Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names registered in Ireland in 2013.
Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011.
As in previous years, the statistics show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,643 girls’ names registered compared to 3,628 boys’ names. Despite the greater number of male births, a smaller range of names were used for boys than for girls.
Top five boys’ names
Top five girl’s names
There were two first time entries to the top 100 for boys: Kai and Kayden.
There were four first time entrants to the top 100 for girls: Sadie, Sienna, Fiadh and Poppy.
In most areas of the country one of the top five boys’ names took the number one spot. Only six areas favoured names outside of the top five; In Kilkenny, Michael was the most popular boy’s name registered in 2013 while Alex was the most popular in Cork City and Aaron in Waterford City. Ryan proved to be the most popular for baby boys registered in Cavan in 2013 while Charlie along with James and Ryan were the most popular in Monaghan. In Leitrim, Mark shared the most popular boys’ name with Conor.
For girls, there was a wider range of names outside the top five that were county and city favourites. These included Ava, Caoimhe, Kate, Grace, Hannah, Mia, Rachel and Sarah.
Source: Central Statistics Office