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Top 10 Northern Ireland baby names: James and Emily most popular among parents

Published 16/02/2016

What's in a name: James and Emily among Northern Ireland's most popular.
What's in a name: James and Emily among Northern Ireland's most popular.
A famous James
Emily Blunt
Jack Nicholson
Ellie Goulding
Opera star Noah Stewart
Grace Jones
Charlie Sheen
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Star: Daniel Craig
Olivia Coleman
Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood.
Anna Friel
Matthew Perry
Amelia Lily
Harry Styles
Lucy Hale
Jake Gyllenhaal
74 children were named Jamie in 2015.

James and Emily were the most popular baby names in 2015 for parents.

James became the most popular name for boys the first time since reporting began in 1997, knocking off the ever-popular Jack which had an unbroken spell of 12 years at the top.

Three-hundred babies were registered with the name throughout the past 12 months.

The top 10 for boys remained largely unchanged, with Jake and Matthew new entries replacing Ethan and Jacob.

New entries in the top 100 include Jackson, Arthur, Conan, Joe, Ciaran, Eli, Daithi, Seth, Owen and Dara.

For girls Emily continued her dominance at the top of the pile with 233 babies given the name.

Ella was next knocking Grace into third.

New entries into the top 100 included: Rosa, Harper, Gracie, Naomi, Cassie, Orlaith, Kate, Saoirse and Julia.

The latest figures are published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Top 10 boys' names for 2015: James, Jack, Noah, Charlie, Daniel, Oliver, Matthew, Harry, Thomas and Jake.

No children were named Arlene in 2015. The named last featured on the register in 2009.
No children were named Arlene in 2015. The named last featured on the register in 2009.
There were 12 children named Martin in 2015.
117 children were given the name Michael.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood
50 children were named David in 2015.
Cameron was chosen as a name 22 times in 2016.
Four children were given the name Corbyn.
Six children were named Rio.

Top 10 Girls' names: Emily, Ella, Grace, Sophie, Olivia, Anna, Amelia, Aoife, Lucy and Ava.

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