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James and Emily top Northern Ireland baby names for second year

Emily and James were once again the most popular baby names in Northern Ireland in 2016.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency published the top names for boys and girls on Thursday - with Emily topping the girls' names list for the fourth year in a row.

This is only the second time that James has held the top boy name spot, despite being in the top five since records began in 1997.

Coming in second in the top boys names was Jack, which which held the top spot for 12 consecutive years between 2003 and 2014.

Oliver came in third place, with Charlie, Noah and Harry all making the top ten.

The name Ezra climbed the greatest number of places to join the top 100 names for boys, rising from 126 in 2015 to 88 in 2016.

Meanwhile, Alfie and Jacob were new entries into the boy’s top 10, replacing Jake and Thomas.

Colby, Hendrix, Kiefer, Prince and Woody were some of the less common names given to baby boys in 2016.

On the girls' list Grace has taken second place in the top 10 for the third time in four years, whilst Olivia comes a close third.

Elsie climbed the greatest number of places to join the top 100 names for girls, moving from 155th place  in 2015 to 59th in 2016.

Lily and Sophia also rose in popularity to join the girl’s top 10, replacing Aoife and Lucy.

Some of the less common names given to baby girls in 2016 were Cinderella, Dallas, Gigi, Melania and Scout.

Top 10 baby names in Northern Ireland, 2016


1. James – 254 Babies

2. Jack – 243 Babies

3. Oliver – 207 Babies

4. Charlie – 204 Babies

5. Noah – 201 Babies

6. Harry – 188 Babies

7. Jacob – 173 Babies

8. Daniel – 159 Babies

9. Matthew – 142 Babies

10. Alfie – 139 Babies


1. Emily – 237 Babies

2. Grace – 198 Babies

3. Olivia – 191 Babies

4. Anna – 164 Babies

5. Sophie – 155 Babies

6. Lily – 151 Babies

7. Amelia – 150 Babies

8. Ella – 142 Babies

9. Ava – 136 Babies

10. Sophia – 135 Babies

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