Hanna97111127123185222
Jamie161411131417 Hannah131722231513
Jason867175727268 Hollie771049995143164
Jayden435045495485 Holly192311212632
John252624212221 Isabel827171646459
Joseph444138363233 Isabella505151706472
Josh787769657563 Isabelle262726324143
Joshua413336302729 Jessica293130272221
Kacper981041029593108 Julia343535313449
Kevin705867515944 Kate181519131010
Killian767262736561 Katelyn917878685756
Kyle323637403838 Katie14108624
Leo8479941129691 Kayla332141434853
Leon545257524475 Kayleigh859797898665
Liam131715151726 Laoise97106133159115135
Logan97112141156157195 Laura363638303032
Lucas7180787910591 Lauren232221121922
Luke11129998 Layla45545074106127
Mark485044333330 Leah241516151316
Martin898885748173 Lena71858583119189
Mason5770128240252242 Lexi899696102137257
Matthew242423232015 Lilly75787877109102
Max344648565669 Lily5514202928
Michael10912101310 Lucy97481114
Nathan262930323437 Madison100898910096110
Niall938691698376 Maeve100127115879478
Noah192326414649 Maisie100102124175341431
Odhran8288758289104 Maja6057545473110
Oisin141517171618 Maria705453544958
Oliver595452628376 Mary716969596160
Oran838078918686 Maya8074748389103
Oscar616261666581 Meabh88929210711188
Patrick212118191819 Megan533837333230
Peter898784677065 Mia61220142324
Rhys666865746776 Millie577286918884
Rian334254606258 Molly273331262523
Robert485343444940 Natalia93107818678150
Ronan524850384341 Niamh373025871818
Rory425656524948 Nicole584240413738
Ruairi819488888697 Olivia302827394142
Ryan766667 Orla827474836772
Sam464541435759 Rachel403929292719
Samuel403938373935 Rebecca444048353125
Scott678372717167 Robyn414643525256
Sean432222 Roisin313432272827
Senan6567748585101 Rose100113118149139164
Shane474333302825 Ruby202023172134
Stephen957788775860 Ruth97868610091110
Tadhg373840424147 Sadhbh615664696770
Thomas171822181914 Saoirse171918252426
Tom586662637674 Sara937878889080
Tomas939786818999 Sarah1065431
Tommy8088160166169150 Sofia64585880130119
Tyler456578130146123 Sophia212933505651
William514747554644 Sophie221165
Zach8896105119121107 Tara907474625151
        Victoria7994949598106
        Zara688282897762
        Zoe343746424754
               
Table 4 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2012, in alphabetical order - numbers registered between 2007 and 2012
               
