Belfast Telegraph

Jack and Emily favourite baby names

Ireland has changed over half a century from a country of John and Marys to a nation of Jack and Emilys, a new report shows.

An official survey of newborns names registered last year confirms Jack and Emily remain the most popular baby names in the country.

Jack has been on the top spot for boys for the past six years while Emily has been the favourite for baby girls since 2011, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) found.

The same study looked at the most registered names in Ireland in 1963 and found John and Mary topping the league of baby names.

Since then John has slid to 27th in the name rankings while Mary has plunged to 81st.

Few names preferred among mothers and fathers 50 years ago have passed their popularity down a generation.

In 1963, boys were more likely to be named John, Patrick, Michael, Paul and James - while Jack was an unusual name for a baby boy, not featuring at all in the survey of newly-registered births that year.

Only James has survived in the top five last year, where it was in second place, followed by Daniel, Conor and Sean.

Newborn girls were more likely to be named Mary, Margaret, Catherine, Ann and Anne a half a century ago.

None of the names made it into the top five for girls last year, which was Emily, Emma, Sophie, Ella and Amelia.

Margaret, Catherine, Ann and Anne didn't even feature in the top 100 girls names for 2013.

The CSO report also reveals t wo first-time entries into the top 100 for boys last year - Kai and Kayden. There were four first-time entries for girls: Sadie, Sienna, Fiadh and Poppy.

A few areas of the country bucked the national trend with Michael the most popular name for boys in Kilkenny, Alex in Cork and Aaron in Waterford city.

Ryan was the favourite among parents of newborn boys in Cavan while Charlie topped the poll in Monaghan, as did Mark in Leitrim.

Top-ranking girls names in pockets of the country included Ava, Caoimhe, Kate, Grace, Hannah, Mia, Rachel and Sarah.


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