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Emily still leads the way for most popular new baby name in Northern Ireland

By Tim Smith

Emily and James were the most popular first names given to baby girls and boys in Northern Ireland last year.

Emily has been the most popular girls' name in each of the past five years, albeit jointly with Grace in 2013.

James has been the most popular boys' name in each of the past three years.

In terms of boys' names, Jack, which held the top spot for 12 consecutive years between 2003 and 2014, comes a close second with Noah in third place.

Hunter climbed the greatest number of places to join the top 100 names for boys.

It rose from 207th in 2016 to 98th in 2017.

Logan joined the boys' top 10 for the first time last year.

The trends were revealed yesterday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

While the popularity of boys' names has varied over the years, James, Jack, Daniel and Thomas have all stood the test of time, featuring in both the 2017 top 10 and the top 10 a decade previously.

On the other hand, Zeplin, Blaise, Maverick, Ace and Jupiter were some of the less common names given to boys in 2017.

In terms of girls' names, Grace has once again taken second place in the top 10, with Olivia third.

Rosie climbed the greatest number of places to join the top 100, moving from 151st in 2016 to 90th in 2017.

Isla and Charlotte both joined the girl's top 10 for the first time last year.

Compared with boys, a greater number of girls' names have held the top spot since the reporting of first names began in 1997.

Some of the less common names given to girls in 2017 were Lady, Divine, Rio, Star and Vogue.

Almost 1,000 new baby names were registered last year that had not been registered since the reporting of baby names began.

Movies, popular television series, celebrities and memorable places continue to be a major influence when it comes to parents deciding on a name for their baby.

Of those registrations containing details of the father, almost 500 boys were given their fathers' name as a first or additional name.

However fewer than 100 girls were given their mothers' name.

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