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CSO reveal the 100 most popular baby names for 2019 (and yes, Emily is still up there)


by IMAGE
28th Feb 2020
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Jack and Emily continue to assert their dominance in the top 100.


Jack and Emily remain the most popular baby names in Ireland, according to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office.

Commenting on the trends in Irish baby names, Carol Anne Hennessy, Statistician said: “Emily retains the top spot for girls, followed by Grace, Fiadh, Sophie and Hannah. These were the top five names of choice by parents for their newly arrived baby girls in 2019.

“Jack has retained the top spot as the most popular baby boys’ name in 2019, 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 2019.

“Back in 1969, John, Patrick, Michael, James and Thomas were the names most favoured by parents of new-born baby boys. There were 209 male new-borns named John in 2019, just over 7% of the number of boys given the name John in 1969.

“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 Elizabeth were the most popular names for baby daughters in 1969, with 2,182 baby girls named Mary in that year. In 2019, there were 452 baby girls named Emily, 20.7% of the number of girls given the name Mary in 1969.

“As is evident from the tables, over the years, girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,814 girls’ names registered compared to 3,725 boys’ names.

“Odhrán with the síneadh fada, Eli, Ruairí and Joey were new entrants into the top 100 for boys in 2019. The boys’ names with most growth in popularity in terms of rank between 2018 and 2019 were Odhrán, with and without the síneadh fada, together with Eli, Kayden and Ruairí.

“There were two new entrants to the top 100 for girls: Doireann and Méabh (with síneadh fada). Alexandra, Heidi and Hollie were the girls’ names growing most in popularity with Alexandra moving up 25 places and Heidi and Hollie both moving 20 places in the rankings between 2018 and 2019.

“Some less popular names for boys included Teidí, Saul, Dexter and Ruán. Less popular girls’ names included Féile, Jorja, Kyrah and Constance.”

Photo: Pexels 

See where your child’s name ranks in the table below. 

Table 2.1 Top 100 babies’ names registered in 2019, in order of popularity, with corresponding rank between 2018 and 2019
Boys’ name 2019 2018 Girls’ Names 2019 2018
Jack 1 1 Emily 1 1
James 2 2 Grace 2 2
Noah 3 3 Fiadh 3 10
Conor 4 4 Sophie 4 4
Daniel 5 5 Hannah 5 11
Adam 6 9 Amelia 6 5
Liam 7 11 Ava 7 9
Tadhg 8 20 Ellie 7 7
Luke 9 7 Ella 9 6
Charlie 10 10 Mia 10 7
Darragh 11 21 Lucy 11 13
Harry 12 6 Emma 12 3
Oisín 13 15 Lily 13 15
Alex 14 16 Olivia 14 14
Michael 14 8 Chloe 15 16
Fionn 16 14 Aoife 16 17
Cillian 17 17 Caoimhe 17 25
Thomas 18 12 Molly 18 28
Jamie 19 22 Anna 19 12
Patrick 20 18 Sophia 19 22
Rían 20 33 Holly 21 23
Finn 22 18 Freya 22 26
Seán 23 13 Saoirse 23 20
Oliver 24 24 Kate 24 17
Ryan 25 25 Sadie 25 19
Dylan 26 26 Robyn 26 24
Matthew 27 23 Katie 27 30
Ben 28 29 Ruby 28 33
Bobby 29 43 Éabha 29 48
John 30 27 Evie 29 31
Leo 31 36 Cara 31 29
Cian 32 27 Sarah 32 21
Aaron 33 34 Isabelle 33 26
Max 34 35 Isla 34 37
Ethan 35 37 Alice 35 33
Alexander 36 31 Leah 36 36
Jake 37 40 Sadhbh 37 52
Jacob 38 41 Eva 38 40
Tom 38 32 Erin 39 53
Alfie 40 46 Róisín 40 38
David 41 30 Sofia 41 43
Senan 41 59 Zoe 41 32
Oscar 43 37 Willow 43 50
Sam 44 39 Zara 43 53
Callum 45 46 Charlotte 45 39
Mason 46 53 Lauren 46 35
Ollie 47 42 Faye 47 46
Aidan 48 51 Jessica 47 41
Theo 48 62 Ciara 49 43
Leon 50 61 Clodagh 50 45
William 50 48 Millie 50 51
Joseph 52 49 Isabella 52 41
Tommy 53 69 Eve 53 48
Joshua 54 52 Niamh 54 59
Lucas 55 55 Layla 55 57
Donnacha 56 57 Maya 55 65
Evan 56 44 Ada 57 70
Logan 58 45 Rosie 58 65
Luca 59 77 Abigail 59 75
Samuel 60 54 Clara 59 74
Cathal 61 60 Julia 59 46
Nathan 61 49 Maisie 59 75
Archie 63 89 Amy 63 62
Shay 63 65 Maria 63 61
George 65 70 Aria 65 60
Jayden 65 68 Alannah 66 53
Kai 65 84 Annie 66 73
Andrew 68 76 Harper 66 53
Danny 68 70 Aoibhín 69 68
Louis 68 64 Emilia 70 62
Rory 71 72 Amber 71 82
Theodore 72 93 Bonnie 72 91
Freddie 73 91 Mila 72 67
Eoin 74 65 Heidi 74 94
Benjamin 75 56 Ailbhe 75 90
Billy 75 81 Bella 75 85
Hugo 75 87 Abbie 77 88
Muhammad 78 63 Ivy 78 84
Ronan 79 79 Aoibheann 79 80
Arthur 80 73 Rose 79 68
Kayden 80 110 Sienna 81 70
Robert 80 57 Elizabeth 82 91
Christopher 83 75 Georgia 83 85
Henry 83 81 Laura 84 62
Frankie 85 100 Rebecca 84 81
Dara 86 100 Ellen 86 78
Kyle 87 65 Méabh 87 103
Ruairí 87 114 Alexandra 88 113
Edward 89 87 Hollie 89 109
Isaac 89 98 Isabel 89 99
Martin 91 79 Kayla 89 79
Eli 92 129 Áine 92 82
Odhran 92 131 Mary 92 58
Anthony 94 98 Aisling 94 96
Mark 94 83 Hazel 95 99
Josh 96 105 Evelyn 96 94
Joey 97 117 Rachel 96 106
Odhrán 97 138 Tara 96 96
Zach 97 85 Daisy 99 72
Kevin 100 96 Doireann 99 114
Hanna 99 96
Megan 99 88

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