Surge in popularity for traditional Irish names for new baby boys and girls


The top hundred baby names for boy and girls in Ireland for 2019 have been revealed by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Jack was the most popular name for Irish baby boys for the third year in a row, followed by James, Noah, Conor and Daniel.

It was an identical top five to the list of 2018. The most notable surge in popularity was for the classic Irish name Tadhg, which moved from number 20 in 2018 to number eight this year.

As for the girls, Emily remains the most popular name – finishing top of the list for the fourth year in a row.

Emily was followed by Grace, Fiadh, Sophie and Hannah. Fiadh was another traditional Irish name that has enjoyed a surge in popularity, moving from number ten last year to number three in the 2019 list.

Statistician Carol Anne Hennessy said: “Emily retains the top spot for girls, followed by Grace, Fiadh, Sophie and Hannah. These were the top five names of choice by parents for their newly arrived baby girls in 2019.

“Jack has retained the top spot as the most popular baby boys name in 2019, a position it has held since 2007 except for 2016, when James was the most popular choice. Jack was followed by James, Noah, Conor and Daniel as the first five most popular names for boys in 2019.”

Top ten boys’ names in Ireland for 2019

1 – Jack
2 – James
3 – Noah
4 – Conor
5 – Daniel
6 – Adam
7 – Liam
8 – Tadhg
9 – Luke
10 – Charlie

Top ten girls’ names in Ireland for 2019

1 – Emily
2 – Grace
3 – Fiadh
4 – Sophie
5 – Hannah
6 – Amelia
7 – Ava
8 – Ellie
9 – Ella
10 – Mia

To see the full lists visit the CSO website.

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