Boys' name201220112010200920082007 Girls' name201220112010200920082007
Aaron372423439444485485 Abbie178174176176225231
Adam558637581618645659 Abigail138139158165200162
Aidan172229187197151149 Ailbhe684862584854
Alan108103117138116121 Aimee9492129152108108
Alex392492551503501401 Aine128130124159157203
Alexander161183177179185145 Aisling165183186170190209
Alfie1029274684825 Alannah104122113123130117
Andrew151140139159192189 Alice10111599957681
Anthony779492100101113 Amber105107991009496
Ben232294305324349336 Amelia409235216197173141
Benjamin116108126115139145 Amelie685345413626
Billy767761677854 Amy253289371385355415
Bobby141133127967266 Anna296348378357342316
Brian908898113172156 Aoibhe888189118127118
Callum215245293301224239 Aoibheann115106928810267
Cathal160208202195233210 Aoibhinn1251281111177272
Charlie432396376312292221 Aoife426399425459518527
Christopher105117116143149130 Ava440446501635695555
Cian406461424469493527 Brooke769097849487
Ciaran143155166170217200 Caitlin10511693134168164
Cillian341360351346350377 Caoimhe334398323326355361
Conor639709726776857821 Cara14815514412311596
Cormac116141139159167153 Charlotte10612210810410672
Daniel683711792842828725 Chloe345437441411453388
Danny886563465047 Ciara227284364337400410
Dara941111091069993 Clara767972868171
Darragh389401409465458472 Clodagh128168195224178199
David292331332326403418 Daisy706897703936
Donnacha10610072667657 Eabha109121128131140114
Dylan471492491480519516 Eimear818991102125137
Edward848573758585 Elizabeth9910812211790110
Eoghan166164160223179154 Ella445434380346407601
Eoin228251299368311354 Ellen155159168155193214
Ethan268253272200170176 Ellie250293265211208227
Evan278298314333317360 Emilia987776694929
Filip10496113958247 Emily626596605500599475
Finn218242191187172150 Emma497562571627637632
Fionn292255265249239246 Erin177159210204193189
Harry510499364305276251 Eva160152176201196178
Isaac957766625972 Eve13816412211811487
Jack8318409351,0681,1511,073 Evie795264594144
Jacob140131100697175 Faye1631561281229169
Jake265247297248286320 Freya1441281191125962
Jakub10613913616013868 Grace461503489528566473
James773796746711737713 Hanna665749553122
Jamie404448468466481412 Hannah368349333321390407
Jason94114100109123117 Hollie926368714236
Jayden19717719318216783 Holly312297380326264224
John297312343346377392 Isabel80101117117124101
Joseph196214227247268242 Isabella13815414510511392
Josh10399116133114126 Isabelle252265275233190167
Joshua210249259260302311 Jessica236246245257304298
Kacper797369798466 Julia196213213236213140
Kevin112143120175152179 Kate316350348364419426
Killian104113127108132130 Katelyn7091110128126142
Kyle252242232216223210 Katie353436451502667566
Leo969778688178 Kayla198306186183161136
Leon161171154172188106 Kayleigh78717782110126
Liam427412412457437339 Laoise666146385644
Logan806652404225 Laura191212198243245224
Lucas10996991037378 Lauren290305339371343283
Luke457487519501516538 Layla1601341501006247
Mark175177195250254264 Leah287350369358402364
Martin91899510799109 Lena998381563024
Mason15911559221817 Lexi737265462012
Matthew336331344343408430 Lilly949191606552
Max232194187164165116 Lily449496371336248232
Michael462496463499483521 Lucy439463543463418404
Nathan295282297253245215 Madison648067715940
Niall8691841139899 Maeve645159807182
Noah390333315211181163 Maisie64665335149
Odhran9889100988869 Maja1141311321339653
Oisin407436401423454407 Maria100134137133158119
Oliver1551671721419899 Mary99106123120121124
Oran979699879381 Maya819281806461
Oscar15013513513213289 Meabh757562597553
Patrick388390387399433402 Megan135203204232229229
Peter919096128127121 Mia446400344362299275
Rhys12412012610713199 Millie1209780777571
Rian243213161151144139 Molly251229243268268281
Robert175169198203172207 Natalia685982818941
Ronan167187180225191200 Niamh185249292314344340
Rory200159155172172169 Nicole116176192194198200
Ruairi998691939374 Olivia230252271197190172
Ryan510685669641670553 Orla80928111298118
Sam183196210204155138 Rachel169196247247263323
Samuel213230227238218225 Rebecca162195162219239267
Scott11894109112126119 Robyn166163180137141125
Sean677755827934970965 Roisin229223224257250233
Senan126121103969772 Rose645656424436
Shane176209277260294343 Ruby302323325353305222
Stephen849991105154131 Ruth668267775960
Tadhg224232221206192170 Sadhbh11313211711110795
Thomas403403347411432440 Saoirse317339355275279247
Tom157126127139113107 Sara689178798876
Tomas868192998873 Sarah430466537568651656
Tommy1018943373841 Sofia10513085505441
Tyler19512799574852 Sophia299251218147126137
William169190190166181179 Sophie577582608640582556
Zach938269636267 Tara7192121145144151
      Victoria837372696283
       Zara10290779411479
       Zoe196204170188162135
             
