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Emily and Jack come out tops in Northern Ireland baby name game

By Amanda Ferguson

We're a traditional lot in Northern Ireland when it comes to naming babies – but, of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.

New figures released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has revealed that the top 10 names for both boys and girls are packed with time-honoured inclusions.

They show that Emily, Grace, Jack and James were among the most popular first names for babies registered here in 2013.

However, not everyone follows the pack.

Boys' names registered last year included Zoltan, Teejay, River, Oberon, Ming, Maksymilian, Lovedia, Kale, Ezekiel, Evo, Buster and Blaze.

And parents in Northern Ireland don't just go for quirky monikers for boys.

Girls' names registered in 2013 included Avigail, Deimante, Jersey, Leia, Pixie, Pyper and Shakira.

According to NISRA data published yesterday, Jack has been the most popular boy's name in Northern Ireland for the last decade.

James has held second position for the third year running, while Charlie, which was in third place in 2013, climbed from fifth in 2012.

Emily and Grace have moved up one and two places respectively since 2012, whereas Sophie, in third place in 2013, fell some two places since 2012.

Jacob and Oliver were new entries to the top 10 most popular names for baby boys compared with 2012, replacing Ryan and Riley. Ella and Anna were new entries to the top 10 most popular names for baby girls compared with 2012, replacing Katie and Eva.

There were also nine new entries in the top 100 boys' names and 12 new entries in the top 100 girls' names in 2013.

Four of the 10 most popular boys' names in 2003 remained in the top 10 in 2013, namely: Jack, James, Matthew and Daniel.

None of the top 10 most popular girls' names in 2003 remained in the top 10 in 2013.

The results are based on analysis of all births registered within the 2013 calendar year but this is not necessarily the year these births will have occurred.

Different spellings of a name have been treated as separate names, for example Conor and Connor.

For more information check out the NISRA website www.nisra.gov.uk/demography

Baby name statistics have been derived from annual births registration data and include all live births, both resident and non-resident, registered in Northern Ireland in 2013. The results are based on analysis of all births registered within the 2013 calendar year. This is not necessarily the year these births will have occurred.

 

Top 10 boys’ names

Jack (293)

James (285)

Charlie (219)

Harry (207)

Daniel (201)

Noah (188)

Matthew (164)

Ethan (160)

Jacob (160)

Oliver (150)

 

Top 10 girls’ names

Emily (203)

Grace (203)

Sophie (194)

Ella (189)

Sophia (174)

Lucy (171)

Aoife (163)

Amelia (159)

Anna (158)

Jessica (158

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