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Top 20 surnames for new babies registered in Ireland

Murphy remains the most popular surname in Ireland, with more babies being registered with the name in 2014 than any other.

The Central Statistics Office released the data which includes the surnames of all the births that were registered in Ireland last year.

It shows that there were 67,462 births registered in the country last year with a remarkable 22,090 unique surnames. It also revealed that 7.4% of all new babies were registered with one of the top ten most popular surnames.

Top 20 Irish surnames - Cillian Murphy can relax as the  Central Statistic Office reveal he still has the most popular surname in Ireland

Last year Ireland welcomed 767 new Murphys into the population, while there were 633 new Kellys and 552 new Byrnes.

It should come as no surprise that Murphy has retained the number one spot as it has been the most popular surname in Ireland for over 100 years.

Here are the top 20 surnames in Ireland. Click on the link to find out more about each name.

1. Murphy
2. Kelly
3. Byrne
4. Ryan
5. O’Brien
6. Walsh
7. O’Sullivan
8. O’Connor
9. Doyle
10. McCarthy
11. O’Neill
12. Lynch
13. O’Reilly
14. Dunne
15. McDonagh
16. Brennan
17. Fitzgerald
18. Daly
19. Kavanagh
20. Nolan

Stories behind Irish names. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

For information on the origins of other Irish surnames check out our surname section.

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One comment

  1. Jodie Ryan

    I’d love to know how the Ryan clan are doin, also if u could send me some pictures of our crest and out own Ryan wool jumpers please x

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