Total in top 10023,29924,14624,07524,42724,79923,591  21,32422,32222,48422,40222,51421,389
Total with first name recorded37,21038,22338,24438,40338,91736,010  35,01536,42736,73236,52536,80734,610
Top 100 as % of total62.663.263.063.663.765.5  60.961.361.261.361.261.8
Total names registered3,8043,8013,9103,9463,9003,604  4,7304,8104,7624,8494,7964,554
Total births registered37,21038,22338,24438,40338,91736,010  35,01536,42736,73236,52536,80734,610
               
Table 5 Babies' names with most growth in popularity between 2011 and 2012, and between 2007 and 2012, measured by change in rank
         
Rank - BoysRank - Girls
 20122011Change in rank  20122011Change in rank
Danny9211422 Evie8412440
Tyler456520 Ailbhe9313340
Scott678316 Hollie7710427
Isaac8510116 Amelie9312027
Logan9711215 Maeve10012727
Rory425614 Amelia123220
   
Rank - BoysRank - Girls
 20122007Change in rank  20122007Change in rank
Mason57242185 Maisie100431331
Alfie79195116 Lexi89257168
Logan9719598 Hanna97222125
Tyler4512378 Lena71189118
Tommy8015070 Amelie93196103
         
Table 6 Babies' names with most growth in popularity between 2011 and 2012, and between 2007 and 2012 measured by number of names
         
Number of Boys Number of Girls
 20122011Increase in number  20122011Increase in number
Tyler19512768 Amelia409235174
Noah39033357 Sophia29925148
Mason15911544 Mia44640046
Rory20015941 Emily62659630
Max23219438 Hollie926329
         
Number of Boys Number of Girls
 20122007Increase in number  20122007Increase in number
Harry510251259 Amelia409141268
Noah390163227 Lily449232217
Charlie432221211 Mia446275171
Tyler19552143 Sophia299137162
Mason15917142 Emily626475151
         
Table 7 Most popular babies' names registered in each regional authority  
       
YearRegional AuthorityBoys  Girls 
  Name% Name%
2012BorderConor2.29 Emily/Sophie1.90
 MidlandJames2.27 Emily2.31
 WestJack2.33 Emma1.82
 DublinDaniel1.91 Emily1.56
 Mid-EastDaniel2.11 Sophie2.09
 Mid-WestJack2.59 Sophie1.72
 South-EastJack2.81 Emily2.19
 South-WestJack2.83 Emily1.84
 Ireland Jack2.23 Emily 
       
2011BorderRyan2.67 Emily/Sophie1.95
 MidlandJack2.59 Sarah1.89
 WestSean2.73 Chloe/Grace1.61
 DublinDaniel2.05 Sophie1.42
 Mid-EastJames2.21 Emily2.05
 Mid-WestJack/Sean2.49 Emma2.45
 South-EastJack3.19 Sophie1.88
 South-WestJack2.32 Emily1.74
 Ireland Jack2.20 Emily1.64
       
2010BorderJack2.40 Emma1.75
 MidlandJack3.30 Sophie1.76
 WestConor2.63 Sarah1.83
 DublinDaniel2.28 Sophie1.91
 Mid-EastSean2.65 Emily1.88
 Mid-WestJack3.35 Emma2.40
 South-EastJack2.75 Emma1.75
 South-WestJack2.84 Lucy1.80
 Ireland Jack2.44 Sophie1.66
       
2009BorderJack2.12 Ava1.67
 MidlandJack2.73 Emma2.24
 WestSean3.06 Sarah1.99
 DublinDaniel2.46 Sophie1.99
 Mid-EastJack2.78 Sophie2.15
 Mid-WestJack3.56 Sophie2.08
 South-EastJack3.66 Sophie1.85
 South-WestJack3.08 Ava2.00
 Ireland Jack2.78 Sophie1.75
       
