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Irish names ‘duck out’ of top ten most popular

The popularity of Irish names has taken a dip in America due to the success of reality shows such as Duck Dynasty.

The name Korie has risen in popularity
The name Korie has risen in popularity

A survey on baby trends by Babycenter showed that fewer parents had given their baby a traditional Irish name over the last 12 months.

The name Korie has rocketed in popularity thanks to Duck Dynasty and businesswoman Korie Robertson’s appearances on the show. There are 89% more new babies named Korie than there were last year.

Other members of Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family have seen their name inspire a surge in popularity in baby names. These include Jase and Missy’s daughter, Mia, whose name has gone up by 44%, and Phil’s brother Silas, whose name has had a 15% increase. Phil went up by 33% and Sadie increased by 23%.


This has meant that traditional Irish names have had to make way. There are no Irish names in the top ten girls’ list this year.

Irish male names fared better. Aiden and Liam remained in the list; they were the second and third most popular names respectively.

Celebrities can have a negative as well as positive on the popularity of a name. Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan have both caused their first names to drop by 37% and 17% respectively as a result of their negative publicity this year.

The top ten names for girls were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Mia, Ava, Lily, Zoe, Emily and Chloe.

The top ten names for boys were Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas, Noah, Mason, Jayden, Ethan, Jacob and Jack.

The lists were compiled from a survey of more than 500,000 parents.

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