Choosing your baby’s name is likely to be one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.
It’s an immense responsibility; giving them a name that will stick with them for life. A name is your first impression, your title and characterises you in many ways.
For that reason, year after year, it’s the safer-sounding, more ubiquitous monikers which come top of the list of most popular baby names in Ireland, with sensible parents hoping to provide a stable start for their newborns.
The most recent official list of Ireland’s most popular baby names confirms this trend. The list of most popular boys and girls names 2012, issued by the Central Statistics Office, unveiled a top ten dominated by classic American and English inspired names.
Topping the list were Jack and Emily. Jack retains the top spot for the fifth year running, whilst Emily holds the number one position it first claimed in 2011.
Four of those most popular boys names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998, with only their order changing. The girls list remains exactly the same as it was in 2011.
Despite the fact that there was a greater number of male births in 2012, less names were registered for males (3,804), compared to females (4,730), meaning that there is a wider variety of baby names for little girls.
Within the top 100 baby names for boys in Ireland, there were just three new first-time entries; Isaac, Danny and Logan and there were five new entries for girls; Evie, Amelia, Hanna, Maisie and Rose.
Perhaps the most interesting phenomenon among Irish baby name trends is the distinctive lack of Celtic sounding titles. Sean was the only traditional Irish name to permeate the top ten lists of both boys and girls baby names.
Although names like Aoife , Coaimhe and Niamh, Cian, Oisin and Cillian were found further down the lists, Irish influence was notably weak within both top 100 lists and diluted by the more American and English names, as mentioned above.
The reason for a waning popularity in Irish names is unknown, but it has been attributed to a number of things, such as; the complicated spelling, the impact of American celebrity culture as well as the influx of other nationalities living in Ireland.