2008BorderJack2.91 Katie2.15
 MidlandJack3.39 Grace2.03
 WestJack2.57 Emma2.03
 DublinSean2.47 Ava1.89
 Mid-EastJack3.24 Emma1.87
 Mid-WestJack3.01 Sarah2.32
 South-EastJack3.88 Emily2.10
 South-WestJack3.32 Sarah2.26
 Ireland Jack2.96 Ava1.89
       
2007BorderJack2.65 Sarah2.08
 MidlandJack2.73 Katie2.26
 WestJack2.94 Emma2.58
 DublinSean2.77 Sophie1.84
 Mid-EastJack3.35 Ella1.89
 Mid-WestJack4.06 Emma2.24
 South-EastJack3.51 Ella2.20
 South-WestJack3.15 Sarah2.02
 Ireland Jack2.98 Sarah1.90
       
Table 8a Most popular boys' names, classified by area of residence of mother, between 2010 and 2012
    
 201220112010
STATEJackJackJack
    
LEINSTERJamesJamesSean
    
CarlowJackJamesSean
Dublin CityJamesJames/SeanDaniel
South DublinDanielRyanAlex
FingalDanielDanielDaniel
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown JamesJamesDaniel/James
KildareDanielSeanSean
KilkennyDanielJackJames
LaoisSeanRyanJack
LongfordAdam/David/Michael/RianJamesDaniel
LouthSeanRyanRyan
MeathSeanJack/JamesSean
OffalyJackJackJack
WestmeathJamesConorJack
WexfordJackJackJack
WicklowJamesRyanJack
    
MUNSTERJackJackJack
    
ClareJackSeanSean
Cork CityJackJackRyan
Cork CountyJackJackJack
KerryJackJackJack
Limerick CitySeanJackJames
Limerick County JamesJackJack
North TipperaryConorJackAlex
South TipperaryJackAlexSean
Waterford CityJamesJackJack
Waterford CountyJamesDanielJack
    
CONNACHTJackSeanConor/Jack
    
Galway CityJack/JamesJames/SeanConor/Michael
Galway CountyJackConorJack
LeitrimDanielDanielSean
MayoJamesSeanConor
RoscommonJamesSeanConor
SligoJackRyanAdam
    
ULSTER (PART OF)ConorRyanJack
    
CavanConorRyanJames
DonegalConorRyanJack
MonaghanRyanJamieJack
    
Table 8b Most popular girls' names, classified by area of residence of mother, between 2010 and 2012
    
 201220112010
STATEEmilyEmilySophie
    
LEINSTEREmilyEmilySophie
    
CarlowSophieEmilyHolly
Dublin CityAmeliaAvaSophie
South DublinEmily/SophieElla/SophieSophie
FingalEmmaSophieSophie
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown EmilyEmmaEmily
KildareSophieEmilyLucy
KilkennyEmilyCaoimheEmma
LaoisAoife/Emily/SophieSarahSarah
LongfordEmilyMiaSarah
LouthEmilyEmilyEmily
MeathEmilyGraceEmily/Sophie
OffalyEmilyAoife/Grace/SarahSophie
WestmeathEmilyEmily/LucyLucy
WexfordEmilyMiaSarah
WicklowAmeliaChloe/SophieSophie
    
MUNSTEREmilyEmmaEmma
    
ClareAoife/Lily/Lucy/SophieEmmaEmma
Cork CitySarahKatie/SophieSophie
Cork CountyEmily/SaoirseSarahLucy
KerryMiaAva/EmmaSarah
Limerick CityGraceAva/SophieEllie
Limerick County GraceEmmaEmma
North TipperaryEmilyEmmaEmma
South TipperaryEmilySophieLucy
Waterford CityEmilyGraceSophie
Waterford CountyAmeliaEllaEmma
    
