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Jack and Emily top the bill for most popular names

Jack and Emily remain the most popular names for newborns for the fifth year in a row.

The latest poll of baby names shows the five most popular for boys have been the same for the last eight years – Jack, James, Daniel, Conor and Sean.

After Emily, newly-arrived girls are most likely to be called Emma, Ava, Sophie or Amelia.

George was the only first time entry in the top 100 names for boys last year, according to the Central Statistics Office study.

Ollie was the name for boys rising most in popularity.

There were three first time entries to the top 100 names for girls – Annabelle, Mila and Rosie. Mila was also the fastest rising name for girls.

However, variations remain around the country.

Boys in Galway are most likely to be called Adam while Charlie was the most popular name for boys registered in Kilkenny and in Wexford.

In Laois and Longford, Michael and Patrick took the number one spot.

In Waterford, Daniel, Harry, Luke, Oisin and Oliver all shared the top position while in South Tipperary Darragh and Harry along with Jack were the most favoured names.

In Roscommon, Thomas along with Jack are the most popular for boys.

Ella was the favourite name for girls in Roscommon while Grace was number one in Louth and South Tipperary.

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In Galway, girls are most likely to be called Lauren.

Leah was the name most favoured for girls in Waterford city while Molly was the most popular in Cavan.


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