CONNACHTEmmaGraceEmma
    
Galway CityAoifeRoisinCiara
Galway CountyEllaCaoimheSarah
LeitrimSophieEmma/GraceKatie
MayoEmilyAva/SophieGrace
RoscommonChloeKatieEmma
SligoEmilyEmmaEmma/Saoirse
    
ULSTER (PART OF)EllaSophieKatie/Sarah
    
CavanEmmaChloeAoife
DonegalEllaSarahChloe
MonaghanGrace/LaurenEmmaKatie
    
Table 9 Most popular babies' names registered in 2012, classified by nationality of parents
    
Nationality of motherNationality of fatherBoys' nameGirls' name
IrelandIrelandJackEmily
IrelandUnited KingdomHarry Emily
IrelandEU15 excl. Irl & UKDaniel Sophia
IrelandAccession states (EU27 excl. EU15)JakubAlicja
IrelandOtherSeanZara
IrelandNot statedJackMia
United KingdomIrelandJackEmily
EU15 excl. Irl & UKIrelandMatthewElla
Accession states (EU27 excl. EU15)IrelandAdamSophie
OtherIrelandAndrew/Liamchloe
Not statedIrelandMichaelEmily/Leah/Niamh/Sophie
United KingdomUnited KingdomJamesElla/Jessica
EU15 excl. Irl & UKEU15 excl. Irl & UKDavid/MatteoEmma
Accession states (EU27 excl. EU15)Accession states (EU27 excl. EU15)FilipJulia
OtherOtherDaniel Sarah
Remainder Daniel Julia
    

Background Notes

Source

These results are based on an analysis of the first names recorded on birth returns for registration and vital statistics, begun by the CSO in 1998. All birth notifications in 2012 included the baby’s first name when the statistical return was sent to the CSO

Information recorded

Only the first name was used for this analysis. Babies’ surnames and additional forenames were not extracted by the CSO.

Spellings and variants

Different spellings of a name have been treated as separate names. For example, while there were 341 boys named Cillian, another 104 had the alternate spelling Killian. Similarly, if you combine the number of girls named Hannah (368) and Hanna (66) then it becomes the 10th most popular name for girls in 2012. Variants of names and abbreviations have also been treated as separate names. For example, Jack, Sean and John account between them for 1,805 boys. These were counted as separate names and rank first, fourth and twenty-fifth respectively. If treated as variants of John, it would rank as the most popular boys’ name. Names containing accents have been recorded without those accents e.g. Seán was recorded as Sean.

Ranking

Names of equal rank have been placed in alphabetical order in Table 1.

Nuts2 and Nuts3 regions

The regional classifications in this release are based on the NUTS (nomenclature of Territorial Units) classification used by Eurostat. The NUTS3 regions correspond to the eight Regional Authorities established under the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994. The NUTS2 regions, which were proposed by Government and agreed by Eurostat in 1999, are groupings of the NUTS3 regions. The composition of the regions is set out below.

Border, Midland and Western NUTS2 Region      Southern and Eastern NUTS2 Region  
           
Border Cavan     Dublin Dublin City 
  Donegal       Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 
  Leitrim       Fingal 
  Louth       South Dublin  
  Monaghan        
  Sligo     Mid-East  Kildare 
          Meath 
Midland Laois       Wicklow 
  Longford        
  Offaly     Mid-West  Clare 
  Westmeath       Limerick City 
          Limerick County 
West Galway City       North Tipperary 
  Galway County        
  Mayo     South-East  Carlow 
  Roscommon       Kilkenny 
          South Tipperary 
          Waterford City 
          Waterford County 
          Wexford 
           
        South-West  Cork City 
          Cork County 
          Kerry 

Nationality groups

The category EU15 excl Ireland & the UK consists of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

The category EU15 to EU27 consists of: Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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